Old Town Guide 119 Canoe
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The Old Town Guide 119 canoe is agile, stable and easy to handle. It's even well-suited for a double-bladed paddle! And thanks to the construction process, it's tough without being too heavy. Enjoy a relaxing paddle around your favorite lake in the contoured seat with adjustable folding backrest. Carry handles make it easy to transport the Guide 119 to and from the shore.
- 1 person canoe
- Dimensions: 11'9'' x 32.5"
- Bow Height: 19"
- Depth: 13.5"
- Weight: 49 lbs
- Capacity: 450-500 lbs
- Contoured seat with adjustable folding backrest
- Lightweight and easy to carry
- Durable 3-layer construction
- Unique beamy cross section and stabilizing chines
- Straight sides
- Bottom shallow arch
- Carry handles
- Paddles not included
- Manufacturer's lifetime hull and deck warranty from original purchase date and original owner
Country of Origin: United StatesWeb ID: 11544093
Rated 4.3 out of 5áby 52 reviewers.
Rated 5 out of 5áby mtcan 3 Solutions to feeling Tippy This is a fantastic boat, most agree! To those who feel it's too tippy, there are at least three solutions to the game. As you, I'm sure saw, most people (Strategy #1) modify the seat in an effort to improve this dilemma. This may work out very well for some which I'm glad about. However, the majority of solo canoes have a bench seat and this contoured one is certainly a step up, so I say... enjoy it! This is how. (Strategy #2) First, if the water is getting rough, sit on the front edge of the seat and KNEEL with your knees on the bottom of the boat! This will instantly stabilize your boat more than you ever expected! This is as good as it gets for stability in any canoe. Now, if your knees are tender like mine, this gets a bit uncomfortable after a while, so you may think of applying either some padding (closed-cell-foam only!) to the bottom of the boat, or you can get a pair of closed-cell-foam knee pads at the hardware store and strap them on your legs. This was my initial plan but they were uncomfortable, especially on hot days, and I kept forgetting the pads too. Therefore, out of necessity, I developed strategy #3. (Strategy #3) sit on the seat as you normally would (leaning forward though), and cross your ankles beneath the seat as a basis point and then wedge you knees up-under the gunwales on each side. With this approach, tipping right, you "pull" on your left knee's wedge contact point with the gunwale to balance, and of course, when tipping left, "pull" on your right knee. Side note, I always wear croc's shoes (also closed-cell-foam), which really alleviates pressure on my feet and some on the ankles. I have navigated through some decent white water with a boat super-loaded down and still been able to retain balance in this way. Lastly, this will tire and cramp your ankles/feet after a time, but when the roughness is over, stretch out! That has been my tactic for years and it has enabled a super huge joy in paddling a solo canoe. It's the sport utility paddle-craft! Last pointer, yes, a double sided paddle is convenient, but it drips in the boat, even if it's a long (240cm) paddle. So, the purists perfect their "J-stroke" or the "C-stroke" to compensate, and although more difficult, the difficulty adds to the character of the experience. I'm not a purist, but I learned their game, and indeed, it is more fun that way. Because in time, this skill really does improve the fun overall because YOU are more capable. (Not to mention, it really gives you leverage to shift the boat -more than a kayak paddle- in technical situations such as a "pry" or "draw" stroke). All-in-all, this boat is a steal of a deal. Please don't be discouraged by other peoples dissatisfaction. I love Royalex canoes (I have 5 in-all, not including the 4 kayaks), but for sincerely half-the-price... that reality is too much to overlook for this boat! If the boat's "tippyness" is still an item of nervousness for you, I encourage you to join a canoe club and/or take some "American Canoe Association" classes to build your experience. You will be SO glad you did, and you may develop friendships that just might get you paddling more! I hope to see you out there! -mtcan October 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Keith S Loving the boat, not the seat Boat itself is awesome. I purchased this craft because my 75 lb pooch won?t be left behind. So, I went into this purchase knowing I was going to modify it to fit the dog. I moved the front thwart back 1ft and the back thwart + seat back 6 inches. Lowered the back of the chair 1 Ż ish. I had to cut and finish new thwarts for this, but that?s a chunk of the fun. Now the dog fits perfect with comfort space and I don?t feel like he would get stuck when he tips me. And he will. With dog + 2ltrs water + Dry clothes/coat/shoes/towels the weight is only slightly biased to the back and varies noticeably depending on how the dog positions himself, as expected. I?m attaching a couple pictures and having a small laugh at my wife. She took a ton of pictures and didn?t get the whole boat in any of them. Lol You can see the original holes for the front thwart. One of them is misleading for the fit of the dog as his butt is back under the thwart, but I was relieved to have him lay down for the first time ever. If nothing else, this is the only boat to encourage him to plop-it. If you are looking for a good strait tracker, this isn?t it. This guy will more than excel for what I purchased it