Perception Showdown Pedal Kayak Walkthrough
Since I’ve been fishing off of it lately, I figured I’d give you all a Perception Showdown Pedal Kayak Walkthrough!!
It is a sit-on-top kayak with a pedal drive and I’ve enjoyed using it so far.
Get a closer look in the video here!
Perception Showdown Pedal Kayak [VIDEO]
The kayak itself is 11.5 feet long, weighs about 90 pounds, and it is 36 inches wide.
These kayaks retail for about $2300.
That is on the lower end for pedal kayaks.
This one in particular has a pedal drive system so you can easily move forward and in reverse.
Standard Kayak Features
Up front, you don’t have a hatch but there is a hard bag that comes standard with the kayak.
You can even remove this bag and use it for your tackle or additional storage.
There is a paddle park on the bag for quick use of the paddle if you are standing or sitting.
Another thing to note is this bag is NOT waterproof and water can get in through the zippers.
Moving toward the middle of the kayak, there is some padding underneath the pedals for your feet.
That helps when standing and fishing which is absolutely no issue on this kayak.
There is also a console in the middle for any customizations or attachments.
In this case, I mounted a small phone holder there for quick access.
The phone holder I use is from RAM Mounts and it is the X-Grip.
If you pull that piece off, the prop is underneath.
The prop on this kayak is completely concealed and folds into the hull.
If needed, you can fish super skinny water.
Mounts & Rear Features
On either side of the kayak, there are metal tracks to mount additional attachments and gear.
Metal tracks are much better than plastic tracks because metal tracks maintain a firm connection.
Plastic tracks run the risk of your gear popping out because it is not as secure.
I attached paddle clips from Railblaza on either side.
They are perfect for securing the anchor stick to the side of the kayak.
Then on the other side, the paddle is clipped in.
You always want to have a paddle with you even on a pedal drive kayak.
If something happens to the pedals, you need a way back to your launch site.
The seat is made of mesh and it’s big and comfortable.
It clips into the base with bungees to keep it secure.
The base also slides forward and back so you can adjust to the pedals and sit comfortably.
Off to the left are the rudder control and space for additional tackle boxes.
There is space for tackle on both sides as well as more rod holders.
There are 4 total rod holders and they are angled backward to stay out of the way of your casts.
The tank well area in the back is big with plenty of space.
You can safely secure your tackle box or cooler there.
Then there is the rudder as well as a hatch to access the rudder in case you need to.
The first thing I added to the kayak was an anchor trolley.
This is critical to adjust your position while anchored up.
You’re pretty much limited to facing one direction in a kayak so I try to have any advantage I can get.
An anchor trolley allows you to anchor toward the front or back of the vessel.
I also added an extra track on the back of the kayak for more stability in storing the anchor pin.
Then on the very back, I added an additional mount for my light post if I am out fishing in super low light or rough conditions.
The Perception Showdown is a great budget-friendly kayak if you’re in the market for a pedal-drive watercraft.
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