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About Perception

For nearly 40 years, Perception has produced industry leading designs of the highest quality. In fact, we pioneered the plastic kayak and are one of the most trusted brands in the sport – here’s why:

  • We are a company of passionate paddlers within a family of the best known paddle brands worldwide.
  • We design, engineer and test our kayaks for the utmost quality, stability, durability, and performance.
  • Our kayak hulls are Made in the USA and packed with features for comfort, control, and ease of use.


Almost anyone that paddles knows the Perception name and its storied history. We're excited to move into the future with even more innovation and the reliable quality that everyone has come to expect. Now, more than ever, it's time for you to discover (or rediscover) the concept that has kept us popular all these years. Our kayaks somehow offer the greatest adventures you'll experience, yet bring the simplicity to life we all desire so much. You'll be amazed at how simplicity can make things so interesting.


Our custom, high-grade polyethylene plastic and distinct rotational molding process provide exceptional strength and durability with seamless, one-piece construction – our kayaks are:

  • Highly UV and abrasion-resistant, and impact resistant.
  • Built with varied thickness throughout, adding strength when needed, but no additional weight.
  • Easily repaired, recyclable, and produced with less waste in manufacturing.