Wilderness Systems Targa 100 Review

Bottom Line:

The Targa 100 is a day boat tour de force! It’s well built, it’s extremely comfy to ride over long periods, and it’s super easy to drain if you run into any water trouble.

It’s also a highly customizable kayak, with plenty of space for most kit – with the removable cooler being a particularly notable high point for reviewers. The fact it’s one of the best lightweight sit-on-top kayaks for its size and style is a major plus, with rigid handles and rack support making it amazingly easy to transport.

It tracks well, gets up to a decent speed, and can handle Class I waters.



based on 2 reviews

Performance Ratings:

  • Handling
  • Stability
  • Comfort
  • Onboard Storage
  • Portability
  • Durability


BrandWilderness Systems
Size (length x width)10' x 32"
Weight57 lbs
Capacity325 lbs

Comparison to Similar Kayaks:

Wilderness Systems Targa 100 Ocean Kayak Malibu 9.5 Eddyline Caribbean 14FS Perception Hi-Life Feelfree Nomad
Expert Rating
Size10' x 32"9'5" x 33"14' x 29"11' x 34"9'6 x 29.25"
Weight57 lbs54 lbs50 lbs55 lbs46.2 lbs
Onboard Storage7.

Wilderness Systems Targa 100 Review

Reasons to Buy:
  • Impressively stable up to Class I
  • Very rigidly built - a lifelong choice
  • Easy to carry and store
  • Designed for balance between performance and stability
  • Extremely comfortable for long periods
Reasons Not to Buy:
  • Storage isn't waterproof
  • May still be pretty heavy for some boaters

Performance of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

The Targa 100 sit-on-top kayak really performs better than it looks – and it already looks fairly impressive. Reviewers claim that the way the boat’s designed already offers confidence before taking to the water.

Not only that, but the new sling-style seat distributes weight well – experts say that it’s easy to lose yourself for hours and hours without feeling numb. The footpegs and sheer space available in the kayak also help in this regard.

There’s a nice array of storage options, including a hooded bow storage area. Experts were particularly impressed by the removable cooler and easy-access bungee. However, there’s a lack of waterproof storage onboard, which may not appeal to some folks.

One further contention point appears to be length. While super comfortable for many riders, experts believe this boat should only ever appeal to people under six feet three in height – otherwise, it may get a little cramped.

Overall, reviewers feel this is a ‘lifetime’ boat that’s great for day-tripping and likely won’t need an expert hand to make the most out of it.

Expert Reviews of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

7.0Frontenac OutfittersI'm not usually a huge fan of sit-on-top kayaks, but this boat really intrigued me. It's an exciting little boat that's clearly built for day trips and sunny paddles. I'm generally impressed with Wilderness Systems on the whole, and any avid kayaker can tell this will be a powerful yet fun boat to track with once up and out on the water.Read more
8.0PaddleTVThis isn't the type of kayak I'd normally go for, personally - but from the off, this looked like a great boat. I tested the Targa 100 in a river environment (Class I water) - and it really impressed me. I think this is a reliable, super-comfortable recreational kayak that will suit beginners and pros alike. It's really easy to move around, and I think it's incredible value for money - it'll last a lifetime if you care for it.Read more

Handling of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

Expert Rating: 7.5

7.5Frontenac OutfittersThe shape of the boat means it's built for paddling fun - it's ideally designed for day tripping. The flared bow makes it cut through choppy waters and waves, and its scupper design helps to keep this kayak super-efficient on the water.Read more
7.5PaddleTVAny kayak of this size is never going to be super-fast - but I was seriously impressed by the cut of the Targa 100's bow. The catamaran-style hull gives a fantastic balance in stability, performance and tracking - especially for a ten-foot kayak. I think the shape of this boat will make traveling on anything more than Class I waters pretty shaky.Read more

Stability of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

Expert Rating: 7.5

7.0Frontenac OutfittersThis kayak's frame system help to make it impressively stable out on the water. Whem water does start getting into the boat and things start rocking, the drain plug is really simple to access and use for quick relief.Read more
8.0PaddleTVThis is designed to be stable - it's a sit-on-top kayak! I felt really comfortable standing up in this boat and paddling down Class I waters. Not invincible, but stable nonetheless! It's not super-wide, but that means you get a ton of handling and performance back for some impressive stability.Read more

Comfort of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

Expert Rating: 7.5

7.0Frontenac OutfittersI love the neat traction pads where you can rest your heels if you just want to lie back and enjoy drifting on the water. The foot braces are really easy to unlock and lock back in as and when you need to while riding. The seat's non-traditional, but it's nice and comfortable. It folds up easily for leaning back.Read more
8.0PaddleTVI tested this boat for over six hours out on the water - and I hardly felt a thing. I love the suspension seat - it really shapes to your butt for improved comfort over long paddles. The seat's fixed in a middle-point - you're elevated enough for superb comfort. There's a huge, wide deck to move your legs around in, and I like the solid foot pegs for extra support. There's even deck padding onboard - this is an amazingly comfy boat to paddle. Its only limits revolve around leg length - it's not great for people over six foot three in height.Read more

Onboard Storage of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

Expert Rating: 7.0

6.5Frontenac OutfittersThere's tons of space onboard this boat to kit it out as a specialist fishing kayak. There's a non-splash zone for a small dry bag towards the bow which should appeal to quite a few paddlers. It's super-easy to access while on the water and scuppers keep it dry. There's also cupholders galore - a great touch! The front section of this boat makes it nice and easy to fit extra accessories and tracks. I love the removable cooler - it's nice and easy to remove, but isn't totally waterproof. There's also a nice bungee for dry bags to the back.Read more
7.5PaddleTVI really like the integrated cooler - it's really easy to load up in the kitchen and just pop into the boat when you need it! It also has a stern bungee, though I'm not sure I understand why there's a removable bow hood - what's that space for? I genuinely want to know!Read more

Portability of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

Expert Rating: 8.0

7.0Frontenac OutfittersIt's surprisingly light given that it's a polyethylene sit-on-top! It's got nice, chunky grab handles dotted across the boat, plus molded-in stern handles. That, and the sheer weight of this unit, means it's never a problem to move around. It's easy to get on a roof and to shore - not the lightest, but impressive all the same.Read more
9.0PaddleTVIt's nice and light for a sit-on-top, which naturally means it's easier to transport. It has four rigid handles with one at either end and one at either side of the boat, meaning you can either carry it suitcase style, or tandem with someone else. As a hardshell, I think it's amazingly portable.Read more

Durability of the Wilderness Systems Targa 100

Expert Rating: 7.5

7.0Frontenac OutfittersThis is a recreational kayak that's got all the hallmarks of Wilderness Systems' durability - it's built to last, but it's lightweight, too.Read more
8.0PaddleTVThis is a solidly built kayak - and I think it's built to last a lifetime! Providing you're taking it on day trips up to Class I, it'll endure years and years of use.Read more