Rated 4.4 out of 5 by 14
Rated 4 out of 5 by JohnfromSC Bang for the Buck!!!
I bought this kayak during Black Friday of 2012, but the only difference is mine is an angler version. That only means it comes with an anchor trolley, anchor, rod holder, and 8" hatch in the front. I couldn't pass it up for the $260.00 I got it for. Only because it has a pretty good scratch in the nose from shipping I guess.
This is a very good kayak for beginners and people with tight budget.
The molded seat does lean a little back more than I really like, but no problem. I bought a thick foam hunting seat pad for a back cushion and its perfect. The Hatch In the front of mine is not water tight so it leaks through then rubber seal, but not bad. I have stood up in this kayak , but it doesn't offer hardly any wiggle room for your feet. So once you stand your feet are kind of stuck in that narrow position. The molded handles are great, because I don't have to worry about ropes or handle bouncing around. I removed the bungee net on the rear of the yak just because I needed to when I installed my fishing crate. I installed simple eyelets I got from a hardware store to connect bungees to. I have been in this kayak for some time now and I'm very happy with it. It handles waves very well, even from the side. I have turned it over once because i reached out to far for a fishing pole I knocked over. The kayak was very easy to get back into though. I am 5'8" and 180 lb, and this yak holds me very well. I have put two people on it to test, but it makes water start to sit in it at your feet. About 1in or so. If you get water in the seat the cushion that it comes with does not drain very fast.
** This yak tracks very well, even in high winds. Trust me it does***
I haul it on a trailer, and in the back of my truck and it straps down very nicely. Even when it is hot and kayaks usually become soft, this one holds its own.
If you are looking for a yak to get out the and fish or just to paddle, this is a really good starter yak especially for the price. I have sat in this for more than 5 hours and had no problems with comfort.
I plan on having this for a few years and then upgrading.
March 14, 2014
Rated 3 out of 5 by PackerKayaker Not a bad yak, but could use simple improvements...
I bought this yak last year as my second owned. It's light, stable, and tracks okay. Molded seat is positioned too far back for me, so, I installed pad eyes and adjustable seat. Also, don't try hauling this yak on it's side (post-type kayak carriers), as even the slightest strap pressure will cause the side of this yak to buckle in on the bar supports...yes...even with the protection of foam cushions. Overall, this yak is solid enough for paddling, but the side walls are flimsy. Between the weak sidewalls, unique hull design, and protruding backrest, I'm left scratching my head on how to car-top it. I also installed an 8" screw-in bow hatch. Overall, for the price, this yak is worth it.
December 16, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by Buckeyejack32 Perception Kayak
fast and curtious delivery, but too soon to write a good review. Is a Christmas gift and won't hit the water until May.
December 3, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by JBS Very Stable Yak, great features
A very nice yak! I love it, it being my first yak. Price was great too! Stable, tracks straight, fast and the molded in handles and features such as the rod holders are an excellent idea. I wish I would have gotten the fishing version only for the camoflage color for duck hunting, but the red/yellow makes me more visible in the ocean whicle fishing and it covers up easily with a camo tarp. I also like the skeg protector. I added an anchor trolly and an 8 inch hatch up front (the Harmony hatch fits perfectly in the molded hatch area) just like on the fishing model, and also added a 4 inch hatch in the rear cargo area centered where the area is molded for a 5 gallon bucket to fit. I added a lot of extra pad eyes for lashing down my gear around the front and rear cargo area perimiter. I also added a Scotty rod holder in the center 'console' and the universal Scotty 241 mount fits perfectly in the molded rectangular area in front of the cup holder/accessory recess area. The seat is OK, but I do use a closed cell foam pad for extra comfort. No custom or yak seat is needed on this yak. The molded high back feature is great! It provides good lower and mid back support. This yak rides high and tracks true. I am 6'2", 220 lbs, OK shape and a Senior. I plan on a few other 'mods' to this yak such as a homemade 'V' sail and a rudder. The only feature I wish it had was a mount and/or molded in rudder gudgeon or at least a hole for a ruder pin. Perception did a great job on this product!
November 27, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by FXYMMY No Regrets!!!
I did a lot of online research and in store searches for kayaks. After reading numerous reviews and two trips to Dick's to sit in it, I bought this model one year ago. I still LOVE it. Being my first kayak I was very nervous about tipping over, but in this that fear is gone completely. I love the fact that the rod holders and foot grooves are molded in. Even though this is a bulkier style, it is surprisingly very light weight. My boyfriend purchased a Field & Stream which he enjoys but he has taken mine out a few times and enjoys it too. One of the best investments I have made.
September 26, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by David lots of fun
My wife and I both have this model and have lots of fun in it. We went out on the St. Johns river where it was a bit choppy but no problems handling it. The only negative thing would be if you are going on a long paddle you might want to put a little extra padding in the seat. We went up the Silver river from Ray Wayside park to Silvers Springs and back which took about 4 hours and our seats were pretty sore. But sitting for four hours who wouldn't be.
August 15, 2013
Rated 5 out of 5 by Yaksharker Great little yak
I picked this yak up a few days ago because it was listed as $100 off. Took it out this morning and all I can say is wow! I have been in some super expensive yaks and this one is just as good to me. It lacks in features but makes up for it in tracking and paddlability.
July 19, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by yak fisher Great yak
I have owned an Access 11.5 for two years and decided to purchase this one for my daughter. This is by far one of the most durable kayaks I have come accross, and I've owned models that cost twice as much. Because of its molded design, you do not have to worry about straps, handles, or foot pegs breaking off. It is very well suited for fishing the swifter waters of the nearby Coosa river. The only downside is that they stopped carrying this model at my local store, and the shipping cost was a little excessive. Still a good value though.
July 10, 2013
Rated 4 out of 5 by GolferD Nice kayak
This is a nice kayak. It's large enough for a big man. It's very steady and tracks well. It's a little heavy. A friend & I bought kayaks so we could kayak on lake LBJ. Her kayak is the same brand only it's only 10' long. The 10' kayak is more steady and easier for us to take in & out of the water. This 11'6" kayak is better for a man to handle. That's the reason I gave it 4stars instead five. For a woman, buy the 10'.
December 20, 2012
Rated 5 out of 5 by Rasta fisher man This yak gets better and better
Im back once again to brag about my kayak. Took it out to the intercoastal off Clearwater Beach today Dec 1st 2012 and if u love da water and dont have the money for a boat, then go to Dicks and buy this yak. This yak is fast, tracks well and is great for fishing. Oh yeah and da price is right to. People Im telling you the more I take this yak out the better it gets (just like fine wine gets better with time). Cant wait to take my yak out again on the beatiful waters of Clearwater, Tampa and my city by the bay St. Petersburg. One luv stay safe and buy this yak and enjoy da water!!!!!!
December 1, 2012