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Shock Reviews

Read reviews for the Shock by Perception as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

Value: Picked up this...

Value: Picked up this playboat this spring for $175 on CraigsList. Liked the value, good condition and price for a playboat. Already sold it to a lady who will better fit in it - same price, too.

Design: seems like a good boat despite being from the early 2000s; its design is a bit dated now though compared to playboats just a five years more recent. From a side profile view it has a very narrow tip and tail compared to more 'blown out' playboat design. Which leads me to:

Size/Fit: I wish I had bought the Perception Amp, which is the Shock's slightly larger twin. At the time Perception said the Shock handled people up to 150lbs - I wish there was a corresponding height suggestion, too. I'm 5'8" and the slim tip of the boat made me squash my not-huge mens size 8.5 feet into very particular positions in order to fit; ie couldn't move them at all so that they'd fall asleep. I'm pretty athletic and have paddled tons so posture wasn't a problem. I couldn't stay in the boat more than 90 minutes at a time (in the 20 times I paddled it this summer) b/c the fit was uncomfortable. I need to emphasize that this was a fit issue! I would suggest a 5'6", 140 lbs max. If a paddler was within that range I'm sure it would be a great playboat to use in beginner conditions and learning to roll etc.

Rating: 3 stars, not because it was a bad boat back in its day, but its thoroughly dated design means its best as an entry-level value-based white water experience. For a beginner in the proper size range and buying in the $150-225 range I'd say go for it.