Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak

Last updated date: September 11, 2019

DWYM Score
9.0

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Overall Take

This lightweight kayak is easy to move from point A to point B. t's got a spacious cockpit and plenty of interior storage space. If you want to bring your pet along, this option can also fit your dog without any trouble. In our analysis of 66 expert reviews, the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 placed 2nd when we looked at the top 10 products in the category. For the full ranking, see below.

Editor's Note September 11, 2019:
Checkout The Best Kayak for a detailed review of all the top kayaks.

Expert Summarized Score
9.3
6 expert reviews
User Summarized Score
8.4
123 user reviews
Our Favorite Video Reviews
What experts liked
Configuration works well for fishing. Includes well for storing items. Room for one person and a dog.
- BestReviews
The kayak only weighs 48 pounds and comes with grab handles at both ends, so it won’t be too difficult to take it off the top of your vehicle and get it in the water.
- Outdoor Veteran
June 26, 2017 | Full review
The light weight of the Vapor 10 was very nice, since it is only about ten pounds heavier than the backpack I use to go hiking with. I swear I was getting dirty looks from my friends about how easy it was for me to move the thing around when we went inland for a bit.
- Kayaker Guide
It is lightweight, and you can easily place it on the top of your vehicle for transporting the kayak from one place to another.
- TenBestProduct
The Vapor 10’s spacious cockpit is designed for the best comfort you can get all while getting the most reassuring ride.
- Kayak Help
As far as comfort goes, the first thing to note on the Vapor is how large the cockpit is. Coming in at 48 inches by 20 inches, it’s absolutely huge. For many fishing enthusiasts, this is a major plus.You can store gear in the cockpit with you, instead of having to get it out of storage areas.
- Kayak Best
What experts didn't like
Doesn't work as well in rough waters. Will need to purchase cushion for hard plastic seat. Storage well is not waterproof.
- BestReviews
A related problem: there also isn’t any shock cord on the bow or stern to tie down gear. The boat was already lacking in storage space, so that would have been a nice addition.
- Outdoor Veteran
June 26, 2017 | Full review
The seat may have a back rest, but it it is not soft at all. It is constructed from solid plastic, which makes it a little hard. If you want to keep the seat in a folded style, you may be disappointed because this kayak keeps it in an upright position.
- TenBestProduct
A drain plug is included for when you need to drain some water out of it, however, its location isn’t the best place for it to do its job efficiently. If the chance happens that you do take on water, it would be a smart option to bring a bilge pump to help get that excess water out of your kayak.
- Kayak Help
Unfortunately, this kayak has no fishing rod holders.
- Kayak Best

From The Manufacturer

The Old Town Vapor 10 Kayak is a compact kayak with a lot of volume and offers a stable, yet efficient ride. The Old Town Vapor 10 is designed with a large cockpit opening that allows easy entry and exit as well as accommodating all sizes of paddlers. Equipped with a comfortable seat, the Vapor 10 goes way beyond the basics, and getting a workout is as easy as grabbing your water bottle and heading to your nearest body of water.

Overall Product Rankings

1. Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak
Overall Score: 9.2
Expert Reviews: 8
2. Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak
Overall Score: 9.0
Expert Reviews: 6
3. Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak
Overall Score: 8.7
Expert Reviews: 7
5. SUNDOLPHIN Sun Dolphin Aruba 10-Foot Sit-in Kayak
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 8
6. Lifetime Tamarack Angler 100 Fishing Kayak
Overall Score: 8.5
Expert Reviews: 6
7. Intex Explorer K2 Kayak
Overall Score: 8.4
Expert Reviews: 4
8. Lifetime Youth Wave Kayak Paddle
Overall Score: 8.2
Expert Reviews: 4
9. Intex Challenger K1 Kayak
Overall Score: 8.1
Expert Reviews: 5
10. SUNDOLPHIN Sun Dolphin Aruba SS Sit-in Kayak
Overall Score: 7.4
Expert Reviews: 2

An Overview On Kayaks

Kayaking is a great all-around workout for anyone who loves spending time on the water. Since you have to stay upright and shift your body weight to make turns, kayaking can improve your balance and core strength. You’ll also get a back and arm workout from navigating with your paddles — and you’ll never have to set foot inside of a gym.

Many people think of whitewater rapids and intense trips down speeding rivers when they hear the word “kayak.” In reality, the sport is accessible to everyone, including recreational wave riders and fishermen.

