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I'm 6'4 280lbs. and the vapor 10 handled the weight easily Plenty of room for entry/exit and seems to track pretty well.
Seems to do better with slow gliding strokes. Rides a little higher so catches the wind a bit. Usually spend about 2-3 hours each time out comfortably. All in all, very happy with it. I would recommend it if your a 2x or larger.
There are so many choices when trying to decide which recreational kayak to buy. I read many reviews and finally decided on the Old Town Vapor 10. I am very happy with this purchase. It is fairly light so not too bad to transport. I did get a wheeled carrier so I can move it myself. In the water it tracks very well and is stable. I especially notice the difference in tracking and stability compared to a "sit on" kayak and an inflatable "sit in" kayak that I have tried. A minor disadvantage is that it doesn't have a water tight compartment. I do like the notches to rest the paddle in. The seat is fairly comfortable (but I always use a flotation seat cushion). The adjustable foot supports are helpful. Getting in and out of a kayak on a high dock can be a bit challenging. I suggest watching some youtube videos before you go out. My first attempt at exiting was quite comical. It gets easier with practice. This is a nice kayak at a decent price. Dunham's has frequent sales on this kayak.
I bought the Vapor 10 as my second kayak. At 6' 2", 240 pounds I need a big boat. The Vapor definitely has the capacity and the leg room. It feels good in the water, it is stable. It is fairly fast for a 10' boat. It feels solid and well built. The foot pegs are easy to adjust from inside the boat and have enough adjustment for someone with long legs. The cockpit opening is huge, which is nice for entry and exit and there is lots of room to move your legs around in different positions. The first few times I used this boat I got a lot of water inside, the opening is so large that anything that drips off your paddle lands inside the boat. A longer paddle and concentrating on a smooth paddle stroke seemed to solve the water entering the boat. I tried to use the drain plug to get water out of the boat. It is in a strange location and if you have a lot of water inside it does work somewhat but it will leave a few cups of water inside. Usually I just use a sponge to drain the water.
Most reviewers felt it tracks well, I didn't find that to be the case. It took more effort than the boat it replaced to keep it going straight in the water. It also has a pronounced tendency to spin out when you stop paddling like a whitewater boat. It responds better to a slower, steady paddling pace than to a paddle hard and coast for a while pace. The combing pads are very comfortable. I am able to tuck my knees up under them and I feel really locked into the boat. The boat has good secondary stability, you lean it over so far and it seems to stop leaning. I have played around with leaning the boat over and trying to grab an edge. The boat had a V hull and no edge to speak of, leaning has no consistent effect on the steering of the boat.
You should plan on getting a seat cushion for this boat if you plan to be in it for more than an hour. Even with a cushion I can only paddle for 2 hours before I need to get out and stretch my legs. My wife seems to be able to endure the seat much better than me, so I suppose it's comfort is going to very based on your anatomy.
I have retired this boat to back-up status. I am paddling on longer excursions every weekend and wanted something faster and more comfortable. I like it to much to sell it. I no longer use it, but it is a great beginners boat. I let guests use it since it is easy to get in, easy to adjust and easy to paddle. If you are a beginner or intend to only use it occasionally it will be a great boat for you.
As first time kayak purchasers I found that this kayak best suited our needs for what we were going to use them for (lakes, slow rivers, ocean bays). They are light, easy to carry, have a big cockpit area which works out perfect since we take our small/mid size dog with us (30lb puggle). The seats are comfortable for the most part, can get a sore hiney after a few hours of paddling without a break. They are very stable on the water, you can rock it pretty aggressively with your hips and not go over. The plastic is very tough and thick, we go in some shallower areas and skim across larger tree branches at times. Speaking of shallow water, when Old Town say you can be in as shallow as 6 inches of water they aren't kidding!!! The only negative thing that I have notices is when we store them in the garage rafters how it would sit in the water, the plastic has pushed in a bit, hasn't affected the paddling experience, just observations made, we started storing them cockpit side down now to prevent further distortion.
All around awesome recreational kayak for novice, beginners, even experienced kayakers, along with an exceptional starting price!
Long time canoe'er, wanted something lighter, more maneuverable, and easier paddling, the Vapor 10 is all these things. On my second season now, and still feel this is the best $300 I ever spent, did not want to invest a lot of $ into a Kayak, just in case it wasn't my cup of tea, but the Vapor has been so much easier to paddle than my canoe, should have taken the plunge years ago! I gave it a nine, I like to fish, and paddle small rivers, yes, when you stop paddling it can and does veer to one side or other, one learns to drag paddle to compensate for this.
