Submitted by: Anonymous on 4/14/2010
The official blurb reads something like: "The Solitude is an ideal combination of light weight and compact size with the added benefits of Old Town's patented 3-layer Polylink™ hull. The styling of the Solitude is influenced by the popular day touring design, giving it a contemporary look. The Solitude is lightweight and easy to handle..."
These boats are wonderful beginning kayaks. They weigh in a just under 42 lbs., making them easy to handle outside the water. The models that we purchased (the Dicks Voyageur proprietary model) included a drop skeg that permits this small boat to handle and track more like a 12 footer.
The just under 10 ft. length makes them easy to transport to the local river. I have a 6' bed on my truck, and can secure the boats in the back with a couple of bungee cords. That's all it takes.
The Solitude has a large cockpit measuring 18" x 38". The carrying capacity of the kayak is listed at 225 lbs.
Two words of caution on this model: secure storage is limited to a "canister" about the size of a half gallon jug that is molded into the rear of the boat. It has a secure screw top lid, but the secure carrying capacity is very limited. The other thing to be aware of is that this boat sits very low in the water (which I like). Because it has a low vertical profile, it may be uncomfortable for paddlers with very large feet - above a mens size 10 or so. My husband has no trouble with his size 9.5 feet, but if you are a size 11 or 12, you may find your foot positions to be limited.