Ascend™ FS12 Sit In Angler Kayak - Camo
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- 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 system for positioning control
- Hands-free adjustable foot braces
- Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs.
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 dutyfull 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 system for positioning control in any lake or stream regardless of wind or current. Adjustable from bow to stern, the anchoring system includes an upgraded 3 lb. galvanized grapnel anchor, 20' of flotation line, and a quick-cinch mesh storage bag. 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: 83 lbs. (including anchor). Weight with seat: 88 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs. Made in USA.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.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by FreshNSalt 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
Rated 5 out of 5 by WillG66 GREAT PURCHASE
I am an avid fisherman and did alot of research before deciding on the FS12. I was willing to spend whatever to get the kayak that best suited my fishing needs. After looking at well over 50 different makes, models and styles, My final decision was the Ascend FS12. I carry alot of gear and tackle and I don't like to be cramped up and in pain or discomfort on a long day of fishing and wanted something stable in the water. First of all this kayak is VERY confortable! I can fish 8+ hours on the water with no back or leg pain throughout the day at all. It has a very roomy cockpit area that allows for lots of leg room and makes it easy to get in and out of. It has a TON of storage for anything you could possibly need with you for a long day of fishing or even an overnighter and it is SUPER stable! So much so that I feel quite comfortable standing up in it to fish (calm water conditions of course) It's designed well, built well and easy to modify or customize it to your personal needs. Not to mention, all this at a VERY reasonable price considering it's high quality and design. Only negative I have is that it doesn't turn sharply but I expected that with a 12' kayak. If I could give this kayak 10 stars I would but I'll have to settle for just 5. You will love it!
March 1, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5
by hillbillycamper 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
Rated 5 out of 5
by jra1998 Great Yak!!
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
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