Old Town Heron 9XT Review

by weekendkayaks | Last Updated: December 19, 2018

Old Town kayaks are no fluke, and with this Heron 9XT model, they have cemented that claim even further.

It is not hard to see why we would say this kayak provides the ideal blend of comfort, quality and affordability for most users. If you are also worried about your kayak not being the most beautiful thing at the lake, you should probably stop doing so now.

Fortunately, the aesthetics is not the only thing that makes this model excel. Below, we are going to be looking at all the selling and pain points that this Old Town Heron 9XT brings on board for users.

Features of the Heron 9XT

We have a good deal of kayaks on the market today. Why pick this model over the others? Well, maybe if you considered the following:

Old Town Heron Kayak
Old Town Heron Seat

On top of that, the paddler also gets to enjoy the cup holder and overall carrying handles – which have been made to be as comfortable as can be.

Heron 9XT Kayak Specs

Want to know what you’ll get when you put in for one of these kayaks? We’ve got you covered.

Length: 290cm

Width: 72.4cm

Weight: 39 lbs.

Color: Sunrise, Lemon grass, Red

Style: Sit-inside

Propulsion: Paddle

Material: Single layer polyethylene

Number of paddlers: 1

Carrying capacity: 300 lbs.

Old Town Heron 9XT Sun


Here are the things that makes this a great buy for anyone who is interested in them.


Make sure you can deal with all of these before making the decision to buy too.

Our Rating

[usrlist “Performance:4.5” “Speed:4.2” “Durability:4.5” “Comfort:3.5” “Price:4.3” “Overall:4.2”]

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Wrap Up

The Heron 9XT might not be the shiniest new toy on the market, but it gets the job done. Not just that, but it gets it done too well.

If you can bring yourself to look past the little shortcomings it has, you will be getting yourself one of the best pieces of great craftsmanship out there. Should you feel it’s still not the one for you, you can check out other Old Town models as well as offerings from other manufacturers too.