My goal is always to stay dry, but I like to keep my Yak clean inside and out, the drain plug is really in a cumbersome place, I flip mine on a picnic table after cleaning, and if I prop it up in just the right place, stand on one leg, and scratch my knee just so, one can get "most" of the water out (clean sponge is your friend). The rear cargo tray is oddly shaped, but a co-worker who bought one after me ($279!) discovered that a "little Oscar" cooler fits perfectly. Very handy if your flexible, and the Vapor's wide "single layer linear Polyethylene" Hull, is more than stable enough to allow one to perform this maneuver. The only thing that would make this vapor 10 better, is if it was a 12 (but then it would be heavier and cost more money).
I used to look for a new kayak every spring, but I'm keeping this one. At 6' and 285, I'm amazed how stable it is.
They are extremely stable and easy to turn. They track well and the kids have no problem zipping across the lake in them. The only draw back is they are tall in the front. The wind has a tendency to catch them making them harder to paddle especially for the younger child. For the price they can't be beat. They are a quality product that my kids will have for a very long time and be able to grow with.
I'm a pretty big guy: 6'2" & 270 lbs. So i needed something that wouldn't sink when I got in it, as well as something I could get in & out of without trying to squeeze through too small of an opening. I have no problem with the seat most of the time. But the days when I spend hours on the water & would like a little more padding & lumbar support.
Mine tracks fine & is very stable. But it's not very fast. That's not a problem for me because I use it mainly in creeks where I can take advantage of the current to move along at a fair clip without having to work too hard.
I've looked into a few different models in this price range. But the Vapor 10 was one of a few that was rated to handle my bulk. I'd buy it again in a heartbeat. I only wish I could spend more time on the water in it.
I did some modifications, which I saw on the net, added a fish/depth finder, front rod holder, and bungies on the deck well, which added to it's versatility. I paddled with my buddy last year with a very nice British kevlar/glass yak and was able to keep up, so I think it's fairly efficient, particularly at this price point. I put a stadium cushion on the seat, and it's fairly comfortable.
Overall, it's a decent hull, fairly efficient albeit not perfect, and you can easily modify it to your needs. At this price point, what's not to love!!! PS. I have been paddling for 40 years, most of which in canoes, and continue to love my Wenonah Kevlar Spirit 17 for adventures in the BWCA and local streams!!!
I didn't have any issues that I have seen mentioned in other reviews regarding the seat or sitting too low. I did buy a Thermarest Z-Seat that I put on the seat in the kayak. Works great, and adds a layer of insulation when it's really cold out. I think it was about $15. Can also use it to sit on rocks or whatever.
I think it's an awesome all around kayak for the different things I like to do. I may get another kayak for different purposes as I gain experience but I will never give this one up! It's the kayak that showed me a whole new love. There's nothing better than paddling down the river and seeing what's around the next bend.
I think it tracks rather well for being a wider bottomed kayak and takes on waves pretty decently. I haven't swamped this thing yet and have had a whole lot of fun with it. The notch for the paddle rests helps while fishing out of this kayak and with the open cargo in the back (I did look into the hatch you can add) I can easily reach for my tackle box or drinkables I have back there. There is ample storage up front as well although it will be between your feet. The seat back folds down for more storage as well. The only things holding this back from being a 10 are: the front cupholder is too far out of reach if you are sitting back and the foot pegs need to be a little studier.
To start, this is a sturdy boat. I am 250 lbs and feel very comfortable in it, even with my 6 year daughter in front of me. This boat is great for the room in front of you to put a child, but it does lead to being a little wet from your journey from paddle drip. I did add some ties to the front of my plain boat to match the angler and you need to add a drain to the back of the boat (once added the boat drains in seconds vs. trying to hold the boat on its side in the perfect position for a while). It tracks OK, not great, but turns on a dime for a 10 ft boat. I wish it had a better hull design to track well, then I would have given it 10 stars.
Overall, if I had to buy another boat, I would not choose this one again. I have an older Perception that is only a foot longer and tracks like an arrow, has similar room and does have covered storage which is wonderful, but can be difficult to easily access. In addition, the anchor system on the angler is a nickel buster when paddling hard, but usually not a problem.
