Old Town Loon, Dirigo 120 Review
Weight : 19kgs.
Length : 3.2m.
Width : 0.71cm.
Cockpit : 0.97cm x 0.47cm
Capacity : 125kgs.
Material : Variable layer polyethylene construction.
Recently I had an opportunity to try one the Dirigo's 106 for a few weeks with a view to possibly swapping to a sit in kayak for next bass season.The Dirigo is lightweight for a female to handle and I found I had no problem mounting the kayak onto the roof of my Toyota Hilux or bush bashing thru scrub and down embankments to access my regular fishing holes. The Dirigo lends itself to creek paddling by being fast to paddle and easy to manoeuvre. Tracking is not as good as my Venus 11 but I didn't really find that too big a problem. The inbuilt dash has a moulded in cup holder which comes in handy for holding either a cool drink on those warm summer afternoons chasing Bass in your favourite sneaky waterhole or for storing a few lures in between changing rigs. There is a dash mounted fitting for a rod holder to allow for trolling and also a moulded in day hatch to hold keys and other small items. The Dirigo I fished from also had a Railblaza mount that my 383c Humminbird was able to be mounted to. The battery placement and transducer was located in behind the seat using the Fish Finder In Hull kit available from BLA.I found locking the battery into the battery compartment easy to access. There's also provision for a running anchor rig as well.
Moving onto the cockpit area there is a adjustable comfort sport seat which I found very comfortable on long days of paddling. Having the ability to adjust the height made all the difference for me as I'm prone to a crook back so having good support is vital for me. As other kayak fisher's know having the ability to poke a rod up inside the cockpit out of harm's way when dodging low branches , running down rapids and scuttling down embankments in search of your honey hole is always handy.
Behind the cockpit there is a large hinged hatch that's big enough to hold camping gear for an overnighter, a few tackle tray's and a cold bag for your drinks and lunch on those long afternoon's chasing our freshwater fish. There are two flush mounted rod holder's situated either side behind the seat for your rods as well.
Getting in and out of the cockpit was a breeze with the larger area and I am certainly looking more seriously at acquiring one for bass season when it opens on the 1st of September.
Toni Potter Ocean Kayak Australia Pro Team Member