Old Town Dirigo 120
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $600
Hull is uneven, rest of the features are great.
- Great design (in theory) and features
- Comfortable seat and stable
- Love the dry compartment on front deck.
- The hull is uneven
I picked this kayak out for myself for my 54th birthday two weeks ago. I was so excited. I live on a lake and put it in first thing the day after my birthday. I felt like my left arm was having to work extra hard. Maybe I'm weaker on that side. . . Well after a couple of days, different wind and current conditions; I decided that it couldn't be just me.
When I examined the bottom, I found that there was a flat spot on the left side and on floating the kayak by itself, it doesn't sit flat in the water. When I returned it to the dealer, he went off to make some calls and I examined the 10'6" one on the floor and it has the same flaw. I took the manager out to look at the kayak and he said that it looked to him like the keel was not centered either.
They were going to let me exchange it when the new ones arrived in 2 weeks. But they called yesterday and said that the Dirigo has been discontinues and they would give me $50 off anther kayak. This is a great kayak (in theory). I love the size, features, comfort, weight. . . I haven't been able to find anything else comparable at the same price point. Frustrated with my gift and still searching.
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As the sun's poking above the horizon, you're slipping into the wide cockpit of the Old Town Dirigo 120 Kayak and cutting through the glassy water on your way to the other side of the bay. Slightly longer and more dynamic than its little brother the 106, the Dirigo 120 is equally stable, and can pack a serious load for a relatively small boat. The stern Click Seal hatch will keep a day's worth of gear safe and dry while you're exploring the coast, and you can stash your valuables in the Glove Box Hatch for safe keeping and easy access if you plan on spending serious time on the water. The Dirigo's as cush as they come, too, with a cushioned OT seat, Glide Track adjustable foot braces, and thigh pads, and if you're serious about watery relaxation, you'll love the molded cup holder and paddle keeper that'll let you kick back, stress-free, and let the currents take you where they may.