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
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!
New to kayaking and did a ton of research before deciding on one.
I chose the feel free Moken 12.5 for the stability and the rack
system already installed and the wheel in the keel. I have gone
out a couple times and let me tell you this kayak is very stable and
tracks well. Everyone at the launch ramp are always
complimenting me on this kayak. The wheel works like a dream
and saved me money on buying a cart. Very fast shipping and
kayak was undamaged during transport. Fixing to buy the Moken
10 lite for my kids through Austin kayak. Great company.
LOVE IT!!!!! I bought what I thought was the perfect kayak and
QUICKLY found out that it was NOT the one for me. So I started
looking, and looking, and researching. We do a lot of river fishing
and I decided to go with the Moken 12.5. BEST decision that I
could have made. One thing that is important to keep in mind is
the weight ratio. I would add 100 lbs (at a minimum) to your
weight when looking for a capacity on a kayak. For the weight,
price, and usability; this is a GREAT yak! I took it out for the first
time this past week and was instantly impressed and immediately
could tell the difference in what you get for the money. YOU GET
WHAT YOU PAY FOR!!! So I have scrutinized this 2016 Moken
12.5 Angler and have found NO negative issues. Wish I would
have had the rudder put on... MY NEXT PURCHASE!!!!
Kayaks are great. We have had them out a few times and love them.
great kayak. no real complaints. tracks straight, stays stable. nice
touches are foot rests you can adjust while seated, built in handles
on sides, nose, and rear, strap to stand up with or for towing the
boat along a dock, big center storage, wheel is great for paved
surfaces, but will take some muscle to tow this. wheel useless for
sand. Seat is comfortable except for the raised lettering label in the
center of the your back, you can file/cut down the letters. I put
silicone caulk around hatch per other's recommendations. Winter
camo looks great. easy to cast from sitting down.
Very nice boat .
A few bungee clips broke during shipping and They were sent out right
Great customer service!
Awesome kayak! Worth the extra cost. Took it out to south bay and
it gave me a smooth ride. Seat was comfortable the entire time.
I found the Moken 12.5 very stable and very comfortable spending better than 8 hours at a time fishing.
It also tracks very well and even on windy days you can paddle right along
I purchased this kayak at the start of summer, so I've had plenty
of opportunities to use it in various locations and conditions. First
off, the kayak is very appealing - there's no doubt about that. I
chose the sun camo color and It gets a lot of attention. More
importantly, however, is the functionality of this boat. It's a fishing
vessel first and foremost; stability is phenomenal. From moving
around in the kayak to grab gear, hanging legs off the side, landing
fish, and even standing (in calmer water), this thing is very stable.
I've been in close proximity to boats and jet skis and this kayak
handles the wake like a champ. I've never come close to tipping
over. But with so much stability comes a problem. And that is
speed. This is a fairly slow kayak. If you're an efficient paddler,
then you can get this kayak going at a moderate pace, but facing a
headwind is harsh. I purchased the rudder kit as well and its so
worth it. Tracking is great and its also useful for drift fishing to
control the angle of the boat. Turning radius is good. Other strong
points of this kayak include the storage capacity, comfortable
seating, uni track system, and of course the wheel in the keel. I
haul this kayak in the back of my truck with a bed extender. I
don't have any difficulty getting it in or out. The wheel in the keel
definitely helps with unloading and portage -- Great feature! All in
all, I really like this kayak. Speed is an issue, but as some others
have said "I'd rather be fishing than swimming". It's an affordable
boat suitable for a newbie for sure.
Bought this kayak about 2 months ago, man is it awesome. I've
been down rivers, lakes, and ponds. The wheel in the keel really
helps when your alone, the only thing is, if there are bigger rocks
to go over, it is a no go, you will have to carry it. Tracks well and
has all the storage you need for any length of trip. I would
definitely buy this kayak again and again. Stays dry inside storage
compartments and is built well.
I bought this this kayak about 2 months ago and noticed that when the
center hatch got hot it would bow up in the middle...Emailed the
dealership and they promptly sent me out a new hatch...Hope this
fixes problem and was impressed with the courtesy and concern with
FeelFree staff...Would definately buy this again as it has all the storage
you need tracks well loads up well with the wheel very comfortable
seat etc......The only reaso I am not giving it 5 stars is I have yet to
see if the console is fixed....