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.
Rated 4.7 out of 5 by 9
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 4 out of 5 by steelerreeler almost perfect
I am big (6-3 235#) and old (67) and have owned two of these boats for 4 years. I have fished them in fresh and salt since buying them. I agree with almost all of the positives in these other reviews, Tracking, stability, comfort all good. Only drawbacks are anchor trolley as mentioned in another review and the difficulty I have getting the seat to fit into the slots which hold it in position in the boat, Minus these two drawbacks, I would call this boat perfect for its reasonable price.
October 18, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5
by Tloftin Great kayak
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
Rated 4 out of 5
by Yak4BassMN612 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
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