9' 6"
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Heron 9XT Description

The Heron 9XT combines comfort and features at an affordable price. Featuring a padded Comfort Flex seat and stern Click Seal hatch with bulkhead, the Heron 9XT is perfect for beginning and recreational paddlers who may want a few extra bells and whistles. Designed to perform...the Heron 9XT will not disappoint.

Heron 9XT Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Smaller Adult/Child, Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner

Additional Attributes

  • Adjustable Comfort Flex seat with added seat/back padding
  • Support Track Foot Brace System
  • Stern Click Seal hatch and bulkhead
  • Comfortable carrying handles
  • Thigh pads
  • Paddle keeper
  • Cup holders

Where to Buy the Heron 9XT

Old Town Canoe and Kayak
Heron 9XT Reviews

Read reviews for the Heron 9XT by Old Town Canoe and Kayak as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

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Owned this one for 4 years,…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/27/2022

Owned this one for 4 years, upgrading from an old Otter. I’m 66 and weigh 185.
The seat is very comfortable and I can paddle for 2+ hours without discomfort. I like the floatation in the bow and the rear hatch (with a 1 way vent). It tracks well for a rec boat (better than the Otter) and has good, strong lifting toggles. My only issue is the elastic paddle holder- the plastic bracket broke the first season. I’ve installed another and so far so good.


Got this 3 summers ago after…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 12/21/2021

Got this 3 summers ago after giving the old Otter to my daughter. I keep it on my powerboat and use it regularly to fish and explore backwaters. Lots of nice upgrades with the Heron (adjustable backrest, foot pegs, rear hatch). Tracking is about the same as the Otter but it feels better because of the pegs. I often use a spray skirt and it helps greatly to maintain a dry cockpit. The only gripe I really have is the paddle holder, which broke after less than a year. I added a Scotty rod holder and it works well.


I am a small female, 5’3”…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/10/2020
I am a small female, 5’3” 115lb. This kayak is light enough for me to carry, just. But it’s very wide which means I scrape my knuckles constantly on the sides and it tracks about as well as a bath tub even on inland lakes and no wind. My husband manages better and I have read that adding weight in the back storage can help so maybe it just rides too high with me in it. I much prefer our Necky Rip 10 with a skeg.

I have owned a pair of Old…

Submitted by: paddler782846 on 5/26/2020
I have owned a pair of Old Town Heron 9XT kayaks since May of 2014. And for the last several summers, I’ve enjoyed launching them on local Missouri lakes for a few hours of paddling and relaxing on the water. I’m a 5’5” mid-40s woman, and have no issue hefting these boats into the back of my truck or onto the roof of my car to transport them. And once on the water, the Old Town Heron 9XT is a very comfortable ride. The extra seat padding and roomy cockpit, along with the adjustable foot pegs, are all excellent features. And the covered storage compartment behind the seat is just the right size to hold a small soft side cooler with some beverages and snacks. The only thing I would change about the boat — I would add some bungees to the front so you could slide your shoes under them while you row. Otherwise, I’m very pleased with this purchase and would buy again. Highly recommend.

Whenever I am on the water it…

Submitted by: paddler772263 on 5/6/2020
Whenever I am on the water it is a little bit of heaven on earth. Very stable and good quality.

Loved the look and features…

Submitted by: paddler550612 on 9/4/2019

Loved the look and features of this canoe,but would not track straight at all. Spent much effort to arrive at destination on a small calm lake. Ended up returning it and got a Perception 9.6 at about half the price and it soars through the water.


This is my first Kayak. So…

Submitted by: paddler529948 on 7/19/2019

This is my first Kayak. So far I am very impressed with the quality of the Old Town. I found it stable and tracked well on calm water. I bought this as a novice Kayaker for recreation while camping. The seat I found comfortable. The locker sealed up very well. I would buy an Old Town kayak again based on my experience.


Old Town Heron

Submitted by: Catherine-Bond on 8/3/2017

I love this kayak. Suitable for big guys and smaller gals. Handles well on a lake or a river. Stable and durable. I can easily fit my 2 small dogs with me and room for a drink. The seat and back rest are very comfortable. I like it for fishing and just touring around.


Heron 9XT - A little customization makes it a pretty good stable sit in fishing kayak

Submitted by: paddler354138 on 4/24/2017

Bought as my first kayak and have owned for a couple of years now. Use it for fishing on Ozark creeks and occasionally running class 2 WW to access good fishing holes. Not many spray skirt options other than Seals brand for the very large cockpit. It's pretty comfortable and has easy to adjust foot rests. A little customization makes it a pretty good stable sit in fishing kayak.


Got this two months ago at…

Submitted by: paddler237185 on 10/26/2016
Got this two months ago at Cabelas. I liked the size and looks (sunrise). The quality is excellent, you see it in the seat, bulkhead cover, handles, thigh pads and adjustable foot pegs. The bulkhead seems watertight. I can easily paddle upstream and straight on slow moving rivers, it's reasonably quick. The tradeoff is that it gets easily pushed around by mild currents in shallow water, but in a way that's part of the fun.

Not hard to paddle straight once you get used to it. It's very stable and holds lots of stuff. It goes and turns like a little sports car. Not really a long distance cruiser, but still fairly versatile.
Overall lots of fun.


Comfortable seat, roomy…

Submitted by: Shannon on 8/11/2016
Comfortable seat, roomy cockpit, tracking is soso. Tends to pull to the side. Picks up speed easily. Overall Enjoyable kayak.

Gave my daughter the OLD…

Submitted by: arks on 3/4/2016
Gave my daughter the OLD Otter (which I enjoyed for 12 years) and the Heron 9XT is a nice upgrade. It's not a long distance boat but the seat is extremely comfortable ,the rear hatch is handy but not perfectly watertight. Paddle holder came apart and needs to get fixed. I put rod holders on the deck and now it's a great fishing platform,too! I keep this kayak in the cockpit of my cabin cruiser (it fits nicely) and use it often when at anchor to explore the skinny water. This yak is tough as nails. Definitely a keeper....

Bought it to replace worn out…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/6/2014
Bought it to replace worn out 10' Potomac. Like going from pick up truck to sports car. Quick. Easy to paddle. Tracks straight line. Turns quick.
Decent sized waterproof storage behind seat. Friend's older one doesn't have the bulkhead so that's a great improvement.
Comfortable seat. Not too heavy. Even with bum shoulder can lift it to roof rack in one motion. Only negative would be no bungees for storage on deck. Easy to fix. Few dollars for kit and maybe an hour with a drill.
Great boat for day trips. Maybe an overnight if you travel extremely light.

I bought the Heron 9XT…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 7/29/2013
I bought the Heron 9XT because I wanted a small and light kayak that I could easy take out on the water by myself. It has a large cockpit, larger than others I looked at which makes it very easy to get in and out. The larger cockpit also lets you easily stretch or change positions while you are on the water. The seat and knee guards are comfortable and having a sealed stern hatch is a bonus. It is very stable.

The kayak is a shorter than many. This is a trade-off. The shorter length makes it light and easy to get on the water but it also requires a little more skill to paddle in a straight line.
It does not come with any chords to tie down gear (except for a paddle holder). I plan on adding some myself later.