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NuCanoe Frontier 12

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
NuCanoe
Model:
Frontier
MSRP ($):
1,179.00
Length (ft):
12

In the NuCanoe “Frontier 12” you can do things your way... a better way! Go solo in style or tandem with room to spare. Position the seats anywhere along the 70" Freedom Track. Face the action with 360° Mobility. And don’t just stand, walk with confidence on the 20" wide Cast & Blast Deck.

In the Frontier, there are no limits. Put rod holders where you like them - on the Mount Docks or in the Freedom Track. Take all the tackle you could possibly need, and secure it in the Gear Vault or strap it in the Crate Space. Extra rods? Just remove the Hatch Sack to tuck them away in the Rod Chamber.

In the Frontier, the journey & the destination are up to you. Fish in the lakes. Float the rivers. Hunt in the marshes. Paddle through the surf. Go for a sunset cruise in the bay. Do more... and enjoy more! Go beyond the ordinary. Go to the Frontier.

Design Features

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Customize Your Frontier

The Frontier is fully customizable. You get to decide what gear you want and where you want it. And you are free to change it whenever you like.

Solo Bass Angler

Package Includes:
Qty.Item No.Desc.
13071Max 360 Seat - Sand
12430Fishing Crate Pak
24013Rod Holder w/ Screwball
18070275cm Aluminum Paddle

Tandem Bass Angler

Package Includes:
Qty.Item No.Desc.
23071Max 360 Seat - Sand
12430Fishing Crate Pak
24013Rod Holder w/ Screwball
18070275cm Aluminum Paddle

Tandem Coastal Angler

Package Includes:
Qty.Item No.Desc.
23010Captain's Seat
12430Fishing Crate Pak
24013Rod Holder w/ Screwball
14110VisiPole
18175275cm FG Paddle

Solo Coastal Angler

Package Includes:
Qty.Item No.Desc.
13010Captain's Seat
12430Fishing Crate Pak
24013Rod Holder w/ Screwball
14110VisiPole
18175275cm FG Paddle

Tandem Stand-Up Angler

Package Includes:
Qty.Item No.Desc.
23071Max 360 Seat
12450Casting Bar
24023Fly Rod Holder w/ Screwball
18301Transformer Paddle Lite

Solo Stand-Up Angler

Package Includes:
Qty.Item No.Desc.
13071Max 360 Seat
12450Casting Bar
24023Fly Rod Holder w/ Screwball
18301Transformer Paddle Lite

Pro Staffer

Package Includes:
Qty.Item No.Desc.
13071Max 360 Seat
12430Fishing Crate Pak
12441Mighty Slide Mount
24013Rod Holder w/ Screwball
24033Rod Tube w/ Screwball
14110VisiPole
14120PanFish Portrait
18275275cm CF Paddle

Photos

NuCanoe Frontier 12 SUP fishing
NuCanoe Frontier 12 fishing
NuCanoe Frontier 12 rigged tandem
My NuCanoe Frontier 12
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Over 500lbs paddling a swamped Frontier.
Small bass in the Frontier
Testing the Frontier's stability
Frontier side shot
My daughter Taylor with a smallmouth caught in the Frontier

Editor review

Four months ago Blake Young showed us the concept drawing of a new kayak model for NuCanoe. From what I saw it seemed like all the shortcoming of the original NuCanoe had been addressed. Earlier this month we were informed the first kayaks had been completed and were headed to Kentucky. This weekend the YakAngler crew was able to put the yak through its paces like any true kayak fisherman would. I have two words for NuCanoe, Freakin Awesome!

Your first look at the Frontier there is no doubt it’s a NuCanoe, the company has stayed true to its roots with the overall look and feel of the kayak. It has the same length as the 12’ NuCanoe, and is a tad bit slimmer with a 41” beam. It’s easy to paddle and can hold a ton of weight. That’s where the similarities end.

The new kayak has a large flat deck that NuCanoe is calling the Cast and Blast deck, if you’ve paddled a NuCanoe before you know how big of an improvement the new flat deck. To quote Adam “No more Capt. Morgan stances while fishing”.

They have added a front gear locker which quickly was dubbed the “pantry” by Blake during our trip down the Elkhorn. The gear lockers is sealed very well; during our stability testing the Frontier was totally swamped but the gear locker stayed dry. There was a small amount in the hull but nothing a long day in the surf or white water wouldn’t do to any kayak.

