Ascend FS128T Sit-On-Top Angler Kayak - Camo
top notch fishing vessel
If you're looking for a fast, sleek, easiest padding kayak on the market, this is not your kayak. But if you're looking for one of the best fishing kayaks you could ever buy for this kind of money, then this is the perfect kayak. This kayak offers unbelievable stability, loaded with easy to reach features, the most comfortable seat you will ever find in a kayak, and tons of storage. The only thing that they need to improve on, is the water tightness of the storage. But with all the watertight products out there, like cell phone cases, dry bags and dry storage containers, you can survive just fine. Overall, I absolutely love this kayak and spend hours and hours fishing in great comfort and its easy to get into all the great spots the fish are in. If you're still wondering if this is for you, buy it and you won't be sorry.
October 20, 2014
We ordered three of these online after seeing them in person. I will be using them for my fishing charter business in the Tampa Bay area. They arrived yesterday at the store. Took them out today to test them out and they handled well in the water. I noticed people mentioned that it doesn't handle well in currents or rough waters but I didn't have a problem. They said it handles like a log but lets face it...it is a log. It's 13 feet and 33 inches wide...add in your body weight and gear and yea it isnt going to be the fastest or the easiest to maneuver, but thats not what I was looking for. I was looking for something dependable, sturdy and equipped to catch fish efficiently. This kayak delivers that. I also have a native slayer that is 12 foot long and 30 inches wide and handles the same in currents as the FS128T. Not to mention my slayer was double the price, didnt come with any rod holders or dry storage box nor can I stand up in it without it becoming very unsteady. I am 6 foot and 270 lbs and was able to stand up in the ascend no problem and had no worries of tipping over.
If you are on the fence about buying this kayak dont be. Its a great kayak that is very competitive with other more expensive bands and for the price you cant go wrong. Honestly I wish I would have bought this sooner.
September 27, 2014
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
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