This Vapor 10 weighs about 45 lbs., which is about average for this size kayak. Old Town sure knows what they are doing. At first, as a beginner, this kayak felt a little tippy to me. But after 15 minutes on the water, I felt completely confident. I realized they all must feel a little tippy at first, but when you lean over, you realize it only goes so far before it doesn't lean anymore. You can safely look over the side in this kayak and I feel confident taking my young daughter out with me.
I tried to think of something I don't like about this kayak and I cannot. I'm glad I did my research and went with the Old Town Vapor 10. You will not be disappointed!
Love it an highly recommend it for anyone starting out. I even built a rack out of pvc that hooks into the pole holders so I can load camping gear on it. I give this craft 50 stars.
The only complaint that I have is that after a few hours the seat can get uncomfortable but all the pros of the kayak cancel this out and a seat pad can be easily installed to fix this problem. This kayak should last me many more years to come!
I am pretty stout due to me being in construction but I felt anyone could do it. No need to get an expensive kayak I laugh now at people who obviously not been fishing long and think some how expensive is better *psh* the fish don't care. Love it would recommend it!
I read another reviewer's comments. He seems to be around my size and height. He didn't like it and I can understand that some might not, and some will. It's all about what each individual wants and needs. This filled all my wants and the needs are simple upgrades. For instance, I want mine to be like the Angler model. So i purchased a couple of flush mount rod holders and the lid for the rear storage compartment. Easy to install and saved money over the angler addition. It does not have the camo color of course, but I have never met a bass or trout that cares what color the boat is. I am in the process of upgrading it more as in depth finder, and an 'exterior' rod holder. Also easy updates.
As far as the seat, I am 250 and 6'3" and have no problem so far. I purchased an inflatable seat cushion as used in camping, it works great. That coupled with the PFD on, makes it fine. The pedals adjust for me ok. One guy mentioned the profile of the yak as he sat in it in the water, high in front. Well I'm thinking for us guys upwards of 250 it might possibly sit a little higher in front, because of the weight closer to the back?
My only cons (and these are minor) is the knee pads on the sides are next to paper thin, I overcame this with some foam shipping padding that they use for auto windshields. Also with the storage lid I put on the rear well, it is a little difficult to open. I attached some paracord and fashioned a handle from some wood dowel from Home Depot, I tied the cord to the bungie on the front and laced it through the seat to me. Now I can pop the lid open by simply pulling the handle and not fumbling with it.
Myself nor my wife are in these for speed and we don't do rapids or the ocean, so these work just fine. They are stable, not too heavy, track good and roomy. Good product
I am 6' tall and 220 lbs. It is stable--even in a strong wind and foot high waves. It is light enough that there is no problem getting it onto the roof of my car.
The only two complaints I have are that a sit-in cockpit is not easy to get out of. There is no graceful way to do it. The other problem is with the drain plug. It's location makes it almost useless. But a sponge does the trick just fine. Even in heavy waves, the only water in the boat was what dripped off of the paddle. I wondered if a ten foot long boat would be good enough for me, but it seems to work. So far I've only had it out on our lake, but I am already dreaming of taking it to Florida next winter to see what it might do on bigger water.
It's a great boat for beginning kayakers or anyone who just wants to take a relaxed paddle. The boat is extremely durable and easy to transport. The foot pedals are easy to adjust, the handles are great, especially for securing the kayak to a car, and the cockpit is nice and open. The kayak is extremely easy to enter and exit which is great when you do a lot of portages, plus the wide and rather flattish hull basically makes a big table right there between your legs.
Don't even think about buying the expensive angler version of the Vapor because once you add a few rod holders its great for fishing, which I do a lot of from it.
My only complaints would be about the seat, speed, and height of the kayak. Obviously, this is a fairly chubby kayak so you cant expect much as far as speed goes, so if your looking for something efficient, look some where else. although, I have done a few 11 mile trips in the boat, it just requires a lot of conditioning. also the sides on the kayak are a little high so when you paddle your fingers often bump the side of the boat. lastly, the seat is just plain bad. the quality of it isn't great and its uncomfortable. after about 2 hours of kayaking I start sitting on my pfd since this seat even makes my young 17 year old back sore.
