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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful
on August 10, 2012
I have had this kayak for 2 weeks now and I've had it out in may different conditions. First off it is a fast boat. I feel like I'm always passing others. It tracks great, though in the wind I did notice if I wasn't paying attention to my line it did drift a little. Both hatches stay bone dry even in the choppiest water. The seat is comfortable and the adjust ability is a plus. The longest ride was a little over 2 hours and I wasn't complaining about the seat not being comfortable.

One thing I wasn't pleased with was the condition of the boat when it arrived. When I first received it, it was really banged up. It looked like someone had placed some heavy objects on the bow and it was caved in on the left side. I was able to push it out with a jack and it looks normal now and has kept it's shape since. There were two indents on the bottom of the boat but I haven't tried to push those out yet.

Overall this was a great value, free shipping, and no tax saved me quite a bit of money. I'm actually thinking about buying another one.
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7 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on July 23, 2013
We are brand new to kayaking so this is a newbie first impression to the Conduit and a few other boats for comparison. Our primary use of the kayaks will be exploring, wildlife, and touring. We picked up two Conduits at Dick's Sporting Goods for $550 a piece.

The Conduits track pretty well while paddling, but still turn easily. The boats seemed to tracked better in the rougher water, perhaps because more of the boat was cutting into the water. They seem to sit a little light in the water, which I'm guessing makes for easy turning on smooth water. Our first outing was a little over 2 hours and there were no sore backs or bums. The seat has a back height adjustment, as well as tilt. Both stores (front and rear) were dry after the trip.

Before picking up the Conduits we rented a Pungo 120 and a Kestrel 120 roto from a local sports store. We also tried out a friend's Heron 9.

I have a fairly narrow body type, so I found narrower boats easier to paddle. These are some thoughts about the various boats compared to the Conduit:

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Kestrel 120 roto
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The 12 foot Kestrel takes much more effort to turn, weighs about 4 pounds more, has a swede hull form, sits lower in the water, and I think tracks better. Nice little boat. If you are new to kayaking the stability may be unnerving, this was the least stable boat we tried. I didn't mind the looser stability and liked the narrow boat (easier to paddle, I have fairly narrow body type) but the boat was also about $250 than the Conduit.

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Pungo 120
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This 12 foot boat again takes much more effort to turn than the Conduit. The Pungo did seem to track well, but felt a bit clumsy. It is the widest and most stable of the boats we tried. There is also a "dashboard" with cup holder, slots, and an easy access hatch. This boat was $300 more than the Conduit.

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Heron 9
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This boat will turn on a dime, at the loss of tracking. One friend described it as being on ice, tracking wise. Perhaps a better choice for smaller rivers.
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6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on January 13, 2013
This is a step up from my 9 ft 6 Swifty. I wanted something a little nicer and faster but not too unstable. I researched my purchase for quite a while before actually taking the plunge (No pun intended) (okay I lied, there is pun intended). This kayak is exactly what I was looking for. A nicer kayak, a step up from what I had, faster and still stable. The Perception brand reputation had much influence in my final decision and their reputation has proved true once again.
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6 of 8 people found the following review helpful
on March 9, 2013
Years ago I worked at a kayak shop here in the bay area and I got to demo many different brands of kayaks. While our shop never sold perception kayaks I did see them on the water and on top of cusotmers cars. The sport model is perfect for my needs as both the front and back bulkheads allow for overnight camp gear and the moderate sized cockpit opening allows for easy entry. The overall weight isn't bad for its size but I would have liked it to be a little bit lighter. The tracking is good but I may invest in a rudder system to help during windy conditions as the kayak already has a rudder post on the stern area. Quality of the finish is very good and so far the hulls are showing no signs of canning. Boat arrived well packed and un-damaged by freight carrier. While its not the Necky that I use to demo at the shop that cost $2000- and was (10) pounds lighter it's a perfect match for my personal use and its two toned color didn't even cost extra like many other brands charge for.
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
on July 21, 2014
This boat is all I could ask for. It is light, fast, easy to paddle, and comfortable. I race it one or two times a year in local run-row-rides and it passes the other boats with ease. My other kayaks are Pelican Victorys (cheap/slow) and a Mainstream Islander Casters (heavy). On the Conduit 13, the wells stay dry. The paddling position is comfortable. I bought one and liked it so well that I bought another.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 28, 2014
My first Kayak and I love it !! Have had it out 5 times now and it is very comfortable. I am 58 and had my doubts whether I could sit that long. It tracks well and is very fast. Yesterday I took it out for a 3 hour ride from Parksville Lake up the Ocoee river. Got into some small whitewater just before I turned around and headed back. It was my first time in whitewater in a kayak. I have been in whitewater before in a canoe, but this was different. The kayak is long so I was careful not to get caught sideways. Once I got pointed down stream the kayak was very easy to maneuver around rocks and swirls. I enjoyed the exercise and beautiful scenery on the river. I have used the compartments and everything stays perfectly dry. I look forward to many hours of exercise and enjoyment.
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5 of 7 people found the following review helpful
on August 16, 2013
I have had my Conduit since summer of 2012 I been on the great lakes, large in-land lakes, multiple rivers fast and slow and this kayak produces. Last summer did a 124 mile trip down Au Sauble river in Michigan and was able to carry all my gear for a week-long trip. It has done as well as any of the other Kayaks that went along on the trip that were more expensive. It tracks great and is easy to paddle faster than alot of other kayaks. The seat is not as plush as some but it does have thigh pads which are nice. A nice large cockpit for easy in an out. I would HIGHLY recommend this kayak
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
on August 29, 2014
Incredible and light weight. Tracks nice and very stable. Do yourself a favor and get a roof rack if you don't have one, the cheap foam kit doesn't cut it.
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8 of 12 people found the following review helpful
on June 7, 2012
I own several 10' kayaks and now this 13' Perception. Tracks nicely and is fast. Faster and straighter than my 10'. However it doesn't turn on a dime like my 10'. If I were in some tight creeks I might consider my 10' otherwise I'm taking my 13'. Has plenty of room for storage. Has sealed water tight hatches in both bow and stern. If you take on water there is a added bonus of not having to bail out as much too!
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on May 11, 2015
I've had my Perception Conduit 13 for a month now and have paddled it at least once a week and in different conditions. The boat is easy to transport, easy to paddle, fast. My only complaint is that it does not track straight. If I pause my paddling the boat drifts usually to the right, sometimes to the left. I am planning to invest in a rudder with the hope that this will help the tracking issue.
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