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Designed for fishing-minded kayakers, the Ascend® FS12 Sit In Angler Kayak is a comfortable, high performance kayak packed with features for serious anglers. This specially designed 12' kayak starts with a custom crafted tunnel hull that delivers improved static and dynamic lateral stability to allow an angler to stand up and fish with confidence! This specialized hull design also provides solid directional tracking for easy paddling and increased speed, excellent load carrying ability, and good reserve buoyancy and longitudinal damping of any pitch motion in heavier waves. Made of custom crafted neoprene and heavy duty advanced seating materials, the FS12's steel-frame, removable seating system delivers maximum comfort and durability in the kayak, on the shore, or wherever it's used. With an upgraded, Ascend heavy-duty full tackle rod tender on the starboard side and rod holders behind the seat, the FS12 offers anglers lots of options to stow different setups. The large capacity, deep molded stern storage area features molded landings designed to safely haul a five gallon bucket, milk crate, or sealed battery recess. Its removable and fully adjustable cargo bungee cover makes it easy to transport all types of gear in the stern well. The deep molded bow tankwell is shaped to fit most dry bags, protecting them with a removable weathertight storage hatch cover held tight with a quick connect tether system. The FS12 also offers a unique 5" screw-out deck plate right in front of the cockpit for easy access to a weathertight storage pouch for your wallet, keys, phone, iPod® and like items. Finally, this capable kayak comes with a fully adjustable anchor trolley for positioning control in any lake or stream regardless of wind or current. Adjustable from bow to stern, the anchor trolley helps you hold your place when the fishing gets good!. Cushioned thigh pads and hands-free adjustable foot braces for easier paddling. Two molded-over rubber grip handles for easy carrying. Size: 12'L x 29''W; Weight: 80 lbs. (including anchor). Weight with seat: 85 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs. Made in USA.
Feature packed kayak for anglers
Custom crafted tunnel hull design - stable enough to stand and fish in
Steel-frame, removable seating system - use in the boat and on the shore
Heavy duty, full tackle rod tender
Built-in rod holders behind the seat
Versatile storage - multipurpose sternwell, bow tankwell, and 5" screw-out deck plate weathertight storage system
Fully adjustable anchor trolley for positioning control
Hands-free adjustable foot braces
Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs.
Ascend Kayaks deliver a unique mix of stability, functionality, and comfort to kayakers of all skill levels. Designed to give you the highest quality gear at the best possible value, Ascend kayaks are made from superior materials with state of the art manufacturing processes for top durability and performance. Every Ascend kayak is packed with user friendly features, like advanced hull design, performance grip handles, multipurpose sternwell, open cockpit storage, and more. It all comes together to make Ascend kayaks ideally suited for beginning kayakers, weekend paddlers, anglers, and experienced adventure kayakers alike.
This is by far the best kayak I've used
After a couple months of researching many different kayaks and kayak reviews, I opted for the FS12. I really liked the design, features, and most of all the comfortable seat it has. I also like the fact that I can take the seat out and use it for a small beach chair. I have only had it for a few months and used it to fish many times....both in fresh and salt water. My longest outing was about 7 hours and never felt the least bit of discomfort. I also stand in mine to fish quite often. If you're confident in your balance, then standing in this kayak won't be an issue.
This vessel tracks super straight and handles 1-2 ft white-capped waves really well. I was surprised at how well it did while paddling through the storm to get back. All I can say, is that I have more confidence in my boat knowing what it can do. I've seen guys with "higher-end, over-priced" kayaks of other brands that had much more difficulty handling their kayak in the same conditions.
Last but not least....the storage. You won't believe the amount of storage this kayak had for it's size. To put in perspective as to how much it can carry in a trip, I usually take with me:
*3 fishing poles
*loaded tackle bag
*small cooler bag for food/drinks
*larger cooler (stored on the back) for keeper fish
*oar (of course)
with slightly more room to go.
This boat will NOT disappoint !!!
August 16, 2012
Best kayak I have owned
I purchased 2 FS12 Kayaks, 1 of each color. Had to swap out the Camo one after got it home and it set in the sun. Blemishes started forming on the hull. Independence Store went above a beyond to find one and replace it out. No more trouble with the new one, and none with the desert color.
My Wife and I have spent the last 25 years paddling the Platte river, from Rochester Falls to the Missouri. Plus all the south Missouri float trips. So I have a lot of seat time in a variety of boats. I have spent many hours and days in this Kayak on different types of outings. I have enjoyed every minute. The seat has to be one of the best things about the kayak. Because of the comfort you can enjoy all the other great features. I have been on Smithville Lake on a windy day. It handle the white cap waves from the wind and how fast can it go pass Bass boats. Paddled well against the wind and waves. As with all low profile craft you have to watch side waves. I have floated the Platte hit the below the water line logs, no damage. I added Fish finder, 10lb 26ahr battery, running lights, bilge pump, and a 1 amp solar panel. Handles the weight plus gear. Not only is it a great fishing Kayak, but works great for the several day float trip with gear. Swap fish gear for water tight packs and away I go. Obviously with all I have added the weight is not an issue with me. We haul both Kayaks together on a double jet ski trailer. I can see a issue for 1 person wrestle on top of a vehicle. At 6’2” 210 the foot pegs adjust with adjustment left at both ends.
June 10, 2012
Bought this kayak at the Prattville, Alabama store. Went in to get the 10' model but liked all the extras on this one. The seat was the selling point. The smaller model didn't have the mesh seat. I have taken it out for the past three weekends and find it very comfortable to sit in, was in for 5 hours each time and never felt discomfort. It is very stable, I'm 6'1", 250 lbs. and getting into and out of is simple and moving around doesn't cause it to tip over as I first thought it might. I find fishing from it easy. I can rig three poles with three different type lures and as the conditions change switch them out quickly. If you plan on fishing you'll want to get a drift chute that keeps you in one spot, the anchor is nice but gets old pulling up each time you want to move. If you are moving by yourself may want to get a kayak cart, makes getting from vehicle to water much easier. Overall a great kayak and I'm very pleased with the purchase.
March 27, 2012
This is a great yak
I picked up this little gem a couple of months and didn’t want to give it a review until I took it out a few times. My first trip out on it was a really windy day and it handled great. The only thing that I learned is if it is really windy and you have the anchor attached to the back. Then there is a chance that some water will get into the back where the crate spot is. Other than that it’s great I’m 6’3 210lbs and have tons of room for anything that I would need to bring with me. The past time that I went out I stood up in it. Now I have good balance and it does take a second to get used to but not too hard to do. My friend picked up the same yak and he didn’t have a problem standing in it either he’s 6’4 180lbs. It tracks well and moves through the water with ease. I just mounted my humminbird with a ram mount on the left side of the dash. Seems like it was meant to be, looks great. There is a little bit of a flat spot to put the transducer in the front. Now it does weigh about 80lbs but it’s not too bad for me. There are some padded spots on the inside for your legs that is a good spot to put your shoulder when carrying it. One of my big reasons for getting this yak was that with my old one. After being out on the water 5 to 6 hours my back would kill me. The chair in this it perfect. It has everything that I wanted and then some. All in all this kayak is the exactly what I needed. Once again BPS hit a homerun with this. For the price it can’t be beat.
March 23, 2012
I have stood up for a second... it is very stable but i would have to go with no you cant.. But its still an awesome yak. i have a milk crate with my tackle in it and it is very easy to just reach back and grab what i need
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