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Old Town Heron 11XT

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Stability 9
Speed 7
Tracking 8
Comfort 9
Features 8
Portability 9

Comfortable to the core, the Old Town Heron 11XT is designed with the casual recreational paddler in mind. With a nice selection of features designed for convenience and a reasonable price point, it’s a budget-friendly boat for longer days on the water.

Brand:Old Town
Last updated on June 17, 2022 8:35 am

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Description

8.3Expert Score
Comfortable to the core, the Old Town Heron 11XT is designed with the casual recreational paddler in mind. With a nice selection of features designed for convenience and a reasonable price point, it’s a budget-friendly boat for longer days on the water.
Stability
9
Speed
7
Tracking
8
Comfort
9
Features
8
Portability
9
PROS
  • Comfortable seat
  • Spacious cockpit
  • Dry storage
  • Rod holders
  • Relatively lightweight and portable
CONS
  • No front deck bungee
  • Does not perform well in wind

Size and Weight

The Old Town Heron 11XT has a length of 11’ (3.35 m), which puts it on the longer end of the spectrum for a recreational kayak. It’s also built with a deck height of 13.5 inches (34.3 cm), which is about standard for a boat of this length.

With a weight of 41 lbs (18.6 kg), the Old Town Heron 11XT is light for its size, especially when compared to sit-on-top models like the Vibe Sea Ghost 110, which weighs in at 62 lbs (28.1 kg).

Despite its relatively low weight, most paddlers will find that it still takes 2 people to lift this boat onto a car. But the Heron 11XT’s two molded handles – one at the bow and one at the stern – combined with its reasonable length make it a highly portable option for the enthusiastic paddler.

Capacity

Old Town sets the weight capacity of this boat at 325 lbs (147.4 kg), which is about average for a recreational boat of this size. For example, the slightly shorter Perception Sound 10.5 has a maximum capacity of 335 lbs (152 kg) and the slightly larger sit-on-top Native Stingray 11.5 can handle up to 375 lbs (170.1 kg).

Keeping in mind that it’s best not to load a boat past 80% of its maximum capacity for best performance, the Heron 11XT is a good choice for paddlers who, when combined with their gear, weigh less than 260 lbs.

It also has one large rear dry hatch for storing your gear, though it doesn’t have any front deck bungees. This makes it suitable for smaller paddlers that are interested in day trips and short overnight adventures rather than longer touring trips.
Features
The Old Town Heron 11XT was made to keep recreational paddlers comfortable and happy throughout a long day on the water.

Even though it’s a sit-in kayak, the Heron 11XT is designed with a high-volume cockpit to provide extra legroom as you paddle. It also has a fully-adjustable Comfort Flex seat that’s well padded for lumbar support.

Other nifty features include two flush-mounted fishing rod holders to make it easier for the anglers among us to manage multiple lines. The boat also has a molded paddle keeper to help you quickly store your paddle when you want to stop for a break or to take a photo.

Oh, and it even comes with a cup holder within the cockpit that can safely store your beverages as you paddle to help you stay hydrated on the go.

Performance

As a recreational kayak, the Old Town Heron 11XT is designed more for leisurely paddles around your local lake or flat river rather than expeditions on the open ocean. With this in mind, the boat has a relatively rounded hull at the middle, which provides it with good primary stability, making it good for newer paddlers that aren’t as comfortable on the water.

Although rounded hulls often lack good secondary stability, the Heron 11XT transitions into more of a V-shaped hull toward the bow and the stern. This has the added benefit of slightly better secondary stability and improved tracking in calm conditions.

Additionally, it has thigh pads on the edge of the cockpit, as well as a Support Track foot brace system. These features, when combined with the boat’s hull shape, give paddlers a surprising amount of control and maneuverability.

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Additional information

Specification: Old Town Heron 11XT

Specs
Length (in) 132
Length (cm) 335
Width (in) 28.5
Width (cm) 72.4
Height (in) 13.5
Height (cm) 34.3
Weight (lb) 41
Weight (kg) 18.6
Load Capacity (lb) 325
Load Capacity (kg) 147.4
Cockpit length (in) 39.4
Cockpit length (cm) 100
Cockpit width (in) 18.6
Cockpit type sit inside
Cockpit width (cm) 47.3
Material High-density polyethylene
Propulsion paddle
Technology rotomolded
Features
Seat Comfot Flex padded seat with adjustable backrest
Rear bulkhead Yes
Rear storage hatch 1
Dry storage 1
Bottle holders 1
Footrests adjustable
Knee pads Yes
Paddle holders 1
Rod holders 2
Spray skirt compatible Yes
Specification
Crew 1
User Level Beginner, Intermediate
Intended Use Recreation
Water type Slow rivers (Class I-II), Small lakes
Warranty Lifetime on hull and deck; 5 years on PDL drive; 1 year on accessories
Dimensions
Weight 18.6 kg
Dimensions 335 × 72.4 × 34.3 cm

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