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.
After a little over a month wait for the sun camo lure 11.5 to show up I finally got to take her out on the water. The extended waiting time was due to feelfree not having them in stock and ACK having to wait to receive them. I had originally purchased the yak in the desert camo but when the boat showed up it had a crack from shipping in the stern. Within minutes of notifying ACK of the problem they already had plans to ship out a new boat and pick up the damaged one when the new one showed up. They really took incredible care of me as far as customer service goes and answering countless questions through the whole process. Now to the first few trips with my new lure.... I love this boat. Its not that fast until you get paddling but it tracks well with the rudder and I can stand without the assistance of any strap. I went ahead and wired up a lowrance elite 4x fish finder and mounted the transducer in the hull (works great) and have been enjoying long fishing days ever since. I love this boat and the sun camo color is awesome..... I added a little more white and yellow with spray paint and a sponge but other than that I wouldn't change a thing..... thanks ACK for putting up with me
I was looking for a fishing kayak that would offer more width & stability so I could stand-up and cast when necessary. I have been using a Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120, which has been great, but it’s not stable enough for standing. After using the Feelfree 11.5 one (1) time, I had to return it. Some of the features were great – very stable & spacious cockpit, seat was awesome, integrated handles were handy, and wheel in keel made it easy to move. It was very easy to stand up and the adjustable seat made this possible. But this kayak would not track well or stay on course. Terrible for the type of fishing I do in SW Florida (lots of casting). Even in the slightest breeze, this kayak would turn into the wind before I could complete one cast & retrieve. Never experienced this before. It was virtually impossible to drift with the wind like I do with my Tarpon 120. The boat would turn 180 degrees before I could complete one cast. The rudder may have solved this problem but Feelfree’s rudder design for this kayak is poor at best. The rudder cables exit the hull around the thigh area and are routed (and exposed) just above the pedals for a length of about 18”. Hooks, tree branches, feet, etc. can get caught in these exposed cables. Especially being located above the hull level. So without the rudder, I found this boat too frustrating to fish from. I am disappointed because I like everything about this boat. But it’s all about the fishing and I found I was picking up the paddle to steer the boat back on course more than I was casting.