Great Poly Kayak
I have 2 kayaks, a fiber and a poly. My poly is this Perception Essence, and in an almost 17 foot package this kayak can move. I use it primarily on the Apostle Islands National Lake Shore park out of Bayfield, WI. Lake Superior has incredulous weather and this kayak really performs well in the turbulent water. With different wind patterns variably changing on the hour, the skeg really helps to stabilize a nice tight trajectory and pushes you towards your target much more efficiently. This model is really narrow and cuts incredibly well while tacking through waves and swell. I think this model is a little more difficult than my fiber to roll, and to be honest I never roll a sea kayak unless I really have too on a trip or if I am goofing around on a day paddle. I have loaded this kayak up with about 35-65 lbs of gear on top of my own body weight, wet suite, spray skirt and pfd. I weigh about 165 and sit nicely in the water with that amount of weight. The cockpit fits me incredibly well (I am 5'10") and has adjustable foot braces to accomodate different heights and leg lengths. I think this kayak is really stable for a narrower base, and is pretty touch to tip. Really other than the fact that this is poly and weighs a lot more than my fiber it performs well and I think is a little more durable. We use it around here because there is a lot of rocks and trees beneath the water and don't want to scape up the fiber because they are harder to repair than the poly and they damage a little more easily. I use this for recreation use and I do some guiding with this as well and it works great in all of those capacities. I would recommend this package for anyone beginning or seasoned and on a budget. The price point is hard to resist and that is one of the reasons I keep buying this model every few years.