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Old Town Recreational Kayak Review

Updated on September 11, 2014

Kayaking is a Great Way to Explore Waterways

Summer is always the time of year we find ourselves drawn to the water. One of our favorite activities is kayaking on our many rivers and lakes. We typically rent as we do not have room to store multiple kayaks in our home. When we do rent a kayak from our local outfitter he sets us with an Old Town recreational kayak. We always enjoy them as they are easy to pilot and comfortable to use. We've used both tandem and single kayaks and our family has a nice time exploring whatever water we choose to float on.

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What is Recreational Kayaking?

Not all kayaks are for whitewater

When many people think about kayaks and kayaking they think of extreme whitewater paddling in fast moving water over water falls sitting in a tiny boat that seems easy to flip over. The fact is there are many kinds of kayaks that are perfectly suitable for lakes, open ocean, ponds, rivers and creeks. Just because one does not want to rip down whitewater and ride down 8 foot waterfalls does not mean they cannot find enjoyment riding a kayak.

Recreational kayaks are a lot like canoes. But the great thing about kayaks is that they are faster. They are typically easier to maneuver. The weight of most kayaks is far less than a canoe. Most people can pick up a kayak by themselves. Many models are very stable and comfortable. Some are specifically designed for fishing. They are excellent to get into those shallow hard to reach fishing holes.

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Old town kayaks
Old town kayaks

Old Town Kayaks

Floating the waters since 1898

The recreational kayak that I enjoy using is made by Old Town. They are rather ubiquitous at most outfitters. Given a choice we always try to rent a couple of Old Town kayaks when we want to get out on the lake or ride down the river. Most models have plenty of storage space. They are light and are easily maneuverable while being very stable.

Old Town has been around a long time. They made their first canoe way back in 1898. I can appreciate that kind of history.

We do not own an Old Town kayak. Simply we do not have the space yet to store one. The ones that we typically rent from an outfitter are 10 feet in length. 2 or 3 of them in the garage can end up taking a lot of space around the cars, bikes, mowers and everything else you have to keep around. I do hope that one day I can afford to build an outbuilding and be able to store my own kayaks. Renting is an expense and a pain. It is so much nicer to simply load up and go.

These days you can really get a lot for your money with an Old Town kayak. One nice thing about renting is you get to try out the many different models. If you have access to a well-stocked outfitter you can really try out some great models before you choose to buy.

Old Town 10-Feet 6-Inch Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak - Easy to paddle and fun to ride

Old Town 10-Feet 6-Inch Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak
Old Town 10-Feet 6-Inch Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak

The Old Town Dirigio has been one of my favorite kayaks. It is easy to paddle and is comfortable to sit in. The storage feature is really nice as it will keep all your gear safe and dry. It even has a glovebox for keys and such. It is one of the best kayaks that I have tried especially for beginners and intermediate users. If your interest is to simply float on slow-moving rivers, lakes or ponds this is a good one to consider. A nice touch is the cup holder. Pretty great when you are on the water for an hour or so and need to refuel with some water or an energy drink.


Old Town Heron Product Video

The Heron 9 and 11 are two very nice recreational kayaks that are great for paddling around the lake. They also come in anglar versions for fishing as well as an XT model for storage.

Old Town Kayaks - Sporty kayaks with a stable ride

Have you ever been kayaking?

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    • flycatcherrr profile image

      flycatcherrr 5 years ago

      I enjoy kayaking but don't own a kayak (yet). I do have an Old Town canoe, so would probably go with Old Town if I were to get a kayak. I'd never thought about angling in a kayak - interesting idea!

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      microfarmproject 5 years ago

      I have never been kayaking, but it looks like fun!

    • markadamdouglass profile image

      markadamdouglass 5 years ago

      I have been, but not for about a decade. I think it is about time to try it again

    • savateuse profile image

      savateuse 5 years ago

      Last summer, a couple of times. And I enjoyed it so much, I wrote a lens about it!

    • Sylvestermouse profile image

      Cynthia Sylvestermouse 5 years ago from United States

      I have been whitewater rafting and have enjoyed canoeing several times, but I have never been kayaking. Guess that is something I definitely need to experience.