ADwrote a review of Perception Impulse 10.0 Kayak on July 29, 2012
I've used a Perception Impulse 10 kayak on two separate occasions for slow, small river day-tours. I'm used to a larger touring kayak, along the lines of a 16.5' Perception Essence, so transitioning to a 10' boat was a bit of a change.
These boats are pretty much bulletproof. They handle being beaten over and over by hidden logs, rocks, being dragged repeatedly over everything from gravel bars to being slid down a hill into water. They are lightweight, sturdy, and of all things, comfortable.
I'm 6' 3" and 185lbs and I fit in this kayak just fine.
Storage in this kayak is a lot less limited than thought it would be coming from a 16'5 touring kayak. You aren't limited to what you can fit in the two little bungee-corded storage bays. The rear storage bay is perfect for a decent sized cooler, while there is plenty of room behind the seat for drybags and a drybox or two. I find that I like to put a drybag with a few items like a dry set of clothes, a MRE, extra shoes, etc and keep that between my legs up near the bow of the kayak, and attach my paddle leash to the drybag. It keeps my paddle nearby at all times even if I decide to let it float beside me for a while.
4. Easy to maneuver
Handling this boat is a dream compared to the big boats. Its hull has a chine of sorts, so it is a compromise of maneuverability / straight tracking. It does track pretty once you get up to speed. At slow speeds, it is a little harder to spin around than a hull with a lot of rocker, but that is the compromise of this design. Both straight tracking and good maneuverability.
Overall, it's a perfect design for a day trip on anything from small rivers on up to larger rivers. I haven't had it on a large lake, but I expect it would be a decent lake boat as well. It is a slow boat, don't expect to set any speed records. That isn't this boats design, though. It's comfortable and stable while having a good mix of maneuverability and straight tracking.