Despite a few problems this is an exceptional kayak. I would recommend it to any beginning paddler. Pretty soon I'm upgrading to a Current Designs Kestrel, but I'll definitely miss this boat.
Very stable, yet good speed for its length - one of the minority of kayaks that can be paddled all the way up to its "theoretical maximum hull speed". (Must be an efficient hull design.) Pretty roomy cockpit even for my 6'3" 200-pound frame. No sealed storage, but you can add a cover to go onto the back storage tray for about $50 (it likely costs less to buy it and add it yourself than to by the 10XT which already has the tray cover installed, since the XT version may cost $100 more that the standard version of Vapor 10).
You should be able to get the Vapor 10 for around $300 on sale, although it is usually sold for closer to $400. Seat and foot pegs adjust easily. A couple nice extras are the sporty-looking design and the snazzy color patterns available. It does lack deck bungie cords, and the drain plug is located in a rather odd, impractical location.
The Vapor is an excellent first kayak and offers plenty of room to grow. I'm primarily a flat water/lake paddler but wouldn't hesitate to take it on a little rougher water. My only suggestion is to get a foam seat pad...your butt will thank you!
I also outfitted my Vapor 10 with rod holders. Although I want my rods to lay down because I glide under tree branches etc while bass fishing. Rods that would stick straight up would not be practical for me. I also had my 70 year old father trying it while we were fishing the river together and he is sold. Another highlite is the easy load and unload and the large open cockpit and tons of storage room. EXCELLENT KAYAK. THANK YOU OLD TOWN FOR THE VAPOR 10! I will be purchasing another one!!!!!
One thing I want to mention in particular. I have read some reviews complaining about the location of the drainplug. I found the location of the drainplug to be perfect! You just pull the kayak about halfway up on a gravel bar and turn the kayak up on its side to drain water. This is much easier than turning one upside down and lifting one end up in the air to drain water out a drain hole located at the other end. I would recommend getting a spray skirt or splash shield if you intend to run class I and II rapids, as the cockpit is quite long and it is easy to take on water without one.
Although I don't have anything to compare it to other then reading reviews of other kayaks, I have to say that this kayak has excellent performance. It's fairly easy to load and unload and to carry... it tracks straight, is easy to paddle, is very responsive, has a very large cockpit opening making it easy to enter and exit for a newby like me. Seems to be very durable, has a nice look, and my 15 year old son who didn't seem to care much about dad getting a kayak is now HOOKED!!! The only negative is that my back got sore after a recent 2 hour excursion, but the same thing has happened to me in different rental cars... I figure a good kayak cushion will help immensely.
* I recommend using a long paddle length due to the kayak width, I'm using a 243cm paddle (8'), I don't think I'd go much shorter than that
I rate this kayak very high, and am very happy with my purchase!!
Do yourself a favor and invest in a high quality paddle (Carlisle 130), with plenty of clearance; get a bigger size than recommended as the Vapor is quite wide. This width allows for easy entry/exit, and overall cabin room. I stowed my bedroll (w/backpacker's mattress, guitar, four gallons of water, ice cooler w/30 pack, dry box for camera/phone/wallet/etc., and my dry bag. in this yak. It sat low, but it had no issues flooding. TIP: Keep a sponge and a bailer in case of flooding, also, the bailer can double for a urinal...if your shorts are loose enough!
The only knock on this yak is the lack of a cargo bungee on the rear; which I installed myself for cheap though.
This yak is a class I, flatwater yak. You CANNOT go wrong with this quality brand yak for the price!!
LOVE the paddle rest. It is straight ahead of you. It is like a cut out and you just set the paddle there. Use it ALL the time while paddling. Just push the paddle up there while you rest, talk, get a drink, etc. I love how the seat is adjustable easily while you are kayaking. It has foot pegs too. we have 2 in blue, 1 in red/orange and 2 in the lime green. The one neat thing about the Lime green is that it is translucent. So when you are paddling you can kinda see the water up against the kayak. I kinda liked that. You can Not see the water inside with the 2 other colors.
Overall, I would buy this kayak again. Also, my grandson who is 2 has enough room to sit up against the front on the floor. I really like handles where you carry it. Not those cheap "string" type handles. This is a real handle. Makes it good when you are trying to run straps through it to tie them in the bed of the pickup truck.
