Perception Sport Conduit 13 Kayak
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
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
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
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
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
Just picked up one of these for my wife and got a pretty good deal with the additional 10% off for opening a Dick's charge account with 6 mos. same as cash. As soon as I got it home I plopped it into our pond and put it through its paces. Acceleration and glide were pretty good and tracked very straight in the nearly still water of our pond. It sliced through the water pretty well and left a very minimal wake. Stability? Of course its stable, dang thing is over 26" wide. Seat was pretty comfortable but I suspect that it might need a little more padding in the back rest for longer outings. I was most impressed by the thickness and rigidity of the hull, which if you have been watching lately, seems to have been getting thinner and thinner over the past few years with virtually ALL kayak makers. Even the venerable Old Town company seems to have fallen into step with other manufacturers. Its as though they are having a contest to see who can make the flimsiest and cheapest kayaks (look at an Old Town kayak built prior to 2007 and you'll see what a well molded hull looks like). Anyway, let me not digress, this is about a particular Perception kayak. The top of the decking on the Conduit 13 seems to be quite sturdy. I pushed down pretty hard on it and it gave very little. The bottom of the hull was a slightly different matter altogether as it seemed to flex a bit more than the top. The bottom of the boat reminded me of corrugated barn roofing and I'm not sure if they did that to strengthen the thin poly hull to prevent oil canning or to improve tracking. I'm guessing it was both. Either way, this is still one of the strongest hulls I've seen in a cheaper name brand kayak for awhile. Maybe Perception is finally getting some of its mojo back. Probably the most crucial test was the "wife test" which it seems to have passed with flying colors. I'm not sure what method she uses since she doesn't edge or brace, but after rocking the boat back and forth a few times with her arms up in the air and not falling into the water, she gave it her two thumbs up! I paddle a 17' Vally Aquanaut sea kayak so I wanted my wife to have a boat that could handle a little chop when necessary if some weather whips up unexpectedly or some moron in a drag boat blasts by. I like the sealed storage compartments fore and aft and the low rear deck for re-entry should that ever become necessary. The real test will be next weekend when we take it out on the lake. I will try to post a follow up at that time.
June 24, 2012
Best for the money
I think this is the best kayak for the money. I originally paid $399 for a Rhythm 11, but it did not track well so I took it back after three outings. The staff at the Bend, OR store were fantastic and took the 11 back with no question. I paid an extra [$]to get a Conduit 13 and couldn't be happier...best [$] I ever spent. The Conduit 13 tracks great, paddles smooth and fast, and has features found in boats costing $300-$400 more such as the TWO dry compartments(mine have both been dry so far). It did not get 5 stars because the seat is not as comfortable as the Rhythm 11, but I bought a $10 auto seat cushion that solved the problem. Bottom line - If you are a larger paddler (I'm 6'0", 215#) and are looking for a "crossover" that blends the comfort and stability of a rec boat with the performance of a day tourer...GET THIS BOAT. Kudos to the Bend, OR staff, THANKS!
June 1, 2012
very good entry level boat
I bought this boat after doing a great deal of shopping around and was a little hesitant at first considering it's only sold by Dick's. I received the boat approximately a week after ordering which was great considering it shipped via frieght. Took the boat out with my friend doing an 8 mile trip against the current, and then floated downriver back our starting point. All in all, being as I have never ridden in a kayak before, the boat is easy to control, stable but does allow for edging and other more advanced kayaking maneuvers, tracks very well even in current, is actually quite easy to maneuver despite it's length. I noticed others had issues with the seat, but my trip was 4+ hours and I experienced no problems. I wonder if others were wearing a life jacket because I can see how the seat might become uncomfortable without some additional padding. My one complaint would have to be the sealed bulkhead in the rear. I got a bit of water in the cockpit while entering my boat at the landing and when we stopped for lunch I had the kayak resting on a bit of an incline with the rear at the lowest point. Most of the water seemed to drain into the storage compartment through the waterproof barrier so I don't know if this is just a simple issue solved with more calk around the edges or what. All in all, I have paddled many different canoes and wanted to try my hand at kayaking and I can honestly say that I prefer paddling in my conduit more than any canoe i've been in before.
May 27, 2012
I ttok a chance buying a boat sight unseen, it turned out great. The boat is perfect for my needs and skills. It is more stable than I thought it would be and fast enough. The cockpit is the right size and I can get in and out without looking like a dork. The seat will get modified some day but it's Ok for a two hour cruise. I'm very pleased with my new boat.
March 21, 2012
My very first kayak and it is a keeper
The first time I ever got into a kayak was in a mini triatholon. I used a rental that was about 9ft long. It had no adjustable footpegs and the seat was very uncomfortable. It was also very heavy and bulky. This made the 4 mile paddle very painful, especially on my back. I decided I had to get my own. After much research and sitting in quite a few of them, I thought a 13 footer would be perfect. This is a really good yak for the money. It glides and handles beautifully. I took it out twice on a calm river for 1 hour each time and my back felt fine. This would be a great, long lasting kayak for a beginner.
August 7, 2011