Perception Essence 16 & 17

Affordable Sea Kayak for all levels of ability

The Essence range are stable, user friendly and cost effective sea kayaks made from single layer plastic and available in two sizes.

£934.15 (RRP £1,099.00 - Saving £164.85)

Perception Essence Sea Kayak

Perception Essence - Red

Zone Exp Seat fitted to Perception Essence
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Perception Essence


The Perception Essence Sea Kayak has been designed using the latest technology to allow expert and novice kayakers to push their sea touring experiences to new levels. The Essence has a good V entry and exit allowing for definitive tracking and good cruising speed whilst a shallow V profile under the cockpit helps to increase the essences initial stability.


The Essence has defined chines to make every turn predictable and smooth whilst on edge and it also features a fully adjustable skeg system which allows you to adapt to whatever conditions you decide to paddle in.


The Essence features everything you would expect from a Sea Kayak of this size, a comfortable seat and cockpit setup with adjustable thigh braces and foot pedals, 3 storage hatches including a small day hatch behind the seat aswell as the normal setup of deck lines and carry handles. The Essence is availabled in 2 sizes to suit a large range of sea kayakers, the Essence 16 and Essence 17 and both models are available with a rudder.


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  • Superlinear Polyethylene Shell
  • Adjustable Pedal Footrests
  • Zone EXP Seating System with Leg Lifters
  • Multi-Position Retractable Skeg
  • Retractable Carry Handles
  • Bow and Stern Deck Rigging
  • Compass Recess
  • Adjustable Padded Thigh Braces
  • 3 storage hatches with bulkheads

Essence 16 Dimensions

  • Length: 5.0m
  • Width: 57cm
  • Weight: 25kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 150kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight

Essence 17 Dimensions

  • Length: 5.18m
  • Width: 58cm
  • Weight: 26kg
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 170kgOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight

Recommended Accessories

Feelfree Day Tour Alloy paddle for the Perception Essence

Feelfree Day Tourer Paddle - Alloy Shaft

High quality paddle with strong asymmetric blades on an alloy shaft with drip rings and index grip.

Price £39.95

Feelfree Day Tour Paddle

Feelfree Day Tourer Paddle - Glass Shaft

Same blade construction with a lighter weight fibreglass shaft.

Price £64.95

Palm Coniston Spraydeck to fit Perception Essence

Manic Expedition Spraydeck

Lightweight combi deck with breathable waist tube made in the UK. The Manic Expedition is perfect for recreational touring & sea kayaking.

Fits the Perception Essence 16 & 17

Price £71.95 (RRP £79.95 - Saving £8.00)

Manic Tour Spraydeck

Manic Tour Spraydeck

Lightweight combi deck with breathable waist tube made in the UK. The Manic Tour is perfect for recreational touring.

Fits the Perception Essence 16 & 17

Price £59.95 (RRP £64.95 - Saving £5.00)



Folding Kayak trolley for use with the Perception Essence
Kayak Trolley

Folding kayak trolley for transporting your kayak from the car to the beach. Folds up and fits into the rear storage hatch.

Price £59.95


Red Perception Essence Sea Kayak


Perception Essence in Yellow


Perception Essence in Lime



We offer a delivery service for the Perception Essence throughout the UK & Ireland to home and work addresses.

Delivery times are estimates based on years of experience; we do not offer a guaranteed timed delivery service. Our overnight service works well for the core more densely populated areas of the UK for Clothing and Equipment orders. However more remote less densely populated areas will not be covered by a next day service.

Delivery of canoes and kayaks is classed as “ugly freight” because mechanical handling and automatic parcel processing cannot be used; therefore a delivery time of 3-5 working days is more realistic. For remote location that delivery time will be dependent on the local courier’s ability to onward ship the goods. Not all areas of the UK are serviced by vehicles that can handle canoes and kayaks. Online orders can be tracked online using the courier’s website – tracking details will be provided. We make every effort to deliver goods within the estimated time scales.

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Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Perception Essence online from our website and collect from our shop in Hamworthy, Poole or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with instore collection.

Our other stores are:

  • Southampton Canoes - Totton
  • Cornwall Canoes - St. Columb Road, Nr Newquay
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven, East Sussex
  • Kayaks & Paddles Plymouth, Devon
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich

We will contact you to arrange collection upon receipt of you order.

Give us a call on 01202 625256 if you have any questions about the Perception Essence


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