You are now able to store your rods, spare paddle or any other gear you want out of the way in the internal rod chamber. I was able to put my rods into the Frontier easily; only issues I could see are it might be awkward to access your rods while on the water and things sliding out of reach of the front hatch.

Supper holes! Yes NuCanoe has added scupper holes to the Frontier, which I’m told were a late addition to the design. With just me in the kayak “200lbs” I didn’t have any water coming through the scuppers. With 2 of us in there was some water in the stern of the kayak but nothing alarming. With 3 of us there was probably an inch of water in the stern. This might be alarming if we hadn’t just swamped the entire kayak earlier with 3 adults in it and safely SUP’d “Stand Up Paddle” back to shore. Leaving the kayak level all the water quickly drained out within a minute or so.

NuCanoe has gone with a track system called the Freedom Track, which secures the universal seat base and other accessories. The track system fit my YakAttack MightyBolt allowing me to use my PanFish and other YakAttack accessories. Blake said they were working with YakAttack to possibly offer the threaded RAM Ball as an added accessory.

The hull has been tweaked adding Kiss Offs, we had the original NuCanoe out as well and the tracking has improved in the Frontier. I was able to SUP easily without zig zagging down the river. The stern of new hull also didn’t catch the current like the original.

Saving the best for last unbelievable Stability or as Adam put it “This thing is stupid stable”. I was by far the most impressed with how stable the Frontier is. Check out the videos below for 180’s, tandem 180’s, bow paddling, SUP’ing in a little white water.

I was easily able to turn around step over my seat, walk to the stern and grab any gear from my crate. At one point Adam and I even decided to switch places and walked past each other on the kayak! Bottom line the Frontier is the most stable “non outrigger” kayak I have ever had the pleasure fishing from.

In summery this has probably been one of the easiest reviews I’ve done on a kayak. It was hard to find anything I disliked about the Frontier. It’s a little on the heavy side at 76lbs and a little wide at 41”. That’s it, two faults out of a laundry list of likes; I’ll take percentage any day of the week! Would I recommend the NuCanoe Frontier 12 to kayak fishermen? Absolutely, get out to a NuCanoe retailer next year and try the Frontier for yourself; I’m almost positive you’ll also agree that it’s Freakin Awesome.

Update: This is still my go to kayak when fishing with the kids, I received a production model which is thankfully lighter then to Pre Production model but is still my no means a light kayak. I've used this kayak now for easily over 30 trips and still stand behind my original review. My only new complaint is the deluxe folding seat that came with my kayak. The seat bases flex and cause the deluxe folding seat to not provide much support for the lower back. I'm told this has been solved by the updated seat bases but I have yet to try them out.
Overall rating 
 
3.8
Speed 
 
2.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0
Mark Watanabe Reviewed by Mark Watanabe May 13, 2013
Last updated: April 21, 2014
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NuCanoe Frontier (Pre Production) Review

Four months ago Blake Young showed us the concept drawing of a new kayak model for NuCanoe. From what I saw it seemed like all the shortcoming of the original NuCanoe had been addressed. Earlier this month we were informed the first kayaks had been completed and were headed to Kentucky. This weekend the YakAngler crew was able to put the yak through its paces like any true kayak fisherman would. I have two words for NuCanoe, Freakin Awesome!

Your first look at the Frontier there is no doubt it’s a NuCanoe, the company has stayed true to its roots with the overall look and feel of the kayak. It has the same length as the 12’ NuCanoe, and is a tad bit slimmer with a 41” beam. It’s easy to paddle and can hold a ton of weight. That’s where the similarities end.

The new kayak has a large flat deck that NuCanoe is calling the Cast and Blast deck, if you’ve paddled a NuCanoe before you know how big of an improvement the new flat deck. To quote Adam “No more Capt. Morgan stances while fishing”.

They have added a front gear locker which quickly was dubbed the “pantry” by Blake during our trip down the Elkhorn. The gear lockers is sealed very well; during our stability testing the Frontier was totally swamped but the gear locker stayed dry. There was a small amount in the hull but nothing a long day in the surf or white water wouldn’t do to any kayak.

You are now able to store your rods, spare paddle or any other gear you want out of the way in the internal rod chamber. I was able to put my rods into the Frontier easily; only issues I could see are it might be awkward to access your rods while on the water and things sliding out of reach of the front hatch.

Supper holes! Yes NuCanoe has added scupper holes to the Frontier, which I’m told were a late addition to the design. With just me in the kayak “200lbs” I didn’t have any water coming through the scuppers. With 2 of us in there was some water in the stern of the kayak but nothing alarming. With 3 of us there was probably an inch of water in the stern. This might be alarming if we hadn’t just swamped the entire kayak earlier with 3 adults in it and safely SUP’d “Stand Up Paddle” back to shore. Leaving the kayak level all the water quickly drained out within a minute or so.

