Weight: 44 lbs
Cockpit Size: 49 x 22.25 inches
Capacity: 300 lbs
Hatches/Bulkheads: Stern Only
Rudder/Skeg: Skeg (rope operated)
Finally! A company has released a recreational kayak that is designed for… get this… smaller people! Traditionally, recreational kayaks are built with exceptional volume and beam width to create a stable platform. The issue with this design method is that smaller paddlers, i.e. folks weighing between 90-140lbs, often feel swamped in these high volume recreational kayaks. Wilderness Systems has done an exceptional job closing the gap between high-volume stability and a comfortable fit for smaller paddlers.
The Aspire 100 provides a very stable and enjoyable paddle in a variety of conditions. Unlike many recreational kayaks out there the Aspire 100 is outfitted with a drop-skeg. This feature is ideal for times when the wind picks up and the water becomes a little dicey. Feeling daring? The Aspire 100 is not designed for big water, but its ultra-stable hull and effortless maneuverability will make even beginner paddlers feel more confident on the water.
The Aspire isn’t shy on features either, sporting a comfortable and adjustable Phase 3 AirPro Seating System, cup holder, rear hatch and bulkhead, and a nifty dashboard for your keys, cell phone, camera, etc. The Aspire 100 weighs in at a light 44lbs which makes this boat an easy car topper or carry down to the beach. Unlike its big brother, the Aspire 105, the 100 is actually easy to shoulder carry as the seat position does not get in the way.
The Aspire 100 is highly recommended for any smaller paddler, beginner through intermediate, looking for a fun, maneuverable, stable, and lightweight recreational kayak.
Pros: Outstanding primary stability, comfortable seat, built-in drop skeg, great fit for smaller folks
Cons: About $100 more than its predecessor (the Pamlico 100)
See Also: Wilderness Systems Aspire 105 Review