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Old Town
Sportsman PDL 106 Paddle Kayak

4.75 out of 5 stars
8 Reviews

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Sportsman PDL 106 Paddle Kayak

With the silent glide of an apex predator, the Sportsman PDL 106 Kayak moves through the water with prowess and stability. You'll be at the helm, naturally, enjoying a comfortable ride that's both steady and well-organized. Old Town's Double U hull was designed with fishing in mind, so it won't tip over when you stand to reel in your catch, and everything you need for a day on the water has been thoughtfully included.

Multiple rod holders—one forward-facing and two rear-facing—are there when you need them but out of the way when you don't, and there's plenty of space on the deck for coolers and tackle management (custom tackle box included!). And if you want to document your adventures, there are also two 18in tracks on the forward hull for mounting a camera or GPS.


  • A sit-on-top kayak for fishing in your favorite watering holes
  • Ultra-stable Double U hull glides quietly and won't easily tip
  • Adjustable seat provides lumbar support and breathable comfort
  • Intuitive PDL drive offers simple paddling wherever you need to go
  • Patented easy-docking system makes for pain-free launch and landing
  • Non-slip EVA deck pads deliver traction when you stand to cast
  • Oversized tank wells and sealed bow hatch offer plenty of storage
  • Flush-mounted rod holders stay out of your way but are easy to reach
  • Item #JOPF11X
Hull Material
single-layer polyethylene
10ft 6in
Maximum Load
Hatch Cover
retractable (included)
Claimed Weight
Manufacturer Warranty

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5 based on 8 ratings

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5 out of 5 stars

May 23, 2024

Rugged and reliable day in and day out.

As a Kayak Fishing Guide and owner of Paddles and Poles Kayak Fishing Tours we cannot say enough about how great these kayaks are. We have 3 PDL 106s and they have been a game changer. We hope to add another to our fleet very soon. If you looking for a great pedal drive with an excellent price point, look no more. If your in the Hilton Head area, look us up to try for yourself! Most clients purchase one after they have been in ours.

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Paddles and Poles
Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

4 out of 5 stars

April 28, 2024

Old Town over Hobie

Tested out some Hobies and Old Towns today. I liked the Old Town a lot more than the Hobies. Plus they are lighter and cost less. Too bad I couldn’t test drive the power assist model, works like an e-bike.

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Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

4 out of 5 stars

January 25, 2023

A few minor things, but an overall happy customer

Overall a fantastic kayak with a few minor flaws. I absolutely love the overall appearance, balance, storage, angling features, just to name a few. I had all types of people direct me to Old Town for my new kayak purchase. However, in all my reviews I did not hear anything about the amount of water that would come on to the floorboard while trying to deploy the drive system, even with the aftermarket cover I purchased. I was not expecting it and it was kind of upsetting. Also, only two scupper plugs were provided with it and there are a total of 9 scuppers. I kayak all seasons and don't want a floorboard full of water, especially cold, but I'll survive. Number two (two part complaint): I don't understand why the pdl version only has 2 rail mounts instead of 4 like the motor ones. Second part of this is I had a very difficult time sliding my rail accessories on. It should not have to be a struggle to slide the rail accessories on that are meant to fit on it. Number three: I am currently loading this into the bed of my truck, tailgate down and front in first so as not to damage the rudder. In doing so, I'm finding it difficult to locate a good tiedown point near/at the rear of the seat or rear of the kayak in general. I know there is no way to fix that, but it's frustrating that there is no "tiedown points" near the rear. With that being said, my overall needs and expectations are met and I'm still very happy with my purchase.

