The Ascend H10 sit-in kayak provides performance, ample storage room, and rigging characteristics that are a feature of the longer Ascend H12. Retailing just below $800, this 10-foot long kayak is a lighter, more manageable kayak yet easily handles day trips. The stepped bow and stern keel design handle waves and rough waters well, while the shorter length means it is more maneuverable and allows for tighter turns than its longer counterpart. With plenty of storage room, the Ascend H10 is a versatile hybrid kayak that recreational paddlers and all levels of anglers can enjoy.
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- Comfortable, padded seats
- Loads of storage room
- Generous capacity
- Easily maneuverable
- Excellent stability and tracking
- Chair is positioned low
- Accessory rails can get in the way
- J hooks for the mesh get snagged at times
Size and Weight
Lightweight kayaks are always popular among anglers due to the convenience of carrying them around. That’s where the H10 comes on top since it only weighs 55 lb / 25 kg.
You can easily load it on top of your car or into the back of your truck because of its overall length of 10 feet / 304.8 cm and width of 31 inches / 78.7 cm. The height of the kayak measures 14.6 inches / 37 cm at the bow and stern and 13.1 inches / 33 cm in the center.
For a lightweight kayak, the Ascend H10’s maximum capacity is an impressive 400 lbs / 180 kg. This leaves all but the bigger paddlers plenty of capacity to stash food, water, and gear.
The tunnel hull design with a stepped keel allows for superior stability while fishing and creates a sort of pontoon effect.
The bow and stern have huge storage compartments covered by cargo mesh and bungee cords on J-hooks to secure them onto the holders which offers your gear some sun and water protection.
The cockpit opening measures 47.4 inches x 23.6 inches / 120 cm x 60 cm, and is wider than many other kayaks of the same size, which is good news for bigger paddlers!
In the cockpit, there are two saddlebags that can be hooked underneath the gunnels. One’s a dry bag that you can stash your phone and wallet, and the other is located above a drainage so you can put your wet clothes or stuff and not get water in the kayak.
There are three 16-inch accessory rails located on both sides and in front of the cockpit for your fish finder, GoPro or many other different devices. There’s also a single cleat located on the right side of the cockpit for you to secure your kayak.
The padded backseat is comfortable enough for long day trips, and there are two straps on either side to adjust the backrest without leaving the kayak. The seat can be adjusted between 6 positions fore and aft and is removable, so you can use it on land if you decide to beach up. There are even two cup holders on each side of the seat!
There are adjustable foot braces that slide easily to get your position right and aft of the cockpit. You can also find two flush-mounted rod holders which might be great for trolling.
At the back of the boat, there’s a single drain plug but it will not stay with the kayak when unscrewed, so when you’re draining the kayak, be sure to hang onto it.
Because of the innovative tunnel hull design, the Ascend H10 sit-in kayak has excellent stability, and some paddlers have reported that they have even been able to stand up and fish.
The hull also features a stepped bow and keel to help slice through rough waters better. This kayak has excellent tracking and will remain in a straight line, even if you stop paddling for a couple of seconds. The ease of paddling is excellent, and it doesn’t take much to get the Ascend H10 going.
Despite its shorter length, the Ascend H10 glides well and will handle waves and wind impressively. Its shorter length also means that it is more maneuverable than longer boats and can manage tighter turns or log jams.
One key advantage is the size of the cockpit, which is huge and can accommodate larger paddlers and anglers. Many anglers have commented on how comfortable the large cockpit is, and how easy it is to get to your gear in the storage compartments in the bow and stern.
Overall, this is an excellent boat for the recreational paddler or angler that wants to enjoy more room, storage space, and easy paddling. With a bonus payload of 400 lbs, the Ascend H10 sit-in kayak will suit people of almost all sizes.
ASCEND H10: Sit-In Hybrid Kayak Review
Flipping my Ascend H10 Hybrid kayak
Ascend H10 All Loaded Up
Specification: Ascend H10