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Triumph 13.0

by Perception

The Triumph is a breath of fresh air to the sit-on-top world.

Proving that performance is not something only offered in a sit-inside kayak. Evolved from the touring line, it is speedier and easier to paddle than other sit-on-top kayaks. The molded-in kid's seat and cup holder and ample flat locations add versatility and maintenance-free ease for fishing, camping, bird watching or any type of activity in the ocean swell, lakes, and rivers. 

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This is an 'update' review. Season two, month eight. As with all…

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This is an 'update' review. Season two, month eight.

As with all things that have to meet a certain standard with me, I challenge all of my kit to its fullest potential, this craft is no exception.

I have beaten this thing near to breaking, using untold gallons of hot water to work out the dents. Scarred the underside so badly, I swear its taking on water sometimes...alas, it's just the factory front hatch. Dragged over paved lots and rough rock shores. Still floats, still outruns or matches my podmates (12-15': Mix of sea and rec, she is the only SOT) at cadence. She's a long-hauler to be sure. Loaded within 25 lb of max rated, I use a slower, energy saving cadence for anything over a 10 mile day. The performance comes from the closing of the scuppers.

No really, try it when you demo one.

With all eight open, she sits like a typical SOT for fishing and enjoying the slower life. Primary stability is insane, to where the only way I could tip her was a standing or a grab-the-handle and hard lean roll. Close them and things change, rapidly. Secondary stability comes to the forefront, and she picks up speed. 3-6' wind or motorized swells and 20+ winds, gravy. Seriously, she thrives on playing when its nautical. or a nice Class I or II shows up.

The factory seat is crap. I used a few stadium pads and tie-wraps to mod it into something usable. Its good now for tripping, fishing, and touring. I use a low-back for PT, surf and anything involving a helmet. Thigh straps are a must. Without a rudder or skeg from the factory, all of the control comes from you, period. Lean to love them, they are your friend. An entry level pair have handled everything well enough.

More to follow as the season enters the colder months.

This kayak really looks the part with its clean lines and great…

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This kayak really looks the part with its clean lines and great design touches. The boat sits higher in the water than any of my previous SOT`s making for a dryer ride even with the bungs out. The hull is slightly narrower than most boats and with the higher seating position this means that the boat is not as stable as some of its rivals. This said I find the boat stable enough for even rough seas once you get used to it. Storage is great and anything put in the forward hatch stays dry even in rough waters. There is loads of room in there but beware small items that have a habit of migrating to the back end of the boat. The small hatch in front of seat is great for small items such as phones that you may want easy access to. I note that some reviewers have criticized the handling of this boat in windy conditions and they are right to do so. Right in to the wind is fine but with side winds the handling becomes difficult and you end up paddling one sided for long periods. I have persevered with this boat because I like everything else about it but it is a serious failing in design. After various attempts at corrective paddling I gave up trying to control this boat and as a last ditch attempt fitted a rudder kit, the rudder is in a fixed position and therefore acts very much like a skeg which I drop down for straight line paddling and raise when I need maneuverability. This has quickly become second nature and the change in handling is fantastic. I am now intending to keep this boat now the handling issue is resolved but I feel slightly disappointed that Perception, with all their experience, have designed a boat that becomes unmanageable in side winds.

I love this kayak! Sleek, bright vivid colors, 13 ft and…

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I love this kayak! Sleek, bright vivid colors, 13 ft and still light enough for me to manage by myself. The first ride, my 75 pound son sat in the child seat and the boat was remarkably stable in the ocean inlet on a high boat traffic day. Later solo rides have been great the boat ride is smooth and fast. There are 2 small factory made holes in the back, I imagine for a rudder (or other attachment), some water is getting inside the yak and this seems to be only possible entry point. Only regret is not having spent more time in it.

I bought the kayak thinking it would be a lil up grade…

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I bought the kayak thinking it would be a lil up grade from my perseption 12ft but I was wrong the seat is very cheap the width of the cockpit is to narrow so the child seat would barely fit a newborn I don't bring a child with me but it's a waste of space long story short I paddled it once and sold it the next day (lost money) but that's my fault the only up side to the kayak is the large area in the back that can actually fit a full size ice chest I liked a lot and the rubber skid plate at the bottom perseption looks to me a cheap version of wilderness systems the pescador 12 is a great boat for somone not ready to pay a lot and you get your money's worth I've had mine for 4years but if you do want to go with a longer boat save your money if you like the idea of this boat check out the ride 135

Quick and simple review: 2014 Triumph 13.0 Tested on Onondaga Lake and portions…

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Quick and simple review: 2014 Triumph 13.0 Tested on Onondaga Lake and portions of the Seneca river: 4-17/4-28

I feel it is the superior SOT for creeking, light touring and other non-fishing activities. Silent through waves in mildly nautical conditions, swift across the glass. Easily maintains cadence and speed with other thirteen and fourteen footers.
Unfortunately, stronger winds like to mess with her, but technique easily dismisses any issues.

The Triumph is the performance cousin to most SOT's out there.

