Moken 12.5 Review from Feel Free Pro Staffer Tony Hart

| December 22, 2012 | 7 Comments

Anglers everywhere are getting excited about the new Moken 12.5 from Feel Free and Pro Staffer Tony Hart had a first crack at it. Here’s what he had to say…

The Moken 12.5 kayak is a perfect vessel for fishing. At first glance, you’ll notice that it’s a very well thought out design and the features are ideal for the kayak angler. The kayak paddles very smoothly, and tracks extremely well. The center hatch storage system offers dry storage with an easy to open latch, which opens away from you for easy access. The center hatch is a perfect area to store extra lures, phones, keys, etc without fear of getting any moisture on anything. The standing platform offers a solid base with which to stand on the kayak, and the padded cushion offers support from standing long periods of time. The slide tracks allow for rod holders to be placed in several positions. The durability is excellent, and the rod-holders can slide back to a closer position while fishing, or slid away for clear paddle strokes. The side mesh pockets allow easy access and storage for pliers, lures, etc. The Kingfisher seat offers a high position for better back comfort and the padding on the seat offers all day paddling without any discomfort whatsoever. The rear storage area is large enough to accommodate a milkcrate and a small cooler, and the slide system on the bungee’s make it easier to stow this gear. There is ample room for upwards of 3 flush mount rod holders on each side of the kayak in the rear area, for rods and nets. The smart track rudder is one of the best that I have ever used, and its best feature is the ability to maintain foot peg position and still have the ability to steer the kayak with the rudder. The molded in handles alleviate the fear of handle breakage as on other kayaks. The wheel in the keel is a very sensible feature and makes transport of the kayak from the vehicle to the launch that much easier and faster.

The Moken 12.5 kayak is a very well thought out fishing kayak, which is designed with the kayak angler in mind.  It’s smoothness of paddling and tracking make being out on the water an easy and enjoyable experience. The kayak drafts very shallow making getting back to the fish in those low-lying areas a breeze. This is one of, if not, the best fishing kayaks on the market today.

Tony Hart

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Category: Kayak Fishing, Kayaking, Product Reviews, Resources

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  1. Frank Giammattei says:

    If you could only by one MOKEN Kayak would it be the 12.5 or 14.5 to use every where. When I go to the river and I see rentals on the water they are 13.5 or 14.5 so I thinking there must be a reason is it more for safety. The 14.5 seems very long

    • Joseph Dowdy says:

      Hey Frank,

      The basic difference is going to be speed vs. maneuverability, the 14.5 being faster and the 12.5 being more maneuverable. Shoot our customer service team an email or give them a call – they’d be more than happy to walk you through the differences and talk to you about which one is more suited to your needs. Email is customer@austinkayak.com and phone number is 888-828-3828.

      Let me know if you need more assistance,
      Joseph

  2. Richard C Strawn says:

    I’m seriously considering the Moken 12.5 as my river kayak. I use a Hobie Outback for everything else. I’m wondering whether the wheel in the keel will stand up to being scraped or bumped by unavoidable collisions with rocks in the shoals of the river that I primarily fish

    • Joseph Dowdy says:

      Hey Richard,

      The wheel in the keel does hang below the bottom of the kayak so you’re right that it will be the first part of your yak that hits. However, Feel Free took this into account and made their wheels very durable – you can paddle in shoals confidently with this.

      Joseph

      • Richard Strawn says:

        Thanks for the reply. I’m going to wait until the East Coast Canoe & Kayak festival (Charleston, SC) in the spring to actually paddle one. However, I’m pretty sure this is my next boat

  3. Terry Barber says:

    As a floatube fisherman, the Outcast Fish Cat 4 I’ve the Kayak fishing as a new adventure and looking forward to purchasing the New Moken Lure 11.5. I had rented a Jackson Coosa was the boat of choice but I have greatly changed my mind when I seen the Lure by chance and have become enthralled with the design and the wide platform for greater stability.

    Although the snow is still falling I hope to make a splash with the guys on the next Roanoke Times Wildlifer’s fishing trip. I am sure the Lure will have great appeal this summer.

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