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Perception Essence 16 + 17

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If you're looking for a sea kayak with added speed, comfort and storage, the Perception Essence could be exactly what you are looking for.

Price:£879.20 (RRP £1,099.00 - Saving £219.80)

Perception Essence Sea Kayak

Perception Essence Sea Kayak with EXP Backrest

Perception Essence Sea Kayak in the surf
Perception Essence Sea Kayak in action
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Perception Essence


Manufactured in the UK Made in the UK - Perception Essence

The modern hull design of the Perception Essence incorporates a strong V-shaped bow and stern with defined chines to provide true directional stability and splendid edge control. Predictable handling, manoeuvrability and impressive forward speed give paddlers all the performance needed for that great expedition. Good initial and secondary stability will allow you to take your sea touring experiences to new levels, whether you are an expert or developing your paddling skills.

No matter how far you're paddling or how extreme the conditions, a performance fit is essential in optimising paddler control. The Zone EXP seating system found in the Essence series brings you expedition-grade outfitting without compromising on comfort. Adjustable leg lifter support, padded thigh braces and a low profile backband are ergonomically designed for all day comfort. A day hatch gives access to a separate bulkhead compartment so you can keep track of those bits you need in easy reach, while the large bow and stern stowage compartments offer the space required for multi-day trips. For those who want to leave the safety of the shore, a recess on the bow will allow you to mount a compass to keep you on the right course.

Deploy and fine tune the TruTrak skeg with Perception Kayaks' wire driven system to lock in the tracking and maintain a heading in winds and currents. If you prefer using your feet to assist your direction, then the optional Tip-Toes controlled rudder can be fitted for adjusting your course without breaking stroke. The Essence series is everything you need for that week-long, once in a lifetime trek or a more exciting day on the water that you only get with a design that's truly an extension of your body.

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  • Zone EXP seating system
  • Bow and stern deck rigging
  • Built in seat leg lifters
  • Adjustable pedal footrests
  • 25cm dual density bow hatch
  • Trutrak skeg system
  • Day storage hatch
  • Also available with rudder
  • Oval dual density stern hatch
  • Retractable carry handles
  • Adjustable padded thigh braces
  • Bow and stern bulkheads
  • Compass recess
  • Zone EXP seating system

Dimensions Essence 16 

  • Length: 5.00m
  • Width: 57cm
  • Weight: 26kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 150kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight

Dimensions Essence 17 

  • Length: 5.18m
  • Width: 58cm
  • Weight: 28kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 160kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight

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North Water Coiled Paddle Leash

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We offer a delivery service for the Perception Essence throughout the UK & Ireland to home and work addresses.


Delivery times are estimates based on years of experience; we do not offer a guaranteed timed delivery service. Our overnight service works well for the core more densely populated areas of the UK for Clothing and Equipment orders. However more remote less densely populated areas will not be covered by a next day service.


Delivery of canoes and kayaks is classed as “ugly freight” because mechanical handling and automatic parcel processing cannot be used; therefore a delivery time of 3-5 working days is more realistic. For remote location that delivery time will be dependent on the local courier’s ability to onward ship the goods. Not all areas of the UK are serviced by vehicles that can handle canoes and kayaks. Online orders can be tracked online using the courier’s website – tracking details will be provided. We make every effort to deliver goods within the estimated time scales


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Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Perception Essence online from our website and collect from our shop in St Columb Road near Fraddon in Cornwall or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection*.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Hampshire

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.


Give us a call on 01726 862798 if you have any questions about the Perception Essence