Old Town Vapor 10XT

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Great beginner kayak for flat water and occasional…

Rating: rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $489


Great beginner kayak for flat water and occasional users. This is the XP model which adds a hatch cover. Otherwise the same as the Vapor 10.


  • Big and flat means stable
  • Large opening great if you are a bigger person
  • Adjustable seat is easily done on the fly
  • Adjustable foot pegs


  • Cup holder at front of cockpit is not reachable while in the seat
  • No bungies on deck to hold gear and looks difficult to add any kit to it.

This is a great little kayak. I have used it for three years on flat waters of Lake Mead, Lake Mojave, and the Colorado River below Hoover Dam The difference between the Vapor 10 and the Vapor 10XT is that the XT has a cover on the rear hatch. That is great for keeping your items safely secured. I modified the hatch by insulating it with foam and it actually makes a great ice chest for food and water on hot days out on the river.

The large opening make it great for access...especially if you are a larger person.


Notice in this picture the great room! Can even easily relax with legs up on the deck for a stretch!

The construction of this kayak is typical of lower end kayaks and quite durable. Designed for stability over manuverabilty, you may decide that a rudder and slimmer modle is more efficient to cut through the water. But if you goal is to go out from time to time for a paddle and float you cannot beat this kayak for comfort.

I have no wear issues that would make this any less functional after three years than the day I bought it. And I am not too dainty with how I toss it around getting it on and off the car.

My only complaint is really a function of the large open cockpit: with less deck surface space I have not added a bungie kit to hold additional gear. This isn't a big problem, but if you want to take very much with you this could be a drawback.


I bought a couple of these last year for my wife and I. We enjoy floating around on the local lakes and drifting the Russian river and we couldn't be happier; perfect boats for that kind of use. The open cockpit is a big plus for those of us who value ease of entry/exit. We also have a small dog who must always go with so I built a seat for him and mounted it into the forward cup holder which as noted is not real useful as a cup holder anyway. Though not a fast boat it is a very stable craft and for just floating around it is ideal.

2 years ago

Note to self: do not press the Enter key...I do like the idea of lining the rear well with insulating foam for use as a cooler and will modify ours as you have done. One thing you did not mention is that this boat (in green) lights up spectacularly at night when you set a flashlight inside it. Very, very cool. UFO - Unidentified Floating Object - great for those midnite floats on the river.

2 years ago

I haven't done an evening float yet but will lights boat up too! I also want to take my dog (schipperke, which is a small canal boat dog from Belgium) with me but haven't tried yet.

2 years ago

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Manufacturer's Description

Visit Old Town's Vapor 10XT page.

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Here's what other sites are saying:

For do-it-all recreational boaters, the Old Town Vapor 10XT Kayak has the skills to handle ponds, lakes, rivers, and even a little bit of ocean paddling if the conditions are mellow. The Vapor's stable platform and large volume offer tons of stability and load-bearing capability without making it handle like a steamship, and the extra-large cockpit has plenty of room to move around and make getting in and out breezy. Old Town made sure all-day comfort and simplicity was the name of the Vapor's game--in addition to the ginormous cockpit, the Comfort Flex seat is decked out with extra padding, and there are adjustable Support Track foot braces to give you a stable paddling platform. Together with a molded cockpit tray, cup holder, and stern hatch, the Vapor has all the comforts you could think of, without any unnecessary gadgets to slow you down.

- Backcountry.com

The Old Town Vapor 10XT kayak takes the sporty features of the Vapor series 1 step further with an electronics-friendly space and a cover for the stern day well.


The Old Town? Vapor 10 XT is your ticket to fun on the water. Loaded with features to keep you comfortable, this boat eliminates excuses for not paddling.