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Great beginner kayak for flat water and occasional…
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.