Perception Essence sea kayak for sale at Brighton Canoes

Perception Essence Zone EXP 16 & 17

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Perception Essence 16 & 17

The thrill and experience of sea kayaking isn't just for experts... however if your expedition requires a map, then you're going to need the added speed, comfort and storage found in the Essence range.

Essence: £1129.00

Essence With Rudder: Temporarily Unavailable

Suspended from the 2022 line up owing to supply chain issues.

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Perception Essence


Made in UK Manufactured in the UK


The Perception Essence allows you to take your sea touring experiences to new levels whether you are an expert or developing your paddling skills. The advanced hull design delivers solid tracking yet manoeuvrable. A strong V-shaped bow and stern gives true directional stability and the defined chines further enhance control for smooth, predictable turns. A shallower profile under the cockpit provides good initial and secondary stability.


The Essence is available in two models. The standard Essence 17 and the Essence 16 designed for smaller paddlers to provide a better fit and comfort.


Click here to read our full review on the Perception Essence


  • Retractable Carry Handles
  • Adjustable Padded Thigh Braces
  • Adjustable Pedal Footrests
  • Bow and Stern Deck Rigging
  • 25cm Dual Density Bow Hatch / 20cm Midship Day Hatch / Oval Dual Density Stern Hatch
  • Bow, Midship and Stern Bulkheads
  • Multi-Position Retractable Skeg
  • Compass Recess
  • Zone EXP Seating System with Leg Lifters
  • Superlinear Polyethylene Shell


Essence 16:


  Essence 16

Essence 17

Length: 500 cm / 16'5" 518 cm / 17'0"
Width: 57 cm / 22" 58 cm / 23"
Manufacturers Recommended Capacity:Optimum weight capacity may differ - please contact us if you are unsure about the suitability of the Perception Essence for your weight
150 kg / 331 lbs 160 kg / 353 lbs
Deck Height: 34 cm / 13" 37 cm / 15"
Weight: 26 kg / 57 lbs 28 kg / 62 lbs
Cockpit Length: 89 cm / 35" 89 cm / 35"
Cockpit Width: 49 cm / 19" 49 cm / 19"



Perception Essence - Colour - Lime
Perception Essence - Colour - Red
Perception Essence - Colour - Yellow

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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

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