You sit too low with your feet too high. I've sat 4 hours in an old style Swifty seat (just a molded plastic bucket that's part of the ‘yak) without any discomfort, where the one in the vapor has me squirming in 30min. It's not comfortable, it doesn't support you, the wet ride and low seat means your shorts are wet right away, if it's a cooler day, you will be cold.
So what about the rest of it- well I pretty much agree with my first impression good and bad, but the seat is the real problem- so much so that I even tried removing it and moving it around, adjusting its mounting some... without any real help, it's just a terrible design.
So for those of you thinking "well, maybe he's just too big for it or something." Well, I'm 6'4 and run around 240-250#, so I am bigger, but almost all my weight is in my chest and arms. I fit in things that some 175 pounders might not. I fit in a smaller seat then my 5'7" wife. I wear size 34 jeans, but 2 or 3x tall shirts (and have much longer than average arms, so I should have an easier time reaching over the high/wide sides of this thing). I'm used to having fit problems with things but I can't imagine who will actually be be comfortable in this thing.
My wife just said "but the water bottle holder is nice."
First, the Vapors look nice in and out of the water, like blue dolphins. The canoe heritage is obvious from the keel line and rocker. We use them in a river with considerable current and they handle beautifully. I only get water in if I paddle sloppily or if someone borrows it. Then I use a soaker gun from Swift to pump it out.
The large cockpit means it's wider than it needs to be but there is no problem getting comfortable or going straight and fast. It turns by telepathy and I can paddle for hours and be comfortable. It rides waves very well. The weight and width make it a bit more of a chore to get onto a high rack. It's rugged and attractive. I am pleased with this model and brand.
In order to establish my commitment, I bought two cockpit covers for the next off season as the fellow in the store told me that mice eat the seats in the winter. That may or may not be true but the mouse traps that were in the boats last winter had no takers. I hope that if the mice come along they will be confused by the covers if they are interested in eating seats.
I may try to return it (I just bought it this afternoon and dropped it in the water for an hour on the way home), but if I don't I'll try to remember to post an update after a few longer trips with it, maybe my opinion will change...
We love our boats; best recreational investment we've made since we have been married. Having never been in a kayak we were not sure what to expect but right out of the gate we were extremely comfortable in them. Track great especially when you learn the correct paddling technique. They are not however speed demons but I had no problem keeping up with a Wilderness Pungo 120 and a Tsunami and a couple Liquid Logics(all are very nice boats).
For the money you can't beat these. I have $600.00 in the boats alone. I have added bungee kits to both of the bows and over the stern wells. I like the fact that the stern wells do not have lids, because you can pile it full of gear in drybags and bungee it down. I installed a flush mount rod holder(walmart) on the right side of the stern and also installed drain plugs in each one. All the placement points for the rod holder and drain plug are already molded in the boat just have to cut the holes (be cautious not to cut them too big and seal them with waterproof sealant just to be safe). The new Vapors should already have drain plugs installed. You can google the angler edition to use as a guide or just buy the angler if installation is not for you.
I purchased the spray skirts which I have only used it once (February trip) works well enough. I purchased the matching 230cm Carlisle paddles for about $50 ea. The paddles are decent can't get them apart though even used WD40 and can't budge them. Also the paddles ends themselves were sliding off the actual pole but I super glued them on. The boats I can't say enough about them, plenty of room for anything you want. Adjustable backrest is a huge plus, along with 2 cupholders
Very steady, have rocked mine in calm water just to check how steady and it is more so than any canoe I have been in. My wife nor I have never dumped and have never come close or felt uneasy and we have been thru several stage I and maybe a stage II and probably could do a stage III. My first outing I collided with a boulder in the middle of the river hit it hard enough to snap my head forward and my boat took it in stride. Now that I know how to maneuver it, it turns, stops, and backs as well as any boat I been in or been around.
These boats may be classified as a beginner, recreational boat but if we ever wear them out or damage them beyond repair I will not hesitate to immediately purchase them again. So for all of you who are new to paddling and looking for an affordable boat with features you will find or not find on higher end boats this could be a great option. It may not look as cool as other boats but it will give them a run for their money. All the add-ons I purhased from Austin Kayak(awesome to work with), they will have anything you need: Bungee kits, Pop rivets (get a few extra), Drain Plug, Yak Clip, 7.0 Spray skirt, Paddle leash
Purchased my boats at Dunhams Sporting Goods on sale for $279.99 and got another discount on top of that. The boats are a single layer of poly so keep that in mind and use your own judgement. Great boat I do recommend them and hope this helps.
