I have been making preparations and research for my first kayak I have searched the forums and looked at reviews and have whittled it down to the Old Town Vapor 10. I was wondering has anyone had any experience with this kayak? Any and all input is welcome. Thanks!
I am no expert but I did a great deal of research last year. I ended up buying a Moken 10ft. kayak on craiglist.
What you need to consider:
Sit on top vs. Sit inside. Most fisherman prefer the sit on top models for their freedom of movement
Length: Most of the feedback I received was to get at least a 12' kayak for the space. I bought a 10 ft and it works fine for me.
Speed: Are you going to be using it in creeks and ponds or going on long trips. Shorter, wider kayaks are built more for stability. Longer, narrower kayaks are usually much faster. My Moken 10 is like a barge, but extremely stable. My friend has a 12 ft. Old town otter and he can paddle circles around me.
Weight: Will you have to lift it and strap it on a car roof, would be one question to ask
Upgrades: Can you upgrade the seat would be one question, Some kayaks can be very uncomfortable and cause back pain
Demo - this is one bit of advice that all TFFers will offer. Try to demo a few before buying
The reviews I have seen on the Old Town Vapor have been good. Old Town is a quality manufacturer.