Used Solo Kayaks for Sale: Tempest 165 & Tempest 170

The Tempest is the best high performance solo kayak made in America! The Tempest series from Wilderness Systems is the kayak we waited many, many years for. Several high performance kayaks were being made overseas but all suffered from abysmal quality standards or terrible outfitting. Our patience was finally rewarded when the Tempest appeared!

Tempests are extremely popular today and we are usually sold out by the end of each year. We start off each year with a fresh fleet and after a single season of use they are still in excellent condition. Our guides purchase many of them, after falling in love with them immediately during training. Our Tempests will last a lifetime, and regardless of how much your kayaking skills improve, you will never outgrow one.

Tempest 170 & Tempest 165 by Wilderness Systems

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We have two used Tempest 165 kayaks for sale. One has been used for a few demos and is in perfect condition. The color is a unique blend called “boreal” (inspired by the aurora) and it can be purchased for $1399. The other Tempest 165 is dark indigo blue, is virtually new, and sells for $1499.

We also have two used Tempest 170 kayaks for sale, both in excellent condition after only one summer of use. The lime green can be purchased for $1399 and the red is priced at $1499.

LengthT170 – 17′ / T165 – 16’6″
BeamT170 – 22″ / T165 – 21.5″
Cockpit Opening
34″ x 18″
Cockpit Depth
Fore: T170 13.5 / T165 12.5″Aft: T170 9.5″ / T165 8.5″
Front Hatch10″
Rear Hatch18.5″ x 12.5″
WeightT170 61lbs / T165 57lbs
Load CapacityT170 350lbs / T165 300lbs

The Tempest kayak series has taken the Greenland Inuit design philosophy to its utmost. These kayaks are smaller in volume than the Discover and lend themselves most favorably for paddling in extreme conditions by persons with bracing skills. The Tempest 165, being the shortest, narrowest, and having the most pronounced rocker is particularly well suited for playing in surf and rock gardens. Both are great for paddling in high winds, rips, and tidal races.

Adding to their ruggedness is construction from high-density, extremely rigid polyethylene plastic. They are a few pounds heavier than fiberglass kayaks of a similar size, but much lighter, stiffer, and smoother than earlier types of plastic kayaks you may have known in the past. You can crash land in the surf onto rocky shores, or accidentally drop your Tempest from your roof rack without damaging it beyond a few shallow scratches.

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Rather than being outfitted with rudders, the Tempest series is outfitted with a retractable skeg that can be adjusted for any type of wind or sea conditions. A few other notable differences from our other solo kayaks include an extra bulk-headed compartment aft, with an additional “day hatch” for access. The cockpit outfitting provided by Wilderness Systems is beyond compare with any other manufacturer – the patented Phase3 system. The comfort, adjustability, and control provided by the cockpit fitting system is unparalleled in the world of kayak design and has set the bar for all other manufacturers to aspire towards.

Both models of the Tempest kayak for sale are fantastic for paddling on camping trips with full loads, but their capacity is more limited than our Discover kayaks, especially the slimmer and shorter Tempest 165. Both Tempests excel for day paddles and weekend trips, but if you wish to take off for a week you should choose the Tempest 170 and pack carefully. Like our other solo boats, Tempests can handle open ocean, outer coast, calm inland lakes, and Class 2 rivers, but you can also add surf zones, tidal races and rips, and rock gardens.

Normally, these boats retail for $1635 when new so our prices are very good for Tempests in excellent to pristine condition. For another $199 we can add a paddle, life jacket, and neoprene spray skirt that are all of top quality and good condition. See our Used Kayaking Equipment for Sale page for more details. Remember, our current bunch of used Tempests have been paddled very little and are in fantastic condition. Our solo kayaks are always used exclusively by our guides and therefore have never been abused or damaged. Common carrier shipping is available anywhere in the US if you are not able to pick the boat up in Washington State and usually costs from $200-$400 (for an exact quote call the trucking company of your choice).

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We invite you to read our introductory page on used kayaks for sale as it discusses, among other topics, why our kayaks are in such great condition compared to other kayak outfitters!

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