I have owned a Perception 13 in Australia for a year, with…

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I have owned a Perception 13 in Australia for a year, with a "Flat Earth" 0.7 square metre sail and rudder. Great sea keeping boat.. Handling wake from large/fast motor cruisers easily, quite fast for a SOT and launches into moderate surf easily. Would recommend anytime.

Just bought my new Triumph 13 after using my Malibu 2 XL…

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Just bought my new Triumph 13 after using my Malibu 2 XL for solo and tandem trips. The Triumph is very fast compared to the Malibu but is still very stable. It has moulded carry handles which makes the kayak very easy to car top on my own. It is very hard for a beginner to control in windy conditions, that said it has forced me to investigate and practice better paddling techniques and now I find it far easier to manage. It is a great boat for fishing too and has all the storage space you could need.

Having only tried out a handful of kayaks before I purchased my…

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Having only tried out a handful of kayaks before I purchased my Triumph 13 I was buying a little blind. Since having it I've found it very stable. Quick but yet maneuverable. The only down side I've found is that it can be hard to control in a strong current/side wind. I've just had rudder fitted which I hope will resolve this. That said, it is only a little draw back and generally in very happy with this boat. Light enough for me to easily manage on my own and plenty of storage space. I would highly recommend this boat.

Firstly, this is the first SOT I've owned, though I have had…

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Firstly, this is the first SOT I've owned, though I have had experience of Ocean Kayak's Malibu 2. I very much like the Triumph. It's got a great lively feel to it - not so much primary stability as the Malibu 2, but with great secondary stability, which means I can edge it. This comes in handy with cross and tail winds and especially surf.

In a headwind, and into surf, I find the boat is great. It really cuts the water. It's got great storage - a really big rear well and impressive storage hold in the front. Bringing it in through surf was at first tricky. As soon as it's hit by a breaker in the surf zone, it will swing, but all it needs is an edge into the face of the wave, and it will slide beautifully up onto the shingle. I find it weathercocks a lot with a following wind, more than the Malibu 2, but not much. Again, edging seems to sort this out.

Child seat - I've had my daughter out with me, and it's kind of useful for that, but it does disturb my paddle stroke somewhat. I find it actually better for her to sit in the rear well. This also seems to solve the weather-cocking problems. The main thing I like though is its manoveurability. I can turn it really quickly, which is very helpful in choppier seas.

All in all for me, a great kayak, though again, I've only got the Malibu 2 to compare it to.

I like the Triumph very much. Because my family live next to…

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I like the Triumph very much. Because my family live next to the beach in Iceland. And I really love fishing. There is very much space in the luggage compartments and also good storage for your catch. But he's heavy and difficult to steer.

So I've owned and paddled a fairly wide variety of boats.…

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So I've owned and paddled a fairly wide variety of boats. From Pungos to Scorpios. After being a touring boat guy for several years I just kinda got tired of all the gear required to paddle a touring boat. I now wanted a boat to paddle just a few miles at a time that had enough stability to fish and swim off of. The problem with most SOT's is that they can't really be edged effectively. I really didn't want to use corrective strokes all the time to turn the boat. This hull is a great compromise of stability and maneuverability. You can actually edge turn this boat very well.

Plenty of dry storage if you want to make an overnight or weekend trip. Seat height feels like a good compromise between the sporty low height of the Necky Vector and the more traditional heights of the WS Tarpon boats. Speed is slightly better than most other SOT's due to the hull shape. The molded in handles are GREAT and very well balanced. Makes the boat much easier to pick up and handle. Honestly one of the easiest SOT's to car top. Also keeps the boat from snagging on the roof rack when upside down like a traditional strap handle does. I know it seems like an odd thing to gush over but I LOVE the handles!

Bottom Line: I'd say this boat is about 60% touring and 40% fishing.

I test paddled a Triumph 13 lately with the intention of buying…

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I test paddled a Triumph 13 lately with the intention of buying it coz I had a Freedom before and loved it the triumph is a much worse kayak slower heavy tank with poor tracking the seat is higher too which I didn't like I'm just over 11 stone I think its designed for heavier paddlers so as to keep it lower in the water so the wind wont blow the bow all over the place it was calm and it still needed a lot of corrective strokes to keep it straight perception should have continued the freedom coz if it aint broke don't fix it so im on the look out for a second hand Freedom

I bought this kayak after reviewing the OK Trident model that runs…

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I bought this kayak after reviewing the OK Trident model that runs a couple hundred more in price. The Triumph 13 is fast and stable. It's upswept bow handled chop with ease, and is very quiet. It only weighs 58 lbs bare, and has molded in side carry handles which allow for a good grip while lifting and carrying. The cargo bay will accept a large milk crate with room to spare. If you want a kayak for longer fishing trips or near shore ocean fishing, this one will work great.

Pros: More aggressive hull design than the tarpon/Pescador, lighter, longer. How can…

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Pros: More aggressive hull design than the tarpon/Pescador, lighter, longer. How can you go wrong? Cons: Seat is not as good as the Tarpon/Pescador. This is made by the same company, why would they give a new model an inferior seat to an older model?
Child seat in the front. I am looking for a Porsche equivalent in my kayak not a mini van to take the kids to soccer practice.