I like this kayak. I will add some goodies, a couple of rod holders, and a hatch cover. I would recommend this kayak to anyone who wants to experience or break in kayaking on a budget (299.99). Old Town Vapor 10 won't let you down.
I like it a little better than my friend's Swifty 9.5. I even took it down the lower Nolichucky a few days ago. With my splash deck added, class I and II rapids didn't ship too much water into the massive cockpit. I did swamp quickly in the only class III, but I knew I was already pushing the limits of a recreational boat.
This boat is a great introduction to all kinds of kayaking, but you'll need a more specialized boat to advance to higher levels.
Things I don't like...The cockpit is HUGE. That's great for getting a tan on your legs, or carrying your pet or child. However it leads to a lot of water dripping off the paddle onto my legs, which is not horrible when it's 80 degrees outside but as the weather cools so will my legs. The purchase of a Seals splash deck is in the future. The 2 molded cup holders are a nice addition, but due to the length of the cockpit it's a stretch to reach the holder up front. The open day well at the stern (with hatch on the 10xt) takes up most of the room behind the seat, precluding the storage of big items like camping gear.
In summary it is a great kayak. The cons are more annoyances than anything else. No regrets on the purchase. I've had a blast in my Vapor 10!
The fit and finish on the Vapor are great. The footpegs are topnotch and very easy to adjust.The rear storage well on the base Vapor 10 does give the boat an unfinished look in my opinion, so I plan on getting a storage cover at some point, and may even add some deck bungees in the front to complete the look. The Vapor is very stable when getting in and out of the boat, and also in open water. The ride is high and dry.
I do agree with the recommendations of using a 230 paddle, as it is a wide boat. It certainly is not the fastest kayak on the water, but it is easy to get moving and tracks well for a 10' boat. I typically take my 5 yr old with me and she sits at the front of the cockpit on a seat cushion, and I have plenty of room to paddle. I have had several people ask about the boat when they see us paddling around. I have noticed that I am able to paddle more efficiently and faster with the extra weight when my daughter is riding with me.
Although I have not needed it at this point, as the boat stays relatively dry, but I think that a factory installed drain plug would be nice to have. All in all, I am happy with my Vapor 10. Great boat!
My Vapor 10 base model was delivered today. Overall, fit and finish was really nice for a rotomolded boat. Everything about it is what you would expect for only paying 379 for it. The thigh pads might be a bit flimsy for good control, but we will see how it performs out on the water. The edge is a bit sharp under the coaming, so I'll have to remember to wear gloves when carrying it. The foot pegs are really nice. I would prefer the boat be an inch more narrow for a bit more speed/room to paddle but it was designed to be recreational, not touring. The jam cleat seat back adjusting system is clever, and useful, as without the seatback in the upright position, the spray skirt pops off.
Speaking of sprayskirts, I purchased a 7.0 Inslander from Seals and it fits so tight that I had to use a bungee cord on either end attached to the carrying handles of the boat to get the thing on. We will see how this works out on the water. To my knowledge this is the only spray skirt currently out there for the Vapor 10. Some grip tape under the lip of the coaming wouldn't hurt to prevent the sprayskirt from falling off. The boat's plastic is very very smooth.
I bought a Bending Branches slice crank paddle 230cm with this boat. A 230 is a must, lest you want your hands torn up and bumping against the hull with every stroke. For anyone getting into kayaking, and looking to move forward with it, I recommend getting a paddle like this. It puts your hands at a more natural position. Giving you more control, power, and less strain on your wrists/forearms. They are also lightweight, which makes for an enjoyable paddling experience. You can stay out longer when you aren't worn out. Worth every penny of the 130 bucks I spent on it.
Anyways, that's my review for now...going to take it to the lake this weekend and see how she performs.
This is a stable little boat that I would recommend for day trips, short camping trips, and fishing. It will not keep up with the longer touring boats, but that is not what it is designed for. I would recommend this boat to beginners and to anyone looking for a quality low-priced "knock around" boat.
The only complaint we have is it is not good for class 2 or 3 whitewater due to the fact it swamps very easy thanks to the over-sized cockpit. It is very heavy when full of water. A spray skirt would make this problem go away.
