Old Town Vapor 10
A great beginner/recreational kayak This is my first…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $489
A great beginner/recreational kayak
- Big open cockpit
- Lidded storage hatch behind seat
- Confortable stock seat
- The touted cup holder at the front of teh cockpit is too far away to be practicle
- open cockpit can be problematic in rain/blowing watter.
This is my first kayak and I have owned it for three seasons of water paddling FUN! I have used it on Lake Meade, Lake Mojave and the Colorado River below Boulder Dam (Hoover Dam). All flat water.
This is a very basic kayak that will make you feel pretty secure and able to learn the basics of paddling, even in whitecaps. It is very open. It has a cup holder on the front of the cockpit, but the cockpit is so open and big that you cannot reach it when in the seat of the kayak. Not to worry, water close at hand at the seat as well.
The seat was a nice one and easily adjustable. I prefer a pretty upright back and I can achieve this by pulling the adjustment cord. AND it holds in place in the cord gripper.
I am sure that experienced kayakers might consider this a bit of a tub and less controllable than some, but at this price and at my experience, I am quite satisfied.
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A too-big boat is tough to paddle and a pain to lug around. Old Town made the Vapor 10 Kayak compact but gave it tons of volume so it floats high, rides smooth, and feels stable. Novices and intermediate paddlers can slide right into the roomy cockpit and confidently paddle out onto the lake or a slow-moving river.
Lightweight, maneuverable and stable, the Old Town Vapor 10 kayak offers recreational boaters an express ticket into the tranquil blue. Relatively short hull eases transport to the water, turns readily and takes up less space in your garage than longer boats. Comfort Flex seat flexes with every stroke and adjusts to personalize your position in the cockpit; quick-drying cushioning ensures day-long comfort. Single-layer polyethylene stands up to tough aquatic environments, offers high value and cleans up in a flash. Cargo well in stern stores lunch, water, a rain shell, bilge pump-anything you might want to bring along for the day. Padded thigh braces increase comfort in the cockpit; adjustable footbraces ensure an efficient paddling position. Features a molded paddle rest, cockpit tray and beverage holder.