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Old Town Vapor 10

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
photo: Old Town Vapor 10 recreational kayak

Best for lakes and slow rivers, for anyone wanting an easy little boat with plenty of room for gear.


  • Easy to maneuver
  • Holds a lot of gear


  • The seat needs 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.

Love it!!!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450

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.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $489

I have two Old Town Trips and one Old Town Vapor 10. The same kayak, the Trip just has the sealed stern area. We use them for river fishing and camping.


  • Solid built kayak
  • Enough space to enter and exit. Room for fishing gear.
  • Very stable, tracks good, easy to get around fallen trees on river.
  • It has enough speed for my use on the river.


  • I have not found anything on or with the kayak that I would call a weakness.

This is one great kayak for river fishing and camping.

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: bought it on sale

I purchased this kayak last season and spent a lot of time on the water. I am very pleased with the performance and comfort of this kayak. For the price this was a great option. I would recommend this kayak for pond and flat lake fishing.


  • Comfortable
  • Lightweight
  • Price


  • The rigging for the anchor does not run the length of the kayak

The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is a great fishing kayak for flat water lakes and small ponds. It has a very comfortable seat which means more time on the water. It is lightweight and easy to transport to your favorite fishing hole. I have really enjoyed mine and cannot wait to get back out on it this season. 

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450

Great boat for a beginner. Easy to paddle, nice dry well, wonderful colors! The water awaits you....join the fun, gain confidence on the water and explore your part of the world. We own an Old Town tandem and love it!


  • User-friendly
  • Easy maneuverability
  • Nice design


  • Not designed for going fast
  • Not for rough water or long trips

This boat does very well what it was designed for. It is a great boat to share with your friends to introduce your friends to paddling. It has a nice console in front of the paddler for items you need to keep at hand. User-friendly, comfortable and a fun experience.

Source: rented it

I love my Old Town kayak!!!


  • Sturdy
  • Roomy
  • Tracks well


  • Heavy

I love my Old Town kayak, I have had it for about four years now and have no real complaints! I have taken it down river many times and also in lakes—easy to maneuver and very sturdy and still in great condition!! It could use more padding on the seat, but that's just my opinion!

Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $450? it's been a while!

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Price MSRP: $399.99
Historic Range: $279.96-$649.99
Reviewers Paid: $450.00-$489.00
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