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A stable and versatile boat for all-day fun, wherever you paddle.
For do-it-all recreational boaters, the Old Town Vapor 10XT Kayak has the skills to handle ponds, lakes, rivers, and even a little bit of ocean paddling if the conditions are mellow. The Vapor's stable platform and large volume offer tons of stability and load-bearing capability without making it handle like a steamship, and the extra-large cockpit has plenty of room to move around and make getting in and out breezy. Old Town made sure all-day comfort and simplicity was the name of the Vapor's game—in addition to the ginormous cockpit, the Comfort Flex seat is decked out with extra padding, and there are adjustable Support Track foot braces to give you a stable paddling platform. Together with a molded cockpit tray, cup holder, and stern hatch, the Vapor has all the comforts you could think of, without any unnecessary gadgets to slow you down.
- Wide, stable platform and high-volume design
- Extra-large cockpit
- Comfort Flex seat with extra padding
- Support Track foot brace system
- Molded cockpit tray, cup holder, and paddle rest
- Stern day hatch
- Drain plug
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- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
The Old Town Vapor 10XT is my first kayak and I love it. I bought it in the summer of 2010 and it's still going strong. I mostly use it on the North Fork of the Coeur d'Alene River in Idaho. I'll take it out and paddle down river 5-7 miles just to get outside and to get a little exercise.
It's also a great fishing kayak, lots cheaper than fueling & licensing a boat. It comes with two circular flat spots just behind the hatch where I've mounted fishing pole holders. The 10XT looks cool with 2 poles aboard, kind of like a big ole grasshopper.
The cockpit is 48" long so I'm not eager to try rolling her over, which is to say I think rolling it might be impossible, it's a rec kayak. I did go get a SealLine spray skirt to put some shade on my legs and stay a bit dryer during spring river runs.
One year my Dad and I were laid off at the same time and we spent March-May drinking too much beer and running the upper part of the North Fork when the waves were 4' high - it may not roll but the Vapor can take a whooping.
The track system for the foot pegs is pretty cool, there is a push tab by the seat that allows you to push the pegs farther out. If you slide your foot up behind the peg, you can adjust it forward. I'll pull my pegs up to do hard paddling and let them out on the calmer stretches of water. The point is, you don't have to go head-first into the bow of the 'yak just to adjust the pegs, you can be lazy about it.
I see a drain plug is listed as a feature, I had to install my own, nice that they are standard now. I also installed some T-handles. I appreciate the stock handles as lashing points but T-handles are nicer. The rear hatch is cool, it's like a little lunchbox, throw an ice pack in & leave the cooler at home.
With the spray skirt off, I can take my Springer Spaniel in front of me, she hates it but the point is that she fits. I reckon you could fit a 1st grader up there instead, they might hate it but they'd fit.
Great boat, comfortable & useful.
Solo kayaking, no hitch hiking!
Vapor 10XT is a great kayak.