The FeelFree Moken 12.5 Angler takes fishing technology to a whole new level. FeelFree's new Uni-Track quick-release track system lets you customize your kayak with all of your accessories and the Easy Seal hatch offers one of the driest hatches on the market. The Moken 12.5 Angler is stable, maneuverable, and easy to transport thanks to FeelFree's unique Wheel in the Keel. The Wheel in the Keel gets you from your tailgate to the action without wearing you OR your kayak out. It also features a standing platform, internal rod storage, molded-in carry handles, built-in rod holders, center-mount flip-up console, ample rear storage for a storage crate or bait tank, adjustable footrests, and a comfortable Kingfisher seat. The Moken 12.5 Angler is everything you ever thought about in a fishing kayak.
|Length:||12 ft 7 in / 3.84 m|
|Width:||32 in / 81.28 cm|
|Weight:||75 lb / 34.02 kg|
|Capacity:||419 lb / 190.06 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||46 in / 116.8|
|Leg Room - Total:||49 in / 124.5 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
|Rod Holders Included:||2|
My Moken 12.5 was delivered two days ago and arrived in excellent condition. It was well wrapped and included all that I ordered including PFD and storage racks. I also had ACK install a rudder system which required some minor final assembly (would be difficult to ship with the rudder extended). Total time from order to delivery was about 10 calendar days. I'm new to the sport of kayak fishing, so please keep that in mind. I have rigged the boat with a milk crate, and a Scotty rod holder (mounted on uni track). That's about all I've done to it so far. I transport the yak in the back of my short bed Toyota Tacoma pickup with a bed extender that gives me an extra three feet. The boat hangs off an additional two feet or so. My first observation is this boat is heavy and kind of a barge compared to what I expected. The wheel in the keel is a great feature, but even with that, a lot of muscle is required to load and unload by yourself. Because the yak has a pretty pronounced keel, when lifting from the bow handle and using the wheel, it is very tippy and you must use two hands to man handle it so it doesn't flip over. The molded in handles port and starboard are great tiedown points to secure in the truck. Using the large front hatch, I was able to put my fishing rod and PFD in there for transport to the lake. Nothing remarkable about unloading, much easier with gravity on my side, but mind the lateral control on the way down the boat ramp. I bass fished on a local lake for a few hours and loved the yak, and got a few compliments on it. I'm not an experienced kayaker, but it seemed to paddle very easy and the rudder was nice for fine tuning and keeping me parallel to the bank. Drift speed on a calm lake was perfect to work the shoreline. At the end of the trip I unloaded all my gear and put back out to try and stand on the installed platform. I will try again in the future, but it did not feel very stable and I'm sure I would have gone swimming if I had tried to cast. Probably something I'd get more comfortable with after some practice. I am very happy with this kayak package and would recommend the Feel Free Moken 12.5. It's on the large side, but I wanted a boat I could take into inshore areas as I work my way up to that. ACK puts together a nice discount package deal with PFD and paddle, and I plan to buy my daughter's yak from them very soon.
The kayak tracks very well.. nice and stable ....easy to move around and load due to the wheel in the back...Lots of storage and for the most part well built....Now for the bad ...The center hatch is nice but because of its length and where the straps are located causes it to bow in the center and allows water to seep in ..The front hatch has 3 locking points that are held together by a single screw and has on several occasions slipped and will not allow me to open the hatch without a lot of difficulty...These are issues that keep me from giving it 5 stars and wish there was a fix for the front hatch....I fixed the center hatch by installing a strap in the middle to straighten out the bow
I am writing a dual review. I live in Hobbs, NM. I am veteran of the 82nd Airborne Div. and I'm a retire Paramedic/ Fire Station Commander. After a very long search for the perfect kayak I stumbled across the Moken 12.5. I had a total of 8hrs on a kayak in my whole life and was overwhelmed with the options out there. I was so impressed with what the moken 12.5, I ordered it the next day. Three other friends trusted my research and ordered theirs the same day too. We were a little over three weeks out from a 6 day 66 mile kayak adventure on the south Pecos River by Pandale Tx. My Kayak arrived 4 business days from my date of purchase. After the trucking company left I turned over my kayak and found a deep gash in the bottom front. It was just short of total penetration. I called ACK and told them. They were quick to give me a few options evening sending it back. I decided to keep it and with a little research I repaired it. ACK made it rite. They offered me cash back or store credit and a $65 repair kit. The sales staff went above and beyond to take care of me. Thank you so much Gabby, Steve and the rest of the Staff. About the Moken 12.5... WOW! After living off of it for 6 days in water conditions that went from Class 1, 2, 3 and one set of Class 4 rapids to having to drag it full of gear thru the flutes (about 1 to 6inches of water several hundred yards off and on) to rowing it in big open water with a head winds. I fell in love with this boat. All of us are/were rookie kayakers, but all of use are experienced survivalist. We were excited and over packed these boats. The carrying capacity is 419lbs including rider. I am 170 and packed about a 85lbs of gear. These boats are very stable. That being said we did constantly encounter many rapids with large boulders and rocks. We slammed into them and even flipped or Mokens. They held up perfectly. The hatches are somewhat waterproof. After flipping in a couple rapids and floating upside down a couple times. I had about a bottle of water equivalent in the haul. Our gear was kept in dry bags as a back up. The center hatch is great for quick access storage but it will get water in it. It can be sealed but I mostly kept stuff in small dry bags in it if I was concerned about it getting wet. I did get the rudder for mine and found it easier in open water to tract straight. Bottom line: ACK is an awesome company with spectacular customer service and the Feel Free Moken 12.5 is an incredidle boat with the storage, stability, toughness and diversification which should make it the last kayak you will need. The pecos river trip should be on your list of adventures...it is an awesome trip.
Love the Moken 12.5. Awesome in the river and lakes. Plenty of room and seat is comfortable for all day paddling!