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New Heron Series Kayaks!
Old Town Innovations for 2012
News Article Winter 2012


At first glance you might think this boat is just a new version of Old Town's ever popular Otter kayak. While the looks are similar, this is actually a new design aimed at improving comfort, paddling characteristics, payload, safety and serviceability. As Old Town states: The new Heron series is a result of many decades of building recreational kayaks. A compact, sporty design the Heron is an easy-to-paddle kayak that can track well yet maneuver with ease. Perfect for beginning paddlers who are seeking a stable, light weight kayak that was designed for having FUN on the water.

The Heron is offered in two sizes; 9' 6" (Heron 9) and 11' 0" (Heron 11) in a basic Standard model, as well as an XT Model and Angler Edition.

Features of the Standard Model include:
Adjustable Comfort Flex Seat with Seat Pad
Comfortable Carry Handles
Adjustable Foot Braces
Cup Holder


Heron 9 Standard
Length 9' 6"  Width 28.5"
Cockpit 19" x 39.5" Deck Height 13" 
Weight 39 lbs Max Load Range 225 - 300 lbs
Colors:
Sunrise, Cloud
Retail $349.99


Heron 11 Standard
Length 11' 0"  Width 28.5"
Cockpit 18 5/8" x 39 3/8" Deck Height 13 1/2" 
Weight 47 lbs Max Load Range 250 - 325 lbs
Colors: Sunrise, Cloud
Retail $449.99

 

The Stars of the Herons are the XT Models
The Heron XT combines additional comfort and features at an affordable price including:
 Adjustable Comfort Flex Seat with Additional Seat Padding and Backrest Padding
Padded Thigh Braces for comfortable enhanced boat control
Paddle Keeper stores your paddle on deck
Comfortable Carry Handles
Adjustable Foot Braces
Cup Holder


Heron 9XT
Length 9' 6"  Width 28.5"
Cockpit 19" x 39.5" Deck Height 13" 
Weight 39 lbs Max Load Range 225 - 300 lbs
Colors: Sunrise, Cloud, Yellow, Lime
Retail $429.99


Heron 11XT
Length
11' 0"  Width 28.5"
Cockpit 18 5/8" x 39 3/8" Deck Height 13 1/2" 
Weight 47 lbs Max Load Range 250 - 325 lbs
Colors: Sunrise, Cloud, Yellow, Lime
Retail $529.99

 

Heron Angler Models
Two Recess Rod Holders and an Anchor Trolley System
 Adjustable Comfort Flex Seat with Seat Pad
Comfortable Carry Handles
Adjustable Foot Braces
Cup Holder


Heron 9 Angler
Length 9' 6"  Width 28.5"
Cockpit 19" x 39.5" Deck Height 13" 
Weight 39 lbs Max Load Range 225 - 300 lbs
Colors: Camo, Tan
Retail $429.99


Heron 11 Angler
Length
11' 0"  Width 28.5"
Cockpit 18 5/8" x 39 3/8" Deck Height 13 1/2" 
Weight 47 lbs Max Load Range 250 - 325 lbs
Colors: Sunrise, Cloud, Yellow, Lime
Retail $529.99

General Notes & Thoughts
A nice handling little kayak for protected waters. The longer boat will offer higher speeds and better tracking; a real plus when paddling even small lakes or open areas. The higher weight carrying capacity helps to make the boat more user friendly for taller, heavier paddlers.

The additional seat padding and padded backrest of the XT really make a difference in seating comfort. The padded thigh braces offer non-slip comfortable bracing areas to allow the paddler to develop torso & body control of the kayak. The paddle park offers a secure and convenient storage spot for your paddle freeing both hands for photography, map reading, snacking.

The quick seal hatch on the XT models gives easy access to below deck storage. There is no bulkhead; this is is not a sealed dry storage area. All items will need to be in dry bags to be protected from water penatration.

Primarily designed as recreational fun kayaks, with a hull and cockpit that allows a new paddler to learn effective boat control and paddling techniques, the Heron's cockpit size while great effective boat control, does not offer the ease of gear storage & access that some more serious fishermen might prefer.
The more serious fisherman might prefer the larger cockpits and easier gear access provide by other models we stock such as the Old Town Vapor Angler and Dirigo Angler, the Heritage Featherlite Anglers, or the Hurricane 116 Sport, 140 Sport or the Open Fisherman.

The Heron is a great beginner's kayak following in Old Town's tradition of creating affordable yet well made recreational kayaks. Our preference is for the longer boat with the better seating , as we feel this offers a kayak that is more versatile and will remain a fun boat as a paddlers skills develop. In short, this is a fun boat that you and the kids will have a blast paddling.

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