Length: 12' 0" - Width: 29.00" - Starting at: $875.00See More Details about this Kayak
The Pungo is a well balanced boat it likes to be in the water. There's ample leg room, the foot braces adjust easily and comfortable thigh padding. Wilderness Systems uses the AirPro phase 3 seating system in their line of kayaks. This seat is very comfortable and supports my lower back which is outstanding. There's several adjustments you can make on the seat to get that just right feeling. All adjustments can be done while on the water, straps and handles are right at your reach which works for me as I tend to have lengthy treks. The Pungo tracks true at cruising speed and my "ramming speed" while in my exercise mode.
While practicing self rescues without a skirt, I don't have one yet, the Pungo will dump you right out when capsizing. Exiting under water is no issue. I've climbed on top of the inverted boat without a hitch. Mimicking the sea touring kayaks I've also performed the remounting by sliding up the rear of the boat and entering the cockpit. The only hitch there was my PFD clips snagged the rear hatch cover and latches but with adjusted technique was over come. The hatches were water tight considering my occasional flailing over it. The console attachment is nice to carry things and it's shade on my legs is always a blessing in the desert sun.
The bottom line is the Pungo will handle the water well and comfortably. I've put the Pungo through some rough testing and she took it with a hitch. The Pungo is not a Ferrari nor is it a toy, she's a good kayak. Very satisfied. As a reviewer, nothing gets a ten except my wife.
We are older but find the Kayaks easy to handle on and off our roof mounting system which holds both boats. I would suggest trying whatever Kayak you decide on and would highly recommend the Pungo 120.
Picked it up yesterday, brought it home and then started playing around with the seat. One plastic rivet popped out within seconds and then I began to realize just how poorly the whole seat is made. It may look great at first and be touted as 'the best in the world', but in reality this fancy looking seat is not at all made for serious durability and practicality.
I hosed down the seat (as I do after each saltwater outing in the Loon) and also realized this seat padding won't dry quickly at all. So now the padding has been in the warm sun in my back yard for over an hour and its still wet. On the other hand, a simple seat as in the Loon, can be wiped dry within seconds. If you don't mind having a soggy bum while out yakking (if it rains for example) then ok, but if the Loon seat can be wiped dry immediately and the Pungo seat remains wet then which is really the better, more practical seat?
Not only this, some other aspects of the Pungo are poorly made and what I would expect from China, not America. So regardless of how the hull may handle in the water, this Pungo is not as well made or as practical as my old Loon. So now it seems I will still be using the Loon until it eventually disintegrates.
I have been paddling yaks for over 20 years (for fishing) and having tried many over the years, the Loon III has proven to be the most practical, comfortable and durable. Shame on the kayak designers and manufacturers of the world for coming up with fancy looking products, with all the bells & whistles, that fool the buying public into thinking that's an advantage over shear practicality. Not impressed at all.
This boat is extremely comfortable to paddle. I think of it as a gateway kayak. I don't know whether I'll graduate to a larger sea kayak, but this boat is fun to paddle and gets me out on the water on a whim.
I always ask folks I see with Pungos whether they like them. They seem to love them. I really like mine and sure look forward to using it
I like this kayak a lot, will definitely be buying a more maneuverable kayak in the future, but for different conditions. This will be my go to for lakes, ponds and calm bay paddling.
There are obviously compromises made in a 12' rec kayak, but I really think that Wilderness Systems has produced a very good design here - as also evidenced by the Pungo's popularity and longevity.
Anyway, to our surprise (as I'm 6'0" and she is 5'0") we both came home with two identical Pungo 120s. They are quite easy to lift on top of our SUV, track well in the water, maneuver well and are responsive and relatively quick for a smallish boat.
So far we've only been out in them a few times, but we are looking forward to a new hobby that we can hopefully do well into our 70's.
There is plenty of room for all my extras and then some. I usually don't use the console but it has come in handy. Lakes and rivers are all I've traveled and enjoy my time on the water. Maybe I need an anchor so I can relax and get in some read time?
