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Hop into Perception's women's-specific, trim and toned Tribute.

You can wear a man's pants, but they feel awkward, baggy, and it's hard to maneuver in them. We're not saying the Perception Women's Tribute 12.0 Kayak will fit like your favorite pair of slim jeans, but this kayak does complement a female's dimensions. Plus, the Tribute 12.0 Kayak weighs 40 pounds, so it's not impossible to load on the top of your vehicle. Store snacks in the stern hatch, and adjust the seat and foot braces for a comfy ride.

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what is the deck height of Perception...

what is the deck height of Perception Tribute 12.0?

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Hey Beth Welsh,

The deck height of this kayak is 13.5" / 34 cm. I hope this helps.

Does this kayak have leg braces?

Does this kayak have leg braces?

I am 5'0" and most kayaks are too big for...

I am 5'0" and most kayaks are too big for me , the foot braces even when they are placed at their highest position are still not suitable for me. Does this kayak accommodate shorter women?

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I think that you'll have no problem fitting in this boat. The "slidelock foot braces" are pretty bomber braces, with plenty of adjustment range. With this being a shorter boat, you should have no problem getting them set to your size. We had much bigger boats and much shorter people, and were able to reach their feet with the braces.
The biggest thing with buying a kayak is to make sure it fits you. So if at all possible, try to find a boat at a local dealer or kayak show- or even ask to sit in a random persons boat (explain your situation, and i'm sure just about any kayaker will have no problem letting you try it out), so that you can test it out to see how you like it.
Another important factor is your sitting position. Sometimes the seats are adjustable (this has slightly adjustable seat back) and they might allow you to sit a little further front. Along with your position goes the proper sitting form.. You should be seated somewhat like a frog, with your knees up and out on the sides of the boat- sometimes smaller paddlers keep their knees only slightly bent- and then your feet should be pointed outwards with your heels towards the center of the boat. Not only does this help to center your body in the boat while keeping your center of gravity low, but it also helps to provide you with more control of your boat.
The biggest thing with getting a kayak is to make sure it fits YOU. Then shop here for the killer prices. Good luck!

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versatile kayak

My husband and I each love this kayak. One yellow, one blue. The fit is perfect. I am 5'5" 125#s. He is 5'10" 160#s. It is easy to handle in calm lake water, and easy in rough Puget Sound waters. Feels solid, easy to turn, comfortable, light to lift, perfect for us!

The Tribute 12.0 airalite does not come...

The Tribute 12.0 airalite does not come with a skeg. Can you add one? Do you think a skeg make that big of a different in the way the kayak handles?

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Although the description states this kayak has no skeg that really isn't true. The stern (tail end) of this boat ends in a narrow section which is properly called a skeg. A skeg makes the boat want to go straight through the water and helps to stop the bow swinging back and forth as you make paddle strokes. This makes paddling in a straight line easier especially for beginner paddlers. This narrower boat will also be easier to move through the water and will move quicker than a boat with more beem (wider). Mostly a skeg comes pre molded into the hull shape and can't be added to plastic boats. Good luck and you might want to check out for lots of helpful advice.

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hi im 5,7 I weigh 125 will this kayak fit...

hi im 5,7 I weigh 125 will this kayak fit me right I dont ride kayaks alot but when I do I am pretty good with them is this kayak a good fit!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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Help mer!!!!!!!!!!!!!


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I am female, 5'8" and an athletic 170 lbs....

I am female, 5'8" and an athletic 170 lbs. Will I fit comfortably in this kayak or is this going to be too tight for me? I like the fact that this is a light-weight kayak at around 40 lbs.. Seems very do-able for me to heft it onto my SUV by myself...yes? Thanks for your help with these questions

I DO NOT like the small cockpits. I am a...

I DO NOT like the small cockpits. I am a larger woman, and prefer to have easy manuevering in and out of my kayak as much as I choose. I also love being able to pull my legs out on top and "kick back". I love perception kayaks but I am not finding exactly what I want in a 12 ft. kayak from perception. Makes me sad. I like the grey squishy foam seats, also the old style handles (short bungees with a small palm sized handle grips) I also like the larger cockpit. I have a 9.5 ft. Sundance, which is perfect for creeks and small rivers, but I am finding no luck with a bigger perception that I like.

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Angela, you might want to take a look at the Carolina, it has a larger cockpit while still in the 12 foot category.

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Perception Tribute 12.0 Kayak

It took me a while to figure out which kayak was right for me. I was concerned about weight, cockpit size, and dry storage ability. I'm 5' 3" and weigh 130lbs. I went around trying other kayaks and found that this cokpit size was perfect for me. In other hands would hit the sides of the boat and my range of motion was limited. This boat is super light and easy for me to load on my car. When I received the boat...the paint was speckled...which is how the boat is made. The pictures online dont show how the paint job actually looks. At first it bothered me, but then I got over it. -I've taken it on one overnite trip...and it was super smooth the whole time. I feel like maybe I over packed a little which brought the boat down a tad, but nothing I was concerned about. All in all....I love my boat. -I also bought it at the shipping was prompt, they also made sure that I was happy with my purchase and the packaging that it came in was very nice. I dont think anything couldve damaged the boat in transport with the packaging it is held in. I actually use the packaging to keep my boat nice and covered when its not in use.

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Yes I agree, Perceptions seem almost indestructable, which is a huge selling point for me. Who want to spend hundreds of dollars on something thats gonns break. A kayak should be like your horse, takes you far and never lets you down, and most of all, can last half you life!

Does this one have foot pedals?

Does this one have foot pedals?

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It does have foot braces if that is maybe what you are referring to.

I am thinking about taking a week long...

I am thinking about taking a week long paddle trip down a river with class 1 and 2 rapids within the next year. This is my first kayak. So, I consider myself a noivice. Would this be the kayak to take.

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Write your answer here...Ann, my girlfriends and I do short trips down rivers. We spend 2-4 nights on the river. Its very hard to pack a weeks worth of stuff into even a 12 foot kayak. If you bring plenty of water and dehydrated food, you could make it work. If you pack small and light, bring only what you will use, you could make it work.

Write your question a male 5'7"...

Write your question a male 5'7" 145lbs..can I use the tribute. one is for sale

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It's a tad late, but to answer it for others in a similar situation. Yes, you'd fit in the cockpit, thought it will be a bit more snug than other choices. If you like a slightly tighter fit, it'll do just fine.

What makes the Perception Tribute 12.0 a...

What makes the Perception Tribute 12.0 a woman's kayak? Is it simply the smaller cockpit dimensions?

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Yes - the slightly smaller overall size, including the cockpit. It also comes in a few softer colors more geared toward women (although it still comes in a nice red). If you're a more slender or shorter man - or just like a slightly more confined (and more controllable) cockpit, this would do nicely.