NuCanoe has gone with a track system called the Freedom Track, which secures the universal seat base and other accessories. The track system fit my YakAttack MightyBolt allowing me to use my PanFish and other YakAttack accessories. Blake said they were working with YakAttack to possibly offer the threaded RAM Ball as an added accessory.

The hull has been tweaked adding Kiss Offs, we had the original NuCanoe out as well and the tracking has improved in the Frontier. I was able to SUP easily without zig zagging down the river. The stern of new hull also didn’t catch the current like the original.

Saving the best for last unbelievable Stability or as Adam put it “This thing is stupid stable”. I was by far the most impressed with how stable the Frontier is. Check out the videos below for 180’s, tandem 180’s, bow paddling, SUP’ing in a little white water.

I was easily able to turn around step over my seat, walk to the stern and grab any gear from my crate. At one point Adam and I even decided to switch places and walked past each other on the kayak! Bottom line the Frontier is the most stable “non outrigger” kayak I have ever had the pleasure fishing from.

In summery this has probably been one of the easiest reviews I’ve done on a kayak. It was hard to find anything I disliked about the Frontier. It’s a little on the heavy side at 76lbs and a little wide at 41”. That’s it, two faults out of a laundry list of likes; I’ll take percentage any day of the week! Would I recommend the NuCanoe Frontier 12 to kayak fishermen? Absolutely, get out to a NuCanoe retailer next year and try the Frontier for yourself; I’m almost positive you’ll also agree that it’s Freakin Awesome.

Update: This is still my go to kayak when fishing with the kids, I received a production model which is thankfully lighter then to Pre Production model but is still my no means a light kayak. I've used this kayak now for easily over 30 trips and still stand behind my original review. My only new complaint is the deluxe folding seat that came with my kayak. The seat bases flex and cause the deluxe folding seat to not provide much support for the lower back. I'm told this has been solved by the updated seat bases but I have yet to try them out.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stable, rigged solo or tandem, multiple rigging options with rails
Cons:
Heavy, bad lower back support in deluxe folding seat,wouldn't want to paddle over 5 miles in one
Over 500lbs paddling a swamped Frontier.
Small bass in the Frontier
Testing the Frontier's stability
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Overall rating 
 
4.5
Speed 
 
3.2  (11)
Stability 
 
5.0  (11)
Durability 
 
4.8  (11)
Features 
 
4.6  (11)
Value 
 
4.6  (11)
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This model is excellent for the coastal waters and very addordable as well.
Overall rating 
 
4.0
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
4.0
David Ferri Reviewed by David Ferri May 20, 2014
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NuCanoe Frontier 12

This model is excellent for the coastal waters and very addordable as well.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Very stable and durable
Cons:
Not very fast
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Having had this boat for almost 4 years now, i have had it through the wringer. I have paddled and fished creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, and fished the open gulf of Mexico through the surf. extremely stable, I feel perfectly comfortable standing up offshore, in 1-3 foot swells. The built in track system, allows for the mounting of all types of add-ons. but the best feature of the track system, is for the seats, i can quickly add a second seat base, and now i have a tandem, I have even taken my 3 year old grand daughter out in it (gotta startem young!) if I am fishing solo, i slide my seat towards midships, to a better paddling position, then as i am drifting across my fishing area..i slide the seat back, to free up more room to move around and stand, or throw my cast-net to catch live bait. and with the 600 lb capacity, safety is never compromised...well if you tandem two 300lb persons..then you may want to reconsider, and use 2 boats :) Only drawback, is it is not as fast as the narrower boats, but that is the trade off...stability for speed, i would rather have the stability, carrying capacity, and comfort, than 2-3 miles more per hour. I have loaded a treestand, backpack, and rifle, and took it to the swamps deer hunting, did not harvest anything, but my plan included being able to strap a dead deer in the boat, along with the treestand/and gear, and not give it a second thought. (well, alligators wanting a dead deer in a small boat did come to mind) I also purchased a set of beach wheels/kayak cart, by balancing the boat properly, i have dragged this set up hundreds of yards through soft sand, the wheels that come with the boat are good for short trips around the yard, but for long drags...get some wheels. all in all, I have no complaints with this boat. customer service is top notch, only issue I have had was a torn hatch seal, which was replaced in a few days once i let the company know. would I buy another Frontier? you can bet on it.
Overall rating 
 
