Ascend® FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak - Desert Storm
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- Sit-on-top/stand up design provides the ultimate kayak fishing platform
- Solid casting platform with pull up assist strap for stable switch to stand up fishing
- Removable 360° swivel seat with 3 position height adjustment
- Multiple watertight weathertight storage hatches with easy access
- Deep molded side storage trays accept all kinds of fishing gear and tackle
- Multipurpose molded dash - catch all trays, cupholder, and recessed tackle tray storage under seat
- Adjustable foot braces
- 4 flush mount rod holders - 2 by seat, 2 forward
- Molded rod tip stagers on bow deck hold top of rod while fishing
- Fully adjustable rod tender - provides vertical adjustment and 360° of horizontal adjustment
- 8 scupper drains - big enough to accept transducer (sold separately)
- Anchor trolley
Ascend's ultimate kayak for anglers, the FS128T Sit-On-Top comes packed with features specially designed for fishermen. The angler-specific design starts with an advanced Tunnel Hull design with a wider transom and flared bow sections for displacement distribution that increases primary and secondary stability. This hull design delivers the stability needed for stand up fishing while also providing solid tracking and easy paddling while moving. The FS128T features a solid casting platform for stand up fishing with a pull up assist strap to help you switch from sitting to standing fishing. The removable 360 degree swivel seating system combines 3 height options with a padded and adjustable, ergonomic seat you can swing to face the direction you wish to fish. Designed for anglers, this kayak features a fully adjustable rod tender, 4 flush mount rod holders, and molded rod tip stagers in the bow-side deck to hold rods lying prone in the kayak. Multiple storage options include watertight storage hatches with deck plate access in the bow and stern, a watertight personal hatch with deck plate near the seat, and molded storage areas with bungee in the bow and stern. The FS128T also offers a medium rectangular storage hatch with watertight cover plate in front of its seat and a larger version right behind the seat. Deep molded storage trays in the sides accept all kinds of fishing gear and tackle, while the molded dash provides catch all trays, a cupholder, and recessed areas for tackle trays beneath the seat. Adjustable foot braces provide a comfortable base while paddling for anglers from 5'2" up to 6'2". The threaded and sealed drain plug allows you to quickly drain excess water, while the 8 self-bailing scupper drains maximize draining in rough waters. The 1-1/2" scupper drains also accept kayak transducers for fish finders (sold separately). Waterproof Butyl is applied to 100% of the components installed to help maintain dry storage and further reduce water intrusion. Kayak also features an anchor trolley, pop-up paddle holders, and performance grip handles. Made from the highest quality virgin high density linear polyethylene. Length: 12' 8". Width: 33". Weight: 84 lbs. Weight with seat: 96 lbs. Maximum weight capacity: 350 lbs. Made in USA.
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Rated 5 out of 5 by EOD75 Bst Yak for the bucks!
I purchased the FS128T in July and I am SUPER satisfied with my purchase. As everyone else has noted, you must remove and reseal the hatches as the sealant is a soft mastic. If you don't like to or are not a tinkerer I suggest you pay $1200-$1500 for one that MAY be setup perfect.
One thing I recommend as others have, when you pickup your yak, do a COMPLETE inspection!!!! Most importantly, remove it from the bag, turn it over (the guys in the warehouse held mine up for me# and check the scupper holes #bring a small flashlight) for any places that may leak as this is where the top and bottom are fused together. Check the bottom for any bowing or LARGE rippling, the bottom has very small ripples in it, that is no problem. Also check the keel to insure it is straight as that will ensure straight tracking.
July 28, 2014
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
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