I was pretty set on the Ascend H12 as it seems to be pretty much ideal for my purposes (slow rivers, medium to large lakes, multi-day trips, some fishing), but before plunking down the money I’m trying to weigh all my options. The hybrids appeal to me for the cargo space to go kayak camping. Is there anything the Old Town Next can do better than the Ascend H12 to justify spending the extra $300?
I’m 6’7" 300lb with an absolute max budget of $1000. As I said, I will be paddling lakes ranging from as small as 200 acres to as large as 115k acres. I would also like to paddle some of the larger rivers in the area. Class 1 at most. Am I on the right track with my choices? Im definitely open to suggestions at this point.