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.