Pros: Size,Weight,Price,Stability And Company Reputation
Cons: Seat could be more comfortable and no real storage space
This is the second Old Town Otter I have owned (I`ll use OTO for the rest of the review.)
This time around I needed a kayak which would fit inside my current vehicle-a Hyundai Santa Fe.I had a 10 ft.kayak which just wouldn`t fit comfortably inside and I am a person who just wants to get up and go should I have the urge.Racking my old kayak would take about an extra 30 minutes between putting it on the roof and putting back up after boating.
I purchased the OTO new at Gander Mountain (chain outdoor store) for 269$ plus tax.
As I knew it would,I left the store and the kayak fit perfectly inside of my vehicle.Now I was ready for the summer !
At 9'6" and 39 lbs. the OTO is one of the smaller yaks out there yet still sturdy and fairly comfortable.It is made of polyethylene and comes with a one year warranty.
Since my last OTO (purchased in about 1999) Old Town has added an adjustable fold down seat which serves my purpose well when storing in my vehicle.The seat back is higher than the old model and overall I would give the comfort level of the seat a 7 out of 10.In fact,after my trip today I went and ordered a kayak seat cushion to add to my comfort (I have a rather bony behind...)
The lack of storage space can be an issue but bringing a small sack with food,radio etc. can find a home somewhere within the cockpit.There is a space for a can-water bottle etc.between your legs.
I found the stability factor pretty good on the water.Keep in mind that I only have done lake kayaking and I don`t think this yak would be a great idea for rough whitewater or ocean kayaking. (The whitewater part is debatable.)
Overall I am so happy with the purchase.It is reasonably priced,could be used by kids and adults (up to approx 240 lbs.)
The Old Town company has been in the recreational boat biz for about 110 years and I get the feeling that there is a good company behind the products they sell.