Used Solo Kayaks for Sale: Tempest 170 / Tsunami 175


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 and Tsunamis are extremely popular today and very difficult to find in 2021 due to the pandemic. They have become a rare find in the marketplace. We usually start off each year with a fresh fleet and are sold out by the end of each year, if not sooner! Rest assured, our poly solo kayaks are still in very good to excellent condition after a single season of use. They are used almost exclusively by our guides, who fall in love with them immediately during training and often purchase one themselves. Our used kayaks will last a lifetime, and regardless of how much your kayaking skills improve, you will never outgrow one.

Tempest 170 by Wilderness Systems

Used Solo Kayaks for Sale - Plastic Tempest 170 & Tempest 165
We have only two Tempest 170 kayaks left for sale. One is solid red and the other is called “eclipse” – a swirl of red, black, white and gray. The price for a lightly used Tempest 170 is $1599. We hope to get more in 2022, but material shortages have halted production for an unknown period.

Length T170 – 17′ / T165 – 16’6″
Beam T170 – 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 Hatch 10″
Rear Hatch 18.5″ x 12.5″
Weight T170 61lbs / T165 57lbs
Load Capacity T170 350lbs / T165 300lbs

The Tempest kayak series has taken the Greenland Inuit design philosophy to its utmost. These kayaks 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. The Tempest 180 (see our webpage for composite solo kayaks for sale) is best for packing gear on multi-day kayak tours. The Tempest 170 is the perfect compromise between them for those that can own only one kayak. Regardless, all Tempests are great for paddling in high winds, rips, and tidal races and your choice is usually made by how much gear you typically carry and/or your body size.

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 scratches.

The most unique aspect of Tempests are their ultra-advanced seats. Their patented seats are without question the best in the world! They have two or three times as many adjustment points of any other kayak seat and nearly all can be changed nearly instantly while still paddling. The incredible fit virtually bonds your body to the kayak and results in the best balance and control you will ever experience in rough water. Advanced techniques such as rolling and bracing are made a great deal easier, too. Even if you avoid challenging waters, you will love paddling a kayak that features the most comfortable and hyper-adjustable kayak seat ever made.

Tsunami 175 by Wilderness Systems

Used Solo Kayaks for Sale - Plastic Tsunami 175
We have 3 Tsunami 175 kayaks for sale. The price for each is $1799 and we have one in solid red and the others are an orange and red swirl called “mango”. Unfortunately, the full-length Tsunami 175 has been discontinued and will only be available in a much shorter version for 2022. We do not consider the short model to be a safe choice in our local Salish Sea waters so our current stock of Tsunami 175s will be our last Tsunamis forever!

Length 17’6″
Beam 24″
Cockpit Opening
36″ x 20″
Deck Height 15.75″
Front Hatch 10″
Rear Hatch 18.5″ x 12.5″
Weight 68 lbs
Load Capacity 400 lbs

The Tsunami 175 has a more traditional hull and is equipped with a rudder. These kayaks are much more forgiving for beginners and casual kayakers. They are much roomier than the Tempest series, feature a larger cockpit opening, and can accommodate larger paddlers more comfortably. The seat is the same outstanding quality as others produced by Wilderness Systems. The Tsunami 175 can pack much more gear than the Tempests and our guides always choose them for their multi-day tours.

The poly Tsunami 175s are equally rugged and made from the same high-density, rigid polyethylene plastic. Like all poly kayaks, they are a few pounds heavier than fiberglass kayaks of a similar size. You can crash land in the surf onto rocky shores, or accidentally drop your Tsunami from your roof rack without damaging it beyond a few shallow scratches.

Tsunamis have incredibly comfortable ultra-advanced seats. Their patented seats, like the Tempests, are without question the best in the world! They have more adjustment points than any other kayak seat and nearly all can be changed while still paddling. The seat results in the best balance and control in rough water and make it easier to brace and roll. Tsunamis are comfortable to sit in for long hours and are easier on your back, hips, and knees.

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Used Kayaks for Sale - Solo Tempests for Sale

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. Both the Tsunami and Tempest solo kayaks include an extra bulk-headed compartment aft, with an additional “day hatch” for access. The cockpit outfitting provided by Wilderness Systems for both models 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.

Used Kayaks for Sale - Solo Tsunamis for Sale Both models of the Tempest kayak for sale are fantastic for paddling on camping trips with full loads, but their capacity is much more limited than our Tsunami kayaks. Tempests excel for day paddles and weekend trips, but if you wish to take off for a week you should choose the Tsunami 175 or you will have to pack very carefully like a backpacker. Tsunamis can handle open ocean, outer coast, calm inland lakes, and Class 2 rivers. With the Tempests, you can also add advanced conditions such as surf zones, tidal races and rips, and rock gardens.

Normally, Tempests retail for $1679 and Tsunamis for $1899 when new so our prices are very good for kayaks in nice condition, especially when they cannot be found in stores during the current supply shortages that may last throughout 2022. 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. Our solo kayaks are always used exclusively by our guides and therefore have never been abused or damaged.

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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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