Old Town Twin Heron
Old Town produced a great family recreational kayak in the Twin Heron. Excellent learning kayak and wonderful for a quiet day on lake or stream. I've paddled most of my life and this is the most comfortable kayak or canoe I've had.
- Easy to control, tracks well
- Lightweight for a tandem
- Carries easily
- Lots of room
- Foot braces
- Paddle holders and bungee in rear
- Not for whitewater
- No dry storage
- No built in tie downs in cockpit
Visited the Old Town factory in Maine and found a great deal on a Twin Heron kayak. Couldn't wait to get it in the water! This 60-pound kayak is easy to handle out of the water with two carry handles and lots of places to grab when you lift it onto a vehicle. Unique colors even look good sitting on top.
The kayak excels once you get it into its natural environment, a lake, pond, or quiet stream. The Twin Heron is easy to paddle and tracks well, hold plenty of gear, and the seats are comfortable for an extended trip. My wife and I take along our two dogs and everybody has room to enjoy the trip.
I'm an outdoor photographer and find that the kayak is a stable platform to shoot out of, as long as the dogs don't get too excited seeing wildlife. The hull material is quiet and not cold. The only drawbacks I've found are the lack of any dry storage and no place to tie things down in the cockpit. (A drybag remedies the dry storage and adding a couple of self stick tiedowns allow you to lash things in. There is a load of room behind the rear seat.)
A really unique attribute of the Twin Heron is the ability to remove the front seat and paddle from the rear with a ton of room for gear. Old Town trimmed the kayak so that it paddles well even with only one person sitting in the rear. This is when the kayak really excels as a photographer's platform! It also becomes a great fishing kayak in this configuration.
We've had the kayak for almost three years and have paddled many streams and lakes here in Tennessee and even had it back up to Maine and explored the lakes of Acadia National Park. Look forward to every opportunity to paddle the Twin Heron with family.
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $600 U.S.
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