This is a great kayak and Perception customer service is fantastic. The kayak had a bad bungee cord and they sent a replacement right away. This boat tracks super straight and is very stable as a sit in fishing kayak. Very pleased.
The kayak is a very stable and tracks really well in the water. The cockpit is large enough for most people to get in and out of. Love this product.
I love the kayak. It has great storage, but would love to have a cup holder. The kayak is easy to load and very comfortable for paddling. It's wonderful communing with water life, spending time with friends, and just enjoying life on the water.
This is my 2nd sound kayak. I updated to this model 2 yrs ago mainly for the better seat set-up. I use it primarily for fishing. Great kayak--tough.
I am very satisfied with the Sound. See my earlier review. The only reason I did not award it five stars is that it arrived with some minor shipping damage (large "oilcan" dent in bottom of hull and a few scrapes and abrasions.
This is my first kayak, I've had it for about two years now. I am 71 and in average physical condition so I wanted a kayak that was very stable, light enough to load in my Jeep Grand Cherokee or on a car top, and roomy enough to fish from or do an overnight float/camping trip. After doing a bit of research I chose the Sound 10.5 based on the above features and price. Overall this kayak is very stable, the first thing I did when I first got it was attempt to tip it over. Like others, I had to hang my legs over the side and lean way over to get it to tip. The kayak tracks pretty well and is easy to maneuver. The seat is fairly comfortable, but I did add a pad for longer trips. The adjustable foot pegs add to the comfort level while paddling. I use my kayak to fish from and have added an anchor trolley system, a folding anchor, an extra rod holder, and a customized milk crate with attached warning flag. I would suggest getting a cockpit cover to keep debris and critters out of your boat when it is stored.
I am a 66 year-old man who stands 5'8" and weighs 185 lbs. I've always enjoyed fishing and wanted a way to reach those "fishy" looking spots that cannot be accessed from the bank. I have some experience with canoes, but wanted a light weight boat that I could customize for fishing nearby lakes. I believe I made the right choice.
My kayak arrived on an Old Dominion freight truck exactly when promised. I removed the plastic wrap while the driver was still on site to make sure there was no shipping damage. It was in pristine condition. Two days later, I took it out for its trial run.
The Perception Sound 10.5 is extremely portable and I had no problem lifting it into the bed of my pick-up for a short drive to the lake. I spent about an hour traveling up three creek branches. The kayak was fairly speedy, tracked straight, and showed good stability. The seat was comfortable (although I may add some later) and the back gave me good support.
I have begun the process of adding accessories needed for fishing. Both rectangular depressions on the dashboard are perfectly sized for a Scotty rod holder base. The larger rectangle (with bungee) is perfect for a small tackle box. There is also a paddle holder (with bungee) on the dash board. I will add a couple of deck cleats and eyelets and then... go fishing.
The only drawback for me personally was that I am a 5'6" female and with a 230cm paddle I was occasionally bumping the gunwale. All in all I am extremely happy with it! Happy paddling!
I primarily use my kayak to fish out of. I've added a fishfinder/GPS, an anchor trolley system, an extra rod holder, and a couple of anchor tie-down cleats. Since it's a sit-in style it's pretty easy to add things wherever you want.
Overall I really like fishing out of my kayak, and actually prefer fishing out of the kayak over my boat if I'm fishing solo.