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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
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 it's 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 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 5 out of 5 by yaknoob love this yak
I bought this kayak about 4 mths ago and have had a blast on it! It is my first kayak so I cant really compare it to the others but I can say,my yakn' buddies have been pretty impressed with it. My FS12 is definitely faster than their high dollar yaks,though it is heavier. It tracks well and has all the storage I need. The seat is awesome! No wet rear end or numb butt yet! Ive takien it out on the creek as well as out on our coastal ship channel and this yak is very stable. You'll hear guys bad mouthing Ascend but don't listen.I feel so strongly about these yaks,i plan on buying my wife one soon!These are great quality yaks,especially for the price!
August 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Arizonason Excellent Fishing Kayak
I have been having a blast in this kayak. I bought the D12 on clearance and modified it so it is pretty much the same kayak as the FS12. Very stable and very comfortable. I am 235lbs and 6'3" and this kayak was tailor made for me. I can stretch my legs in this boat with no problem. Enough room to pack for overnight adventures. Think back packing gear. Moves fast in the water. I can keep up and pass most boats with trolling motors. I have been taking it to the upper Salt River above Apache Lake in Arizona, witch is pretty much a lake in that area. I wouldn't take this kayak down any white water. Maybe class I or II rapids at the most. It's heavy but it tracks well in the water. If you're paddling against the wind you'll stop if you quit paddling. I was paddling in about 20-25 mile an hour wind and it wasn't easy but I didn't blow around like my friend in a 14'6" Old Town canoe. I tied him onto my kayak with a tether line and paddled him across the channel. A perfect angler kayak for the money. Great kayak for beginners!
April 7, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by usndvr79 A durable Kayak for fishing or camping
I have had the opportunity to use my new kayak 6 times at length in the Everglades and in the Key Largo Bayside Gulf. It exceeds my expectations.
I even carry my almost 3 year old son in his carseat strapped to the back.
The kayak paddles easy and fast. Most of all it is way more comfortable than either of my 2 older kayaks.
My older kayaks include a sit on top with a seat back and a tandem kayak with seats but low inside the hull. The cloth seat on the Angler is comfy and keeps my rear dry which is a large reason I looked at this kayak. It is way more economical for the average persons income than say a Hobie which is around $3000 plus tax.
I read a few reviews that said it is hard to turn. I did not find that at all. I would say it is average turning rate. The other complaint is that it is heavy. I cannot lie the thing is heavy. I plan on obtaining a cart to help me transport it from the truck to the water and back soon.
I would recommend this kayak.
March 1, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by Barry966 Awesome Kayak
I'm 6'3 280 lbs and this is an awesome Kayak! Great tracking and extremely comfortable! This is my first and last kayak. I purchased it after spending an entire afternoon in the store sitting in kayaks and weighting the pros and cons. Its extremely stable, great tracking and lots of storage.
I would definitely recommend this kayak! I love it
December 2, 2013
The front well is large enough to contain a medium sized water proof bag. There are no trays inside the bin. The height of the front storage area for your legs and extra will allow a few extra small 6 and 12 can soft pack storage containers.
The kayak does not come with rudder but online videos show clever fisherman putting a fish-finder/ depth radar on the rear keel. A rudder usually involves foot peddles and wires that are not available in new models.
I prefer smooth bottom canoes and kayaks for absolute control and quick turns ( rudders are people who don't know how to paddle). The images here on Bass Pro do not show the bottom of the FS12, but the side view appears to show some rudders aft and stern. Does this boat have a full length rudder? How well does it make tight turns? Can it spin on a dime without a lot of resistance?
I moved away from the Old Town 12ft Vapoor as they redesigned the bottom from flat to round with minial Keel. We felt as though we were sitting in a barrel with little or no control. We just rolled left to right. The company applogized and send us another. Thats when I bought the FS12. Excellent forward navigation and stability. Bottom to Top keel design gives the hull a 5 star rating. the top side exterior needs help.
You hit the nail on the head. This brand specializes in the hull design. The keel runs from bottom to the top and is made of 30 to 40 Lbs more of plastic. The inside of the boat has a center divide from the keel design that I am still having problems dealing with but the over all result is an excellent stabilty in forward navigation and the turning is excellent
This is a battle ship heavy boat with top side water catching. Most white water boats are sea-kayaks with small holes in cock pit and are shorties--6ft. This is a good boat but maybe not for the White Water.
This type of kayak is designed to work well in Class I and Class II rapids. We typically recommend Sit On Tops for Offshore…depending on the waves simply because this particular model has thru hull scuppers and self drains….if waves won’t be coming over the gunnels to the deck, than any of our other models are just fine . Thanks
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