Really bad kayak! Bass Pro shops advertises that you can stand and fish from this kayak. NO WAY! It's very unstable. The front and rear tank wells hold water. 10 lbs of weight on the front was enough to make the bow sit low enough in the water where it started to take on water. Scupper holes are poorly located. It's not worth spending $650 plus tax on something this poorly designed. Cheap cheap cheap!! Don't buy this kayak.
Not a fan! Bought this kayak a few months ago. After reading many reviews I figured it was the best bang for my buck. Not the case! At 31" wide this is not a stable kayak. Those who say this is stable need to try a Pescador 12. Night and day difference! If you reach around to the rear storage well on the Ascend 12T you better hang on as it's extremely tippy. The thickness of the hull on the Ascend 12T is also disappointing. Again when I compared this to the Pescador 12 be purchased (which was less expensive) there is a night a day difference. The material on the Pescador is a lot heavier and overall much better built. The tracking is average at best. When paddling at a comfortable pace it does walk side to side. If you compare the Ascend 12T to a Sundolphin from Walmart I'll agree it's a better kayak. However it gets outclassed quickly when compared to a comparable kayak line. Folks there are better options. Look at what the kayak's overall weight capacity is and that'll tell you a lot about how well it is built. The Ascend 12T is a decent backup kayak but that's all I recommend it used for. Much better options available (for less money).
I have a 2017/2018 model, very few cons with this particular kayak. Stability for me was a huge factor in purchasing a fishing kayak, I was apprehensive to purchase this one due to some people on youtube trying to stand up in it and looking like they were riding a unicycle for the first time and quickly saying that you can't stand in it. I got a great deal on it so I decided to go for it. my first time out, I tried standing and was a little shaky but I stood up with a 3 yr. old in the front for 30 seconds or so. the next time i went out I started fishing standing up, and by the end of that trip, I was having no issues whatsoever fishing on my feet for extended periods. Like anything it takes practice, once you get used to the secondary stability on this kayak its incredibly stable. I love the amount of deck space, the track system, and storage. I could have used another storage compartment but It willsuffice. The seat is really low, and I raised mine after my first trip out. The biggest con with this yak is the weight. ITs rather difficult to put it on the car by myself, but you can make it happen with some strategy. Excellent fishing yak at a great price. You won't be disappointed.
I have had my Ascend FS12T for a touch over a year. I have thoroughly enjoyed it. It has had water up to the gunwales tops. Kept paddling in high winds, and the water kept going out of the scuppers. Extremely stable in rough water. Been in 3' swells from ship wakes and just rolls with the flow. The seat was replaced about 4 months ago. The support straps broke. Easy time doing that with warranty people. The bolts I have replaced and the metal tubing does corrode from saltwater despite washdowns after each trip. I used pipe insulation on the back and this has taken a little of the stress off the bolts. I have remove the tracks on the side and welded the holes up. I do have a small track that I put my anchor winch on and remove my winch after every trip. I wish they had an access in the front and stern. I'm in the process of installing a rudder as this kayak does track towards the wind when paddling. Not a major complaint just a fact of life. I'm planning on installing a vertical panel in the back to run steering cables inside. Enough stuff is outside already. I replaced the front hatch gasket today with a silicone 1/4" x 1/4" adhesive back gasket. The front hatch leaked because of poor workmanship installing the original gasket. Both upper and lower original gaskets had a 1"+ gap due probably to stretching the gasket during installation and then it returned to original length. (Had to be careful doing that when I used to work). I have added anchor trolleys on both sides. I changed the paddle clip to the side because that works for me. The changes I made are what works for me. I would emphasis that fact. The Ascend kayak is a great kayak. I have rubbed oyster beds, trolleyed it to launch and if it was about 30#'s lighter that would be great, but I wouldn't trade that for the thickness of material. For those younger folks, # is not a hashtag it equals pounds. 🤣🤣🤣All in all it is a super great kayak.
This thing is an absolute fishing machine, and NOTHING can compare for the price. It's the best bang for your buck guaranteed.Like others, I did plenty of research and came down to the FS12T (instead of FS128T too). So much value with this kayak.
This kayak is extremely stable in all/most situations. I feel comfortable saying that after this past weekend and is pretty much why im taking this time to write a review. I headed out expecting 10-15 mph winds, which I have dealt with before and winds ended up being 10....to 25 mph! Stupid weathermen! I was in the middle of the lake when the worst hit. It was super sketchy and stuff didnt look good.....but the damn kayak was taking things like a champ! I did end up flooding the whole kayak where there was constant water in the kayak up to just about an inch or so under the upper parts of the kayak.....but just kept paddling, and the kayak just kept moving. I have a fear of open water and shouldve been (pooping) bricks, but the stability of the kayak and it ability to take waves an moved through them....I even took a few beer breaks while paddling I was so confident despite conditons! lol Paddling against 20+ mph winds is a great workout....thats greater with beer breaks! lol
So yea. This thing is stable. Has plenty of storage with the hatch and front and back areas where you put you crate/cooler. Has rails for accesories. Tracks well. Has a comfortable seat. Is good for a FAT GUY (235, 5'7'' male). Is priced for any budget...wanna be a baller? buy it and trick it out. Wanna get off the bank.....you can save $600 for it. its worth it.
I am 5' 6" 160 pounds I can stand on the edge and it will not flip. Not that slow compared to my Sun Dolphin sit in 10 foot kayak
There is plenty of room for tackle storage below and room for a cooler and crate on top. I have the latest model and I love the cup holder in the center as well as the dry storage. No water in the hull after taking her out.
I gave it a 9 because I had to have a second one sent to me as the first did not have a rod holder on the front but rails on both sides and BassPro didn't have any accessories to offer such as a rail mount rod holder. Also, the seat does not stay in the selected position on its own, I chose to add a swim noodle to the back rail of the seat and this lifted it and holds it snugly in position. ($3 at dollar general)!
I would recommend this to anyone looking to get started with kayaking ad I look forward to getting many years of use out of it.
Cons: seat bracket bolts will bend due to space between the back seat bar brackets (floor) doesn’t rest on the floor of the kayak. The fix was easy by installing two rubber neoprene washers (7/8") to support the back seat bar taking the pressure off the guiding pins to prevent the seat movement. Another item would be nice is cleats were installed on both sides mid-way.
The bottom line: I feel this is a great kayak for fishing alone and is worth the price as the ASCEND SF12T. I would recommend this Kayak, ASCEND FS12T SOT by Bass Pro.
If you are just fishing small farm ponds I think you will really enjoy this boat. If exploration or rivers are your thing go with something lighter. I replaced this Yak with Bass Pro's FS10 sit inside that is 20lbs lighter and handles better on rivers.