Feelfree Kayaks is taking kayak fishing to a new level in stability, comfort, and versatility with the new 2014 Lure 11.5 Kayak. It comes standard with a variety of unique features including a removable multi-level, multi-position extra wide Gravity Seat, Feelfree's wheel in the keel, and Uni-Track system. The patent pending Feelfree Gravity Seat offers the widest range of seat heights which is adjusted with the simple function of a lever and is removable - the Feelfree Gravity Seat is the new high. The Lure's super-stable 36" wide hull paired with a padded standing platform gives you the option to paddle or cast in either the sitting or standing position whether fishing inland waters or wide open oceans - this kayak fears no water.
|Length:||11 ft 6 in / 3.51 m|
|Width:||36 in / 91.44 cm|
|Weight:||74 lb / 33.57 kg|
|Capacity:||425 lb / 192.78 kg|
|Leg Room To Peg:||37.5|
|Leg Room - Total:||44|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit on Top|
|Rod Holders Included:||2|
Ordered the lime camo color, it arrived fast and the staff at ACK was great. The kayak is very stable and has great features and storage. The seat (the most prominently featured component on this kayak) is a good idea but needs some work. 20 min. into its first use the seat broke dropping me to the deck. Upon further inspection I found that the welds at the back of seat broke and thus bent the rear support bar. (I am 6'1" and 200lbs, within the design limits) I contacted ACK customer service and they contacted FeelFree. FeelFree sent out a new seat right away and this message: "With the new seat, don't use the first 6 inches of rise, where you can feel the seat bouncing, as this will just bend/break the seat again. You can feel it get stronger as you raise it up. Thanks. Enjoy the summer. Dave Liebenberg Feelfree US" Not sure why they would make a seat and promote its ability to raise from flat on the deck, up to ten inches and make 6 settings you can not use leaving only 4 usable. That being said the seat is very comfortable and in the fully raised setting, is stable and convenient for fishing.
If I had to describe this kayak in one word: SLOW! I only have one other kayak to compare it to and that is a WS Ride 115. Some people with longer narrower Kayaks probably call that slow but it was my first. I do like the flat deck and storage compartment. Tracking is OK with the rudder but not as good as the Ride without a rudder. When I switch off with someone back to my Ride I am amazed at how much better it glides with so much less effort. The cup holders are a joke. All they had to do was put a small bungee across the opening to prevent your cold ones from falling out when the seat is raised. I started putting them on the deck but then they get spilled almost every time I release a fish. I ordered a Scotty cup holder for the left trac and that works well. The Lure looks awesome and is very comfortable. I waited a long time for the Lime Camo to come in and was a bit disappointed in the performance when I took it out for the first time. It is great for fishing close to the launch. It glides over slop great. If this was my first I would probably give it a 5.
I've had my kayak for about a month now and have used it in a local river and resevoir. I am loving it, always fished from powerboats in the past but the kayak experience is truly more fun. It is a little heavy to move around but the rear wheel is a big help. The biggest reason I bought the Feel Free Lure 11.5 was for the seat and it is easily the thing I like the most about this kayak. Was a little worried about standing in it but with the assist strap it's no problem. Feels good to stand and stretch occassionally, very stable. I didn't get the rudder but will probably add one, noticed in the resevoir it definitely goes with the wind.
I bought 2 packages(life vests, paddles, hi-vis flags, kayaks, Danuu covers) Lure 10 and the Lure 11.5. ACK shipment was quick. I received my entire order in less than a week. Very pleased with the maneuverability and speed of the 11.5. Have fished it several times and become quite attached to the rudder(I will not go without it now). Gravity seat works as advertised. Will be doing business with ACK again.