Old Town Vapor 10 Review

Old Town really outdid themselves with the Vapor 10, at least if your into entry level kayaks. The Vapor is the most affordable, highly sought after kayak in its class, and is wildly popular due to its affordability, durability, and stability. It’s also able to handle all of the necessary recreational activities including fishing, in fact its one of the best fishing kayaks on the market for still water angling. However, its going to have a much tougher time on ocean water and fast running rivers.

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As much as I want to gloat about this model, it call comes down to price. At $400, you aren’t going to find a model with a ton of features, but Old Town equips it with some pretty nice bare bones attributes. It not indestructible, but its made from quality materials. Its not super comfortable, but it comes fully equipped with the needed padding. Its not the most stable kayak afloat, but it can handle slow moving rivers and still water just fine.

Model Features

Seating: The Vapor is a SIK, with a low center of gravity, allowing you to paddle pretty much all day without too much strain. The seat itself is comfortable, featuring Old Town’s Comfort Flex padding, and is easily adjustable.

Compartments: This model has a Stern Day Well, which allows for you to easily store and access your day to day items, without needing a hatch. Your not going to be able to carry a ton of items, but a leisurely day at the lake where you carry a few necessary nick knacks is definitely doable.

Construction: This is a 10 foot barebones model, but its constructed well. It only has a single layer, but its made of linear polyethylene which all high end models are made from.

Vapor 10Positive Attributes

One of the really nice things that you wouldn’t normally expect from a kayak at this price, is its large cockpit area. It track “okay” on still water, and is stable enough, as long as you don’t pretend that it can handle white water rapids. Overall, its incredibly versatile.

Another huge positive, is its size. 10 foot long and can hold enough weight for you to bring equipment and a dog, without much fuss. There aren’t many compartments to store your gear, but you will be able to leave your gear in the cockpit area no problem.

Finally, the price. Its one of the cheapest, polyethylene brand models on the market, and you will be hard pressed to find a model this size any cheaper.

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Negative Attributes

One of the biggest complaints about this model is the seating angle. While you won’t strain to paddle, the weight distribution has you seated too far backwards, and its hard to make it work, even with a cushion to prop yourself up. Worse, there are no ordering options or replacement seats.

Tracking can also be a pain. If you get it moving, its maneuverability improves, but at first tilt you won’t be able to paddle without it swaying side to side.

Final Analysis

This is a versatile, all around family kayak. Its very cheap and is large enough to do most recreational activities, such as diving or touring, and you can set up the necessary rigging to fish. However, don’t confuse this for a model that can take on rapids, its maneuverability is substandard and it isn’t stable enough to handle faster water flows.