for. Lazy to half spirited floats on moving rivers. I expect it to maneuver around tight, flowing bends and maintain an easier paddle for the stretches with slow to no water flow. It?s perfect for that where I used to work at it. I can dodge anything and really move along when I want. The drunken-strait line just adds to the character. That?s what we?re after right, character? I do use a double blade paddle. I ride ever so slightly deeper than the two 12? recreational kayaks in the fleet, meaning it will drag bottom about the same. One is a sit on and the other sit in. This was tested without the dog while factory to make it fair and the dude in the kayak was slightly bigger than me. When tested in factory condition my first impression was that it ?Feels? more tippy than any other boat I?ve tried while somehow still stable. But I knew there was no way I would ever tip it ?while solo. Enter dog and the trip becomes ?interesting?. I took him out this late January fully expecting to drink some cold Lake Springfield (Think the Simpsons and add a few chems). Almost did a few times, and came extremely close twice. Having soloed a very large n? heavy 3 seater (WaterQuest Mackinaw, for the price go Old Town) for a couple years since my wife went to kayak, I?m used to his habits and I?m sure that?s what saved me. For those of you paddling with your best friend, I noticed that he is much calmer when he faces me. Probably because his butt can?t move as far, doesn?t see all the birds, and isn?t trying to run after the fishermens? casts. Now to the not so perfect Star Rating. With all the negatives about the seat over several years, where is Old Town??? Everything negative anybody ever said about the seat, ?yep. I lowered it about 1 Ż inches on the back and am still falling out. This makes it very difficult to find a comfy spot for your legs/feet. The only option is to sit indian with a cut to size blue sleeping pad for knees and ankles. This is good for a few minutes before your legs need to uncoil, then you find yourself constantly shifting around. The backrest does provide decent back support but you can forget leaning back for anything more than 30 seconds or so before you find yourself shifting your butt again. While the back is fatigued, I do like the comfort of the bottom mold and don?t see my butt getting sore. The seat will require heavy modding and/or replacement. I?ll likely Band-Aid with foot pegs. Old Town, where are you? Do you not see the same negative repeated endlessly? It?s to the point that reviewers just mention that they agree and move on to what seat they replaced it with or the hours they spent trying to change it. Some people don?t even bother trying it out before replacing having read reviews. If this boat was my baby I'd be reading ALL the reviews and taking notes, Old Town! January 29, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Nathan Can't beat it This canoe is awesome for so many reasons. 1) When on sale, it is a great value. Often times less expensive than a kayak but with more carrying capacity. 2) This canoe paddles effortlessly thru the water (easier than my kayak) 3) This canoe is stable. Those who say its not in their reviews have obviously never been in a kayak (or are just overly critical). I came to this canoe from a kayak and it felt just as, if not more stable than the kayak. 4) It's light, easily portable by one person. 5) Easy to modify into a kick butt fishing platform and/or camping canoe 6) I'm 6'1", 205lbs. A 240mm paddle is perfect for me in this canoe. I attemped to use my old 220mm kayak paddle but it was just a tad short (kept hitting the gunwalls) so I bought a slightly longer paddle and it's perfect. 7) the seat isn't uber plush, but name a kayak or canoe seat that is without a minor modification or upgrade?... exactly. I plan to do a seat modification to this in the near future but have used it 5 times in stock configuration with no issues (longest time on water was 5 hours). I just would like to sit a bit lower and a lil more padding, nothing $15 can't fix. If you're thinking of buying this canoe, get off the fence, you won't regret it. June 29, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby Eric52 solo ecomony I bought this boat to float the West Virginia rivers, from the slow muddy western streams to the swift rocky eastern streams. I have used an Old Town 158, but getting to old to carry it around (over 80 lbs.). Also used Old Town Loon kayaks, but have trouble getting in and out. This 119 is a perfect compromise. Just the right length and a dream to thread between the rocks or around the downed trees. If this boat won't get me there, nothing will. Been paddling for almost thirty years and I'm happy to find a boat that fits my size (220 lbs, 5'10"#, my fitness level #the boat weighs about 45 lbs.