Super stable for my large frame, tracks well, and the roller wheel is
great for transporting!
Outstanding kayak & customer service. I purchased this for fishing
in local lakes and rivers and it has been exactly what I hoped for.
It tracks really well and is super stable. I can stand with no
problems at all. Highly recommend this kayak and ACK. I had a
minor issue with the center console latch and ACK replaced it
without any questions. Excellent support!!
My husband bought this kayak for me after we tried out several
and talked to a lot of people and did a ton of research. After trying
this one out at a lake alongside other kinds of kayaks, I decided
that this one was for me. I loved its stability and its storage
capacity as I have two Golden Retrievers I hope to train to ride
with me. I am not interested in white-water kayaking or in
fishing...just paddling along rivers and lakes, and enjoying the
great outdoors with family and friends. But I wanted a kayak that I
could ride a river on when I want to do so. I love the center
console for keeping my stuff in because it's handy for pulling out
my camera at a moment's notice. Unlike other reviewers, I don't
mind the straps on the seat, except that they are a bit difficult to
adjust and fold up for transporting on a trailer. The width and
length of the sitting area is comfortable and I really like the quick
and easy foothold adjustments so that I can change positions on a
long float. We recently spent 6 hours in our kayaks in the Honey
Island Swamp chasing alligators, herons and tourists, and my bad
back and stiff hips barely noticed! I agree with another reviewer
that it is a bit twisty when trying to drag it on the wheel, but how
far are you really needing to drag it? If you need to portage great
distances, I'm thinking you will want a cart or you'll flip it and
carry it anyway. The wheel is to get it from the boat
launch/water's edge to your vehicle. For me, that's less than 100
feet, so no big deal. And it is heavier than my husband's 12-foot
kayak. But I expected that and figure a few pounds isn't that big a
deal. I'm 51, had 4 kids, and am not in the greatest of shape
(read: not in shape at all), and I find that paddling it is easier than
a canoe and easier than my husband's...but the right paddle
makes a HUGE difference. I have gone through 3 different styles
and lengths and finally found that a longer paddle (234 cm)
worked great for me even though I am only 5'5". and the bungee
paddle straps along both sides is wonderful and convenient...great
for stowing your paddle while hanging out in the shadows drinking
a glass of wine or beer (or a soda)! We usually go out on the
bayous of S Louisiana and paddle upstream a while so we can float
back down and, while it is work to paddle upstream, I didn't expect
to go against the current with no effort. I did find that in still water
it will glide very well for a longer period of time than my husband's
kayak. The hull design difference has a lot to do with it. It tracks
well, especially when paddling hard and fast, and is easy to
maneuver with a small adjustment of a paddle acting as a rudder.
It can spin on a dime when you want to turn around, too! But at
faster speeds, it pushes a wake of water at the bow that made my
friends wonder how I was going so fast! It rides higher above the
water than other kayaks and drains very well because of its
buoyancy. I love the blue camo design and the molded handles.
All-in-all, I knew this was the kayak for me once I compared it
alongside other kayaks and I intend for it to be the only one I ever
I bought this kayak in April of 2017 and gladly sold it two months
Even by wide fishing kayak standards, this boat is SLOW! You
would go faster paddling a log. When you stop paddling the boat
almost immediately stops, zero glide. I'm extremely strong and
was using a decent paddle, Werner Tybee Hooked and this kayak
completely wore me out paddling it. If you're going to paddle more
than a mile on still water you better eat your spinach. Paddling in
the wind? You're going nowhere. This boat is suited for
moderate/fast moving water or very small lakes and ponds.
There's no leg room. I only have a 33 inch inseam and even with
the foot braces extended all the way my knees were up so high
they got in the way of paddling.
The "wheel in the keel" really doesn't work that well. Pulling this
boat just ends up being a wrist twisting balancing act. This boat
will tip when transporting it and the flanges that come down that
hold the wheel scrap the ground. This isn't good when on concrete
since this is part of your hull. You would be better off
building/buying a two wheel cart than relying on the wheel on the
back of this thing and it also probably creates drag when you're in
The bow hatch was warped and let water in. Cheap design and
construction on the bow hatch.
FeelFree's website says it weighs 72 lbs., this site says 75 lbs., but
mine with the seat and no modifications done weighed exactly 80
lbs. I was using accurate scales.
The seat is very comfy, BUT it constantly slides all around. There
should be rubber on the bottom of the seat or on the kayak in the
seat area to stop the seat from sliding. The clasps on the seat are
huge, bulky and a heavy metal, complete overkill. The straps for
the back of the seat are ridiculous; there's no need for excessively
long, wide nylon straps that could tow a car to hold a kayak seat
upright, 1/4" bungee would do. Again, complete overkill and yes
the back seat straps have the huge, heavy metal clasps too.
The uni-tracks will only accept the FeelFree Accessory mount. If
you want to mount any other product to the tracks you have to
buy adaptors and they work, but they are a complete rip off for
what you get. I knew this before I bought the kayak, so I can't
complain. This is just FYI for you.
Does one person really need four drink holders?
It tracks extremely well, no rudder needed. Even in the wind it
tracks great, but you'll be moving at snail speed. Other than the
bow hatch, this boat is built well, top notch quality. Is it stable?
Yes, it's extremely stable. You would have to put effort into tipping
this kayak. The molded in handles are nice.
This boat was definitely not for me.
Stable. Stable. Stable. I bought it for stability and that's 100% of what
I got. Nice layout of features and storage. -1 star for proprietary track
system that needs adapter for common rail items.
The Moken 12.5 Kayak is a great kayak. Very stable and lots of nice
features. Great for fishing and for just tooling around.
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.