Old Town Heron Junior
Get your kid a boat that’s rugged, stable, yet very lightweight. At only 26 lbs, Old Town Heron Junior is extremely light, but it offers the performance you would expect from a full-size recreational kayak.
- Roomy cockpit
- Foam flotation blocks
- Tag-along tether system
- The seat is not adjustable
- No footrests
- No bottle holder
Size and Weight
Old Town Heron Junior is 7′5″ (230 cm) long and has a 25″ (63,5 cm) beam. The weight of 26 lbs (11,8 kg) makes the model super-easy to handle, transport, and store. With the capacity of only 115 lbs (52,2 kg), Heron Junior is geared towards kids, teenagers, or very small adults with minimum gear.
Old Town Heron Junior features rigid plastic handles on the bow and the stern, which make it easy to carry the kayak around. On the front deck, there is a tether system (basically, a rope and a carabiner) that helps you tow your kid’s kayak if the headwind picks up or if the little arms get tired from paddling.
The cockpit is pretty roomy, so it’s easy to get in and out of the boat. Foam flotation blocks inside the hull ensure that the boat remains buoyant even if water gets inside.
The seat is pretty basic, consisting of a molded base and soft pads for the seat and backrest. There is no way to adjust it for comfort.
Another missing feature we noticed is a bottle holder. Staying hydrated is important for kids, yet there is nowhere to put a water bottle in Heron Junior other than right on the floor of the cockpit.
Finally, there are no footrests, either adjustable or molded. While not a big deal on short and relaxed recreational trips, this may make it harder for your kid to learn proper paddling techniques as they progress.
Construction and Materials
Old Town kayaks are produced from high-density polyethylene (HDPE). The process is called rotomolding. Rotational molding is the technology used to make a lot of things, from traffic cones to trash containers. Polyethylene is placed into a hollow mold which then rotates slowly and heated up until the inside of the mold is coated uniformly. After everything cools down, you get a one-piece construction that is extremely rugged and durable.
Old Town kayaks are covered by a lifetime warranty for the hull and deck (for blemished boats marked as BLEMs, the warranty is 5 years). The PDL drive comes with a 5-year limited warranty, which covers defects in workmanship and materials. The accessories, including paddles and life jackets, are covered with a 1-year warranty from the original purchase date.
The warranty applies to the original retail consumer only.
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Specification: Old Town Heron Junior