Joyride 12.0

12' 2"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Joyride 12.0 Description

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Joyride 12.0 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Joyride 12.0 Reviews

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The Perception Joyride 12.0…

Submitted by: JenEis512 on 5/17/2024

The Perception Joyride 12.0 is my very first kayak. After tons of reading and watching countless hours of YouTube, I settled on Perception 12.0 for several reasons. I wanted my first kayak to be DURABLE (rotomolded fabrication sounded like a good starter option, especially in central Texas where I am located, with all of the rocks and trees in the rivers and lakes); STABLE (I now know this is really the result of experience, fitness, and preference, but at 29" wide, it is beginner friendly); AFFORDABLE (I had serious concerns about dropping $2k for a kayak and then realizing that I didn't enjoy the sport...eek! But you get what you pay for, so a $150 kayak from the local sporting goods store wasn't going to cut it either. At just under $1000 (shipping included), this seemed like a good investment.) All of my research said that the longer a boat is, the better it tracks, so I opted for the 12.0 instead of the 10.0 - and I am SO glad. I have had this boat for fifteen months now, and it has truly been a joyride. I've hauled it on top of my small SUV all over Texas... to the Bosque, Brazos, San Marcos, and Guadalupe Rivers. Lake Whitney, Lake Waco, Lake Lewisville, Belton Lake, Inks Lake, and the lake at Tyler State Park, to name a few. I am a 5'3 47 year old female and I'm made up entirely of circles (think short and round), so the hardest part of this adventure has been loading the kayak on my car by myself. I can do it but it does take a lot of energy. I have to budget the time to unload and load into my paddling days, as well as remember to budget the energy that it takes to do it properly. That said, I've taken this thing kayak camping on single overnighters, and it worked well. I have paddled in 30 mph winds and stayed upright, and I have portaged (drug) it across rocky and rough terrain with less wear and tear on the hull than I expected. This boat helped me learn truly love paddling. I store it inside my garage using a ceiling hoist to keep it out of the extreme Texas heat, and I clean it after taking it out, so it still looks very good. After fifteen months, I only wish it had three things: a front hatch (more room for kayak camping gear), a skeg (the wind can really blow you around on wide rivers and big lakes); and was a little lighter. That being said, this kayak is tough as nails and as stable as it gets for a sit-inside. I would heartily recommend this boat to anyone looking for a durable and affordable sit-inside kayak.


The venerable Prodigy 10 and…

Submitted by: PaulM on 5/28/2020
The venerable Prodigy 10 and 12 were replaced in 2019 by the Joyride series and it is a joy to ride. Major improvements are: A convenient dashboard with Solo Mount accessory compatibility ,Two-stage convenient drink holders keep your favorite beverage from spilling and the "Selfie Slot"(a place to store your phone upright) .Quick Lash Deck Bungee, quick Access to secured gear of any shape or size with flexible bungee cord lashes. A major upgrade is the easy to open hinged hatch cover for secure storage access replacing the hard on-off rubber hatch cover. Front & rear molded carry handles for easy transport. Handles can also be used to secure your kayak with a lock. The cockpit opening is perfect size to easily enter/exit quickly. Points: The hull is round without chines, and only 27" wide which felt initially unstable but after a couple of paddles felt very stable and secure. The advantage is speed, maneuverability and tracks perfectly straight even in wind.. At the dealer,I demoed the more expensive Wilderness Pungo 12 ,29" wide; Tarpon 12, 30"w; and the Tsunami 125, 26"w . I didn't demo the Joyride thinking it was too "recreational" but it feels almost as fast as the Tsunami and a LOT easier to get in and out of. I felt the Pungo a bit wide at 29" (Basic) foot keepers are standard but I easily upgraded to the Harmony Gear Slide Lock Foot Brace Kit($45) The Zone Deluxe padded and adjustable seating system is very comfortable but not as good as the Wildy AirPro seat. I've only used it on lakes and ponds but plan on getting the cockpit sun shade or skirt and going on a day trip with a touring group. I bought it new at REI in Sept '19, prior to their "garage sale", for $375(50% off) with minor hull transport damage. The Joyride maybe deserves 4-4.5 stars(basic foot braces, no deck rigging and no drain hole) but at $350, I found the deal of the year so it gets 5 stars.

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