Submitted by: Carol Packer - Rating: 10 of 10
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Submitted by: Virgil Ray - Rating: 8 of 10
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Now with everything set, I was able to make some decent speed, and found the boat very easy to paddle straight into the wind and small waves. Turning the corner and heading into the main lake, there were 3 foot whitecaps. The boat handled them easily and stayed where I wanted it to go, but I did get a lot of water over the hatch even with the Kayak Console attached. I turned around after about a 100 feet or so, I wanted to test the performance going with the wind and waves, as other boats have been a nightmare in that sort of situation. The Pungo 120 stayed very true to course and did not want to weathercock. I commented to my girlfriend that the wind was strong enough to use the paddles as a sail if I held it up. LOL
Paddling back into the bay, I got a wave and surfed it for about 40-50 feet! We spent the next hour paddling 100-200 feet into the big waves and then turning to ride them back into the bay. At no time were we concerned that the boat was in any danger of tipping, but I did take on about 20 lbs of water. No big deal on a warm day, but a spray skirt might help extend the season in Canada. Also this boat is not designed to turn, it took 5 or six strokes for me to turn the boat 180 degrees, using the wave swell helped some.
I give it a 9 because so much water comes in, but as a fair weather Kayaker....who cares
Great boats for beginners, as almost everyone agrees, with one MAJOR exception. My 120 is the fishing version, which has some great added features. However, the rearmost paddle stowage bracket is attached in the worst possible place. Our first time out, I beat my right forearm black and blue from hitting this thing repeatedly on any kind of pull stroke. It's attached exactly where your arm comes alongside the boat on a normal stroke, and the bracket is made out of a hard rubber material. I have since moved it forward and all is well, but I would have expected Wilderness Systems to have better researched the ergonomics of this before attaching it to their kayak.
Now that it's fixed, I love the kayak and my wife (who's 5'2") is very happy with her 100. We've had a ball going out on lakes and watching wildlife close up. Note to manufacturers: Please pay attention to your optional equipment offerings. Try them out before selling them.
First the good: It tracks extremely well. I find it very easy to maneuver, no matter what I'm trying to do. It's fast. It feels very stable, even in some rough ocean water. Last week I borrowed a Pungo 100 so my wife could join me. Eventually we swapped kayaks, and I was somewhat disappointed in the 100 compared to the 120. My wife favored the 120 also, and it was her first time out. So if we buy another one for her, it will most likely be another 120.
Here's a few things that have annoyed me so far with this kayak: the cover for the dry well is a real pain to put back on. The seatback is woefully shy of enough padding, so I end up laying a towel over the seatback. On the days I forget a towel, I'm reminded how flimsy this "Phase 3" seating system can be. Like another reviewer wrote, there are so many aftermarket seat enhancement products out there that it must be a common complaint among kayakers. Because of the large (size 7) opening, it's pretty much impossible to reach anything you have stowed under the tie-downs without leaving your seat and doing a little contortionist acts as well. Minor annoyances that can be overcome for sure, but enough to keep this below a perfect 10 or even a close 9. Will I buy another one? Most likely... unless someone else comes out with a better 12 footer!
I would not recommend this boat for a shorter paddler; if you have a short torso, you may find yourself constantly hitting the combing with your elbows. One negative I found was that the adjustable foot rest mechanism, although easy to adjust, often slipped when I applied pressure with my feet. Normally I would attribute this to the abuse one would expect a rental yak to take, but the boat appeared to be in very good condition.
Another negative was that the boat tracked a bit to the right. Still water, chop, wind coming from different directions -- varying conditions over the course of a few days of paddling -- it still tracked to the right. However, overall, a good recreational kayak.
A shortfall of the Wilderness System company is their customer service. I had some difficulty obtaining the Certificate of Origin when I purchased both kayaks (necessary here in PA in order to regisiter) and recently I wrote to them when I had difficulty with the WS sprayskirt I purchased for my Pungo. My request for service was ignored. Don't purchase a WS sprayskirt if you are the owner of a Pungo.
I go out with 2 friends with Perception Sierra's and my kayak is much more responsive. Pungo tracks better and turns much cleaner. Pungo moves through the rough seas and handle the tough currents much better. At the end of a rough trip my friends tend to have quite a bit of water in their cockpits, my Pungo barely any. After all my experience so far I unequivocally give the Pungo a 10.
I am delighted with my purchase, and look forward to exploring small rivers and lakes. Unlike many boatmen, I am very interested in what occurs long the shorelines more so than open water. I've got several modifications in mind, but don't want to do them prematurely until I have adequate experience and know precisely what needs to be done. The size of the boat is a big plus. It fits in the back of my small pickup easily.
Thanks everyone for making my kayak purchase easier. I'm rating the Pungo a 9 and a 10 scale. From my point of view you can never get enough stability, so no kayak is truly perfect. This one is close, however.
Would have rated 10 if had a bulkhead and larger hatch. I think a bulkhead is a great safety feature in the event of a swamping although the Pungo has foam in both ends and a bag. I am 5' 7 about 190. I fit in the boat fine.
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