Feelfree Moken 10 Lite
Summer 2012 is turning out to be wet and windy. Ideal for my shore fishing exploits but not quite what we had in mind for kayak fishing.
Last week I had an email warning me “something new” would be delivered next week.
The email came from Feelfree Kayaks and I presumed the new Kingfisher Seat was on its way for testing.
A van turned up outside Kayaks and Paddles dropped off a package which one of the lads signed for. A cry of “Duffer your package from Feelfree is here” went out so my seats had arrived. I will take a look now and fit one to one of our stock boats.
I thought “that’s a bloody big package for a Kingfisher seat” and set about opening the carton.
Ahhh – clever man from Feelfree has sent two seats and a new toy!
Moken 10 Lite is out of the mould at last.
It has been work in progress for a while and whilst this is a prototype it looks the business.
I use Moken 10 when bouncing up and down at the base of the cliffs in South West Ireland, a spot where only Moken 10’s stability will allow sensible fishing.
Any kayak with a hint of tipyness in it is a no no, the short broad stable Moken 10 hits the spot.
Moken 10 Lite is the Moken 10’s litle sister ship. The 10 Lite retains the perfect Tri Hull and deck layout in a narrower faster package. Ideal for calmer waters than those off South West Ireland and for paddlers who don’t push the scales past 13 stone 85kg. The Moken 10 Lite will take a bigger paddler for recreational paddling but to fish properly the bigger guys need bigger kayaks
What about the Kingfisher Seat Duffer?
Later – one thing at a time.
At last – at long last a man or a woman with a brain has been employed to design the hatch seating arrangements on a kayak. Yes we know all sit on tops leak a little but then some leak a lot. Hatch seats have been a long standing problem – not on Moken 10 Lite and the solution is so simple. For years we have used upstands on sea kayaks on sit on tops on anything that floats to help create a solid base onto which you mount the hatch cover. This is an upstand.
Look at the image of this hatch,
The upstand has been inverted and moulded into the deck. The centre has been cut out and the hatch opening is bomb proof rock solid. The hatch is then fitted as normal but the underlying seating does not distort and will never leak like traditional designs.
Would the man working on the Tarpon 120 front hatch – PLEASE TAKE NOTE!
The inverted upstand or maybe it should be called a downstand (it was designed by Sir King Count in New Zealand) – Knighted for services to kayak hatch design. In my previous life I worked on ships and submarines where design matters a lot. This little feature is a monumental leap forward in kayak design – this I understand, the Higgs Boson I do not. This is more important.
After all that excitement the rest is a bit boring.
Standard Moken 10 Lite Features
- Great bow, stern and side handles – but then we all knew that is part of Feelfrees hallmark.
- Great tie points for seat clips.
- New wheel design but you still need a trolley for the rough ground.
- Flush mounted fishing rod holders
- Deck mounted tracking system for mouning accessories without drilling any holes.
Moken 10 Lite = 26kg on my bathroom scales – all the handles, upstands and hatched add weight but it’s a well balanced well engineered 26kg.
FeelFree Kingfisher Seat
The Kingfisher Seat is the business.
Feelfree Deluxe seat is also very good and the seat retaining strap helps a lot.
How does the 10 Lite paddle?
In a few words it’s possibly the best 10 foot angler out there.
Ocean Kayak Tetra 10 and WS Tarpon 100 make up the trio of the most popular 10 footers.
Tetra 10 for the smaller paddler who fishes lite.
Tarpon 100 is a good all rounder.
Moken 10 Lite paddles beautifully and comes well equipped for kayak fishing.
The following images and video help complete this Review.
Please note: these are our “opinions” and we all know what Clint Eastwood said about opinions (if not Google “clint eastwood opinions”.
For that very reason Canoe Shops Group carry all these boats in stock and have demo’s available. We want you to buy a kayak from us but we also want to sell you the right kayak.
Duffer and the Erk- aka swyaker
For The Canoe Shops (Group) Ltd.
Not long after Andy Murray came 2nd at Wimbledon2012
He is still the best we got.
8th and 11th at the British GP.
Don’t mention the football.
Nothing beats kayak fishing.
Feelfree Moken 10 Lite:
- Moulded in bow and side handles
- Multiple fishing rod holders
- Easy seal hatch
- Side pockets for tackle boxes
- Paddle parks
- Deck storage areas with bungee cord
- Adjustable footrests
- Standing / casting area
- Mounting block for additional rod holders, GPS or fish finder.
- Wheel In Keel
Length:10' 4" (315 cm)
Width: 31" (79 cm)
Capacity: 353 lbs (160 kg)