Old Town Vapor 10 Angler Review

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Old Town Vapor 10 Kayak - 2018 Sunrise, One Size


Are you looking for a compact, easy to operate kayak?

Choosing a fishing kayak and angler can be a daunting process. There are plenty of anglers and kayaks available on the market. So many different models and types make finding the perfect one a challenging task. Honestly, it doesn’t have to be that difficult if you know your purpose of buying an angler.

Old Town is a popular brand name among veteran anglers. The company has been around since 1898! The Vapor 10 Angler is a trailblazer, upholding the century-old tradition. The Vapor specifically comes into the mind when you have an angler in mind.

The Old Town Vapor is no doubt an excellent choice for a compact kayak. Although the kayak is compact, it has enough space for you to fish and journey on your favorite lake.

In this article, I am going to discuss how I made the most out of the Vapor 10 and how you can be able to buy the perfect kayak you have been looking for.

Who is the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler for?

  • The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is designed for any individual looking a compact, affordable, and durable kayak.
  • If you are beginner looking for the perfect kayak, then the Vapor 10 won’t disappoint you.
  • The stability and durability of the kayak makes it a solid investment. If you are worried about making a investment on a kayak, then the Vapor 10 Angler is a guaranteed offer.

Why I Bought the  Old Town Vapor 10 | Features

Overview

The Old Town Vapor 10 is fishing kayak. It is designed especially for individuals who are nervous about kayak fishing. The Vapor 10 Angler combines comfort, stability, and versatility in one package. It is compact and lightweight, thereby reducing your effort to transport.

When it comes to performance on the water, the Vapor 10 Angler offers excellent tracking. Additionally, the price of the angler is very affordable. Therefore, it’s no guilt to feel proud of this angler.

Convenient handles, spacious cockpit, adjustable seat, footrests, thigh pads, etc. are some of the features of the Town Vapor 10 Angler.

Why I Purchased the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler

What do you visualize when you first hear about Kansas?

Pleasant weather, deer and quail hunting, right?

But, this man who was born and bred in Kansas, has rather a distinctive hobby. Since you have come to fishing enthusiasts’ page, you could guess what my passion is. Yes, it’s fishing. I am blessed to have been born in Kansas.

We have the Kansas river, which is the tributary of the Missouri River. So, Kansas has a river and plenty of lakes and reservoirs to turn your hobby into passion in no time!

So, having been a Kansas native, my childhood through adulthood; I have made numerous trips down the Milford Lake, Melvern Reservoir, and many more. Once I got adult, my friends who used to accompany were no longer with me. Now, I am on my own to fish.

My family had a wooden boat that was getting quite old. And, I was tired of patching it up for every little adjustment I was required to.

I needed a new boat. Kayaks are known for excellent performance on the water. Moreover, they can double as a recreational boat. Therefore, I decided to purchase a kayak. I ended up buying one. And, the one that I purchased has everything a veteran angler could ask for.

 ​Open Cockpit 

On the Vapor 10 Angler, you will feel less confined when fishing. It features more of a open cockpit feel. When you are fishing for a long period of time, feeling confined to a place is damaging to your mental health and your fishing passion.

The last thing I wanted to feel is claustrophobic when fishing. Therefore, the Vapor 10 Angler is no doubt the ideal kayak for me. Besides being less confined, the kayak is excellent for battling bigger fish. It is actually a very ideal kayak.

Stability 

When kayaking, fear of being taken over sometimes crosses the angler’s mind. However, you will feel worry-free with the Vapor 10. The kayak is extremely stable. Stability of the kayak gives you full control over the kayak. And, you can stay in control of your kayak without second doubts.

There are stories and reviews online that introduced me to a couple of anglers who actually encountered sharks while operating the Vapor 10. The sharks were in the 3 to 6 foot range.

Unbelievable, right?

So, as you can see there are testaments of how stable the kayak is.

The Vapor 10 Angler’s load-bearing capability is consolidated without affecting its stability. This is a stable platform, no matter how big the quantity of fishing gear is. The extra large cockpit is a bonus for those of us who are big.

I am 6’3” and weigh 230 lbs. I can roam around the cockpit without feeling restricted. You can easily enter and exit the cockpit.

