Feel Free has managed to bring features that are revolutionary, beneficial and angler-centric to their kayak line known as the Lure.
There are many aspects of the Feel Free Lure 11.5 that are similar to other brands. They are roto-molded, have sunken rod holders, bungee straps galore and storage space in the hull. However, that is where the similarities end.
Feel Free has set themselves apart in many ways including the these systems: seating, device attachments, one-person transport and transponder pod.
The Gravity Seat (patent pending) comes standard with the entire Lure series which come in a 10′, 11.5′ and 13.5′ model. The seat has an adjustable back and cushioned seat. The glove fabric is a revolutionary microfilament that offers all day comfort and breathability that dries quickly.
The seat has the ability to go from the deck level to 10″ off the deck. This feature allows the paddler to safely and comfortably paddle to their destination. Once on-site, you merely raise the seat to your preferred height and spend the day fishing.
Wheel In The Keel
The patented Wheel In The Keel feature is a truly user friendly and allows a single person to easily transport their boat from the vehicle to their access point. The wheel operates will on concrete and dirt areas.
The author recently had to portage through some high growth weeds and grasses over bumpy ground. The wheel made the travel much better and easier to accomplish the portage.
Unibar Device Bar
The Uni-bar Device Bar is designed to fit the standard rail system. It allows the angler to mount any number of devices and allows you to remove them all at once.
Using the Uni-track Adapter on the bar or directly on the rail, you will be able to quickly mount GPS units, fishfinders, additional rod holders, adventure cams, etc.
Standard Sonor Pod Console
The center console on both the 11.5 and 13.5 models are designed with the fishfinder using angler in mind. When removed it reveals a water-direct cavity for your transponder. The pod has water-tight wire ports and is easily removed to store in your vehicle and not risk theft.
There are numerous other non-standard features that can be had including matching paddles and other accessories. Feel Free has everything from cooler to fish bags and gear bags that match the four most popular colors.
The entire series is available in a variety of colors to fit any kayaker’s preference.
The 36″ wide hull offers great stability for the angler whether standing and seated. Additionally, the flat deck gives you more than enough space to move and turn around as well as stretch out when seated. The standard stand assist strap allows the angler to easily raise up to a full stand or even to merely raise the seat.
You can also check out this video to see more about the features offered on this kayak.
The weight is a bit on the high side, but the wheel in the keel feature along with the molded handles make it easy to maneuver.
Overall, this kayak is geared for the angler. Are there things I would change? Of course there are. No one will ever build the perfect kayak, but Feel Free has done a tremendous job of coming close. It tracks well in both still and moving water.
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