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- Perception Kayaks Sound 10.5
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- Build QualityEditor: 86%
- Storage CapacityEditor: 76%
- ComfortEditor: 81%
- StabilityEditor: 81%
- ManeuverabilityEditor: 86%
Anglers seeking an entry-level kayak can choose from a number of affordable models, but it is important to select a craft that not only fits within your budget but performs well on the water too. The Perception Kayaks Sound 10.5 is exactly this type of kayak, as it not only boasts an affordable price tag, but many of the features and design concepts that are more commonly seen on high-end kayaks.
You’ll obviously have to forego some of the bells-and-whistles that high-priced kayaks provide, but the Sound 10.5 is a great craft for learning how to paddle around the local lake, while catching a few fish in the process.
- Very stable for its size
- The roomy cockpit and extra-cushioned seat provide a comfortable ride
- Very light craft that is easy to carry, load and launch
- Very low center of gravity helps to keep the craft stable
- Tri-keeled hull provides additional stability
- Very little storage space is provided for tackle and small gear
- No paddle keepers are included
- While the tracking is adequate, strong winds can blow the boat around
- Only two handles are provided for carrying the kayak
- No skid plate is included to protect the hull
Designed for maximum portability and maneuverability, the Sound 10.5 measures only 10.5 feet in length and 29.5 inches in width. This keeps its weight very low (the Sound 10.5 only weighs 46 pounds), but because it is made from high-density polypropylene, it is still a very strong craft.
UV-, abrasion-, and impact-resistant, the Sound 10.5 is designed to stand up to the kind of abuse an angling kayak must withstand. No skid plate is included, so you’ll need to be careful launching the kayak in shallow water.
Whenever you select a small kayak, you’ll have to sacrifice some storage space. And while the Sound 10.5 does provide some storage space, you’ll probably have to bring a little less gear and tackle than you normally would. It doesn’t come equipped with any water-tight hatches or compartments, although it does feature a dashboard area (which features bungee cords) on which you can place small items.
It does feature a relatively roomy rear cargo area for storing tackle boxes, coolers and similar items, and bungee cords are included to help keep these items secure.
The cockpit for the Sound 10.5 is very roomy for such a small craft, and the perimeter is lined with cushioned padding to help eliminate wear and tear on your elbows and knees. The seat is well-padded too, and the adjustable seat back ensures that you can find a comfortable position for paddling and fishing.
Although it does not come with a spray skirt, it is built to accept one, which can help keep you dry when paddling through rough water.
Like the Sound 10.5’s little brother, the Sound 9.5, this kayak is surprisingly stable for its size. Part of this stability is provided by the sit-inside design, which helps lower your center of gravity and keep the kayak from rocking back and forth while you paddle.
Additionally, the hull’s tri-keel design helps to provide even more stability and improves the craft’s handling characteristics too. Unfortunately, like many other small sit-inside kayaks, the Sound 10.5 is not stable enough to permit standing.
As with most other small kayaks, the Sound 10.5 is very maneuverable. It not only turns quickly and easily, but its small size allows it to navigate cluttered areas along the shoreline with ease.
Additionally, the tri-keeled hull helps to provide good tracking ability, although its light weight means that strong winds may blow you a little off course. The kayak is also very easy to transport across dry ground, thanks to its light weight and the included carrying handles at the bow and stern.
Anglers who are interested in getting started with kayaking would be wise to consider the Perception Kayaks Sound 10.5. Affordable, stable and easy to paddle, it is the perfect type of kayak in which a beginner can learn the basics of the sport.
It isn’t the best-equipped kayak available, and it lacks many of the features common to high-end kayaks, but it provides everything a beginner could need. You’ll need to figure out a way to get by with relatively little equipment and tackle when using the Sound 10.5, but that’s a small price to pay for such a capable kayak.
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|Color(s)||Red Tiger, Moss Camo|
|Length (ft / cm)||10'6" / 320cm|
|Width (in / cm)||29.5" / 75cm|
|Height (in / cm)||15.75" / 40cm|
|Kayak Weight (lbs / kg)||46 lbs / 23kg|
|Weight Capacity (lbs / kg)||335 lbs / 152kg|
|Cockpit Size (in / cm)||23.75" W x 56" L / 60cm x 142cm|
|Number of People||1|
|Salt Water Friendly||Yes|
|Adjustable Foot Braces||Yes|
|Other Included Items||None|