4.4
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Robin Abrahams Reviewed by Robin Abrahams April 23, 2014
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Nucanoe Frontier 12

Having had this boat for almost 4 years now, i have had it through the wringer. I have paddled and fished creeks, rivers, lakes, ponds, and fished the open gulf of Mexico through the surf. extremely stable, I feel perfectly comfortable standing up offshore, in 1-3 foot swells. The built in track system, allows for the mounting of all types of add-ons. but the best feature of the track system, is for the seats, i can quickly add a second seat base, and now i have a tandem, I have even taken my 3 year old grand daughter out in it (gotta startem young!) if I am fishing solo, i slide my seat towards midships, to a better paddling position, then as i am drifting across my fishing area..i slide the seat back, to free up more room to move around and stand, or throw my cast-net to catch live bait. and with the 600 lb capacity, safety is never compromised...well if you tandem two 300lb persons..then you may want to reconsider, and use 2 boats :) Only drawback, is it is not as fast as the narrower boats, but that is the trade off...stability for speed, i would rather have the stability, carrying capacity, and comfort, than 2-3 miles more per hour. I have loaded a treestand, backpack, and rifle, and took it to the swamps deer hunting, did not harvest anything, but my plan included being able to strap a dead deer in the boat, along with the treestand/and gear, and not give it a second thought. (well, alligators wanting a dead deer in a small boat did come to mind) I also purchased a set of beach wheels/kayak cart, by balancing the boat properly, i have dragged this set up hundreds of yards through soft sand, the wheels that come with the boat are good for short trips around the yard, but for long drags...get some wheels. all in all, I have no complaints with this boat. customer service is top notch, only issue I have had was a torn hatch seal, which was replaced in a few days once i let the company know. would I buy another Frontier? you can bet on it.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, versatility, gear capacity. dry. tracks like an arrow, ready for electric or gas motor, no modifications required for using a motor if you choose.
Cons:
slower than most due to the wide beam.
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I am a first time kayak owner. Did a lot of research on SOT's before buying the Frontier 12 last June...without even a test ride. I was not disappointed. I am still in the process of outfitting it but still catch lots of fish and comes home with lots of ducks.

One of the most impressive things is the stability. In Colorado when duck hunting, you don't want to end up in the water. I have sat in 34 degree water/20 degree air temps and not had a single bit of concern regarding ending up in the water. They are easy to rig anyway you need to for fishing/hunting/camping or just kayaking. Lots of options.

I gave the speed a rating of 3 but this comes from someone who does not have enough kayak time to know how fast other kayaks are. I have a GPS on my Lowrance Elite 4 DSI and have recorded 4.1 MPH with a slight tail wind. Again, not sure or even care how that stacks up with other kayaks. It is definitely fast enough for me.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Dave Kooser Reviewed by Dave Kooser April 23, 2014
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NuCanoe Frontier 12

I am a first time kayak owner. Did a lot of research on SOT's before buying the Frontier 12 last June...without even a test ride. I was not disappointed. I am still in the process of outfitting it but still catch lots of fish and comes home with lots of ducks.

One of the most impressive things is the stability. In Colorado when duck hunting, you don't want to end up in the water. I have sat in 34 degree water/20 degree air temps and not had a single bit of concern regarding ending up in the water. They are easy to rig anyway you need to for fishing/hunting/camping or just kayaking. Lots of options.

I gave the speed a rating of 3 but this comes from someone who does not have enough kayak time to know how fast other kayaks are. I have a GPS on my Lowrance Elite 4 DSI and have recorded 4.1 MPH with a slight tail wind. Again, not sure or even care how that stacks up with other kayaks. It is definitely fast enough for me.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, stability, stability and value. NuCanoe customer service is also exceptional.
Cons:
They dont make a camo colored version but if they did, I'd buy one.
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If you're a large man, you need this kayak. It's that simple.

I'm a giant... about 6'7" and 330lbs. I've wanted a kayak for years, but I want something that can float my weight without threatening to turn into a submarine. The NuCanoe Frontier does it. This puppy is rated for 650 lbs, and I'm pretty sure she will hold every ounce of that.

Cons - It's a heavy beast. Most of us fit this out with a jon boat style swivel seat for added comfort. With that installed, you're pushing 100 lbs with this thing. While they have a video for how to car top it (and I use that method), you might be better in the bed of a truck or on a trailer. It's also not going to win any races, but frankly... I'm here for man powered fishing, not racing. It's not slow, I can do 4+ mph with normal effort, and exceed that for bursts.

