Old Town Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak Review

Kayaks have become common over the past years. This has made many manufacturers to come up with kayaks for fishing and other recreation activities. Most of them come equipped with a rod and they are stable to offer easy movement.

Old Town Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak is popular for a very good reason. This angler recreational kayak has been tried and tested over time, and the result is easy to paddle kayak that is extremely enjoyable to use.

This near perfect kayak boasts of a spacious cockpit, great initial stability, excellent and efficient thigh pads, a comfortable bomber OT cushioned seat, and a convenient stern Click Seal Hatch with a bulkhead.

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Old Town Dirigo 106 Recreational Kayak Features

As with all Old Town kayaks, the Dirigo 106 is packed with several convenient and angler focused features that will make your fishing experience much easier. Here are the top features of the Dirigo 106 that you should know about.

Superior Comfort and Control

When you spend hours out on the water waiting for a big catch, two things are extremely important in the water vessel you are using; comfort and control.When either of these two properties is missing, your fishing experience is sure to be ruined.

That is why the Old Town Dirigo 106 is comprised of a roomy cockpit, a drain plug, an adjustable bomber Old Town cushioned Active Comfort System seat (2.0), thigh pads, and an adjustable Glide Track foot brace system.

All of these features ensure that your seating area is comfortable, and your boat control is optimal.

Cockpit Amenities

The truth is that we all love a cockpit with convenient features. This angler kayak has several cockpit amenities including a cup holder, paddle holder, and a molded-in cockpit dashboard that has a small hatch.

Additionally, the Stabil-form three-layer polyethylene construction of the cockpit ensures that stability and efficiency are achieved every single time you are out on the water.

Fishing Services

We cannot forget that the Dirigo 106 is the best fishing kayak, and that is why it is outfitted with fishing amenities that will make any angler enthusiast smile.

We have a stern bulkhead and a hatch which can be used to secure your personal belongings, a deck bungee which can be used for extra storage, retractable carry handles for easy transportation, 2 flush-mounted rod holders, a spinning rod holder mounted on the deck, and an anchor with a trolley system.


  • Easy to enter and exit
  • Cockpit is roomy
  • Stable
  • Durable construction
  • Cup holder and rod holder and convenient
  • Storage hatch is accessible
  • Easy to transport
  • Maneuverable
  • Easy to paddle


  • Foot peg location is not ideal
  • Doesn’t track as well as narrower kayaks

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs)

Q: What are the measurements and the weight capacity of this kayak?

A: This kayak has a length of 10 feet 6 inches and a width of 27.75 inches. It can hold a maximum weight capacity of 250-300 lbs.

Q: I am looking for a lightweight kayak. Will this model be worth purchasing?

A: Absolutely! This kayak only weighs 44 lbs making it lightweight.

Final Verdict

If you would like to navigate hard to access waters so that you can catch your favorite fish, then the Dirigo 106 is the fishing kayak for you. With its numerous features and assorted benefits, the comfortable and convenient Dirigo is the perfect fishing companion for every occasion.

So forget the poorly located foot pegs and the less than stellar tracking ability, the Dirigo 106 is definitely an angler kayak to own.


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David Valle

I started this blog to provide advanced material, guiding you towards a better and more comfortable fishing experience. I deliver more than fishing gear guides, and motivate people to hit the water!