It's ok, I like the wheel in the back but I don't think it is very stable. I had my seat up at about the 6th. location and I leaned over to grab my fish and the whole kayak flipped over on me. I was lucky my son was with me in his kayak because it was to heavy for me to flip it back over by myself, with seat and the peddles it makes it a very heavy kayak. I think the reason it flipped over was because I had a rod holder mounted in the left side track and i think my leg hit it and it made the kayak flip over so I removed all items in the tracks.
I have mixed feelings about this kayak. What I love is the stability and seating comfort. It's the first ( of maybe or 5-6 to date) kayaks that I feel pretty comfortable standing . It's also well designed/ proportioned for allowing me to get to my gear (behind the seat) while on the water and without antics that can flip a boat.. What I don't like is that the boat is actually more like 10'4" at the waterline. The rest is weighty overhang. Due to it's length, it waddles when paddled. A rudder may help but adds cost, complexity and weight. The boat is fairly heavy. The wheel is useless in anything beyond hard surfaces and just digs in. Also the front handhold is inadaquate and misplaced. When you lift the bow to move the boat, the boat wants to roll on it's side and twists your hold. I added two more handles about a foot back to help with this. The seat is excelent but heavy. It also protrudes into the cup holders making them useless. Storage pockets on the seat are nice though. All that said, it is the most comfortable yak I've had to date to flyfish from.
The Lure 11.5 is the perfect marriage of being a manageable size with the bouyancy and sturdiness of a larger model. I’ve used this kayak in small ponds to open salt water and it’s handled everything beautifully. The “wheel in the keel” design makes this the perfect sit on top fishing kayak to maneuver by yourself. Despite its wide size, the Lure 11.5 tracks very well in the water and doesn’t seem to get caught up in the wind as drastically as other large fishing kayaks. The side rails allow for easy customization; whether you’re adding rod holders, fish finders or an anchor system, everything is easy to reach and rearrange to your specifications.
One of the greatest features of this kayak is the Elevator seat which is incredibly comfortable allowing you to stay out on the water as long as you’d like. The multiple positions makes it perfect to stay out of the wind on the lower setting or raise it up to do some site fishing. The Lure 11.5 is American made and incredibly sturdy. I’ve had many people comment on the kayak and it’s ease of use especially when rolling it through a parking lot en route to the water. At around the $1200 price point; the Lure 11.5 is well worth the money especially for anyone who tends to fish solo.
My husband and I both have a Lure 11.5. We LOVE this kayak. We had other kayaks in the past but when we saw these in a canal in Florida, we fell in love. The wheel in the keel helps out alot to get down to the water. The multiposition seat is the best part. Comfortable and easy to adjust with just a pull of the strap. No need to get off the kayak to adjust the seat. My husband mounted a depth/fish finder on his pod. I just use mine for storage. Plenty of room in the back for your cooler. Just remember the more weight you add, the harder you have to paddle. : )
Super stable fishing kayak. The lure has the best seat on the market in my opinion. I have taken this rig on more than one 8 hour excursion. It is a heavy yak, making it a little slower in the water. But that is one reason it is so stable. Tracks reasonably well for such a wide boat. I love my Lure 11.5.
Very stable. Best seat ever. A little heavy to load in a truck by yourself but the wheel helps a ton.
I bought this kayak last spring and I have no regrets. Plenty of room very stable. Great fishing platform which is what I primarily bought it for. Also I believe it has the best seat ever. Very comfortable and adjustable.
My first voyage was today, it was simply bliss. Most other kayaks I have used feel too tippy and lack decent tracking, this beast is the best bang for your buck! Fishing is an absolute breeze and the multi position seat is the real gem on this watercraft. ONE WORD, BUY!!!
I did a lot of research on seating and stability and found that the Gravity seat on the Feel Free Lure was highly rated. The large 36 inch wide kayak had great reviews for being able to stand up in also. So I found a local dealer and went to look at them. After sitting in the seat in the showroom I knew it was comfortable.
I purchased the 11.5 and couldn't wait to put it to the test. It really lived up to the reviews. The seat is great. I can fish down the Etowah River for 6 to 8 hours with no complaints. With the seat raised in its tallest position I can easily cast and be comfortable. The wide stance makes it easy to stand up and fish. It also has a molded metal plate in the platform for stability when standing. The wheel in the keel makes it easy to load and get in the water by myself. The removable pod allows me to keep my fish finder and personal stuff safe.
I would recommend it to anyone looking for a great and comfortable kayak!
I'm very pleased with the purchase. I would recommend the Lure 11.5 to anyone looking for a great fishing kayak.
The Lure will excel in still water with no wind or going with the current. Being shorter and 36 inch wide made tracking nerve racking. I couldn't keep the boat straight at faster speeds. Stability is incredible. Wakes from speeding boats didn't even make me feel the least bit off balance. I tried but couldn't tip it completely over. The boat actually came back out of the water so hard it hit my leg and gave me a charlie horse in my thigh. My kids 5 and 8 jumped off using it like a dock with me in it. The seat is very comfortable and it took a while to get used to, but became easy to move up and down. I never felt like one with the kayak because even in its lowest position I still felt as though I was sitting up higher.
It's the perfect bang for your buck bass fishing kayak. As you can stand up, turn around and get to your gear easily. However, it lacks speed. The wheel although seemingly a good idea is worthless once you come across rough terrain and it is heavy. The molded in handles are great for trying it down for travel, but stiffer molded in handles means more plastic, resulting in added weight. I use my other kayaks over this one because it's so heavy.
There are several features on the Lure that really simplify the trip. Super easy access to a very secure paddle holder on both sides, copious dry storage in the front hatch, large quick access storage on deck, a lanyard to aid in standing on deck, very easily adjusted foot pedals, a wide stable wheel in the keel for short transports, (buy a kayak cart if you have a loaded kayak and a good walk from truck to launch), great grab handles, padded rubber deck which has good traction even when wet, 2 rod holders, and a great aft storage deck complete with bungees.
The most wonderful amenity on this kayak is the seat. The seat features 10 positions, low center of gravity for paddling or motoring, high rise for fishing or site-seeing. Ease of use is spectacular. The seat can be removed from the kayak in 30 seconds and be used as a very comfortable camp chair. The seat is covered in a thick mesh which helps the paddler stay drier and very comfortable.
This is my first angling kayak. I am used to the stability, comfort and space of a canoe. The Lure provides all these features in a lighter vessel.
I am very satisfied with my choice.