# and my wallet #paid about $350 at Dick's#. I did have to lower the back of the seat one inch to keep from sliding out. I added foot pegs to give me the ability to maneuver like the kayak. I also use a double bladed paddle #the boat waddles a bit with a single blade#. I can throw it on the jeep and be on the water in no time. Hope to see you out there. I be the one in the camo canoe with a big smile. March 31, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby bsieber Great Boat for the Price I've had my Guide 119 for a couple of months now and I love it. I've used it on small and large lakes, quiet streams, big rivers, and even up to class II water. I moved the bucket seat forward about 4 inches and lowered it a bit as well; it's now much more stable and balanced. I made a kneeler thwart that I mounted about 4 inches closer to the middle of the boat from the front thwart. I use this, kneeling, with the boat in a reversed direction from the seated position when in fast or big water and it works great; very secure and nimble. I hung a crossbar from this thwart with some webbing that works as a great foot-brace when seated, and tucks up behind the other thwart when kneeling. I use my double blade paddle even when kneeling in fast water for greater balance and maneuverability. Overall, for the price, this really is a great little boat. Sturdy, easy to handle, roomy, and fun. It tracks well and moves quickly with a double paddle, and is still reasonably fun in faster water. Thanks Old Town, and thanks Dick's. August 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby Scubafish More boat than you'd think I was skeptical about this boat at first. It's not made of ABS Royalex, but it is about one third the price and the plastic is tough enough. It really weighs about 50 pounds, which for a boat under 12 feet is not light, but not overly heavy either. It tracks well and turns well enough for smaller rapids and flat water. I added foot braces for about $35 from Harmony. The low center of gravity of the nice seat really requires that you have something to push against when you paddle. I also added Scotty's anchor kit, which fits into the pre-molded holes in either bow or stern decks. It is a perfect fishing boat for rivers, lakes or ponds.You cannot beat this boat for the price. It even looks pretty good, too. August 4, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby mountain man My best buy ever I have tandom canoe and also kayaks.I love fishing rivers ponds and lakes. Ibought my Old Town guide 119 last spring,and used it all spring and summer. It works just great for me,and I am 60 years old. What a great boat for the price. Some people complain about the seat, but with a seat pad in it I think it's fine and the upright back fits my back fine. I use a kayak paddle and it handles very well. I couldn't be more pleased with it. February 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5áby the larch This canoe is one fix away from being awesome Using a kayak paddle, this thing is great on rivers or lakes. The only problem with it is the seat. You always feel like you are not really in it. I took the plastic seat completly out and built a lowered plank seat that would accept any canoe style cushioned back seat. Awesome. Anyone who thinks this canoe is tippy (with a lowered seat) hasn't spent much time paddling. This is a great solo camping/fishing option for anyone. It's very easy to get into and out of. You can pack it to the gills and it's durable. With a kayak paddle, you can turn 90degrees in one hard sweep, but it still tracks really well. You're not going to find anything else under $500 that is under 50lb, can displace almost 500lbs, and is durable. Awesome boat...just fix the stupid seat. June 25, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5áby CopperJohn Great canoe, good service from Dick's I drove 125 miles to Columbia, MO to purchase the camoflauge one: I would have had to wait beyond my river trip to have it trucked to one of the closer Dick's stores in my area, but that's okay. The staff in Columbia was very enthusiastic and helpful, I was impressed. My only complaint is that of the canoes they had in stock, many had suffered dings and scratches to their hulls as a result of poor loading/unloading in shipment. Take care of the merchandise, guys! Luckily, they had two in stock, and one of them only had minor shipment dings and scuffs: I picked that one. The Guide 119 is excellent: I have had it out a few times in the local park with my 4 year old daughter sitting on a small cooler for a seat in the front: works great and she loves it! I just got back from a three day trip in this canoe down the Current River in southern Missouri: I carried a large cooler, a smaller soft cooler, two dry bags, two fishing rods, tackle box, and had a makeshift "deck" on the back for three crayfish traps. This canoe is maneuverable enough to fit back through boulders and under the bluff's overhangs along the river, making good fishing holes and crayfish holes accessible. Though the river was low enough in a few spots to drag, the bottom of this canoe held up very well. I used a 230cm double-bladed paddle, though a 240cm may be even better for my stature. I'm 5'5, 155 pounds, and I experienced none of the stability issues mentioned earlier, but I've been canoeing for a long time. Heck, the seat didn't even bother me a bit. August 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Doveman Handles like a kayak, with lots of room for gear! Recently purchaced the Guide 119, and have taken three trips. I'm 6'3", 260 lbs. First trip on a calm lake to check it out. Found it to be little tippy, and did not track well with a canoe paddle. Had to switch sides every second stroke, to keep it strait. Purchased a 240 cm Kayak Paddle, for my second trip. This was a river trip, with Class 1,2 and 3 Rapids, It handled great, very much like a kayak! Stays out of the water 6-8 inches, and only in the water 4-5 inches. Third trip was a river trip with Class 1& 2 Rapids. Fished in calm waters and had a great time! Holds my weight (260), and plenty of gear just fine! Can't wait to see what it can do, in Class 4 Rapids! July 2, 2013