The Next Generation Ultimate Hybrid Fishing Kayak - This hybrid fishing kayak offers the best of a canoe and a kayak with sturdy standing ability and easy loading. These unique features gives the Ultimate FX Series a cult-like following. Fore and aft multi-adjustable seating provide for proper trim, plus high and low seating positions allow you to paddle out of the wind in the low position and simply lift and relocate for a high fishing/sight-casting positions. The patented, redesigned Tunnel Hull allows more foot comfort when standing and unmatched stability. This hybrid canoe/kayak is suited for bays, lakes and slow-moving rivers. Its open canoe-like cockpit offers ease of loading and unloading and makes this one of the premier fishing, hunting and camping kayaks on the water.
Read and submit reviews for the Ultimate FX 12.
I have paddled the Native Ultimate FX 12 in the past and decided to purchase one recently because of the open design and high comfortable seating. I have a bad back and comfort is now my top priority. I do not fish and so I removed all of the tracks and rigging to lighten the kayak up a few pounds. I do like to occasionally stand to relieve back stress and this kayak allows this easily. Standing stability is good but not great. Seated stability is great at the high or low position. The kayak is very responsive and quick to reach top hull speed. It has decent glide but will turn when you stop paddling. It turns and maneuvers very easily. It snakes when paddling hard but can be controlled with easier paddling. I soon will be attempting to add a diablo paddlesports skeg to help with tracking performance. I demoed an FX12 in the past with a rudder and it had too much stiction in the footrests and was not pleasant to use but did help a bit in tracking. Overall the kayak is roomy, light, comfortable and performs better than you would expect- it's much faster than other standable kayaks.
I am really impressed by the hi/low seat and the ease in which it can be removed for transport. The under seat tackle tray holders are so easy in keeping gear close at hand. I use one for casting tackle and the other to house my fly gear. I purchased the optional front hatch cover which is a great addition to the kayak both in looks and keeping spray out of the forward hatch area. The versatility of the anchor trolleys and gear tracks are a great improvement over those that I had to add to my old Ultimate. I did add an additional short section of Yak Attack track for mounting my VisiCarbon flag/light mast and am considering purchasing a waterproof bag for the rear open area to house all of the additional gear that I like to carry with me just in case I need it.
I may be a little biased because of my previous Ultimate ownership and the fact that both my Bride and daughter also paddle Ultimates, but I am convinced there is no better kayak available for general all-round recreational and fishing use when comfort, stability and flexibility are taken into consideration. These are great boats!