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Perception Essence 16 & 17

British made plastic sea kayak

A fast rotomolded sea kayak constructed of a single layer high density polyethylene plastic, available in two sizes, the Essence is UK manufactured and brilliant for extended coastal paddles.

Perception Essence 16 sea kayak

Percpetion Essence 16

The Perception Essence being paddled by Chris
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Perception Essence

The Perception Essence is a modern sea kayak, incorporating a strong V-Shaped bow and stern that allows for a quick and sleek sea kayak. As at home in small swells as it is in much larger choppier conditions.

The hull features a defined V-shape at both bow and stern while the defined chines and flatter midsection of the hull creates a stable and predictable craft which gives impressive manoeuvrability and straight line speed, directional stability and exceptional edge control. Along the waterline the Essence has excellent secondary stability and is a brilliant way to develop skills.

Finished with a well sized cockpit, the Essence is incredibly comfortable to paddle, the Zone EXP seating system provides easy to adjust outfitting, a low profile backband works in conjunction with a leg lifter, creating a unique fit for each paddler. Three hatches all sealed with bulkheads offer ample storage for multi-day trips. The TruTrak drop down skeg is easy to deploy and will assist in maintaining a heading, improving straightline performance and tracking.

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Key Features

  • 25cm Dual Density Bow Hatch / 20cm Mid ship Day Hatch / Oval Dual Density Stern Hatch
  • Adjustable Padded Thigh Braces
  • Bow, Mid ship and Stern Bulkheads
  • Retractable Carry Handles
  • Zone EXP Seating System with Leg Lifters
  • Superlinear Polyethylene Shell
  • Adjustable Pedal Footrests
  • Bow and Stern Deck Rigging
  • Compass Recess
  • Multi-Position Retractable Skeg

Dimensions - Essence 16

  • Length 500 cm / 16'5"
  • Width: 57 cm / 22"
  • Weight 26 kg / 57 lbs
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 150 kg / 331 lbsOptimum 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 518 cm / 17'0"
  • Width: 58 cm / 23"
  • Weight 28 kg / 62 lbs
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 160 kg / 353 lbsOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight


Perception Essence - Red


Yellow Perception Essence 16




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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

For further help and information about the Perception Essence, please call us on 01925 818437