Reviewers Paid: $437.00-$450.00
19.5 x 48 in
Excellent low-cost recreational kayak. This kayak is really nice for flat water and slow moving rivers.
- Large cockpit
- Very stable
- Good cargo capacity
- Priced reasonable for the quality
- Fun to boat in
- Seat is hard on the behind for long trips
- Foot pegs could be bigger
My wife and I are are new to kayaking and these were our first purchases. So far we have taken ours out on 16 trips in the past two months ranging from 90 min to our longest trip of 8 hours on the water, 2 miles to 14.88 miles. We have paddled in no wind to as high as about 15mph. It tracks reasonable straight and maneuvers pretty well. We kayak on flat water and slow moving rivers.
The kayak has a built-in cup holder on the front of the cockpit that you have to stretch to reach and one in the seat. Both hold cans and water bottles well. It has a paddle rest on the rim of the kayak and a tie down for securing while resting.
It has a sealed rear bulk head with a dry hatch. The dry hatch cover is okay. I like it better than a gasket only one, but still is not as nice as some others. The plastic handles at each end are solid and make it easy to carry and tie down on the roof of your vehicle. It has buoyant material in the bow to keep the bow high on the water.
The foot pegs are easy to adjust and work (could be bigger). The knee pads on the sides are reasonable. The seat is okay but hard on the behind for long trips without adding additional padding. There is room behind the seat to store a soft 12-can cooler.
It has tie downs on the bow, wish it had one on the stern behind the seat too. I am not a fisherman, but it does have some trolling mounts and an anchor system I have never used, plus a cleat on the right side. The kayak is made with good materials and feels solid and well made. I imagine it will hold up for many years with normal care and use.
Overall I love this is as a starting kayak and do not regret buying it. What drew me to it was all the extras, large cock pit and the stability. If I knew then what I know now and how much I was going to love kayaking I probably would have gone the extra $300 to $400 per kayak and purchased a Wilderness Pungo 100 or 120.
We paid $437 at Dicks with sales and discounts. We have ordered a Wilderness Systems Pungo 140 which fits our kayaking plans and style. Kayaking is expensive after you buy your boat, a decent paddle, and a PFD. Not to mention the costs associated with crossbars and racks.
This is a solid kayak for beginners and casual kayakers looking to have a good time enjoying the water. It is worth every penny and I would not hesitate to recommend it. If you plan on spending a lot of time in the water in it and have the money then I recommend spending the extra money on the Wilderness Systems Pungo line.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $437
Best for lakes and slow rivers, for anyone wanting a easy little boat with plenty of room for gear.
- Easy to maneuver
- Lots of room for gear
- Seat needs more padding.
Been out in this 10-foot sit-in kayak for several trips this spring including a short camping trip upriver.
This one has plenty of room for gear including a dry hatch in back with a lockable rubber top that holds a small flexible cooler, a duffle bag, and room for more stuff crammed in the crannies. There's room behind the seat for a sleeping bag, room between your feet for more gear, and a installed criss-cross bungee kit on front of the kayak that can hold two chairs in bags. It has a couple of hooks and smaller little bungees around the cockpit to attach handy things like camera or phone. It has space for adding more bungees for more storage if needed.
It has a deep cup holder in the built in console, but you need long arms to reach as it is a large cockpit!
The paddle rest is across the cockpit with a bungee and hook to attach it if you're needing your hands for other things or just rest.
I'm a smallish female, 5'6", 140 pounds, and haven't tried to carry it on my own, but it's light enough that carrying up a steep boat landing and placing on the truck, with help, isn't too taxing.
Our kayaking has been in lakes and slow rivers, and this is the second kayak I've owned, the other is a Perception Sport Swifty 9.5, which I also love, but doesn't have the storage space. Maneuvering with the Old Town seems excellent and it tracks well, easily becomes an extension of you and feels effortless after a while.
This kayak isn't super fast, but works to get you where you're going if speed isn't your goal. Having said that, if you put your mind to it, you can get out in front of the supposedly longer, faster kayaks, with little effort.
The only downside is the seat gets a little hard after a short time, so will plan to do some modifying with that prior to going on a longer trip.
It also comes with an anchor system which I haven't used yet.
Definitely recommend the Old Town Trip kayak for slow rivers and lakes. Have friends, males and females, of all sizes, who always grab this one, too.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450