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Kris M
Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

November 29, 2022

Great Platform For Nature Photography

I am a 78 yr old who recently purchased his first kayak, the Sportsman 106 PDL. I was looking for a kayak to primarily use for nature photography. Considering my age and this would be my first ever kayak, stability was a primary requirement. I wanted to feel comfortable and safe, especially with expensive cameras and lenses. After much online research, I narrowed to Old Town and a couple of other brands. I completed my research with phone calls to the brand customer service reps. Ken Stinson was especially patient with my questions, listened to my desires and concerns and offered honest pros and cons of the Old Town products as related to my stated need. As a result of my online research and Ken's advice, I purchased a Sportsman 106PDL. So far I have had it out four times, all in good weather and water conditions. I quickly found my sweet spot for easy continuous peddling. The kayak has amazing stability, allowing me to twist and turn with confidence to get the shot. I also stood in it my first time out and was very surprised at the stability, although I doubt I will stand while shooting. The peddling, with instant reverse allows me to keep my hands free to catch those quick shots. At 101/2 ft, it fits in the bed of my Ford Ranger pickup. My nature photography and kayaking friend has been amazed by my Sportsman PDL. So far my Sportsman 106PDL has exceeded my expectations.

George M
Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

May 31, 2022

Awesome kayak all the way around!

I bought mine about three weeks ago and have been out in it a lot and i absolutely love it. It is the sturdiest kayak I’ve ever been in! The PDL drive is easy to pedal and it moves pretty quick too.

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Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

April 24, 2022

Really enjoyed the maiden voyage.

I bought this 3 weeks ago but the cold weather and water in New England kept me off the water until today. What a pleasure . My last kayak was a good one . It was a 13 fooot LLBean rebranded Perception sit in kayak with a better than average seat and two rod holders. It was a good kayak but for fishing it lacked . Plenty stable for kayaking but don’t reach too far for that 2.5 lb bass. Don’t ask mee how I know. . I am 6’3””, 240 lbs ( yes my doc doesn’t like that) and 66 years old. I found the Sportsman 106 PDL to my a dream. Much easier to in and out of, I can move around and really enjoyed the 3 hours I was out on a lake today. The pedals gave me a good work out . I loved the instant forward/reverse which allowed me to effortlessly hold the kayak in position while a I fished. There was slight breeze which didn’t seem to affect the handling . I will report later on a windier day. There was a bass tournament on the lake today and unlike my last kayak, this one handles the wakes from the 200 hp boats wit aplomb whether the wake hit the stern, bow or sides. Just makes me feel a whole lot more confident. As for stability , I stepped off the dock into the kayak and sat down . I was amazed. I did not try stand up as as one gets older ones stability on terrafirma is not as good as it used to be). I enjoyed this day of fishing ( although I wish I good brag about the fish I caught) more than any day in a kayak. I was comfortable and could easily move about the boat. That PDL system is awesome. I did paddle through shallow water with PDL raise and yes you get some water in the boat but it goes out the scuttles. The two tool wells in the cockpit area are a small thing but make a bid difference. It was great to have the hook remover, fisherman’s tool, line cutter etc close at hand. Small thing but great idea. Awesome boat Old Town. Thank you I hope to get years of pleasure out of this.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

July 14, 2021

Impossible to find in Sweden/Europe?

I have been trying to find a Old Town kayak with PDL for almost two years now. Why are they impossible to get over here in Sweden/Europe? We have one dealer but nothing is ever in stock.

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors

5 out of 5 stars

April 30, 2021

Great boat, and hard to find!

Covid has been a mixed blessing for us, and probably Old Town as well. In our case, with all the lockdowns going on, we and many more have turned to more outdoor sports. As someone who grew up fishing, kayaks quickly got my interest as the best option to get on the water. Thanks to YouTube I quickly discovered pedal kayaking after many hours, combined with the fact that I'm a Mainer, Old Town rose to the top of the list. I'm 68 so I wanted the smallest and easiest to move and haul around, so the 106 was a no-brainer. The bad part of Covid was that even in Maine these boats are hard to come by. I wanted 2 of the Photic Sportsman PDLs, but in the end could only find 1, plus the older identical boat, the Boreal Topwater. There's not much difference, except the new Sportsman seat is great for a large guy like me rather than the older Topwater seat. Ice went out on my small trout pond 2 weeks ago, and I've been out every nice day so far, can't wait to get on a bigger lake! These boats are so stable, can't wait to try standing and casting!

Johnson Outdoors

Originally reviewed on Johnson Outdoors