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The places you go in your kayak are too cool to keep to yourself; share the fun with a small friend in the Perception Prodigy 13.5 Kayak. The Prodigy's large, versatile cockpit can accommodate the included child's seat (you supply the child), a furry four-footer, or a load of gear. Maneuverable yet extremely stable, The Prodigy 13.5 lets you explore lakes, ponds, and inlets in comfort.

  • 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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Pleased With My Purchase

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I have several different kayaks and wanted a 'Companion' kayak as this one is described.

I wanted to be able to bring along the dog (my kids are older and drive their own kayaks now) or offer the ability for me to solo paddle hauling some gear.

This kayak suits that criteria perfectly. There is enough space for me and the dog/small child and/or a good load of gear.

Whilst not being a high end tricked out kayak is does have basic features which make it a good value for money kayak. Sealed rear compartment, soft carry handles, reasonably comfy/adjustable seat, foot pegs, reasonable quality etc.

In terms of performance, this isn't an large open water or poor weather boat, the cockpit is too large and the deck seems a little lower than my other kayaks. This makes for easy ingress/egress for dog and children but not so great at keeping water out in rough conditions. However, for smaller inland lakes and rivers this boat is more than adequate.

It tracks and turns well, the compromise between the 2 competing criteria is nicely balanced. It is reasonably stable which is good for when my dog moves around.

The only negatives I have found, and these are minor are the position of the foot pegs and the child seat.

With the seat as far back as it goes and the front set of foot pegs as far forward as they will go I find it is not enough distance for my legs. I am 6'2" so tall but not excessively so. My fix for this will be to remove the foot pegs and just use the other set of foot pegs.

The removable seat whilst a nice idea is an aftermarket seat that doesn't fit between or on top of the ribs that run the length of the boat. Again this can be worked around but really should have been considered at the design level.

Overall, I think this is a great value for money boat and fits my 'Companion' needs perfectly. I have rated it 4 stars, knocking off 1 for the minor cons I mentioned but could be 5 stars if they don't concern you.

Pleased With My Purchase

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.

Great Kayak

    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.

    Great Kayak

    What's the paddler weight capacity of the...

    What's the paddler weight capacity of the Prodigy 13.5?