The RTM Tempo is widely regarded as one of the fastest plastic sit-on-top kayaks on the market. The touring hull and low seating position gives fantastic performance on flat water and in rough seas alike. This is an ideal choice for all levels of paddler as the low centre of gravity gives it the stability needed to provide confidence for beginners while the sleek fish form profile provides the speed and handling characteristics advanced paddlers will love.
The Tempo has the the efficiency that will let you cover a lot of distance and the speed you need for a fast blast in flat or rough conditions. It is a great choice for touring or fitness paddling and is also popular as a recreational diving base for snorkelling and spearfishing.
If you have always wanted to try sea kayaking, but are not sure about a closed cockpit kayak and the idea of learning to roll, then the RTM Tempo would be an excellent alternative as it can handle the conditions most sea kayakers go out in and it will keep up with all but the fastest closed cockpit models. You are unlikely to fall off the kayak but if you do so getting back on is not difficult. If you practice re-entry in safe shallow waters you will be confident paddling this kayak pretty much anywhere.
The hull profile provides plenty of waterline which makes this a very efficient kayak on the water with great tracking characteristics. The gentle rocker, and the volume forward of the paddler, helps it ride over waves and gives good manoeuvrability too. The sleek profile means it slices through the water very well. The large Bow Hatch provides access to good sized storage area and there is more storage in the rear tankwell - either one will take a large trolley. You can be condifident that your load will be safe as tie down buckles on the front hatch will keep it secure in the roughest of conditions and the rear tankwell has a cargo net to keep your gear safe at sea. With a generous max load limit of 170kg (375lbs) there is plenty of capacity to take enough gear for overnight camping.
We recommend the C-Tug trolley for transporting this kayak to and from the water.
See below for a video where we tested the RTM Tempo Angler in rough water conditions! The Angler version, is exactly the same kayak with additional fittings to outfit it as a fishing kayak.
- Buoyancy foam block kit
- Drinks holder
- Drain plug
- Paddle keeper
- 10 D-rings
- 4 Scupper holes
- 4 Carry handles
- Deck line
- 1 large bow hatch with straps
- Rear storage space with net
- Moulded foot braces
- Towing and lock ring
- Length 4.5m
- Width 67cm
- Depth 33cm
- Weight 24kg
- Manufacturers Max Weight Capacity: 170kg - 375 lb
- Unsinkable Yes
- Self Bailing Yes
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