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.

Perception Essence Sea Kayak

Perception Essence - Sunset

Zone EXP Outfitting system fitted to Perception Essence
Perception Essence being paddled on the sea
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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: 150kg Optimum 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: 170kg Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight

Recommended Extras:

Feelfree Day Tourer Alloy

Feelfree Day Tourer Paddle - Alloy Shaft

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

Price £44.95

Feelfree Day Tourer Glass

Feelfree Day Tourer Paddle - Glass Shaft

Same blade construction with a lighter weight fibreglass shaft.

Price £69.95

Feelfree Dry bag

Riot Kayak Trolley

A compact kayak trolley for easy transportation to and from the water. Folds flat to be secured in the storage area of your kayak.

Price £59.95

Perception Essence Colours

Perception Essence in Sunset available from Bournemouth Canoes


Perception Essence in Yellow available from Bournemouth Canoes


Perception Essence in Red available from Bournemouth Canoes



Nationwide delivery available for the Perception Essence. The price for delivery will be shown in the website basket prior to checkout. For full details on delivery please see: Delivery Information

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

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