Our overall feeling is that it is a great boat and very tough.It is used on class 2 and 3 rapids on a weekly basis and handles the abuse well.Buy this kayak with confidence you will enjoy it
She tracks well for a 10 footer. I thought it was pretty fast for its size, until I found myself paddling with a couple of buddies on a 16 foot tandem that left me like it was a lear jet. Nevertheless, this is a great little yak. It is very stable for paddling or fishing and I have no qualms about putting it in deep water lakes, rivers or bayous. The seat is adjustable on the fly and even pretty comfortable. It's also a dry ride that I can put in the water in the fall and most winter days as well as in the summer. A couple of bassboats and johnboats passed by and it handled the wave action without leaving me feeling like I would turtle.
If I had to do it over again, I might buy a 12 footer for a little more speed, but otherwise have no complaints other than color choices. Rig it yourself to save a bundle.
I am 6 foot, 200 lbs and the Vapor works great with me in it on tidal rivers, lakes, and light surf. At ten feet it feels like a sports car, quick, responsive, but very stable too. The shallow draft means I can paddle against the shore in just a few inches of water and the light weight means just a paddle stroke or two is all that is needed to start, stop or turn.
Twin cup holders are great as well as the bow and stern handles. Makes it real easy to toss into a 6 foot truck bed for hauling.
Footpegs are easily adjustable in or out of the boat. The bottom is round so there is some leaning if you take your feet off the pegs and just relax. It is a kayak, not an easy chair after all. Nothing major, the boat is stable but I would not try to stand up in it!
The seat back is adjustable while you paddle. The seat base is ok. If you use your legs and torso to paddle, the movement on the seat helps keep things comfortable for at least 3 hours (longest paddle to date). If you sit there and arm paddle, the seat base gets pretty hard after half hour or so. A foam pad might do wonders. I did add a small square pillow to the seat back. My PFD stops halfway down my back, leaving no lumbar support. The pillow fills in the space under the PFD to my backside making things right again. I like the seat back is fully adjustable while you paddle
All in all I am very happy with the Vapor. I think I have gotten a great boat for a great price and I have been out on the water way more than I thought I would be. It is so easy and fun to put the Vapor in the water! Try this boat, it is a great recreational kayak.
Memorial weekend saw use in the Westport River (MA) where it dumps into the ocean. Boats handled well - were lively and fun in the waves and boat wakes but we always felt stable. Cockpits are quite large, providing plenty of room for paddler, stuff, and child. There are even a couple of molded in pockets and a drink holder at the front of the cockpit for the kid, and one in front of the seat for the adult. The large size of the cockpit opening allows plenty of room for paddling motion without thumping the passenger....seat was relatively comfortable, much better with a simple $9.00 foam pad (like what hunters use). Same provides a fine seat for passenger.
The Vapor has a molded in paddled rest and a molded in open-topped, rear compartment. If you upgrade to, I think, the XT, you get a paddle tie down strap, a hatch for the rear compartment, and a better seat. For the money, we chose not to. You can buy these all separately, as well. you can also get a spray skirt for (at our retailer) about $80.
Our time spent in the boats in windy, wavy, tidal conditions was fun, and relatively dry. They are easy to load by your self on to a car, drag or carry to and from water and easy to maneuver in tight quarters. the capacity of over 300 lb means that the boat floats up and over waves with no trouble at all and can operate in mere inches of water. The short length means that the wind doesn't cause too much trouble (easy enough to correct with paddle stroke). Probably helps with tracking that the bow and stern have a pronounced keel.
Summary: Love the boats, perfect for our use and priced much better than the competition that we felt was inferior, for our use. Easy to maneuver, fun, stable but short length means 'top speed' is far from that of a longer, touring boat.
Tip: buy a drain plug (about $10) and install it for easy after paddling drying out. Get a couple of inexpensive foam cushions (@$10/each)for a passenger (and to supplement paddler's) seat.
The kayaks are quick and responsive even for novice handlers and they are extremely cost effective. I was able to purchase the pair for less than comparable singles. I suspect that the barebones approach in the Vapor might not appeal to those interested in extended touring, but it was a great lake boat which handled easily even in 20+ mile per hour winds that came up while we were out. By the time we finished a single day both our teenagers 15 & 14 were doing very well having never paddled before. My wife and I were equally at home even though our experience was in canoes and never in kayaks.
Thanks to Old Town for this great little beginner boat!!!!!