I am a loyal fan of Old Town... I believe in their products... that being said, I think some of their bells and whistles could have been designed from a more practical standpoint...
The rear hatch... Love it! It is water tight and you can fit quite a bit in there, extra clothing, towels, a small lunch bag/cooler. Great feature! (Oh my kayak cart, if I take the wheels off, fit in there too...)
The cockpit... spacious! This cockpit has enough space behind the seat for a small kayak cart (at least the LLBean Cart with small wheels) and bilge pump. It is wide and long. Without the work deck attached it is easy to have your legs hanging over the edge a bit.
I should also mention the colors. They have Black Cherry - a black/red swirl... Cloud, classic blue/white swirls, Lemongrass - a very yellow green color, and Sunrise, the color shown here.
I had seen the color examples online and thought I would enjoy the lemongrass color because it looked like a bright yellow, but in person it is like a dull green glowstick. The black cherry... was tempting because my Loon 138 is red.. but I do not like it mixed with the black. I wish there was a solid red... the blue sky is not bad, but don't think it would show up good on the water... so I went with Sunrise... bright sunny colors!
Overall I LOVE the Old Town Loon 126. I am so glad I have it and it is the most comfortable kayak I have paddled. I recommend it for people looking for a stable boat that can be used for lakes, pods, slow moving rivers/streams, and protected coves.
I am not sure if this helps other people with their choices about kayaks.
Remember, whatever you do, try before you buy!! Reputable outfitters will make sure you can try them before you invest in them.