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Lifetime Tamarack 120

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  • Length: 120″  /  304.8 cm
  • Width: 31″  /  78.7 cm
  • Weight: 50 lbs  /  22.7 kg
  • Deck Height: 14.1″  /  35.7 cm
  • Max Capacity: 275 lbs  /  124.7 kg
Lifetime Tamarack 120 Review

The Lifetime Tamarack 120 Angler kayak is an awesome budget and beginner all water kayak. It’s perfect for anyone looking for something light and affordable to rely on for fishing on the weekends, either with buddies or alone. At $459.00 on Amazon, it’s in a lower price range than many proficient fishing kayaks. And at only 52lbs, it’s lightweight and easy to carry, especially thanks to the conveniently located T handles. For beginners or indeed experienced kayak anglers of any age, you can rest assured that this won’t break your back or the bank. You’d struggle to find something of better quality in this price range, and in this case, the affordable option is still jam packed with features.


The Tamarack 120 is a sit-on-top hard shell vessel. In fact, this shell is more than just ‘hard’, it’s made of UV protected, blow moulded, high-density polyethylene, which is as tough and durable as it gets. This is not a kayak that will quickly succumb to wear and tear. The flat bottom has stability chine rails and deep tracking channels – and these factors all contribute to the extremely safe and secure nature of this kayak. Part of the reason it’s perfect for beginners, or people who may only just be beginning to head out alone is that Lifetime have really succeeded at prioritising safety and stability here. For this reason, as well as how light it is, it’s also a great choice as a first single kayak for younger anglers, who are tired of going tandem and are ready to head out solo.


Lifetime Tamarack 120


In terms of comfort, this kayak has a contoured and padded seat back, and a seat pad, as well as several footrest positions, so you can really get comfy for a day on the water.


It’s a Reliable Fishing Kayak

And while any good kayak for beginners is stable, secure, and comfortable, this is also specifically designed as a fishing kayak, with features to enhance this purpose. For one, it has a 275lbs weight capacity, so will no doubt be able to handle you, and whatever you bring home for dinner. Then there are the three fishing rod holders, one top mount, and two flush mounted, as well as paddle cradles with shock cords – so you can use both your hands to reel in the catch of the day. As every angler worth his salt knows, space is essential when it comes to fishing kayaks, and with this tamarack is no different. You get plenty of cargo space, with front and rear shock cords and two six-inch storage hatches, as well as plenty of space to move around freely while reeling in your big fishy finds.


  • Light
  • Affordable
  • Spacious
  • Excellent for safety and stability
  • Less glide technology than more expensive models
  • Stability compromises some speed


This isn’t a kayak to race over the waves looking for 200lbs tuna, that much is true. However, it is a budget friendly, extremely safe, stable, and lightweight kayak, with handy storage space, and easy transport means. If you’re looking for security, then this is the perfect kayak for you.


Last updated: January 12, 2017



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