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Perception Essence 16

Perception Essence

Plastic Sea Kayak

If you're looking for a sea kayak with the speed, comfort, handling and storage suitable for day, or expedition, paddling then the Essence range should definitely be on your shortlist.

Without Rudder:£999.00 (RRP £1,099.00 - Saving £100.00)

With Rudder:£1249.00

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Perception Essence Sea Kayak

A modern hull design incorporating a strong V-shaped bow and stern with defined chines to provide true directional stability and splendid edge control. Predictable handling, manoeuvrability and impressive forward speed gives paddlers all the performance needed for a quick fitness paddle or an extended expedition. Good initial and secondary stability will allow you to take your sea touring experiences to new levels, whether you are an expert or developing your paddling skills.

No matter how far you’re paddling or how extreme the conditions, a performance fit is essential in optimising paddler connectivity and control. The Zone EXP seating system found in the Essence series brings you expedition grade outfitting and comfort. Adjustable leg lifter support, padded thigh braces and a low profile backband are ergonomically designed for all day comfort. A day hatch gives access to a separate bulkhead compartment which is ideal for keeping a cagoule, on the water lunch or other accessories, within easy reach. The large bow and stern stowage compartments offer the space required for multi-day trips.

A recess on the bow will allow you to mount a deck compass to keep you on the right course in all weathers. Deploy and fine tune the TruTrak skeg with Perception Kayaks wire driven system to lock in the tracking and maintain a heading in winds and currents. The optional Tip-Toes controlled rudder is a performance enhancing accessory enabling course adjustments without breaking stroke. The Essence series is everything you need for that week-long, once in a lifetime trek or a more exciting day on the water that you only get with a design that’s truly an extension of your body.

Essence 16.

The more compact Essence 16 is ideal if your paddling style suits a slightly livelier and more nimble ride. Snugger ergonomics allow for close control and also give a great fit for smaller paddlers.

Essence 17.

The Essence 17 has a little more length and volume than the Essence 16. This gives more space and forgiveness for average to large paddlers and carries heavier loads without compromising on its handling abilities.

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  • Zone EXP Seat System.
  • Zone Leg Lifters.
  • Adjustable Padded Thigh Braces.
  • Adjustable Pedal Footrests.
  • Compass Recess.
  • Bow, Stern & Day Hatches.
  • Bow, Stern & Centre Bulkheads.
  • TruTrak Skeg System.
  • Bungee Deck Rigging.
  • Retractable Carry Handles.
  • Superlinear Polyethylene Shell.
  • Keyhole Cockpit Size

Essence 16.

  • Length: 500 cm / 16ft 5in
  • Width: 57 cm / 22in
  • 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 Sea Kayak for your weight
  • Deck Height: 34 cm / 13in
  • Boat Weight: 26 kg / 57 lbs
  • Cockpit Length: 89 cm / 35in
  • Cockpit Width: 49 cm / 19in

Essence 17.

  • Length: 518 cm / 17ft
  • Width: 58 cm / 23in
  • 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 Sea Kayak for your weight
  • Deck Height: 37 cm / 15in
  • Boat Weight: 28 kg / 62 lbs
  • Cockpit Length: 89 cm / 35in
  • Cockpit Width: 49 cm / 19in


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perception essence colours


perception essence colours


Accessories That You May Need

Manic Tour Deck

Manic Tour Deck - Keyhole

Made in the UK the Manic Tour features a lightweight, breathable waist tube with adjustable shoulder straps and seamless neoprene deck.

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

Manic Expedition Combi Deck

Manic Expedition Combi Deck - Keyhole

Made in the UK the Manic Expedition features a mid weight, breathable waist tube with adjustable shoulder straps and adjustable Velcro waist. Equipped with elastic deck lines.

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

Riot Bilge Pump

Riot Bilge Pump

An efficient floating bilge pump to bail out a flooded cockpit if you have had to pop the deck during a capsize. No hose needed - the pump will spray the water far enough away from the cockpit.

Price £19.95

Northwater Scabbards

Northwater Scabbards

Store your spare paddles on the bow of your sea kayak with the Northwater Paddle Scabbards. Attach to the bow lines using the fitted webbing loops. Prevent scratching your paddle shafts against the kayak!

Price £32.95

Northwater Peaked Deck Bag

Northwater Peaked Deck Bag

Handy storage bag that will attach forwards of the cockpit on a sea kayak. Ideal for keeping small essentials close to hand for quick access. Includes reflective strips, bungee retainers and mesh side pockets.

Price £54.95

Kayak trolley

Kayak Trolley

Lightweight kayak trolley designed to make it easy to transport your kayak from your vehicle to the waters edge.

Price £59.95


Canoes & Kayaks
Due to current restrictions within the UK courier network we are unable to ship canoes and kayaks. Collection is available from our 7 nationwide stores - see below.

Equipment & Accessories
Nationwide delivery is available for equipment and accessories throughout the UK & Ireland to home and work addresses.
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Collection - Click & Collect

Buy a Perception Essence Sea Kayak online from our website and collect from our shop at Lee Mill, Plymouth, Devon or you can collect from any branch within the Canoe Shops Group. There is no cost associated with this.

Our other stores are:

  • Bournemouth Canoes - Poole
  • Brighton Canoes - Newhaven
  • Cornwall Canoes - St Columb Road Nr Newquay
  • Manchester Canoes - Warrington
  • Norfolk Canoes - Norwich
  • Southampton Canoes - Southampton

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

If you need any further help or advice about the Perception Essence Sea Kayak please get in touch by email, phone or visit our shop