robc— can’t give you any info on the Old Town but can tell you the reasons we bought an Eddyline Skylark and also a Sky
Purchase criteria was
– lighter weight
– dual bulkheads
– fit inside the van for transport
– sprayskirt available (eddyline or also aftermarket)
We are both 64 + and adding additional 15lbs for the Loon, don’t think I could/would want to carry it myself. Dual bulkheads were a safety thing. The sprayskirt, was something we wanted for paddle drips and cooler fall days, not so much for the choppy days and wave/water spray.
The Skylark is very easy to paddle-- admittedly my experiences in other products is limited. We looked at Old Towns will also looking at the Eddylines and it really came down to overall weight and dimensions.
We are not small males but not very large either at 5’8 and 140-145# and 5/10 and 150-155#.
Our paddling areas include couple of rivers, inland lakes and sheltered bays and coves at the extreme eastern end of Lake Superior. Basically “lily dippers” and floaters with little interest to become more adventuresome.