Old Town Cayuga Kayak Review

The Old Town Cayuga Kayak is a favorite among novices as well as avid paddlers. One (of many) reasons it is a favorite is due to its ability to go great distances without a lot of work, as well as its superior tracking ability. Comfortable, rugged and overall great for day touring, the Cayuga is fairly lightweight given its size (10-14.6 feet long), has retractable toggle carry handles for transport and a roomy cockpit with lots of legroom. The cockpit area also contains plenty of storage space for your gear.

Avid paddlers mention that although it is stable and a cut above the rest, the Old Town Cayuga is too long for rough water and not made for rapid turning.

I give the Old Town Cayuga rating of 5 out of 5. If you are looking for a kayak that you can use for a day of sightseeing and relaxation, look seriously at the Cayuga. Just stay away from the rapids.

  • Uses: Day touring, quiet lakes and rivers, good for all levels of paddlers
  • Pros: Comfortable, easy to lift, superior tracking, does well in windy conditions
  • Cons: Too long for rough water, does not do well in areas with rapid turns
  • Specs: 10-14.6 feet long and 46-53 lbs.
  • Approximate prince range: $759-$1000
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Rating: 4.5/5 (11 votes cast)
Old Town Cayuga Kayak Review, 4.5 out of 5 based on 11 ratings

Written by Cliff Steele

Cliff Steele prides himself on having a strong knowledge of kayaks and kayak supplies. He works hand-building kayaks for a variety of clients. Sharing a name with a well-known comic book character, Cliff is known to his friends as "Robotman." Cliff lives in San Diego, California.

This Review Has 1 Comments

  1. marvin

    I bought a used Cayuga 146 for 600 dollars in October. Balance excellent, speed good, agility very good except wide turning, handles wakes, and class II rapids. The rudder is excellent. The fit and feel is very good, I’m 6ft.2 and 190. The only problem with the Cayuga is the weight when lifting onto a car.
    In the water it is no problem. I give it a 9 due to the weight.

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