not going to stay dry paddling the river water washes over and into the cockpit but it is very stable . plenty of room for gear seat is very comfortable for long days fishing
At 63 yrs old I have used a variety of boats: canoes/v bottom/Jon etc. The ascend fs10 is a lot of boat for the price. I have set limb lines and trot lines using the kayak. No problems after 3 years of use. This kayak fits people under 6 feet tall. I am 5'8" fits comfortable.
Just beware, the seat will rust out within a year. Poor quality when making this seat. they will not stand behind their seat for replacement. Warranty doesn't cover corrosion. Even the hardware in the kayak is rusting. replacement seat are expensive
Very Stable Kayak, large cockpit made it easy to get in/out. Seat is extremely comfortable for hours on lake or river. Cockpit dash has plenty of room, dash has two cup holders. Makes a little awkward if a single cup is used since they are connected. Had a Yeti cup full of ice water and a Diet Coke from Mcd last outing. Center holder I used for bait. On the left is a screw in deck plate. I kept my phone there.
My model had the Bass pro spin rod holder on the right. Newer 2016 drops this and adds the accessory rails on both sides ( I would prefer that feature). Two recessed rod Holders behind seat and large open storage in back, with room for crate and bucket. Paddle holder on both sides( wished OldTown had this). For lake fishing I like this Kayak.
last trip to lake, I had my son with me in the old town. Fs10 has a low bow, gentle slope up to dash. Middle of the lake on a windy day, waves kicked up. Nothing bad, but waves would wash up the bow into dash, and onto my legs. Water in cup holders and center holder. Phone was safe under dash screw plate. Was able to compare side by side. Waves break on the higher bow of Old Town, son never got wet. Had a river trip with a friend with Perception Angler, similar situation in mild Rapids.
Hull seemed noticeably softer for scratches on my FS10 versus Trip10. I can see a difference despite my trip10 being a bit older and more used. Local river has gravel on some of the stretches.
if you're wanting a sit in angler Kayak with lots of room for gear, and will be mostly using on lakes, and you want a comfortable all day seat. Get it!
If you might want dual use kayak for river running and fishing, I would suggest looking at other options.
I took the fs10 out and had a blast. Good quality at an even better price. Looking at the options, you get a tank of a kayak and don't have to pay top dollar.
The ascend FS10 is a very stable and comfortable kayak it is very good and suitable for fishing it has two fishing rod mounts and a great place to put a fish finder in in the front the only complaint I have is the water congregate at your seat but over all it is a very good yak.
Normally I would reserve a rating of 10 for a truly special product (or a huge payoff from the manufacturer) neither of which is the case here but this boat ticks the box for every requirement for a light, inexpensive, sit-in fishing kayak so I couldn't find any point deductions.
You can get all the technical data from Bass Pro (http://www.basspro.com/Ascend-FS10-SitIn-Angler-Kayak-Camo/product/14072306364312/) so I'll just hit on the highlights.
First of all it looks good. 'Nuff said there.
Next, it is very stable, you're not going to stand up in it but it is not at all overly tippy. If you don't, as my grandmother would say, "act like an idiot", you'll be fine in most water conditions.
It's light but not flimsy at 56 pounds. I can take it on and off a roof rack easily enough by myself.
It comes set up for fishing with a large open cockpit, three rod holders (two flush mounts behind the cockpit, one rocket launcher type centered forward), a small dry deck plate storage area (listed as "weather proof" I'd still put keys and phone in a real dry bag) and a space behind the cockpit for a tackle box or 5gal bucket.
It tracks well in a current or on flat water, not like a ruddered touring kayak but way better than a lot of rec boats that I've paddled. This is attributable to the hint of a full-length keel it possesses.
It is pretty comfortable with adjustable foot braces and a camp chair style seat that is actually removable for fishing on the bank.
Lastly, at $550 the price is right.
The Ascend is a bit heavier and has a smaller cockpit opening, but overall is just as comfortable/stable without having to paddle heavily. Tracks well too... It also is a bit more durable it seems. Plenty of leg room on the my models, but... the newer (2012) models are a bit more shallow for leg room, and the the (inside) back of the kayak was cut out to make it lighter.
Overall a good buy for the price, but just make sure your feet/legs will fit under the front of the cockpit.