I recently got back into kayaking and have been going a lot lately. I bought an Old Town Vapor 10 which I do not regret, especially based on the price I paid and the enjoyment I have gotten from it.
I am considering looking for some end-of-season deals on a slightly upgraded model. I would be looking for a little better speed and improved handling. I realize the Vapor is a basic model and leaves a lot to be desired on long flat stretches. I would probably keep it for some of the smaller and faster moving rivers around here and as a spare if friends who don’t have one want to go…
I seem to keep finding two models which seem to be most-suggested. These are the Old Town Loon and the Wilderness Pungo. I would probably go up to a 12 foot model in either one.
HEre is what I understand are the advantages to the Loon.
-Better in shallower waters which would be important to me.
-Impossible to sink with the 3 layer construction (the drawback to this is weight)
Here is what I see as being the best parts of the Pungo.
-Tracker better but sits deeper in the water
-Lighter weight but not nearly as forgiving to a flip without additional flotation.
It looks like these are both really good boats. I would like to have one that is durable as I do lots of smaller shallow streams. Which one will wear better or are they comparable? I also don’t want to drag so a lower draft would be nice. I figure no kayak is going to be too bad about this. I may have an in on a demo model Pungo at the end of the season for a very nice price so that is a bonus for that one.
Anyone have experience with both of these two so they can provide a fair comparison?