New in Riot's 2018 line-up, the Mako SOTs are available with or without the new Impulse Drive pedal system, as well as in an angler version with Impulse Drive.
Fun every time, even in the rain! Easy access in and out! Not too challenging but not slow either.
I borrowed my friends kayak recently to try it out. For a beginner I thought the Mako 12 was an excellent choice. It was very comfortable and that is the most important thing to me. For a woman it was easy to carry and put in my truck too. I want one of my own now.
I am still relatively new to water sports as I only started last year. The Mako was my 1st experience with kayaking and I loved it, still do! Currently this is my kayak of choice as my primary day trips are exploring a 40 mile lake for sport or for fishing. It is easy to lift and launch from various situations, make me feel comfortable and confident with the stability in the water and ease of maneuvering, and for a beginner I believe it's perfect. Anyone of any ability will really enjoy the Mako 12.
If I was looking for a kayak it would be the Mako 12, it's wide, has easy access to the hold, gear storage ability behind the seat for cooler/fishing gear, easy steering and pump flippers for easy mobility and wide enough for stability. Easily packable into those out of the reach lakes of all but the most hardy fisherman!
I got the opportunity to borrow my buddies Mako in the Uinta Mountains in Utah at a lake called Spirit Lake. We used it for trout fishing. It was very stable and the balance was great. In trout fishing you use spinners and flies. Spinner usages means you move a lot and the Mako balanced great. Also enough space to hold my tackle and small cooler for fish. Excellent, and really want my own!
In my time I have seen and used quite a selection of kayaks, canoes, paddle boards etc. I know everyone loves trends, fads. But I love how mako12 handles, turns it's not just use of paddles but your body's shift of weight has a big notice on how it handles too. Not a big one for bells whistles but definitely worth your money if you love to get in the water as often as I do.
This kayak has a lot of pluses: easy in and out, stability, and maneuverability. Great daytripper for a variety of water types. I've used mainly on flat/ sheltered water and a bit on the bay. Just a very good all around kayak.
My husband is a disabled veteran. The Mako 12 kayak allows for him to get in and out easily. It is a bit wider so it makes for better stability. He can bring his fishing poles, tackle, and cooler with all the awesome features. This is truly an amazing kayak. Great stability, design, and easy to maneuver.
have not had an experience with this product, but I have 12' enclosed. I capsized my kayak last year and it sank, and I lost all my fishing tackle. I was only able to hang on to my paddle and a sippy cup, along with holding the kayak which was completely under water. The tide was going out and took me miles down the river almost to the open ocean. A sandbar allowed me to pull the kayak up into shallow water. Using the sippy cup (plastic fountain large drink) I was able to get the water out of the kayak and eventually tip it over to get the rest of the water out. I then was able paddle back to the ramp. A Mako 12 appears to be molded so it wouldn't sink if a sharp turn caused water to slip into the kayak. I know I'd feel safer fishing in a Mako 12 kayak.
This kayak is amazing, I used my friends on a lake near our house and we spent all day out there taking turns pulling each other on a raft behind the kayak. This might not be the ideal of how many use it, but we had a great time. The kayak is built really well and is extremely comfortable.
Perfect for fishing in any pond, lake or river! Easy to maneuver with pedal and rudder assistance. Plenty of room for tackle, ice chest, rods or poles. Comfortable!
I've seen many different types of Kayaks, but this one seams to keep an open for all levels. Simple and easy straps to adjust the chair back. The foot pads are easy to adjust as well. I haven't used the one with the pedal system but I imagine that that feature would be awesome as well. I know some are picky about the length of a kayak and well this ones right in the middle for length. And for me that makes it easier to throw in the back of a truck and get down to the water that much quicker. So If you want a Kayak that gives you ease and relaxing day, I would recommend this kayak. Go enjoy a day on the water in comfort and style!!
Only tried this one once but loved the fit, light weight, and balance of this one!
Me and my buddy went out and he allowed me to use his Mako. It was easy to navigate, turned good, kept a pretty straight line. I felt like I was sitting a little low in the water. But it was still pretty stable.
Great stability when you need to move around on top or getting in and out. Comfortable seat with enough setting to individualize. Storage is perfect and easy access. Such a comfortable paddle and connection to the water. Turns well. Easy to lift for car carry. All around enjoyable SOT. Great for a little exercise or an afternoon on the water.
I ordered this Kayak and was exited to use it, after putting it together I noticed that a sit strap was missing. Contacted customer service and was asked of prove of purchase etc. It has been now about 3 weeks after they were 1st notified about missing sit strap, still has not gotten a new one. Crappy customer service. You will be lucky to get your kayak with all its parts, if not, you will be stuck unable to use it for looks like a long, long time, if ever. Thinking of sending it all back now.