Ascend FS12 Sit In Angler Kayak - Camo
If you are looking for a very stable sit in kayak that is rigged and ready to fish you can't go wrong with this kayak. It comes with great features that make fishing a blast. Set the hook on a bass like you are in a bass boat and this kayak can take it. Comfortable chair sits up off the floor and is very easy to pass 4 plus hours on the water.
March 7, 2014
Bought two of these kayaks and had them shipped to the border in Maine as I am in NB Canada. Bought the kayaks primarily for the max weight capacity as I am a bigger guy (280 lbs), and went with the sit inside model so I could make the most of the season when cold spring and fall seasons can be windy and cool here in Eastern Canada. In one word, I LOVE this kayak. My wife got the identical one in the beige color, and they were used probably around 800 hours this past season! Spent up to 10 hours a day in them with ease. Very stable, spacious, and comfortable. Storage is ample; I installed a fish finder in mine- all I had to do was drill a small hole though the front compartment into the cockpit and under the dash for power cords, and used silicone to seal the transducer to the hull. It's rugged too. The hull is a little thicker which is probably why it's also a bit heavier than some, but I felt that this was "ok" considering what I planned to use it for (which was a LOT of fishing in many different places/conditions). Rod holder is decent for most size rods. Cup holder and dash are nice additions for loose lures. Anchor is good enough to hold in most currents. Watertight dash compartment is a good size but you do have to be careful not to cross thread the cover. The kayak tracks fairly straight. It may not be a super fast kayak, but honestly, this is an angling/recreational kayak, not a touring/racing one. The front compartment is NOT water tight; I kinda wish it was for the sake of my fish finder battery, but I just found a tupperware container that solved that issue. I have a milk crate for the back storage area that holds all my trays of lures, and reaching behind myself is no problem. We transported our kayaks from place to place on the roof of our SUV in "J" cradles, and at 80 lbs each they max out my roof rack capacity, so check into that if you plan to load on your vehicle. We also got a couple little stools we take to get a step up to load and unload them. (highly recommended if loading on a higher roof) For the price, I'd say you'd be hard pressed to find a better kayak. Can't wait for spring so i can get back out there! :) Happy Fishing Everyone!
November 28, 2014
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
Good First Boat
I bought my FS12 in May of '13 after spending most of the winter reading about and researching kayaks. I figured I would wait at least one full season before reviewing so here's my list:
Even with the $95 freight shipping, the price is still affordable. I had been looking at some other yak's with the same style suspended seat, but at roughly $1,200 and with other expenses, (roof rack, saddles, straps, etc...) I just couldn't justify the cost.
The seat. The seat. The seat. I had been introduced to kayak fishing at a buddy's cabin and after 2 seasons of having to share the 2 molded seat, 10.5' kayaks they bought from another major sporting goods retailer, I knew I didn't want that style. I purchased my Ascend sight unseen and I was IMPRESSED when it showed up. Great back support, very comfortable it sit in for hours on end, and if you want to kick back and relax, loosen the straps and you're set. Also works great as a camp chair as the description says.
I've read some people have had trouble standing in their FS12, but not me. I've found barefoot works best since it is a rounded bottom, and the thigh padding works well to press against with my lower legs when standing. Now with that being said, be smart when doing so. You will act as a sail if it's windy, and if you're on a busy/choppy body of water I'd avoid standing. I use mine like a SUP (stand-up paddleboard) when scouting 'pad or reed lines, or when going though low traffic canals.
Very spacious seating area with tons of leg room. I'm 6'2" with size 12 feet and I have no problem fitting inside, I actually don't even need the foot pegs fully extended.
The milk crate/bucket area behind the seat is nice, but if you're planning on using a milk crate be sure you have square, 13"x13" (or 12"x12" depending on how they measure) as most that are available for "back to school" specials or otherwise are mostly 13"x17" (12"x16").
The anchor trolly system could be better. The locking mechanism prevents one-handed adjustment in both directions It could longer bow to stern, but because they are only using existing hardware the length is limited. Something is better than nothing, and some of the more expensive yaks don't even come with a trolly.
The internal rod storage area is only big enough for a 6' rod MAX.
And finally the "I wish" list:
Minus the pouch in the dash there is no dry storage. Luckily I owned a few Bass Pro boat bags already and they've worked well.
The weight. It's a heavy boat after a full day of paddling if you have to lift it onto a car alone and then unload at home. I carry a lot of stuff in my boat when I'm on the water so the combination of gear and boat is sluggish out of the hole. Once I'm going it's OK as long as I'm not fighting a head or cross wind. even empty the wind can effect your paddling.
Overall it's a great boat at a great price. The things I'm picking on (minus the milk crate size) were all known and debated. The suspended seat option in the sub-$1,000 range with all the included options (anchor, rod holders, trolly) still make's the good far outweigh the bad.
If you've made it this far, thanks for reading. Keep your yaks upright, and your lines tight.
January 27, 2014