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Perception Essence 16 & 17

Modern Design Sea Kayak

The Perception Essence has predictable handling, manoeuvrability and impressive forward speed gives paddlers all the performance needed for that great expedition.

Essence: £1099.00

Essence With Rudder: £1249.00

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Perception Essence 16

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Perception Essence


The Perception Essence has a modern hull design that uses the latest technology to allow novice and expert kayakers to push their sea touring to a new level. The hull incorporates a strong V shaped bow and stern that makes the hull ridged and very quick to paddle for a boat of its length, its defined chines provide accurate directional stability and impressive edge control. It’s the ideal boat for touring on rivers, harbours, and those long days out on the, it even holds its own in the surf and tidal races.


The Essence is fully equipped with 3 storage hatches that have access to a separate bulkhead compartment. Included is a small day hatch that is easy to reach, a round bow hatch and a larger stern. This will give you plenty of room for storage from those days out and right the way thought to long multiday expeditions.


The Zone EXP seating system found in the Essence brings you an expedition grade outfitting without compromising on comfort. This seating system gives you the ability to adjust the backrest and has an adjustable leg lifter that allows you to raise the seat and drive your thighs into the thigh braces to give you that better point of contact. It comes complete with adjustable thigh braces, adjustable footrests and a finally tuned TruTrack skeg with a wire driven system to lock in the tracking and maintain a heading in winds and current. For those who want to leave the safety of the shore, a recess on the bow will allow you to mount a compass to keep you on the right course.


The Essence is available in 2 sizes to suit a range paddler sizes, both the Essence 16 and 17 models are both available with a rudder. The Essence features everything you would expect from a sea kayak of this size.


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  • The hull has a deep rocker, shallow V form with flat bottomed mid section and hard chines.
  • 3 main hatches with bulkheads - ample storage for expeditions
  • Convenient deck hatch - accessible whilst on the water
  • Deck lines
  • Deck bungee's
  • Retractable skeg
  • Compass recess suitable for the SILVA 70P compass.
  • Construction: Diolen/Fiberglass/Core


Essence 16:

  • Length: 500 cm / 16'5"
  • Width: 57 cm / 22"
  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 150 kg / 331 lbsOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight
  • Deck Height: 34 cm / 13"
  • Weight: 26 kg / 57 lbs
  • Cockpit Length: 89 cm / 35"
  • Cockpit Width: 49 cm / 19"

Essence 17:

  • Length: 518 cm / 17'0"

  • Width: 58 cm / 23"

  • Manufacturers Weight Capacity: 160 kg / 353 lbsOptimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight
  • Deck Height: 37 cm / 15"

  • Weight: 28 kg / 62 lbs

  • Cockpit Length: 89 cm / 35"

  • Cockpit Width: 49 cm / 19"








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Delivery Information

Delivery of Clothing, Equipment, Accessories, Paddles & Inflatable Boats/Boards:

We offer a delivery service throughout the UK & Northern Ireland. Most deliveries arrive within 1-3 working days, although some deliveries may take longer.

Delivery of Kayaks & Canoes:

We offer a delivery service on most kayaks & canoes covering most of the UK & Northern Ireland - Some products and areas are excluded. We provide a bespoke delivery service for canoes and kayaks to improve the level of service and minimise the risk of damage.

Most Kayak & Canoe deliveries arrive within 1-2 weeks (not guaranteed) from confirming your order. The majority of Canoe & Kayak deliveries will be quicker than this but some may take longer.

For further information, please read our Delivery Information page.


COVID-19 Update - Click & Collect Temporarily Suspended

For the continued safety of our customers and colleagues our Click & Collect Service is temporarily suspended. Orders can still be placed through our website for "Contactless Collection", however collection of orders will not be possible until normal contactless collection services resume.

Please call us a call on 02380 861341 if you have any questions about the Perception Essence