Pros - Did I mention it's big guy friendly? And it has big comfy jon boat swivel seats? It's also very adaptable, you can run it single or tandem (if you're normal sized), and it has gear tracks running the length of the kayak. I can't picture a need to ever drill through the hull. Stable....If I can balance well on this thing, anyone can. I'm about 10" high on a jon boat, I'm all upper body, and it's stable as a rock.
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0
Len Rosol Reviewed by Len Rosol April 21, 2014
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Big guy's dream boat

If you're a large man, you need this kayak. It's that simple.

I'm a giant... about 6'7" and 330lbs. I've wanted a kayak for years, but I want something that can float my weight without threatening to turn into a submarine. The NuCanoe Frontier does it. This puppy is rated for 650 lbs, and I'm pretty sure she will hold every ounce of that.

Cons - It's a heavy beast. Most of us fit this out with a jon boat style swivel seat for added comfort. With that installed, you're pushing 100 lbs with this thing. While they have a video for how to car top it (and I use that method), you might be better in the bed of a truck or on a trailer. It's also not going to win any races, but frankly... I'm here for man powered fishing, not racing. It's not slow, I can do 4+ mph with normal effort, and exceed that for bursts.

Pros - Did I mention it's big guy friendly? And it has big comfy jon boat swivel seats? It's also very adaptable, you can run it single or tandem (if you're normal sized), and it has gear tracks running the length of the kayak. I can't picture a need to ever drill through the hull. Stable....If I can balance well on this thing, anyone can. I'm about 10" high on a jon boat, I'm all upper body, and it's stable as a rock.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
stability, size, tracking, flexibility
Cons:
weight, could be faster
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In the late '90's, the selections for fishing kayaks were limited. Using a sit-in model fit the bill for the most part, but there was just something lacking. Fast-forward to 2013 when a friend talked me into trying his Nucanoe Frontier. I was sold just looking at it sitting in the driveway! There aren't many collections found in my house, as I seek practicality and usability. This yak really fits that category.

As a bigger guy, most sit-ins are a little sketchy for my style of fishing. Standing up is no problem with the Frontier. On a recent trip to a nearby lake, the wind had the water white-capping. There was never an issue with the stability or maneuverability while I caught several fish.

The construction is first rate and durable for stream, river, or lake use. It comes with good seating and some limited accessories, which I prefer. That way I can define what I want, like, or use and not have to work around what someone else thought. The design allows for quite a bit of modification and Nucanoe offers many things to enhance the application a paddler chooses.

If the need is for a stable, well-built, and modifiable kayak - it would be hard to go wrong with the Nucanoe Frontier 12. While my 13 year old son and I started out fishing from it together, it also works for my wife and I to take a leisurely river float. Try one out, pick one up, and get on the water for some great fun!
Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
4.0
Value 
 
5.0
Kenny Ratliff Reviewed by Kenny Ratliff April 18, 2014
Last updated: April 23, 2014
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Practical, Stable, Versatile and Just Plain Fun - Nucanoe Frontier

In the late '90's, the selections for fishing kayaks were limited. Using a sit-in model fit the bill for the most part, but there was just something lacking. Fast-forward to 2013 when a friend talked me into trying his Nucanoe Frontier. I was sold just looking at it sitting in the driveway! There aren't many collections found in my house, as I seek practicality and usability. This yak really fits that category.

As a bigger guy, most sit-ins are a little sketchy for my style of fishing. Standing up is no problem with the Frontier. On a recent trip to a nearby lake, the wind had the water white-capping. There was never an issue with the stability or maneuverability while I caught several fish.

The construction is first rate and durable for stream, river, or lake use. It comes with good seating and some limited accessories, which I prefer. That way I can define what I want, like, or use and not have to work around what someone else thought. The design allows for quite a bit of modification and Nucanoe offers many things to enhance the application a paddler chooses.

If the need is for a stable, well-built, and modifiable kayak - it would be hard to go wrong with the Nucanoe Frontier 12. While my 13 year old son and I started out fishing from it together, it also works for my wife and I to take a leisurely river float. Try one out, pick one up, and get on the water for some great fun!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Great design and construction resulting in stability and versatility.
Cons:
Size of the boat may be an issue for some people to move around on land.
NuCanoe Frontier 12 rigged tandem
NuCanoe Frontier 12 SUP fishing
NuCanoe Frontier 12 fishing
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