Old Town, one of the brands under titan outdoor recreation company Johnson Outdoors, celebrates its 20th anniversary of the original Loon Kayak. The classic model gets a new-age transformation as Old Town unveils its new series for 2015 and 2016.
The biggest eye-catcher on the updated model is the wood deck positioned at arm’s reach in front of the paddler that offers a large dry-storage compartment, locked lid for gear security, accessory trays, bottle holder, hand-held GPS unit and USB port. The wood deck can be easily detached if the cockpit feels too cramped. The Loon also offers an integrated slide track mount equipped with an electronics shelf and bungee for electronic storage.
The driver’s seat has been updated with an Active Comfort System 2.0 (ACS2) for ergonomic support, under-leg support, slow-through ventilation and plush padding.
Old Town developed three recreational Loon models, the 106 (10’6”), the 120 (12’) and the 126 (12’6”), whereas paddlers with fishing on their mind will enjoy the design features of the new Loon Angler 106 (10’6”) and 126 (12’6”). All models come equipped with bow and stern deck bungees to hold bulky items and a rear click seal hatch with bulkhead for keep-dry packs.
Specific to the Loon Angler are two integrated, flush-mount rod holders behind the cockpit. The holders are positioned for trolling applications or to quickly grab a rod and cast.
Old Town Marketing Communications Manager Luke LaBree said, “The new Loons are the most comfortable, advanced and efficient sit-inside kayaks ever made. Loons are easy to paddle, designed for performance and have more exclusive features than any other kayak on the market.”
Parent company Johnson Outdoors also oversees comparable brands Ocean Kayak and Necky Kayaks, Carlisle Paddles, Extrasport Personal Flotation Devices, Minn Kota, Cannon Downriggers, Humminbird Marine Electronics, LakeMaster Electronic Charts, Scubapro and Subgear Dive Equipment, and other water-specific names.