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Hi Life 11.0


Part Kayak. Part SUP. All Fun.

The ultra-versatile Perception Hi Life 11.0 combines kayaking and stand up paddleboard fun into one. Impressive features and maximum stability make it perfect for any ability. A premium padded seat with hidden cooler recess, built-in accessory mounts, allover deck cushioning, cup holders, and comfort carry handles create an experience you won’t find anywhere else. Suitable for the entire family and a fury friend, the Hi Life even features the easy-boarding of a lowered rear swim deck.

The Perception Hi Life is the most versatile boat ever built, offering a sit-on-top design that can be paddled like a kayak or a stand up paddleboard. Its maximum stability and unique features create an experience that’s unlike anything else—perfect for sharing the water with kids and pets. Fun for all ages and abilities, the Hi Life is up for any adventure, whether that means cruising, swimming, fishing, or simply relaxing with your favorite beverage.

The extra-cushy kayak seat hides a built-in cooler recess for quick access to drinks and snacks. Unique cushioning across the entire top surface keeps feet happy all day. The low-profile rear swim deck with handles makes it easy to get back on board after swimming, while the large open front area is the perfect perch for small children and pets. Rugged and low-maintenance, the Hi Life features Perception’s legendary one-piece roto-molded high-tech polymer construction for superior UV, impact, and abrasion-resistance. Proudly designed, molded, and hand-assembled in the USA.


Whether sitting or standing, your comfort is the Hi Life’s primary focus. The extra-padded, elevated seat with fold-down backrest offers the premium ergonomic support you’d expect from a performance kayak. Thick cushioning across almost the entire top surface provides the soft, surefooted grip of a premium paddleboard. The low-profile rear swim deck invites you to cool off in the water with an easy way to climb back on board.

Stability & Performance

The Hi Life is exceedingly stable as a kayak and a SUP with a design that offers zero compromise in speed, maneuverability, or weight-savings. Easily transition from sitting to standing, while accommodating kids or pets that have hitched a ride. Perfect for beginner to intermediate paddlers, the Hi Life tracks smooth and straight, making it effortless to steer and maneuver.

Features & Safety

The Hi Life is engineered and tested to be among the safest kayaks available with built-in buoyancy and stability that lets you focus on fun. Its versatile, family-friendly design hides a surprising amount of features. This includes under-seat cooler storage, multiple molded-in drink holders, comfortable carry handles, as well as gear tracks and solo mount recesses for easily adding accessories like camera, speakers, and fishing gear.


Like all Perception kayaks, the Hi Life 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 Hi Life anywhere you please for years to come.

Water Types

Flat, Slow-Moving, Calm Coastal


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. 

Introducing the Hi Life!


Introducing the Hi Life!

Hi Life Overview


Hi Life Overview

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