The most versatile touring kayak ever with performance for daytrips and overnight adventures.
The Perception Carolina 12.0 kayak’s category-leading comfort and versatility makes it the best value in touring kayaks. The incredible stability is perfect for new paddlers, while the experienced will appreciate its speed and agility. The lighter weight of this 12-foot design makes it easy to carry and more maneuverable as you explore quiet coastal and inland waterways. Full days and overnights are a pleasure thanks to spacious dry storage and the deluxe comfort of a six-way adjustable seat.
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All day comfort is what the Carolina is known for. The spacious sit-in cockpit is easy to get in and out of, and the thickly padded Zone DLX seat with contoured backrest offers industry-leading adjustability; the seat bottom tilts up or down, while the seatback tilts forward or backward and can be raised or lowered—all by simply pulling or releasing the straps. The footrests can also be quickly adjusted while seated, making it easy to find the position that’s truly fit for you.
Stability & Performance
The Carolina loves to explore all day with a remarkably stable sit-in design that’s perfect for beginners to intermediates. Effortless to paddle, its sleek hull is fast and exceptionally straight-tracking to keep you on course in current, waves, and wind. It all adds up to performance you can feel as your skills improve. The Carolina 12.0 has better maneuverability while the larger 14.0 model adds speed and stability, as well as capacity for longer trips.
Features & Safety
The Carolina is engineered and tested to be among the safest kayaks available with built-in buoyancy and stability that lets you relax on the water. The versatile design features ample dry storage for daytrips and overnight adventures. Bungee cord lashes across the front and back provide an easily accessible spot to stash gear of any shape or size. Reflective perimeter safety lines enhance visibility once the sun goes down and also make re-entering the boat easy in case of emergency.
Like all Perception kayaks, the Carolina is designed for maximum durability and optimized weight. This is the result of its high-density polyethylene and one-piece roto-molded construction that provides exceptional UV, impact, and abrasion-resistance. Ocean and saltwater-optimized hardware and finishes allow you to take your Carolina anywhere you please for years to come.
Flat, Slow-Moving, Calm Coastal, Ocean Surf, Open/Ocean
THE PERCEPTION DIFFERENCE
As the world leader for kayak innovation, Perception® Kayaks has introduced more people to paddling than any other brand. In fact, we pioneered modern kayak design and construction over 40 years ago. We’re a company of passionate paddlers and we design our kayaks for comfort, stability, durability, safety, and performance. Our proprietary resin and innovative rotational molding process provide superior strength and light weight in a leak-proof one-piece construction. Roto-molding also allows us to integrate features and vary thickness throughout for strength and stability where needed, without added weight. The result is a lineup of the most comfortable, versatile, and easy-paddling kayaks with unmatched UV, impact, and abrasion-resistant. They can even be recycled! Best of all, every Perception kayak is proudly designed, molded, and hand assembled in Greenville, South Carolina, USA. With a reputation for reliable quality and innovation, we invite you to experience the Perception Difference.