Rated 4 out of 5 by TennesseeAngler Excellent kayak
This is my second kayak, purchased to give me the flexibility of having a sit-inside or an SOT depending on weather/season.
I purchased this at a significant discount; at the time, it was exactly what I wanted: durable and portable. It is a tiny bit heavy for its size in my opinion, but the materials are sturdy, solid and resistant to bumping, dragging and banging and I've given my FS 10 a workout in some smaller, trickling streams with several class II runs.
For the retail cost, I believe other boats of equal quality can be had for (possibly) less. While I despise the bright yellow of mine, I got it for a lot, lot less than retail and have found it to be an outstanding value. I love the camo model.
Tracks pretty well, handles very well and it can hold a lot of gear. I did an all day winter run with a cooler, a dry bag (which I had to use to store my coat when the sun got high) with a change of clothes, some emergency provisions and a large tacklebox and three rods. While I was crowded, the boat performed great laden with gear. It performs even better unladen, as you'd expect. Handling is very good.
This compares well to the Old Town Vapor Angler my friend owns (very similar in many ways) and that I have used, though the Vapor can be caught with nice discounts making it, possibly, a better value. Both being the same price, I'd flip a coin. The Vapor 10 Angler weighs 7 lbs. less, though the footpeg adjustment locks for the Ascend are nice.
If you can get this yak on sale, it's a very good deal. At retail, it's still not bad.
February 18, 2011
Rated 5 out of 5 by fishaholic love it
Bought this item for myself this past June. first kayak I ever owned. been out many times in small lakes, and Love it. My wife has the d10 model, we love em and are completly satisfied, ive even had my 6yrs old son out in it by himslef an he loved it!!
November 13, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by alanh Great boat for fishing
Sorry guys, I originally stuck this in the A10 review.
"I have been fishing from my 18' canoe for a few years, and that works well when I have the kids with me. But, there are times when I just want to head out by myself and the canoe isn't the easiest thing to handle alone. The idea of fishing kayaks intrigued me and after doing a lot of research I purchased this boat. Initially, I was leaning more towards a sit-on (specifically an Ocean Kayak Prowler 13') until I saw one up close. I realized handling a 13' kayak wasn't going to be much different than an 18' canoe, so I went smaller.
I spent time looking at hull shapes, keel designs and all that fun stuff, there are a lot of different boats on the market. The lines on this boat suggested it would be pretty stable, track straight, turn quickly - basically not handle like a barge. I wasn't disappointed when I got it in the water. I feel like it moves faster than my Clipper canoe on open water, tracks very straight into the wind. It floats nice and stable in the waves, even when running parallel to the waves. I have no problem turning the boat around on it's length.
I have tried to paddle in as many different conditions as possible before writing this review. I can say I have no regrets choosing a sit in type over a sit on model. I have stayed a lot drier being inside the boat when the waves break over the bow than if I was sitting on the deck. The sit-in is really easy to get in and out of, I'm 6'1 and 190 lbs. No problems bringing fish, holding them in the net while unhooking them - the boat is really stable.
On to specifics with this boat. The seat is really comfortable, adjusts with straps inside the boat. I like that I can release the slide and recline while fishing. For transport the seat folds down forward, there is room to jam something behind the seat, but I'm not sure how easy it would be to get at while paddling. The foot posts are quite durable, nice locking handles on them, probably the best ones I saw in all the boats I looked at. I wasn't crazy about the foam they put on the sides for thigh pads, it well apart as soon as I touched it. If I find my legs getting sore I will replace it with some better material - not a deal breaker for me though. The gear well in the back fits a plastic milk crate perfectly, and you can still store stuff below it. I am able to turn around and reach stuff in the crate without capsizing (remember to keep your head midline in the boat and you will stay upright). The built in rod holders in the back are easy to reach, I have a landing net in one. My boat came with a rod holder up on the tray, not the most durable thing, but it works. Given the choice I would rather have my fishfinder in the middle of the tray.
Like everyone else, I had to "pimp my ride" after I got it. I added a compass on the tray, a strip of thick foam weather stripping on the tray edge to hang on to lures (otherwise they end up down by your feet), lots of tie down points for paddle leashes etc. I didn't like the cords they installed on the paddle keeps on both sides, they were too short, so I changed those and added a pull loop so I could grab it with gloves on. My finder display is on the right side of the tray. If that forward rod holder wasn't there the tray could easily accomodate a GPS/Sonar finder display. My transducer is hull mounted inside behind the seat and the battery is in a dry bag in the back under the rear well area, all the wiring is tucked up under the top edge of the hull. I use a drift anchor off the back when it's really windy to keep me from moving downwind quite as fast, the boat always turns broadside to the wind for some reason.
Overall, I am having a blast fishing and just paddling around in this boat. I can't wait for next season. This boat definitely has a lot of bang for the buck!"
November 10, 2010
Rated 5 out of 5 by barnaclebob Lots of fun
I bought this for my 10 year old son.
This is an outstanding kayak. Easy to carry. Outstanding features (rod holders, storage, paddle holders (two in front of seat and one on either side of seat), and one cleat on either side of seat).
Very stable and handling is outstanding. My son had no problems on Class I rapids.
The only thing I would add is a way to lock it to the trailer. At the moment it is in my hotel room.
October 8, 2010