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Tribe 9.5


Fun-filled versatility for everyone.

The Perception Tribe 9.5 kayak’s versatile 9-foot-6 design makes it a top choice for beginner to intermediate paddlers. The entire family will appreciate how easy it is to get on and off this stablesit-on-top. The shorter length and lighter weight eases transport and increases maneuverability as you explore flat-water rivers, lakes, ponds, and coastal waters with light waves. Ample storage and a roomy seat that’s extra-padded and adjustable will keep you out there all day long.


Comfort is everything on the water, which is why the Tribe introduces high-end features, like premium seating. The Comfort Seating System with thick ergonomic padding has an adjustable seatback that reclines backward or provides lower lumbar support and comfort. It also folds flat for stackable storage. Multiple footrest options let you choose the most comfortable position possible so you can paddle longer without pain.

Stability & Performance

The Tribe is easy to get in and out of with an exceptionally stable sit-on-top design that’s perfect for beginner to intermediate paddlers. Its smooth-flowing hull tracks straight, yet turns on a dime, making it easy to paddle and control for performance you can feel as your skills progress. Offered in three sizes, the Tribe’s speed, storage capacity, and stability increase with each size. The 13.5 tandem model accommodates two paddlers (and a small pet) while still being fun to paddle solo.

Features & Safety

The Tribe is engineered and tested to be among the safest kayaks on the water with built-in buoyancy and stability that lets you focus on fun. Spacious front and rear compartments include bungee cord lashes to secure cooler or gear bags of any shape or size. A molded-in cup holder and center hatch with built-in bag and protective lid keep essentials handy. Molded-in carry handles offer lockable security points for car top transportation and outdoor storage.


Like all Perception kayaks, the Tribe 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 prevent corrosion for long-lasting performance.

Water Types

Flat, Slow-Moving, Calm Coastal, Ocean Surf


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. 

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