The Perception Conduit 13.0 is a paddler-friendly and unrestrictive kayak with enough stability for beginners to feel confident on a leisurely cruise, but features speed and tracking loved by those wanting longer paddles. A great boat for touring lazy rivers or doing some exploration on smaller lakes.
|Length:||13 ft / 3.96 m|
|Width:||26.5 in / 67.31 cm|
|Weight:||51 lb / 23.13 kg|
|Capacity:||295 lb / 133.81 kg|
|Cockpit Size:||21 x 38 in / 53 x 97 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit Inside|
|Red Tiger Camo||9320505145|
I moved up from an 11' perception. As with that one, I have no complaints with this 13'. Obviously it runs a little faster and easier. I haven't experienced any problem with the seat.
This kayak is good for day trips in moderate (up to 1 foot) seas. Higher boat wakes are not a problem. Tracking without a rudder is Ok. I am 6'2" and 185. IT seems to be about the max weight this boat can handle well. I would call it a recreational kayak, with limited distance cruising capability. The seat back is rather flimsy, and has a bad habit of getting jammed under the back edge of the cockpit unless the seatback is absolutely vertical. Once it jams, you cannot get it loose while sitting in the boat. Overall, I would recommend a step up in price for more uses.
This Kayak is more stable than I expected, tracked well even in strong wind. foot pegs are difficult to adjust, but not a big deal. Seat was comfortable, on a 1 hour trip.
I'm quite happy with this kayak, it is a good mid-range kayak. I'm using it on lakes and a wide river with a light current, it tracks well and I can maintain a good speed for covering a fairly large section of the river for my 2 - 3 hour trips. It is light enough for me to lift onto my car top kayak rack without assistance. The seat is adjustable and comfortable enough, and the bulkheads haven't leaked for me yet. It is quite stable, easily able to take swells from rapidly passing mid-sized boats broadside, rather than having to turn into them to take them lengthwise. It is tough enough that I can be rough with it, dragging it over rocky sand and putting it up on my car without having to worry about damaging it. If you are going on long day or multi-day trips where you were going a long distance, or doing whitewater where you'll want to do rollovers, then you'd probably want to go with something else. (I suspect a rollover in this would be very difficult, both on getting flipped in the first place and then flipping it back via your paddle.) But if you're looking for something to do some casual trips, this is a cost-effective choice that's a big improvement over cheaper kayaks.