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Share the water with a small friend.
- Zone deluxe seat, Zone Knee/Thighpad, and Slidelock adjustable foot braces let you customize your fit for maximum comfort on longer trips
- Stern hatch and plenty of bungee deck rigging give you ample storage space for a full day on the water
- Adjustable, removable kid's seat sits higher so your kid can take in the views
- Soft Touch molded handles with a rubber underside make it easy to get a grip when you're loading or unloading
- Skid plate lets you pull the kayak over a rocky shore without damage
- Rudder capable (not included)
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Roomy with increased stability.
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
I got this kayak because I wanted space to take my dog with me. It is kind of amazing how he calms right down when we go out. The quality of this kayak is good and it is really stable compared to other, smaller kayaks I've tried. Overall, great buy. Even if you don't have a dog, it is a good buy because of the stability and the room for taller people. Don't forget to buy a rack for your car. Otherwise, I don't know how we'd move this thing around. We got the Thule Hull-a-port Kayak Carrier which worked great.
Dog Friendly Kayak
- Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions
After a lot of research and debate, we recently bought two of the Perception Prodigy 13.5 Kayaks. Our biggest concerns were stability, weight limits, and the ability to comfortably take our dog along. Our 50lb Australian Cattle Dog who can't sit still for more than a few moments had plenty of room to turn around, lie down, sit up, jump out to swim (and was able to be hauled back in without badly unbalancing the kayak). We took him out for three hours on the Chesapeake Bay in breezy weather and light intermittent rain. Considering it was his first ever kayak outing, and our first time in a long time, we were very pleased with the outcome. The lack of drain plug as noted by David Doll is a drawback, after hosing ours down we flipped them over to drain out, and had to roll them back and forth to get all the water out. With two of us, it's not a deal breaker, but for one person it could be a bit tricky. Also, we live three blocks off the bay, so we were able to put both of them in the back of our pickup to get them down to the water easily. Overall we found this kayak to be an exceptionally stable kayak that handles open water well, even with the unpredictability of a canine friend.
Pro's: Easy to maneuver and tracks straight. This is my first kayak and I've had no trouble learning 'the ropes' of getting around. The seat is comfortable and plenty sturdy. I'm a 6'6' 300lb wide shouldered individual and I fit comfortably in the boat. It is stable even in rough water (20" waves) as we found out in our recent trip to Glacier National Park. The dry hold did stay dry even in the rough water with waves coming over the side and over the bow and into the boat.
Con's: There is no drain installed so getting water out can be a bit of a pain.
Bottom Line: I would recommend this kayak to anyone and would buy another if the need arose.
What's the paddler weight capacity of the...
What's the paddler weight capacity of the Prodigy 13.5?
Mike, this is the only model that they do not list the maximum capacity for on the Perception website. I would think you would be fine up to 350-400 total pounds.