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Old Town Canoe and Kayak
Camden 120 Reviews
I have owned the Camden 120…
I have owned the Camden 120 Angler model for 6 years. It has held up very well except for the the dry hatch in the rear. The seal at the bottom of the hatch detached fairly early and I have not been able to find a way to adequately repair it. I only put dry bags into the hatch. The only other negative with the boat is the location of the drainage port, which is in an odd location on the side of the boat. As far as comfort, the seat is fantastic, very comfortable on long paddles, and highly adjustable. The seat back does need to be set for the height every time you paddle, but not a major issue. Tracks fairly well and handles rough lake conditions well, especially with a skirt. Turning is not the best, and the boat is fairly heavy when car topping.
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visuals and materials:
Old Town seems to have a much 'better' (time will tell) construction method here with a triple layer setup - Two layers of poly sandwiching a foam layer... the boat does feel noticeably more rigid than the Pungo, and the additional weight tends to support this as well. My boat had a well sealed aft bulkhead, and I do like the sealing of the hatch - lots of room for storage, and everything has been dry as a bone, even taking on water from waves and rain on several trips. There was no 'dash' storage on my boat, but with all the room i have, a watertight box or bag has plenty of room inside with me between my legs (6'2 - 250 lbs -all leg). for carrying - the handles are bungeed and retract nicely when not in use, look to be more secure and repairable than a few other brand boats... appreciated this fact. The cockpit skirt lip allows easy installation and good retention for sprayskirts and covers.
Old Town/Necky's ACS 1.0 seat is amazing, fully adjustable, and i have yet to see any of the disconnect issues I've seen other places (check to make sure the ratchet is in snugly). the ACS 2.0 system looks to improve even further, but I could not justify passing up the deal on the brand new last year model i got. There is plenty of leg room, and the foot pedals are easily adjusted even on the move. the boat IS a little uncomfortable shouldering, placing a bilge sponge or towel between your shoulder and the rim of the yak allows for very comfortable lifting when you don't have anyone to help.
the 12'6" Camden 120 can occasionally get hit by wind and strong waves, but I noticed no slacking in performance vs the Pungo 120, Pelican 100x, or the tandem Ocean Kayak Malibu 2 on the same water. the boat responds well to paddling adjustments and sits nice in the water... getting the boat up to speed is easy enough, and I have been jokingly able to keep up a good speed with minimal effort (this is still no touring boat). roll is stable but responsive for carving turns out a little, and the cockpit does a decent enough job of keeping water out when open, not sure about open ocean without a skirt though. The ACS 2 seat would probably be great with the splash water draining quicker off your rear, but again, nothing other than nit picking here. The width is not annoying for paddling, and the paddle rest divots work well enough.
not personally a fan of the blue color they have, but really love my 'black cherry' finish, and their bright green was a nice color as well... this is all personal choice. This boat has gotten noticed among a sea of ocean kayaks and WS boats, the finish looks great in person, the rigging on the deck tucks away when not being used, but is easily enough popped out and holds things down well enough. the material seems to be slightly more scratch resistant than my friends' kayaks, we shall see after the end of the season how this holds up.
One word of warning is that the hull does at times become slicker than some when wet, but holding by the cockpit rim or the handles alleviates this.
would always advise those looking at a Pungo or similar boat to add this to their consideration list.
I purchased a Camden 120 for…
It is a great kayak made out of 3 layer poly but light enough for me to load into the back of the truck myself. Had it on the lake with the wind out of the NE at 15. It effected it a little but not bad. It is an excellent Kayak that I would recommend to anyone
Tracks great, EXTREMELY…
My first kayak was a twelve…
The Camden 120 is the 1st…
I've had my Camden 120 for…
- It's stable, pretty much all the time. I have fallen in exactly once and that was my own fault. I've had it full of water up to about 2" from the top of the cockpit and it still was manageable in rapids.
- It turns very easily. I have friends with 14' Pungos, and I can have this boat around in a third the time they can.
- The seat is comfortable, and adjustable enough that I can always find the right spot for it.
- The foot pegs are easy to adjust while on the water, which is necessary for me, because I can't stand keeping my legs in the same position all day.
- It doesn't track amazingly well. Mine tends to go left. It's not severe, but enough to be annoying on occasion. For what I do, I'm okay with it, though, because I think if it tracked straighter, it wouldn't be so easy to turn quickly.
- The seat back has popped off a couple of times if I adjust it to its highest position and lean back on it. It's not major, and I think most don't keep it quite that high, anyway. Still, it happened 12 miles into an 18 mile paddle once, which was not the most comfortable occurrence.
- The front glove box takes on water. Not majorly. Enough, though, that I don't recommend putting anything electronic in there on its own, without a waterproof container of some sort.