Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak Review

Good kayaks cost money. The Perception Triumph is a good kayak.

Best deal the Hughes Brothers have found yet brings this boat in at about $550, this hit for a boat lacking bells and yakking whistles of any sort. If fundamentally good throughout, stem to stern, is good enough for you, then let’s talk further about the Triump 13,0.

Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak Features

Perhaps the shortest list of kayak features the Hughes Brothers have ever written.

Here we go.

· Comfort seating system

· Molded-in foot wells

· Bow and center hatches

There we go.

Product Dimensions: 161 x 29.5 x 15.8 inches ; 58 pounds

Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak Design

Still, as we say, fundamentally sound in both construction and design.

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Right from the start of your consideration of the Triumph, you can forget the traditional, perhaps clichéd, (If we might borrow the manufacturer’s name for a moment) perception that in no way might a sit-on-top kayak ever be considered high-performance – that elusive combination of speed, stability, and tracking, for which heretofore at least one of these three virtues must be compromised in a sit-on-top boat.

The hull design begins the performance.

Borrowed from touring boats, the Triumph’s hull.

A needful aside on the principle characteristics of a touring kayak.

The touring boats distinguish themselves as yaks more suited to intermediate or advanced paddlers, ready to boat off into big lakes, bays, rivers moving at a swift clip and, to a limited extend, the ocean itself. Unless you’re at least an intermediate paddler with considerable fast-stream experience or a natural athlete with strength and splendid hand-eye coordination – as two or three of the Hughes Brothers used to be – the Triumph is probably not the boat for you.

If, however, you’ve paid some kayaking dues, we give you simplicity, its perfect self.

The brevity of the features list above should in no way diminish the Triumph’s value, your understanding of its worth. Here we go again. This time we’re talking the advantages the boat will bring along, its benefits to experienced yakkers such as you.

· A smooth, smooth glide

· Easy paddling

· Daylong comfort, thanks to Perception’s Comfort Seat System, about which we have heard but one complaint accompanied by an immediate rectification: bared-boned John Howard Hughes found the seat turning hard and harder still at mid-afternoon. A cushion, JHH. A cushion of your own devising. As we say, simplicity itself.

Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak Additional Features

Okay, hold it right there. We’ve found some more features.

Here we go.

· A molded-in kid’s seat

· Foot braces

· Soft-touch handles that make toting the sixty pounds of the Triumph’s heft not bad, not bad at all

· Good gosh, a cup holder

· More than adequate storage in a stern well, large but dampish, on a bad day deluged

· Lastly, a drain plug – not a bad place to stop in a splendid boat made to do simple things oh, so especially well

Your friend, the aftermarket

Given the skill levels recommended for the Triumph, the tracking will please, the turns will come true and good.


But, but.

Perception Triumph 13.0 Kayak Review and Rating

Your Triumph will arrive rudder-ready. That is, with the necessary tubing. You will need to locate mounting hardware, cables, pedals, and the rudder itself.

Metal deck loops and the Triumph’s bungee system will facilitate your addition of accessories. Fisherfolk, you will find no rod holders hereabouts.

The brand. The brand. The brand.

Never lose sight of the boat’s manufacturer: venerable, venerable Perception For over 40 years now, Perception has built more boats – the Triumph and her sisters notwithstanding – introducing people to the joys of kayaking on a scale, at very least equal, to any other manufacturer.

Perception pioneered the plastic kayak. And again, in that simplicity, there comes the happiest, the most carefree days of a true kayaker’s life.

Paddle on, Perception pilgrim.

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