There are two major categories of kayaks: sit-on-tops and sit-ins. Sit-on-tops, like the Ocean Kayak Malibu, are recreational kayaks that work well in lakes and calm rivers. They’re easy to get on, comfortable in warm weather and self-draining. Some sit-on-tops, like the Ocean Kayak Prowler, have features like rod holders for fishing.

Sit-in kayaks, like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak, are quick-moving boats that you sit inside of as you paddle. Since you can shift your weight to help you steer, they’re a little more efficient and easier to control than sit-on kayaks. Sit-in kayaks will also keep you warmer during chilly weather. However, you’ll have to make sure that your sit-in kayak has a drain or built-in pump to remove water.

Many kayaks are designed for just one rider. The Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak is a sit-in kayak that’s perfect for sportsmen or recreational riders. For those times when two is better than one, Ocean Kayak’s Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak has enough room for you and a friend to explore the water. There’s even a little extra room for your favorite mutt.  

Fishing kayaks are generally narrower, making it easier to maneuver into tight spaces when you’re on the hunt for your next big catch. The Ocean Kayak Prowler is a slim 28 inches. It also comes in a brown camo shade that’s perfect for blending in with the trees and plants around your fish. You don’t have to sacrifice storage in this kayak’s sleek shape: The Click Seal front hatch offers easy access to bow-to-stern internal storage.

Kayaking can be a great add-on to an outdoor hiking or camping adventure, but lugging a kayak around can limit your explorations. You can carry Sevylor’s Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak as a backpack with two paddle slots on each side, and then set it up in five minutes when you find that perfect spot on the river. The rugged construction is perfect for rigorous lakes, D-rings and bungee storage help you carry more gear for more fun.

There are still other considerations to make once you’ve decided what general type of kayak you’d like to buy. Our Tips & Advice will help you iron out the details so you can start paddling.

DYWM Fun Fact

The first kayaks weren’t used for recreation — they were used to help their owners survive. The Inuit and Aleut people of Arctic North America started building their own kayaks to hunt in frigid coastal waters like the Arctic, North Atlantic and North Pacific Oceans.

First, they’d create a wood or whalebone frame that was large enough to hold the kayaker and balanced enough to remain stable in unpredictable currents. They’d use their own arm lengths to determine the correct frame size. Then they’d stretch hearty animal skins, like stitched seal skins, over the frame. The kayak’s paddles were shaped from driftwood.

Today, most kayaks are made in factories in less than a week. We don’t rely on kayaks to feed ourselves anymore, but being on the water is a much-needed escape back to nature.

The Kayak Buying Guide

  • What are you going to use your kayak for? If you’re interested in casual use for a lakeside vacation home or for your kids, a sit-on-top kayak like Ocean Kayak Malibu Two Tandem Sit-On-Top Recreational Kayak is a top choice. Kayakers who want a swift solo vessel should check out a lightweight, sit-in option like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak. Fishing fanatics will benefit from a kayak that can store tackle boxes, bait wells and fishing rods, like the Ocean Kayak Prowler 13 Angler Sit-On-Top Fishing Kayak.
  • If you plan on taking to the water every weekend, paying for a top-notch choice like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak isn’t a big deal. However, if you’ll only use your kayak every once in a while, Sevylor’s Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak is an affordable option that doesn’t compromise on quality.
  • Kayaking isn’t only about your kayak. You’ll need additional safety equipment if you want to take on rivers, lakes and streams. A Coast Guard-approved life jacket, sun-shielding hats and sunscreen, neoprene footwear and swimwear are all essentials. Many beginner kayakers also choose to wear helmets.
  • You won’t get very far in your kayak if you don’t choose the right paddles. Your own height and your boat’s width will determine the length of your paddles, and paddle weight is also important. Lighter paddles made of carbon-fiber or fiberglass will reduce fatigue, but they’re pricier than plastic or nylon paddles. You can also choose from a variety of shaft shapes, and you can pick from two or four-piece shafts that break down for storage.
  • Make sure you have a safe place to store your kayak when it’s not in use. You can just roll up inflatable kayaks, like the Sevylor Quikpak K5 1-Person Kayak, and store them in a cool, dry place. Hard-shell kayaks, like the Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Vapor 10 Recreational Kayak, should preferably be stored indoors. However, if you have to keep your hard-shell kayak outside, find a place that limits your kayak’s exposure to sunlight, moisture and extreme temperatures.
  • Keep your kayak clean for optimal performance and a fresh look whenever you hit the water. You can use special kayak soap or mild soap and water to keep the inside and outside of your boat in tip-top shape. Make sure to give your entire kayak a thorough rinse if you’ve paddled through brackish water or frequently travel through salt water.