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When choosing your right kayak, there are many factors to take into consideration. We recommend talking to your local Perception dealer to help with this decision. Information provided here will help you understand our product line and steer you in the right direction.
Where do you want to kayak and what will you be doing? Our kayaks fall into 3 categories. Each category has the right combination of size options, outfitting, storage, and performance features for the intended uses outlined below.
|Ideal Types of Water||Ponds, small lakes, bays, slow moving rivers.||Lakes, bays, moving rivers, currents, limited ocean use.||Lakes, bays, moving rivers, rougher currents, ocean.|
|Trip Duration||Day trips||Day or weekend trips (less than 20 miles)||Day or weekend trips, expeditions|
|Skill Levels||Low to Intermediate||Intermediate to Advanced||Intermediate to Advanced|
|Gear Storage||Low to Moderate||Moderate||Moderate to High|
Once you’ve gotten a general idea of your paddling style, you are able to narrow it down more precisely by understanding the performance characteristics that are typical for each category. Below is a chart of how each performs relative to the other categories in each characteristic.
Stability – general capability of boat’s resistance to tipping over under normal conditions
Manageability – refers to ease of carrying, car topping, and storing the kayak when outside of the water
Speed and Glide – boat’s efficiency moving through the water and potential for higher velocity.
Tracking – boat’s ability to stay in a straight line.
Maneuverability – boat’s ability to turn precisely.
Once you’ve decided on a kayak model or two that fits your needs, looking at the features and outfitting can help in making your decision.
Finally, we offer a variety of sizes in all of our kayak categories to comfortably accommodate paddlers of all proportions. The best way to ensure the right fit is to schedule a demo with your local dealer.