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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:£1,104.15 (RRP £1,299.00 - Saving £194.85)

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 Silva 70P 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. A rudder enables you to set your course accounting for wind and paddle without edging or having to put more power in on one side to maintain your course even in very windy conditions. This can increase speed and avoid fatigue.

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

Recommended Accessories

Feelfree Day Tour Alloy paddle for the Perception Essence

Feelfree Day Tourer Paddle - Alloy Shaft - 220cm

High quality paddle with strong asymetric blades on an alloy shaft with drip rings and index grip.

Price £35.95 (RRP £44.95 - Saving £9.00)

Deluxe Fibreglass paddle for the Perception Essence

Feelfree Day Tourer Paddle - Glass Shaft - 220cm

Same blade construction with a lighter weight fibreglass shaft.

Price £55.95 (RRP £69.95 - Saving £14.00)

Feelfree Paddle Leash

Feelfree Paddle Leash

Elasticated paddle leash, attach one end to the paddle shaft and the other to the kayak.

Price £9.06 (RRP £12.95 - Saving £3.89)






Nationwide delivery available for the Perception Essence. Delivery price will be shown in the shopping basket prior to checkout. For full details on delivery please see: Delivery Information

Click & Collect - Stores Nationwide

Nationwide Click & Collect available for the Perception Essence. Collection for orders placed online can be made from any of our Canoe Shops UK Stores. For full details on our Click & Collect service, please see: Nationwide Click & Collect

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