Review, Wilderness Systems

Wilderness Systems Tsunami 14.5 Sea Touring Kayak Review

a red and yellow tsunami kayakWelcome to our review of the Wilderness Systems Tsunami 14.5 Touring Kayak.

The Tsunami 14.5 Foot Touring Kayak is specially designed to be paddled in a variety of places from lakeshores to coastlines to bays to rivers. Whether you’re taking a daytrip or setting off on a weekend getaway, the Tsunami 14.5 Touring Kayak is an outstanding choice for both small and large paddlers thanks to its deep hull and large cockpit.

Each end of this kayak has end toggles for lifting and carrying of the boat with a partner. Solo carrying is also made possible by lifting the kayak and securing the cockpit on your shoulder.

There are 3 built-in hatches — one at the stern, a day hatch, and one at the bow. To remove the cover from the hatches, simply peel the cover off.  Front and rear deck bungees can be used to secure water bottles, pumps, and other gear. Full primers deck lines provide secure hand holds and a well-defined cockpit rim makes attaching a spray skirt fast and simple.

Fingertip Adjustment Controls

The seat back adjusts forward and back, up and down and leg lifters provide comfort and support for your legs.

The slide-lock foot brace system is easily adjusted from inside the boat. Simply raise the black plastic rod located on the inside of the boat and slide forward or back until your foot rests comfortably on the peg while keeping a slight bend in your knee.

Ultimate comfort is made available by use of adjustable padded thigh braces. With the turn of a couple screws, you can easily reposition the thigh pad so it is most comfortable for your body style. The seat and seat back are also fully adjustable. You can raise or lower the seat back and adjust leg lifters in seconds.

Superior Performance

Once you are in the water, the Tsunami’s multi chine V-hull offers exceptional stability in a sleek, narrow profile. A lower cockpit height allows for secure edging and easy maneuverability. With proper technique and edging, you’ll be carving smooth turns in no time.

Beginning and experienced kayakers alike will appreciate the superior comfort and control offered by the Wilderness Systems 14.5 foot Tsunami Touring Kayak. It offers excellent tracking in even windy conditions and is constructed out of Gen2 high-density polyethylene plastic.

two yellow tsunami kayak


  • One of the best selling kayaks of all time
  • Recreational boat stability with touring boat speed
  • Foam-padded backrest
  • Foam-padded seat
  • Adjustable thigh braces
  • SlideLock adjustable footbraces
  • Deep hull and large cockpit
  • Sculptured high-density foam seat
  • Bow & stern deck rigging
  • Phase3 outfitting for precise comfort based on your body type
  • Friction Adjustment System


  • Length: 14 feet, 6 inches
  • Width: 24.5 inches
  • Capacity: 350 pounds
  • Deck Height: 16 inches
  • Weight: 56 pounds
  • Cockpit length: 35.5 inches
  • Cockpit width: 19.5 inches

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Sample Customer Reviews

Almost all reviews we have located of the Tsunami 14.5 Kayak have been outstanding, with almost all owners rating this kayak as 5 out of 5 stars.

Positive Customer Reviews

This boat has no problems carrying my 6’3″, 250 pound body. Very easy to adjust everything for maximum comfort. Love how it cuts through the water.  More than enough space for all your gear.

This kayak is fast and extremely maneuverable for it’s size. Great for both the lakes and rivers up here in Michigan.

This kayak is perfect for everything from ocean to lakes. Extremely durable, I have run this over rocks, shells, logs — you name it. I absolutely love all the storage space. Easily carry a fully stocked cooler and so much more.  I’ve owned many kayaks and this by far the best boat i have ever owned. Can’t wait to do some kayak camping this summer.
— P.K.

Negative Customer Comments

My only complaint is that the seat tends to lean forward when you climb in.
— P.J.

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About Julian Thompson

cb787c59d2808e1f609076e790ca977e?s=90&d=mm&r=gCertifications: Certified Kayaking Instructor (AKA)
Education: American Kayak Association
Lives In: Denver Colorado

I am a kayaking expert/instructor who has been fishing for over 15 years. Fishing is my passion, but kayaking keeps me on the water. I love to share my knowledge of techniques and tips with others. I live in Colorado with my wife and two kids and own a small kayak rental business On Grand Lake where I rent and instruct.