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Packed with many features of higher priced kayaks, the Ascend® D10 Sit-In Kayak delivers increased performance out on the water at an improved value. Designed to meet the needs of all kayakers, the D10 starts with an advanced tunnel hull design for maximum stability and ease of paddling. The upgraded Deluxe Removable Seating system delivers all day comfort on the water plus offers the option of using the comfortable padded steel-frame seat on land. The large open cockpit gives you greater flexibility in cargo management as well as offering easy entry and exit at the shore with little restriction of movement out on the water. Adjustable foot braces allow for maximum flexibility and comfort regardless of water types or conditions. The Cooler Hold Down System in the stern cockpit allows for quick access and proper storage of a cooler up to 36 quarts in size. The quick rest paddle holders let you set your paddle down momentarily without having to secure it away in the paddle keeper. Bow bungee allows you to lock down gear on the bow of the boat. A deep molded cup holder and two large catch all trays provide storage right in the cockpit. At the end of the day, the threaded and sealed drain plug allows you to quickly drain excess water, while the molded-over rubber grip handles at the front and rear make carrying the D10 a breeze. Length: 9'10". Width: 29''. Cockpit: 68'' x 23''. Weight: 45 lbs. Weight with seat: 50 lbs. Made in USA. Maximum weight capacity: 300 lbs.
Custom-crafted tunnel hull design
Comfortable padded steel-frame seat
Seat removes for use on land
Large, open 68"L x 23''W cockpit
Covered sternwell holds 36 quart cooler
Bungee-secured storage in bow and stern
Hands-free adjustable foot braces
Dual position paddle holders
Two large catch all utility trays
Deep molded cup holder
Two molded-over rubber grip carry handles
Tunnel Hull Design:
Custom crafted for increased primary and secondary stability. Solid directional tracking for increased speed and stability. Excellent load carrying ability with great wave penetration. Improved longitudinal dampening with great reserve buoyancy.
Removable Seating System:
Advanced ergonomic seat design with upgraded adjustment and comfort. Removable seating system can be utilized while ashore. Customized design delivers comfort for a full day on the water.
Hands-free adjustable foot braces allow a comfortable fit for anyone approximately 5'2" to 6'2" in height.
Awesome little yak
I've never owned a canoe or kayak but wanted something easy to carry to take fishing. After reviewing the pros/cons between this boat and the "Anglers" kayak I decided on this one. I'm 5' 6" and around 155 lbs. I had to move the pedals up very close to be comfortable, but once I found my "fit" it's great. It took about 10-15 minutes to get used to the kayak out on the water. I've never felt like I was going to flip out or tip over, even when passed by motor boats going way to fast.
I purchased two flush mount rod holders and mounted them on the front and back, it's a bit of a stretch for my short arms, but for less than $30 in parts I saved over $100 vs the anglers version AND you have loads of room in the back. I can carry my tackle box, rope, extra gear a fish basket and it all fits under the rear cover. I drive a VW Vanagon and this fits inside with the rear seat down with ease. This is the best setup for a person who wants to ability to get out on the water and fish without the hassle of trailers, motors, etc. I also purchased a fish finder and hope to have that mounted up soon.
The only CON with this little kayak is the plastic scratches pretty easy. Brand new after picking it up and bringing it home it had 2 scars on the side, not terribly bad, but not pretty. This past weekend I was able to paddle through about 3-5 inches of water, but eventually got hung up and had to get out and walk the boat back upstream. It’s got some pretty nice scars on the bottom, but nothing that will cause leaks. Still an awesome little setup for the price.
August 21, 2012
Sturdy, spacious kayak
I just got this kayak after I returned the FS-10 model because the hull was so badly warped, I couldn't get it to 'pop' back out even after the next day of purchase. I returned it and looked at the D-10, and found that the hull was was constructed much better, in my opinion. I like the large V rib running the full length of the kayak. And I love all the room behind the seat to store things. Just wish it came with a hard top to keep excess amounts of water out while going to rivers in slight rapids. Overall, the size is great. And with a small amount of effort, it loads up great in the back of my truck.
By the way, my whole experience with the customer service staff at the Atlanta/Duluth location was great. They all seemed to really care that I left the store satisfied with my purchase.
July 29, 2012
excellent fishing platform
First let me state that I am an experienced kayak fisherman and at the time of this purchase I owned an Ocean Kayak Trident 13 SOT. That yak was a bit heavy so I purchased my D10 in April (?) as a second boat so that I could have a light weight yak to throw into my van to go fishing on a whim on local ponds. What I liked about the D10 were it's light weight, it's shorter length and the fact that the hull was open so that I could get all my gear in behind the seat. Speaking of which, the seat is excellent. This is one comfortable boat. I'm 5'10" and weigh 195. There is a huge amount of room and I've spent many hours in this boat without any issues. I've paddled a lot of Pungos and other recreational yaks as well as my own Trident and (now) Hobie SOTs and this is the best seat of the bunch. The D10 is not the fastest yak but it tracks straight thanks to the molded-in keel. This is not a touring sea kayak but for my purposes it's a fantastic pond skimmer and fishing platform. I am VERY satisfied with this purchase and highly recommend it to others.
July 20, 2012
This was my husbands first kayak. It is very stable and he is quiet comfortable in it. It tracks well and has plenty of room for any gear you need to carry. My husband is 6 ft and weighs 260, and he has plenty of room. We have been on long trips and road quiet comfortably. We have two of these and they are easy to carry, I grab the front of both and he grabs the back. They are wide if you plan on hauling them on the roof of a small suv or car. We haul them in the back of our truck and its a full load.
June 30, 2012
Just bought a "new" D10. The hull is different from the FS10 currently offered. The version of the D10 I have is a "tunnel hull" design that is also found with the FS12 and the lower cost A10. It is best to see them in person! The FS10 hull had lots of warping in the 3 showroom examples I looked at. Some of the D10s also had bulges but not as bad as the FS10. The D10 and the FS12's "Tunnel Hull" seems a little more rigid due to the engineering geometry of the double arches (tunnel hull) on ether side of the keel line on the bottom of the plastic yak. The thickness of the plastic seems the same just a difference in design. I wanted to get the FS10 but $100 difference and the hull made me choose the D10 design. QA/QC your yak before you take it home! I will be testing mine out on the Current River next week downstream of Montauk State Park in Missouri.
We have both a D10 and FS10. They seem about the same weight but i think the D10 seems geared for smaller size people. The FS has a wider cockpit and more leg room. My husband is 6'3" and does not fit in myD10. I am 5'5".
The D 10 kayak is a basic design with fewer extras, the FS 10 is outfitted with more gear and capability. If you are really interested in fishing off a kayak, get the FS12T sit on top version, much easier to handle on the water, more stable, handles 25 more pounds of gear. The longer hull design tends to let you spend less time correcting for direction than a 10 foot model. The sit on top design is also much easier to get back on should you capsize, also no bailing it out like a sit in type.
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