Rated 4.5 out of 5 by 15
Rated 4 out of 5
by TIGMaster A good Starter Yak
My wife bought my Ascend Last year for fathers day. I have had it over a year now. I love the kayak the price has let me add fishing accessory and modifications. My only gripe is the leaking inside if anyone writes that their Ascend FS128T does not get water inside either has not taken it through waves or been caught in a rain storm. Because they all hold water. I have yet to speak to any one who owns one. The putty the manufacturer uses to seal the hatches is useless. I had to reseal all my hatches with a Marine grade sealant.
Other thank the leaking i have no complaints about the starter kayak for the price and what comes wit it I can not complain and I do recommend it to anyone just starting to join in the Sport of Kayak fishing.
You can check my ASCEND FS 128T videos on You Tube under TIG-Master
July 12, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by ebd12694 So Far, So Good
Took the ascend out for the first time today and I have to say its pretty awesome! I am about 6 foot and weight 230 lbs and stood up with no problem. I was facing the shore with boats driving by about 100 yards behind me and had wind hitting me from the left side and had no problem casting up to the shore and drifting down the coast of the lake. I was even able to sit in the chair and turn it to the side of the boat and hang my feet off. I have read multiple reviews about people having water in the dry hatches so i got back to the shore and popped all of them open and they were super dry.
My only complaint is the weight, i used the ascend SOT kayak dolly but it was still a bit of a challenge to pull it from my house to the lake and i live about 100 yards from the lake. However, if you are looking for a stable kayak this is it! Cant wait to go out again!
June 29, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5 by Skinnyfisherman Good kayak great price
After months of research on different and affordable fishing kayaks I have chosen the ascend FS128T.
All the reviews that I have read are true. The leaking hatch covers,True but not bad I had the yak on the water twice so far and yes it does leak, but not that much. After returning home from both trips I placed two chamois in the holding area of the boat and soaked up the water. I have read that this yak paddles and tracks well. False, I am paddling with a 240 paddle, it it very awkward and always wants to go more right when paddling. I was paddling 2 strokes on one side to 1 stroke on the other. Not what I was expecting, but I will not give up on this yak I am going to purchase a longer paddle and see if that works. The yak is very stable I am a sight fisherman mostly saltwater bay's and marshes,and I love the fact that I cam stand while fishing, overall this yak is well worth the price yes you have to seal the hatches, something I think ascend should have done from the factory, but other than a few mods you need to make I recommend.
June 28, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by DogBone Good, full featured, BUT...
Overall this is a good kayak. I bought one in early May but within a month it had warped and buckled, just as some have said in forums and reviews. My local BPS customer service was tremendous and said bring it back and get another one.
I got the 2nd one home and discovered I got one made late on Friday. The rear, round hatch wouldn't close and the small rectangular hatch wouldn't open without significant force. Rather than taking this one back I removed the lids and filed both hatch openings enough so they worked. While inside the kayak, I found it hadn't been vacuumed out when the openings were cut.
While waiting for a load of brick I took it off my truck and left it on the lawn for an hour or so in the sun. When I went fishing later that day I discovered the large rear hatch wouldn't close after opening it to get my PFD. It's now in my garage awaiting another file job so the hatch closes properly.
Additionally, one of the seat thumb screws fell out, just as other have, but one of the back rest bolts backed out too. Luckily I found it in the boat. I've thread-locked all of them and replaced the lost thumb screw with a stainless bolt.
Don't get me wrong, it's a good kayak: big, comfortable, stable, and overall a good value if you're willing to buy it knowing that it needs some 'tweaking', better bracing, and repair work before you hit the water.
I can't say enough about the customer service I've received from the Foxboro, MA staff. They're great.
June 8, 2014