Rated 2 out of 5áby IO Don't buy it
I bought the kayak in June, but I didn't have time to put it on the water until September. To bad for me, because I can't return it now. Poor tracking, and I'm talking about a perfectly calm water. I found the kayak to be quite instable. I wonder what will happen when the water is a bit choppy.
The only good thing about it is the ease of access for guy over 6.2 and way to many pounds.
My advice is spend a little more,like double :-) and get something better.
September 23, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby florida_paddler amazing boat for price!!!
. I got this boat four days ago and just got home from my first outing in it. I'm incredibly happy that I went with this kayak. I've been renting for years, but this is the first I've owned, and I didn't want to drop a grand on my first. Got mine on sale for the blue model and another 10% off for signing up for a dick's credit card. (many thanks to the other reviewer who pointed this out!).
. I'm 6'3" and 165 lb., entry is easy thanks to the cockpit size. I haven't learned wet entry yet, but don't think it will be a problem as I am able to pull my legs out of the cockpit, while seated, and rest my feet on the deck and can still paddle sitting like that. Foot rests go back far enough that my knees can fit fully inside the cockpit, if I decide to get a spray skirt. My feet can touch the foam of the front bulk head, I'm staying conscious of this so I don't accidentally kick it and damage water tightness.
. I took it out for about four hours today in the gulf of mexico, off the dunedin causeway. This is a fast boat. I was easily passing my friends who had each rented a wilderness systems 14' sit-on-top (granted, sit-in should out pace a sit-on, but I was impressed by how effortlessly I did so). The wind kicked up fiercely while we were out and the seas rose to three foot swells. My conduit stayed stable. Though, I can't lie, I did get nervous for a second, or two there. I was hit by several waves that swamped me a little. Had about a gallon and a half in the boat when we got back to shore, and both hatches were still completely dry.
. The only cons I've noticed so far are: The seat could use a little more cushioning, but I also have a boney hind end. A drain plug would be nice. And a paddle holder bungee would be a simple addition.
. As other reviewers have pointed out, this seems to be a rebranded Dagger Catalyst. Under that badge it went for 800-900. It would be a really good boat at that price. What it sells for at dick's makes it a fantastic boat.
I hope this was helpful and happy paddling!
September 18, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Rlc Very happy
Puchased two 13ft and two 11ft kayaks for the family. Used them off the coast of maine. Stable and tracked well, both kids and wife found them easy to use. Looking forward to getting out again
July 9, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby I Will right a Review after i USE Great Features
Hello Ladies and Gentlemen on Friday, July 7, 2013 I bought the Perception Conduit 13 FT kayak. This kayak has AWESOME features! you will not be disappointed in the features. That's all I can really say for right now I am talking out this weekend for a few days, and I will write a follow up and make a video review!!!
July 6, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5áby Beachguy Too Awesome!
I love this kayak! It's both sleek and beautiful. It handles very well, not matter the weather. Wind and waves seem to make it stronger. I purchased a 1/2 skirt to keep out the water and it seems to work pretty well. It easy to enter and exit. Steers straight, maneuvers on a dime with practice. Seat is pretty comfortable. Hatches stay dry. It's fast! Very, very fast... It is pretty inexpensive compared to the big brand names and seems to have found a way to incorporate all the best features of the top line models. It doesn't have all the bells and whistles as the more expensive models, but you can easily purchase what matters most too you. This is an excellent kayak for both the beginner or you novices. You'll be please from the start! Check out Dick's Sporting Goods. They beat all other prices hands down, especially if you show up in person. I enthusiastically recommend this kayak.
July 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5
áby Mike Great Fit
I love the Conduit especially like the large cockpit. This boat has great balance and tracks well in both open waters and on the river. It has wonderful manuerbility and packs well. I used it on day trips and a 5 day 131 mile trip and it was fantastic. The hatches are large enough and water tight. The seat although padded could have little more padding but the adjustable backrest compensates for it. For the price this may be the only boat you will ever need.
September 15, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5áby BillBoze Very well made boat!
I am new to the kayaking sport so my feed back is going to be limited. I have used other kayaks and feel the conduit 13 is the perfect fit for me. The bungie tie down loops are directly molded into the deck of the boat which makes for much more water tight deck versus screw down cleats. The boat is very stable, not once did I feel as if I could not control the boat. My first day out I paddled about 2.5 hours and thought the seat was very comfortable. My use will be mainly back bays and creeks. The only issue I have with the boat is the tracking in wind above 15 knots. If you keep the bow into the the wind or the stern with the wind you should be fine. The kayak is set up to except a rudder system, I am not sure if I will purchase one. Great boat, well worth the money.
August 12, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5áby Pug Nice Kayak at great price.
