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Fenix "HL55" high-intensity waterproof headlamp
 
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McAlpine Dam Harrison Ave Ramp
 
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Hobie "Pro Angler 12"
 
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Native Watercraft "Ultimate 12"

Native Watercraft "Ultimate 12" Hot

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November 29, 2009  
 
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Kayak Make & Model

Brand:
Native Watercraft
Model:
Ultimate
MSRP ($):
999.00
Length (ft):
12

The Native Watercraft "Ultimate 12 Basic" offers the unique Ultimate Tunnel Hull, known for its stability and open design, with the Air-Lite seat and basic foot braces. This is the perfect vessel for anyone looking for simple comfort, or for someone who wants to dress out a boat from the water up and make it completely their own. Performance Promise, stable ride sitting or standing, comfortable support for rear end and lower back, ideal for flat water and up to Class II rivers, and tons of available accessories.

Features:
  • Air-Lite seat
  • Foot braces
  • Tunnel Hull

Specs:

  • Width: 30" 76 cm
  • Weight: 50 lbs 23 kg
  • Depth @ Beam: 12" 30 cm
  • Capacity: 350 lbs 159 kg

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Native Ultimate 12 Angler with Skirt
The Ultimate 12

Editor review

(Updated: June 18, 2013)
Overall rating 
 
3.2
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
3.0
Features 
 
2.0
Value 
 
4.0

Never thought I'd like want one!

I didn't plan on demoing a Native Ultimate when we headed over to Canoe KY, but thankfully Nathan convinced me to give it a try. My first thoughts when looking at this boat was canoe. Big, heavy, hard to paddle, and nothing like a kayak but it did have a neat looking lawn chair for a seat!

I took the Native Ultimate 12 behind the shop onto Elkhorn Creek and hopped in. When I say I hopped in I really did jump into the hybrid kayak. First thought after jumping in was “wow is this a 12ft yak”. The openness of the kayak makes if feel huge, and gives you unlimited possibilities when storing gear. I was amazed how stable the Ultimate felt, the water was low maybe 4 to 6 inches in some spots and I had no issues with draft I weigh 230lb’s.

Paddling upstream gave me a chance to notice how easily it paddled. I didn’t feel like I was paddling a huge canoe but more like paddling a normal kayak with some nice glide. What I find remarkable, is the awesome maneuverability of such a stable craft. A leaning turn with paddle or peddle is easy and effective. This is true both with and against a stiff wind. Standing was a breeze in this kayak. This was the easiest, most stable kayak I’ve ever stood in besides ones with outriggers. The seat, is a dream, I felt no discomfort in either legs or back. I could paddle this yak all day long without the usual shifting from one cheek to another to stop numbness!

From never giving this “canoe” a thought earlier that day, I left our demo trip wanting to buy the larger Native Ultimate 14.5!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Comfortable seat, stable, clean open design
Cons:
No scupper holes, curved standing area hurts feet after a while
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3.3  (3)
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4.3  (3)
Features 
 
3.7  (3)
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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
3.0
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4.0

Perfect Disabled

I'm disabled and could no longer get into the cockpit of my other kayak when I found out about this kayak. I fish the lakes in Colorado where I live and in the Sierra's. I have also fished with this kayak in Louisiana and it works great. The 14.5 version would be my next choice but the 12 fits my truck and garage better. The seat is the best for sitting all day. Just love this kayak.

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Ease of entering & exiting the kayak (I am disabled), storage capacity, seat comfort
Cons:
Water getting into the kayak in rough water
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Overall rating 
 
4.8
Speed 
 
4.0
Stability 
 
5.0
Durability 
 
5.0
Features 
 
5.0
Value 
 
5.0

Native Ultimate 12 Angler

This Kayak is so great, that I'm writing my first review ever! My first take on the boat was that it was easy to put onto the roof rack due to it's weight and the sides (gunwales). Also, I could tighten the straps as tight as possible without any bend in the plastic - something you're also grateful for when traveling over sharp, protruding rocks in current because you don't feel them dig up into your thighs and butt! My next impression out of water and in my yard was the incredibly comfortable, reclinable seat. Next I noticed the foot pedals - what a difference over a standard peg! With a peg, you will inevitably feel pain and discomfort where your foot is resting as all the pressure is isolated - with the flat platform like pedal - the comfort level is astonishing! In the water I noticed the stability. I no longer have to do a half in the water half out of the water push off style launch... I can put this puppy completely into the water and step into the boat from the a dock. Standing up is a cinch! Within a minute of my maiden voyage (and I do not surf, paddleboard, fish in the sea, etc.) - I was forgetting I was even standing in a kayak! I could fish while standing - including yanking out lures that were stuck, setting the hook in a fish, reeling it in, and grabbing it by the mouth for the pickup - never once did I feel like I needed to get low or pay attention to my balance. (Ignore the popular youtube video where someone can't quite stand up without shaky legs - that person has the worst balance in the world - anyone with the balance to ride a bicycle shall have no issue.)
When I sit down, at 6'1" 170 lbs I am insanely comfortable. No pressures or aches - you can easily reach into the back cargo or down into the water to your side. It also glides fast, steers and veers great, and otherwise functions as any sit in kayak you CAN'T stand in! Whether you're out for a tour, fishing, or sipping some ales - this IS the kayak to own! I can shut my eyes and recline in the chair without concern for bumping a log or rock and rolling, or tipping too much to one side and losing balance! It'd be easy to fall asleep in that position - and I imagine you'd wake up drooling and well rested like if you spent the night on a good matress. (you'd think I was a salesman for this company - I am not!) My previous kayak was a Necky Manitou 13 - a pathetic piece of plastic compared to this superior vessel, the Native Ultimate 12!

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Paramount stability, comfort, and performance
Cons:
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Native Ultimate 12 Angler with Skirt
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Overall rating 
 
3.6
Speed 
 
3.0
Stability 
 
4.0
Durability 
 
4.0
Features 
 
3.0
Value 
 
4.0

Never selling this boat.

My experience with the Ultimate 12 has been great. I started 8 or 9 years ago with a SINK then went to a SOT. I've test paddled the Slayer 12 & 14.5, the Cuda 12 & 14, the Coosa, Hobie Pro Angler, and a Hobie Outback. After having test paddled all those I can say with confidence that the Ultimate suits me the best for the kind of fishing I do.

Generally speaking the Ultimate is a great blend of everything I need in a yak.

Its only 30inches wide so it will paddle upstream fairly quickly. (80% of my fishing is paddle upstream and fish my way back)

Its open from bow to stern so you can put your stuff anywhere you like. If you've owned a SOT you know there HAS to be a specific place for everything or your stuff can easily end up in the water.

You can stand and fish very easily because your feet are below the water line. SOTs can only accomplish this same stability through extra width which means less speed which results in a more difficult paddle upstream.
Getting to the standing position is very easy because of the gunwales on either side of you giving you a firm place to push up from with your arms.

It may not be apparent at first but after a few trips the general ease of carrying this kayak becomes quickly apparent. Being a hybrid this kayak has gunwales, giving you the ability to lift and rest it on your shoulder as you carry it. Another notable feature of this kayak is its weight. As most kayaks seem to be getting heavier and heavier, mine (Ultimate 12 Basic) weighs in at 55lbs with the seat in, 50lbs without. That is at least 15lbs lighter than any of the kayaks I listed above.

In my opinion a hybrid kayak like the Ultimate is the way to go unless you absolutely have to have scuppers.

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