Ascend® FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak - Camo
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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 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 weathertight 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 weathertight 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.
Rated 4.1 out of 5 by 19
Rated 5 out of 5 by KCoutdoors FS128T Scores Well
Purchased my FS128T after year of research, thinking some other model might be better for my needs. I have kayaked and canoed for many years and sold my Jackson 3 years ago. I am 59, 6' 1" and 230 lbs.
My first needs included above average stability, an excellent seat, and ease in mount and dismount. I learned long ago those 3 were absolute requirements. Tracking becomes more important as speed increases, and fishing doesn't demand speed. I have never liked fishing while sitting at water level as I cannot cast with precision. Space for gear and arrangement of features are also a consideration.
I took the FS128T out for a first run this AM and was delighted with the results. Below are my ratings based on my needs as noted:
Stability... you aren't likely to find one more stable than this one. After 5 minutes I didn't give it another thought. I kept the seat at the highest level and there was still minimal rock, even when paddling. Stability means it's easy to get to any gear you have on this unit.
Seat... very comfortable. Best I have been in kayak or canoe. Definitely tighten bolts. Three loose and one about to fall out even before it hit the water.
Mount and dismount... I made a point of trying to be "sloppy" in my efforts. Best way for me to test this part! Too simple in this model. It just isn't an issue.
Tracking... not perfect, but not bad either. I've been in other models that were much worse. I did not feel like it added to my efforts as I am used to a certain amount of that.
Maneuverability and speed... think of it as a canoe rather than a kayak. If your water conditions require quick steering and turns, you need a kayak. Distances are not an issues as long as you aren't in a hurry. Again, think canoe speed.
Features... tons of storage and a lot of nice touches. Scupper plugs come with purchase now. Rod holder placement something to note, but I had no real problem with it. I am pretty specific in my stroke routine, so once I adjusted, it never caused problems. Hard to believe you get all these features at that price.
Water in hull... a half cup after a morning fishing in the rain. I left it out in the rain for the rest of the day upon returning home and checking that level. No added water after 8 hours. That tells me weight changes the sealing around hatches.
Weight... yep, it is heavier than the average kayak. Again, think big canoe. The dolly makes it simple to transport. Someone in an earlier review thought it near impossible for one person to mount kayak on dolly. Roll the kayak to its side (easy to do) and it is simple. Buy the dolly if you ever need to portage more than 10 yards.
I suspect Ascend has made some upgrades based on early feedback and reviews. Scuppers included, minimal leaking, and not much flex in the deck says to me they have upgraded a bit.
So, it all comes down to this... the FS128T means this 59 year old can still get out on the water. The model takez the complexity out of the equation... it makes it easy to get on the water, be on the water fishing, and easily get it all out of the water and home
July 13, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by peggsue great yak
I purchased this Kayak on Monday. Drove 100 miles home in rain (down pour). When i got home I checked to see if it took on water and yes there was maybe just a 1/2 cup. Got to take it out in yesterday and after 5 hours there was only what ever water was in from the rain on the way home on Monday. Yes, it is a big yak but my monies were very well spent. I had a sit-in Kayak but sold it because I had back surgery a couple years ago and found it too hard to get out of. I love getting into lakes and flaot the river so it was really hard to admit that i couldn't do it any more. This kayak has given me the opportunity to get back into the water. The seat is very comfortable even though when you lean back the straps release and it goes to far back I think I can resolve that minor problem by sewing on some velcro. I just tied the strap for now and that even worked great. It is big and the weight may be an issue when i try to load it by myself but i am looking to purchase a cart. did hit the rod holder a couple of times but it was not a real issue. I purchased a new paddle and got a 240. That worked well with me being just 5'3. Overall, my experience on just 1 day of kayaking was great. However, it did not help me get a fish not even a bite. I will have to wait to go down the river but can not go right now as it is out of its banks. This kayak is very stable, does not track the best but if I had to chose between being on land to fish or be in the water I for sure would rather be in the water.
July 5, 2014
Rated 4 out of 5
by Padou The C-130 of kayaks!
This thing is super stable. I was able to stand up in it with no problem. With practice, I can see no issue with standing in calm waters and navigating the yak.
My unit does not have problem with the hatches leaking that seems to be common amongst other units. Yes it had a bit of water in the hull at the end of the ride, but it was less than a cup of water. This was after taking on a ton of water as I was testing the boat. I will monitor and re-seal the hatches if necessary.
As for the hatches, the only problem I have with the two round 8" and the small round one next to seat is that they are too hard to open. Sand had gotten into the threads on the small hatch and it took quite a bit of effort to open once we were loaded up and ready to go. Handles will be installed on top of the hatches before the next trip to ease opening them. Also the 'dry pouch' in the small hatch still gets pretty damp. I store my keys, wallet, and knife in this hatch. Others have complained it is not completely dry and they have encountered problems. I look at it this way, you are going out in a boat in water, no matter how dry the storage hatch is, it doesn't hurt to add a little extra protection. Everything that goes in my boat that I don't want to get wet goes in a waterproof bag. Zip-loc's are inexpensive and work just fine.
I noticed some hull flex as I stood up on the kayak. I will remedy this with some marine-grade foam support under the deck. While the unit has a couple of blocks already installed, there is plenty of open room for more, and I will still have a ton of storage left.
Rod holder that came with the unit has not even been installed. It is positioned in a poor choice of location and it would be in the way of the paddles. I will use the mount for a cellphone/gps unit holder.
Another modification that will happen soon is the addition of side handles. This thing needs more than the bow and stern handles, big oversight on the designers.
The seat is quite comfortable and I actually found the unit easier to maneuver in the high seating position. I thought that it would upset my center of gravity too much, but as stated, the unit is super stable and did not seem to have any problems. One note about the seat, there are four screws that connect the seat to the base. I would advise loc-tite on the threads. When I got home, I noticed that three of the screws had worked themselves loose from the seat. Luckily they were jammed against the frame and I did not lose any of them.
For the money I am quite pleased with the unit. When I started to look at Kayaks, I was quite specific on how I would utilize the unit. I wanted something that could carry my gear whether I was fishing, hunting, or camping. I wanted a high seating position, and smooth ride on lakes and rivers. I wanted the C-130 of kayaks. She is heavy, big, and not terribly fast, but it gets the job done and will take anything you throw at it.
May 27, 2014
Rated 5 out of 5 by pacfish Great fish boat
There isn't much to add to what has already been said. Used it all last summer and enjoyed the boat a lot. I went on one fish and float and learned first hand what was meant that it was hard to control in fast water. It is very slow but I'm not very fast either. This summer I will have a 30 lb thrust trolling motor to help me out. I think this boat was built for a trolling motor anyway. Great boat.
May 4, 2014
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