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.

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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.


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  • 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

Recommended Accessories

Feelfree Day Tourer Glass Shaft Paddle - 220cm

An upgraded version of standard alloy paddle. It has the same asymmertical blades but features a fibreglass shaft reducing the weight & making it warmer on the hands when cold.

Streamlyte Kinetic Tour

Streamlyte Kinetic Tour Foundation - 220cm

The Streamlyte Kinetic Tour Foundation Blade is great for paddlers wanting to take a step up from an entry level touring paddle, looking for something lighter weight.

Enigma Code Red

Enigma Code Red - Variable 215-225cm

The Enigma Code Red paddle is a lightweight high quality split paddle with glass blades and a carbon shaft at a great price. Adjustable length between 215-225cm and fully variable blade feather.

Riot Nylon Spraydeck

Riot Nylon Spraydeck - XL

A hard wearing nylon spraydeck that is both easy to fit and remove. The perfect choice for recreational paddling or placid water touring

Riot Cockpit Cover

Riot Cockpit Cover - XL

A robust nylon cockpit cover that seals the kayak cockpit from the elements as well as reducing drag when transporting.


Palm Loweswater spraydeck

Palm Loweswater Spraydeck - R5

Our Palm Loweswater Spraydeck deck is our most popular touring spraydeck with a neoprene deck area but comfortable nylon waist. Ideal for recreational & touring kayaks.


Palm Roanoke spraydeck

Palm Roanoke Spraydeck - R5

The Roanoke combines the protection of a neoprene deck with the breathability of a fabric waist tube. Featureing additional decklines and zip pocket.

Feelfree Paddle Leash

Feelfree Paddle Leash

Avoid losing your paddle with a paddle leash. The paddle leash connects your paddle to the boat. Just slip-knot the elastic loop to your kayak and attach the leash to your paddle with the Velcro strip.

FeelFree Dry Tube Bag

FeelFree Dry Tube Bag - 15L

FeelFree Dry Tube bags are constructed from strong PVC tarpaulin with a roll down closure, an adjustable shoulder strap and a reinforced base. Perfect for keeping the gear dry on the water. More sizes available



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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