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Express yourself to nobody but yourself and nature.
- Zone Deluxe seating system, adjustable padded thigh braces, and foot braces offer customizable support and comfort for longer trips
- SlideLock foot braces accommodate varying leg lengths by sliding along a track and locking into place—also provide steering for the add-on rudder
- TruTrak Skeg system uses a retractable skeg so you can control how your boat tracks: looser when up, straight-as-an-arrow when down
- Bow and stern bulkheads and plenty of bungee deck rigging give you ample storage space for a weekend camping trip
- Soft Touch molded handles with a rubber underside make it easy to get a grip when you're loading or unloading
- Bungee deck rigging for bilge pump, map, hat, rain jacket, or PFD
- Rudder capable (not included)
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Great kayak, bad backcountry
- Familiarity: I returned this product before using it
I was very excited to get this kayak. I'm 5'4" 125lb female, and the kayak fit me like a glove. Can't review it more than that, I never got a chance to put it in the water. First off, I ordered the yellow/lime green color, and I received a red one? Secondly, the shipping company scuffed the crap out of the side by the cockpit. I sent it back, as I was planning a trip with it the next day. I've never been so disappointed with backcountry, and their choice in shipping vendor. If you order this and have it shipped, make sure you look over every square inch of the product before accepting the delivery. I'm extremely upset! Thanks for nothing backcountry, I'll be making my purchase elsewhere I guess.
Cockpit Size: Small or Slender Person
I just received my Perception Expression from Backcountry and wanted to check the fit before taking it out in the water. Once I slipped in I immediately realized that the thigh pads are going to be very restrictive for leg movement. I am a smaller size paddler, a 5' 7" guy who weighs 175 lbs. I am concerned that this tight fit which restricts (greatly limits) my knees from bending is going to get quite uncomfortable on long excursions out on the water. For me being able to have me knees bent a little is essential for comfort.
NOTE:The purpose of these thigh pads is to hold the occupant in should the kayak roll. They enable the pilot to have better more stable control of the kayak in order to bring it upright again.
So while this Kayak looks like a great, sleek unit which has been rated at 300lbs if you have a larger frame &/or bulky thighs, value comfort on longer trips and don't anticipate a lot of rollovers, you might want to consider the Perception Carolina instead. The Carolina is a great kayak which is a little, 1.5", wider and doesn't have any thigh pads. It is a tried and true Kayak posting high marks in owner reviews year after year having an excellent reputation for comfort, maneuverability as well as it's cargo capacity.
As for my Expression I have removed the thigh pads, 2 screws per side, which has freed up enough space for knee movement and personal comfort. Now I am considering cutting back the plastic which projects from the rim of cockpit inward to mount the thigh pads. The purpose of this plastic is only for mounting the pads and nothing more. Before I do any mods to the hull though I am going to take it out and verify the units stability.
Hope this info helps..