Overall, this is quite a stable platform for making lake and day trips. The hull design of the kayak handles smaller waves and chops efficiently. Be aware of large close waves though. They will break over the bow and splash into the cockpit.

Don’t worry about landing on jagged rocks. The construction is strong enough to withstand rough landings on rocky shores.

Construction

The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler is known as one of the most durable kayaks. Old Town gained prominence for using quality materials on their kayaks. They have a century-old record to prove it.

The Vapor 10 Angler is no different. You can’t wage a water-world adventure on a flimsy kayak, can you? Rest assured, you can drive your kayak over the range of obstacles, and leave unscathed. A couple of times, I myself ran into jagged rocks.

But, my Vapor 10 Angler didn’t sustain any dents inside the boat. The secret to its robust construction is the skid plate that ensures that your kayak remains in one piece.

Water Performance

Water performance is a major factor to consider. The kayak obviously is worth noting for its reliable performance on the water. Stability is what makes kayak a must-have one.

The only gripe I have about the Vapor 10 Angler is its tracking ability. The kayak tracks averagely. The Vapor 10 can be considered average for speed as well. However, most kayaks are not manufactured for speed. So, this can be ignored.

Still, you want to catch up with your friends that have a V hulls. So, speed needed to be improved.

Storage and Amenities

The Vapor 10 Angler is a compact, yet roomy kayak. The cockpit is roomy enough for you to sit comfortably. You can bring your gear along as well. The seat is adjustable, and is padded for extra comfort.

The Vapor 10 Angler provides plenty of room for your gear. The dry hatch of the kayak has a lockable top. Moreover, the kayak features a duffle bag, flexible cooler, and plenty of space for more stuff on the side.

If you wish to go on a lengthy trip, for like a couple of days, the kayak has room behind the seat for a sleeping. Yes, you can keep your sleeping bag behind the seat and enjoy a lengthy trip. Besides space for sleeping bag, you will also have plenty of space for storing your gear between your feet.

The Vapor 10 is precisely engineered to offer a quality recreational kayak. The high quality and craftsmanship is obvious in the well constructed dashboard. Two cavities and cup holders are molded into the dashboard.

Lightweight and Easily Manageable

The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler packs a decent 49 lbs. It is easy to carry. I know how difficult it can be to carry your vessel all the way across the beach. Relax! The Vapor 10 Angler has got you covered in this aspect.

There are carrying handles available on the both sides to make your carrying easier. As I said above, tracking is where the kayak is slightly lagging behind.

However, tracking is not that bad. If you can paddle fast enough and generate a bit of speed, the Vapor 10 Angler will move at an amazing speed. You will feel like the vessel is run on a motor!

 The Vapor 10 Angler is easy to maneuver. It can be its best on slow moving rivers, lakes, and ponds. Moreover, the kayak is easy to paddle and manage. As a result, this is an excellent product to purchase.

Comfortable Seating

Catching fish may sometimes get boring. You want to sit back and relax. You may want to catch your breath sometimes.

What’s wrong with catching some rays of sun anyways?

The Vapor 10 Angler comes with a comfortable seat that will make your long distance traveling easy and enjoyable. Therefore, you will find long distance paddling easy. The seat’s materials easily mold to your body shape and are engineered to provide you with maximum effort.


Pros

  • Extremely well built
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    Trolley system
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    Skid plate for rigidity and durability
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    Lightweight and easily manageable
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    Rounded hull design
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    Suitable for a variety of water conditions

Cons

  • Doesn’t track well
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    Lacks speed
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    Doesn’t come with a paddle

FAQs

Q: What are some additional features of the kayak?

A: The Old Town Vapor 10 Angler has an anchor trolley system, flush mounted rod holders and padded seat.

Q: How much does the kayak weigh?

A: The Vapor 10 Angler weighs 49 lbs.

Final Verdict

If you are looking for a stable kayak, the Old Town Vapor 10 Angler will prove to be an efficient ride.


The Vapor 10 Angler is incredibly powerful on the water! You can transport the kayak easily and carry it to water without any discomfort.


Overall, it’s a great option for beginners.