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Write your question here...my husband weighs 230 lbs and is 6ft tall he wants to know if he will fit into this kayak

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He should not have a problem fitting in this kayak. The cockpit dimensions are 35 X 19.5 which is about average. He can go to a local dealer and try a few models with about the same size cockpit to see if he is comfortable.

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I'd like to know the same. I'm interested in the 16.5 for maneuverability, but don't want to be too big for it. I noticed that even though the 17" is a little wider, the cockpit dimensions are the same. Its really hard to find this kayak anywhere, kind of makes me wonder if Perception is getting ready to discontinue them. I'm about the same size and weight as your husband.

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I'm 6'2 185lbs, it fits me fine. He may have a little trouble getting in, but once he is in and settled he should feel very comfortable.

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Well I got one. At first I thought it was too tight but I actually removed the thigh pads and adjusted the seat and sitting farther up I feel very comfortable in it. The leg area is cavernous.

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To respond to removing the thigh pads, you should not have to alter a kayak. If you alter it then you change the dynamics of the cockpit and weight distribution. Also on a long tour you could cause yourself some pain without the appropriate features intact. Remember the foot braces are adjustable and this model holds up to 325 lbs total including any gear you may have stowed. If your husband weighs 230 remember with wet suite, spray skirt and pfd, these count towards total weight so what would your husband be using this for? If he wants to tour with it and wants to carry weight he might want to think about looking at a longer model around the 18 foot range. If he is just going to day trip with this then it could be a good fit. Your husbands size should fit the cockpit, but trying a kayak out on the water is the only definitive solution to know what will work and what won't. Some kayaks are not as stable as others. This is a stable kayak for my size, I am 5'10" 165 lbs (and my experience) but for someone with close to 100 lbs on me this kayak may not be as stable as your husband prefers. A lot has to do with personal preference, and some has to do with physics. With a bigger investment, I would get out on the water with a few different brands and feel them out first.