Looksha 12

12' 1"
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Looksha 12 Description

Paddle the Looksha 12™ once and you won't want to paddle anything else. The Looksha 12 is compact yet it features everything you need for a longer paddling adventure. The large roomy cockpit combined with the ACS seating system offer an extremely comfortable ride. The compact size and excellent maneuverability make the Looksha 12 a fun choice for coastal exploration and inland touring.

Looksha 12 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult
  • Skill Level: Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Active Comfort System 2.0 seat
  • Comfort Fit™ adjustable thigh braces
  • Bow and stern Quick Seal hatches with Cross Lock™ buckle system and bulkheads for ample, dry storage
  • Reflective safety perimeter line
  • Support Track Foot Brace System
  • Optional Rudder System

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Looksha 12 Reviews

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We used this kayak in…

Submitted by: paddler550407 on 9/4/2019

We used this kayak in Eklutna lake in Chugach national park, Alaska. I mention this because going down wind was very easy and effortless. The kayak was easy to turn and the rudder was very receptive to changes. On the way back, upwind, we had waves crashing into us constantly and the wind’s gusto made it extremely difficult to get anywhere fast - but the kayak was stable and I trusted it tremendously. The kayak did not sway even being in choppy windy conditions. Even when we were parallel to the waves and wind, the kayak held its own. Once again, the rudders were very responsive and changes directions with ease. The make of the kayak is sturdy, and wouldn’t tip over unless you stand in it. I would buy this kayak in a heartbeat.


Very impressed with my new…

Submitted by: shusty on 7/20/2015
Very impressed with my new Looksha 12. I was/am an avid canoeist, but finding canoeing tougher alone, so I took a look at kayaks and am glad that I did.

The Necky product line is just what I was looking for in quality and performance. I am not a specialist for seasoned kayakers to review my recommendations but as a beginner in the kayak world, I am very satisfied. Very easy to maneuver, and so light compared to my 14 foot cedar strip (another reason that I made the switch to kayaks) The storage is great and I have added a couple of accessories. It is easy to get in and out of. After 4 hours of paddling, a more enclosed cockpit would be a struggle, but the Looksha makes that compromise, and I appreciate the ease of entry. Very easy to hoist onto my truck rack, very easy to paddle, looks great too. Fantastic seat.
All-in-all, this is a 10!!


The Necky Looksha 12 SI has…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 9/5/2014

The Necky Looksha 12 SI has great handling for an intermediate skills kayaker. It's a perfect fit for my 5'1" frame. The narrower cockpit width prevents splashing paddle water on myself. The hull with its many angled surfaces glides very easily through the water. Best kayak for my frame and skill!


My wife and I are in…

Submitted by: Yekoms on 5/27/2014
My wife and I are in Southeastern Pennsylvania and we rented kayaks a few times in late 2013 from the Take It Outdoors Adventure Group and like the hobby a lot. Over the winter we bought two Looksha 12s from Lancaster County Marine Inc. on their lay-away deal.

The Looksha 12s are great performing boats for us. They are big enough that we won't out grow them but small enough to haul and store. With the hull design, two hatches and a great seat for us we couldn't ask for a better combination. With the dealer service from LCM Inc. and even meeting the Necky rep at LCM's expo this has been a great venture for us.
We hope that this review will help others get on the water.


I just upgraded from a 10'…

Submitted by: dmatt on 8/8/2013

I just upgraded from a 10' recreational kayak to the Looksha 12si and what a difference. I do mostly lake paddling for now and this yak glides nicely and tracks straight. It gets rough in the afternoons with the winds and boat traffic, and the Necky cuts right through the waves!! The seat is really comfortable even after a couple of hours in it. It weighs 50lbs so I can still lift it up on top of the car.

I would highly recommend this kayak to anyone looking for a day touring yak.


Good recreational kayak.…

Submitted by: gfdbiker on 8/3/2013
Good recreational kayak. Tracks well; very comfortable. Foot pegs could be longer for a person 6'3" - my feet extend beyond the adjustment. Stow covers are hard to put back on...

I purchased a clearance…

Submitted by: tcsspitts on 7/19/2013
I purchased a clearance Looksha 12 as a compliment to my Tsunami 125, for my wife or friends to use. The boat paddles and tracks well, is stable, and the seat is quite comfortable. I have used it on a smooth lake and a slow river. It went up river against the current without much trouble. The bulkheads seem to have reasonable space and should be adequate for a weekend trip.

I would recommend this boat to a beginner as something you will not outgrow in a year.


I have the Looksha 12 SI and…

Submitted by: paddler235083 on 7/8/2013

I have the Looksha 12 SI and my husband has the Looksha 12. We love them. The Looksha has the most comfortable seat and back rest of any kayak we tried. They are stable and easy to maneuver in the back country. Though not the lightest ones we tried, they weigh about 50 pounds and we can easily put them on top of our Jeep for transfer. Try them, you will be glad you did.


I've owned my Looksha 12 for…

Submitted by: Winterskn on 7/3/2012
I've owned my Looksha 12 for just a few weeks and have enjoyed it immensely. For a 12 foot kayak it is fast and sleek. My bud has a 17 foot Necky, so obviously I will not take him in a race, but I can lift this up onto the roof racks very easily! Very maneuverable, tracks straight, and incredibly comfortable. I love the adjustable thigh supports. When you really want to push it, they give you lots of extra leverage. Quality is excellent. BEST of all, I got this brand new on a Father's Day sale 1/2 price: $449. I couldn't believe it!

I started kayaking this…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 8/29/2011
I started kayaking this summer in Lake George on a family trip...enjoyed what I thought were pretty good kayaks...then I came back to Illinois and, got involved with Paddle and Trail, where I rented many kinds and makes of kayaks...Well, I just purchased the Looksha 12, from them and, it is out of all the ones I tried the best for me...

I was short on storage space…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 5/31/2011
I was short on storage space so I knew that I needed a 12 foot kayak. I fell in love with the Looksha 12 the first time I paddled it. First, the Extra Sport seat is one of the most comfortable seats I’ve tried. No sore bum, even after being on the water all day. Secondly, the Looksha 12 maneuvers easily, even in heavy wake. And thirdly, I had no problem keeping up with my paddle buddy and his boat is two feet longer (Pungo 140). If you haven’t tried a Looksha 12 you really should. You won’t be disappointed!

Going in to my second season…

Submitted by: guest-paddler on 6/16/2010
Going in to my second season with the Looksha 12 and I am very happy. This is my first kayak. I have not tried a lot of different kayaks, so I have no real reference for comparison.

I use it for one to two night trips on rivers in the Midwest and for fishing on small lakes and ponds. I chose this kayak over other similar kayaks due to its large storage capacity for its length. I feel that the performance is good. It has fair maneuverability and tracks well. It is a kayak that is good for many types of boating. The adjustable seat is very comfortable. It takes a good bit of abuse from unloading and loading on rocky banks and concrete boat ramps as well as bottoming out on sand and rocks. There are visible signs (small scratches on the bottom of the boat) from the wear but seams to be a long way from punctures or any leakage in the hull.

Overall I am well satisfied with this boat. It is a boat that can get you though the moving water but still fairs well on the larger slower rivers and small lakes and ponds.