Old Town Vapor 10XT Kayak Review

The state of Maine is known for its sheer beauty and miles of untouched pristine nature. I have always been a lover of the great outdoors, and one sport in particular that has always intrigued me is kayaking.  Over the years I have taken a few small kayaking trips, but wanted to fully embrace the sport.  I did a ton of research, and found that one of the best and oldest companies that make both kayaks and canoes is right here in Maine, Old Town. Old Town, located where else, but in Old Town, Maine made its first wood-and-canvas canoe back in 1898 and continues to be a leader in the industry with its innovative use of only the finest materials and streamline designs. I met Jeremy Smith, a Sales Lead at the Old Town Retail and Visitor Center, and was expertly outfitted with all of the essential gear that I would need for my first of many kayaking excursions.  The boat that I selected was the Old Town Vapor 10XT ($489).  The Vapor 10XT is the ideal starter kayak, perfect for those people who simply want to get out on the water, for fitness enthusiasts, or a little family fun. I took the boat out for the first time and paddled down the Scarborough River, and found the kayak to be extremely stable, comfortable, and easy to maneuver.  There was a ton of extra storage space both in the cockpit as well as in the ample covered cargo well located in the stern, roomy enough for a lunch or rain gear.  There are many features that make the Vapor 10XT a wonderful choice.  These include the comfort and flexible seat that is fully padded and adjustable, a must during a long paddle. The seat has a built-in cup holder and there is an additional cup holder located in the molded-in cockpit tray, perfect for a spare water bottle. The interior of the cockpit boasts thigh pads, adjustable foot braces, and a molded-in paddle rest with an attached bungee cord. The boat was super easy to carry, given the two built in carry handles and the fact that it weighs a mere 48 pounds. The kayak is roughly 10’ long and 28.5” wide, which make it easy to transport and store. The Vapor 10XT can accommodate a maximum load range of 275-325 pounds. Overall, the boat is well constructed, the stability of the boat is excellent, and it maneuvers very well. Beginners and families alike will have a great time with this kayak. Intermediate and advanced paddlers might like it for its ease of handling, maneuverability, and ease of transport. If you are looking for a boat for recreation, day touring, fishing, or tandem styles, Old Town has just what you are looking for.  You can learn more about Old Town boats here. (Reviewed by Meredith Fire-Hess)

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