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While some of us may love the idea of kayak fishing and are willing to pay more for the best angling kayak, there are quite a few newbies out there looking for something that offers them the stability, comfort, and versatility they need to find the swing of the game. Enter the Old Town Vapor 10, an angling kayak which Old Town promotes as one of the best ‘newbie friendly’ vessels of its kind.
But does this kayak really live up to the claims made by the manufacturer? Will it give you the stability and performance you want and need?
Check out our review to see for yourself!
Old Town Vapor 10 at a Glance
The Old Town Vapor 10 boasts a very comfortable seat, which makes paddling long distances that much more enjoyable. Depending on the shape of your body, the seat conforms to your shape, providing you with as much comfort as possible.
Satisfactory Storage Space…Check
Anglers who like to do their thing out on a kayak obviously need to bring a few essential pieces of gear onboard with them, and the Vapor 10 supplies you with more than enough room for all your onboard essentials.
Old Town’s Vapor 10 is made using polyethylene, which makes it lightweight, and with its relatively short body, it’s also very easy to transport to your launching site. For convenient carrying, the Vapor 10 also comes with carrying handles on either side of the vessel.
Great Hull and Cockpit…Check
The Vapor 10’s cockpit happens to be one of its most attractive features, being super stable and very efficient, which makes it great for kayak fishing. Rod holders flush mounted to the comfort flex seat provide you with an easy way to grab your fishing rods with the utmost of ease, something which most anglers will greatly appreciate. Then there’s also a few other things well worth mentioning such as the built-in thigh pads, paddle holder, draining plugs over the cockpit, a molded well in the stern, and the adjustable foot braces.
Add all those handy comfort features together and what do you get? Well, you get a package that seems very attractive at first glance, at least on paper, but let’s get to the part where we tell you how it performs out on the water…
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Performance Review of the Old Town Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak
For kayak fishing newbies, the Vapor 10 is a great recreational kayak which is well worth every dollar you’ll spend on it. Since it has a lightweight design, the Vapor 10 is great at tracking and its maneuverability is exceptional for its class.
Paddling long distances with the Vapor 10 is very comfortable too because it comes with an adjustable seat, adjustable foot straps and a cushion for your thighs and rear. The Vapor 10 is also very stable out in the water, making it safe for anglers to rest their feet on the top of the kayak, and we all know that some space to recline makes a huge difference in the overall experience.
One of the things that also stood out for us with regards to the Vapor 10 Recreational kayak’s performance is the fact that it has great maneuverability. There’s also the fact that this kayak glides over the water with minimal effort thanks to the precision-engineered, streamline hull.
Vapor 10 from Old Town Specs
Total Length 10 feet
Total Width 28.5 inches
Total Depth 16.75 inches
Total Weight 48 pounds
Cockpit Size 48 x 19.5 inches
Carrying Capacity 325 pounds
The Old Town Vapor 10 in Retrospect
If you asked us if there was anything about the Old Town Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak we didn’t like, we’d be lying if we point blank said NO. The truth is that no man-made product is flawless. Our biggest issue with the Vapor 10 is its price, which hovers in the $500 zone. Compared to other kayaks in its class, the Vapor 10 is very basic, yet it’s priced at a very advanced price range.
There’s also the fact that the Vapor 10 is a solo kayak, which may increase comfort inside the kayak since you’ll have more space, but it takes away the ability for an angler to stand up and cast his lines in the water without the fear of keeling over.
The last thing worth mentioning here is the fact that the Vapor 10 doesn’t really want to be paddled head on into heavy winds since it has a lightweight chassis. Strong wind from the front will probably cause the kayak to track poorly and it’ll also make you lose a lot of speed. We get that it’s a recreational kayak, so it cannot be criticized for wind resistance, but it is surely something to keep in mind before making that final purchase call.
Old Town Vapor 10 Pros and Cons
- Very spacious
- Comfortable for angling purposes
- Very lightweight and versatile
- Very stable
- Easy to transport
- Expensive when compared with competitors
- Tracking and keeping speed is an issue with strong winds
Who Should Buy the Old Town Vapor 10 Kayak?
If you’re an angler who would like to get into the kayak fishing game, the Vapor 10 might be a great idea. It does what it’s supposed to do, and it lives up to claims made by the manufacturer. It’s also a great kayak for paddlers looking to invest in something that will not falter when it comes to stability and convenient functionality throughout the design.
There are folks who will not like the Vapor 10 due to the fact that it’s not customizable and let’s not forget about its unreasonably high price. If you’re a paddler who needs extra functionality, this might not be what you’re looking for. There are a lot of alternatives out there which come priced a lot more reasonably and offer similar functionality.
Newbie paddlers and kayaking fishermen looking for efficiency, comfort, and space may find that the Old Town Vapor 10 is their ideal fit for a recreational angling kayak.
It was made to meet all of the needs that solo kayak anglers may have, and if comfort and performance are high up in your books of ‘must-have’ when it comes to recreational kayaks, this product may well be worth your investment. We reckon the Old Town Vapor 10 is a great kayak and it lived up to the expectations we had set for it before taking it out on the water.
Remember: What works for one paddler might end up nightmarish for another. Go ahead and test it out for yourself before you take the plunge and close that sales deal!