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Tarpon 120 - 2020

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Tarpon 120

The sit-on-top legend – revitalized and refined.

From *$1,229 USD / $1,599 CAD

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How do you improve upon a legend? Introducing the New Tarpon. Retaining everything paddlers love from the celebrated original with improved comfort, stability, speed and paddler interface, the new Tarpon is easily the most versatile boat in the Wilderness Systems lineup that is equally at home on rivers, lakes or oceans. Every detail is carefully crafted and executed flawlessly to bring you boundless paddling perfection. Blending celebrated legacy design elements with a re-imagined modern flair, the new Tarpon delivers a dynamic on-water performance with enhanced agility and unmatched stability, while well-executed and innovative features elevate the paddler’s overall experience. The renowned Phase 3® AirPro seating system offers easy three-point adjustability, while plush honeycomb-vented fabric and ergonomic 3D foam provide maximum airflow, comfort and support. The new Tarpon features the DryTec Case – a new integrated dry box to keep your valuables safe, the MagnaTec magnetic water bottle holder, and flexible mounting options and accessory integrations, all of which come standard with the boat. A protective and replaceable skid plate, comfortable rigid carry handles, industry-leading storage capabilities, and thoughtful and configurable deck bungee rigging rounds out a robust list of attributes.

The new Tarpon is available in 2 sizes:  Tarpon 105 and Tarpon 120.


  • The premiere sit-on-top kayak is now even better and more comfortable

  • Fast, efficient and straight tracking

  • Excellent stability - great initial stability and solid secondary stability when the boat is leaned on edge

  • Dog-friendly - bring Fido along for the ride

  • The most comfortable and adjustable Phase 3® AirPro seating system featurs CoolTouch so your seat stays cool

  • Large rear storage well for crates, coolers, fishing equipment, scuba tanks & camping gear

  • Front storage hatch offers dry storage

  • Mesh cover for rear storage area to secure items - can be rolled back

  • Sectioned storage tray to organize smaller items like sunscreen, fishing lures and snacks

  • User-friendly paddler interface - new features including a water bottle strap and dry box are all within easy reach

  • MagnaTec magnetic water bottle strap system

  • DryTec removable dry box is perfect for storing wallets, phones, keys and other valuables

  • SlideTrax™ accessory rails so you can customize your kayak for fishing, filming or adding other accessories

  • Quick park paddle holder

  • Rigid carry handles for easy transport

  • Rudder Capable - compatible with the Wilderness Systems XL Rudder Kit for solo kayaks (sold separately)

Need replacement parts for your Tarpon 120?   Get them here.

Need a paddle?   The Origin Glass and Tarpon Carbon paddles work well with the Tarpon kayak.


Note:  Tarpon boats shown in video and lifestyle photos are prototypes - these colors are not available for purchase.  The 2020 Tarpon is available in 4 colors:  Mango, Breeze Blue, Fossil Tan and Galaxy.



Length: 12' 3" / 373 cm Width: 31" / 79 cm
Boat Weight: 63 lbs. / 29 kg Deck Height: 13.75" / 35 cm
Max Capacity: 350 lbs. / 159 kg

* Prices shown are suggested U.S. and Canadian Dollar retail prices, net not including taxes. Prices in your market may vary due to currency, VAT, and other taxes. Prices subject to change without notice.

*Colors may vary slightly from those shown as each kayak that we produce is unique. Variations in color are not covered by warranty. Additionally, bungee cord colors and other fittings are periodically updated and may vary from what is pictured. You can purchase bungee cords (sold separately) in a variety of colors if you wish to customize the look of your boat.

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Average: 5 (1 vote)

Bought Tarpon 120 for general recreational use for both lake and slow river flow. I am big guy 6’4” 270.lbs. First experience on a lake. Ride was stable and kayak rode much higher in the water than I expected. Tracking was very good and maneuverability satisfactory. Liked the dry box at the front of the seat and magnetic water holder held fast. Self-bailing scupper tubes allowed about a half-inch of water during most of my time on the water. Small amount of water entered the scupper tubes under my seat and only soaked the bottom of my swim suit. Front and back cargo hatches provide good water integrity with no visible water in either void area. Aft tank well cover provides great flexibility for storage of larger items (dry bag or cooler) Handle positions helped loading and unloading as well as tie down points for transporting. The seat adjustment was great and easy to setup, very comfortable and great air flow. Placing scupper plugs under the seat for cooler weather maybe only challenge; access requires removing seat pan screws to get access to tubes. Overall I am very happy with the Tarpon 120 and it met all my expectations for an on-top kayak.

great kayak

Average: 4 (1 vote)

Love my Tarpon 12 easy to load and unload easy to get in the water. Great for lakes and rivers and for beginners. The seat could always be a little more comy after a few hours would be my only recomendation for the future.

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