I'll start off by saying that this is an upgrade from a Wilderness Systems Pamlico 100. The Pam is a great Kayak in its own right and I used it for 5 years. In some respects, it's actually a better kayak. It had a larger cockpit, which is good for fishing. But it was shorter and much, much slower. I wanted a faster Kayak with more storage at a good price. That's when I found the Conduit 13.Let's make something clear. This is a re-named Kayak. Originally it was a Dagger Catalyst 13. Dagger, Perception and many other Kayaks are built by the same company. So the name may change, but the product is the same (if not better). The biggest improvement made is the seat design. It is very comfortable, but I wish it had an adjustment to raise the seat under the thighs, like Wilderness Systems Phase 3 seats. Why they don't have the same seats I'll never know. Again, same company. The drawback of the seat is that the backrest is connected poorly to the seat (it's not). It's held in place with a small plastic strip under the seat. So when it slips past this strip, the only way to fix it is to remove the seat. This is not a huge deal, and still works fine, but it feels much better when it's in its proper position. Overall the seat is great. Not the best, but much better than most.Now onto the Kayak itself. You might think because it's cheaper than some other kayaks in it's size range or that it's only sold at Dicks, that it might be cheap. Well, it's not. This is a solid kayak. The plastic is nice and thick and I believe it will hold up well. I get the idea that Perception has taken some older designs and re-badged them under the Perception Sport logo. By the way that's the website to go to for this kayak, not the regular Perception site (though there is s link there). I love the cockpit size. It's much smaller than a recreational kayak. But still larger than most touring kayaks. I'm 5'8" 200 lbs. And I have lots of room. It's easy to get in and out of. There's plenty of space. After several trips, the bulkhead are totally water tight (though that might just be luck). The storage is a little smaller than some, but what are you really taking with you. I don't see a problem storing a one or two man tent and some gear for the weekend. Oh yeah, no cup holder? Come on now Perception, what were you thinking?Tracking on the is kayak is good, but not great. A rudder would help and you can get one for a couple hundred bucks. But that's just not worth it to me. Plus, I like to maneuver and this turns on a dime. And compared to my Pam, this thing is lightning fast. I was going against the current and passing people going the other way, and they just looked at me like I was doing the impossible. I went on a trip that would have taken 3 hours in my old kayak. it only took about half that time. So the longer trips I'm looking to take can now be done. Overall, this is an excellent Kayak. I would easily compare it to a Carolina or WS Tsunami. The difference, those can cost twice as much. And you don't get anything extra. Good luck and Good Kayaking.
July 9, 2012
Rated 4 out of 5
áby JaGrmeister Good kayak at Great price
I bought this kayak because of it's length and somewhat slender beam compared to other recreational kayaks. I wanted the length and two storage compartments with sealed bulkheads for weekend trips and overnight excursions. I liked the smaller width for speed. This boat is a compromise between storage, speed and agility with agility being the lesser. It has good speed and great storage capacity. I would not trade my kayak but I know that a shorter, more agile kayak would be better for day trips in small creeks due to its length and turning capability. Like I said this boat is a compromise of all the things you want, it doesn't specialize in one area, therefore giving you a little of it all. Also, the seating is a bit better than average due to its mechanical style back adjustment and padding versus just a molded plastic saddle. It is rudder capable for better turning if you need it.
June 26, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5áby Steve the Kayaker Probably Best All-Around Kayak
For those of you who like to check other sites for reveiws, this is a renamed Dagger Catalyst 13. Should you want to look at its website, go to Perception Sport website, not just Perception. THIS KAYAK IS AWESOME!!! I have extensivly used shorter boats such as the Old Town Otter and Vapor/Trip, as well as the Perception Sport Swifty. They are rec boats, while this is a small touring kayak. It is long enough to be considered a touring kayak and to handle well in the ocean, yet it is short enough to manuver very easily, having a turning radius identical to rec boats. This boat is also stable enough for most begginers, having great initial and secondary stability. Can be fished from. The seat is amazing. The backrest can be adjusted up/down, it is very supportive, and folds/locks in a down position. The "thigh pads" are actually knee pads, and they are very padded, both on the rim and under the coaming. I have found the bulkheads to be completely waterproof, and the hatches are too. (Though this may be different depending on each boat individually) The cockpit is just big enough to be comfortable for anyone, yet small enough to be very dry, even without a sprayskirt. And, the best part, the reason I bought this instead of an Old Town Trip, (which I have used before and love): Speed. Amazing, uncomparable speed. Compared, that is, to all other boats used, not other touring kayaks. I am sure that there are faster ones, but this is soooo fast!!! Not a lot of features, though. No paddle park or cupholders. The performance totally makes up for it though. It is also very light for its size. In conclusion, this is a great kayak for begginers to learn on, though it does feel a little tipsy at first, and at the same time has enough performance for the most advanced kayaker to do anything with. 10 stars!!! Hope this helps!
June 25, 2012