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Ascend "FS128T"

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Ascend FS128T Fishing Kayak

Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Ascend
Model:
FS128T
MSRP ($):
699.99
Length (ft):
12.5

The Ascend "FS128T" fishing kayak has a removable 360° swivel seating system that allows the angler to easily change position. The FS128T features four flush-mount rod holders and an angler-specific design, combined with a wider transom for better control. Deep molded storage trays to the side and eight self-bailing scuppers maximize draining during those rough days.

Features:

  • Casting platform with pull up strap
  • 360 degree swivel seat
  • Multiple dry hatches
  • Adjustable foot braces
  • 4 flush mounted rod holder
  • Anchor trolley

Specs:

  • Width: 33"
  • Weight: 74 lbs
  • Capacity: 350 lbs

 

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str8yakn 2014 Ascend FS12T

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Stability
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Features
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Huck

will post pictures later, is the best kayak on the water with all mods I have made it is one more mean fishing machine..

Pros & Cons

Pros:
cost and kayak stability
Cons:
leaks
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

My first kayak

I have only taken it out a few time but I really like how stable it is and easy to maneuver.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Many built in accesories
Cons:
Heavy
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(Updated: May 20, 2015)
Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Loving my new Ascend FS128T

I bought my kayak last week. I've been out on it twice. Once for a couple hours and once for most of the day. It was extremely easy to get used to, and I caught lots more fish than from the bank. I am still getting used to transitioning from rod to paddle, but it's not too difficult. I find it easy to maneuver. The rod holders are in great places. I've not yet to use the storage. I've been out on a medium sized lake. I plan to take it out on a bigger lake this weekend. I don't foresee there being an issues. It's very stable and able to handle the waves from the boat traffic I may encounter. I 100% recommend this kayak to anyone. Beginner or experienced! If you are considering buying a kayak, please ask me anything you'd like. I'll be out on mine every chance I get!

The only con I have is, mine is 92lbs. It's a little heavy, but not unmanageable!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Great price, no learning curve, great for novice, great features
Cons:
A little heavy but managable by one person
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Overall rating 
 
4.2
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
4.0

Best under $1000

Ascend did their research when it came to features and storage, but made a few errors in manufacturing/quality control. I purchased my FS128T in May 2014. I immediately loved it. Storage is unmatched. The stability is considerably better than my 30" Field and Stream and Perception Sport. I can stand and fish in moderate and calm conditions. The seat is very comfortable (6+ hour trips).

The $700 price tag comes with some issues. The two dry hatches leak and the seat needs attention or it will rust. I resealed the hatches with silicone but discovered that the issue is the hatch lids themselves. The don't shut flush. I added rubbed sponge gaskets and this slowed alot of the leaking. I don't think any Kayak is 100% dry inside.

Overall it's an excellent buy for $700. If you have $1500 or more to spend go for the Big Rig by Jackson. If you are like me and don't have that kind of cash and don't mind spending a few hours sealing up hatches.... get the Ascend.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Stability, Storage, Deck space, Price
Cons:
Hatch Leaks, Weight
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Overall rating 
 
4.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Awesome

Great kayak, this is my first kayak and I love it. I have fished in large bodies of water too chasing reds in inches of water over oysters reefs. It is heavy but I can deal with it for the stability.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
size, stabiity, comfort
Cons:
weight
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