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  • 2-piece, 225cm, aluminum Harmony Drifter paddle sports moderate-sized asymmetrical blades that can be adjusted at 0 or 60° right
  • Weighing only 42 lbs., the Access is easy to carry and load onto your cartop
  • Padded, high-back molded-in seat keeps you paddling comfortably for hours
  • Graduated molded-in footrests accommodate paddlers of all sizes and ages
  • 2 molded-in rod holders keep fishing poles at the ready
  • Molded-in bow and stern tankwells with bungees provide storage for fishing gear or a small cooler
  • Replaceable skid plate on the bottom of the hull increases durability and prolongs life of kayak
  • Molded-in cup holder
  • Molded-in bow, stern and side carry handles

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Best Use Flatwater Kayaking
Material(s) Polyethylene plastic
Length 9 feet
Width 31 inches
Weight 42 pounds
Seat Type Padded / Foam
Number of Paddlers 1
Weight Capacity (lbs) 250 pounds
Tracking System None
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Just read this... This is by far the best kayak for stability, and fun. I had a kayak from Walmart that i returned the first day I used it on the water. (I bought this one for my wife.) The walmart one, (Sun Dolphin Bali 10 SS) collected SO much water it wasn't even funny. You couldn't paddle straight without it suddenly taking a sharp turn. I hoped in this one and not one bit of water came into the kayak. Basically what I am trying to say is, If you are in the market for a Kayak, BUY THIS ONE!!! You will not be upset.
Date published: 2016-06-26
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Very Stable and Easy to Manuver We search high and low for a kayak in the $400 and less price range. Mainly looking for sit on tops. The carry handles are excellent, and I see this boat lasting a long time. Made in the USA, solid boat, not a 2 piece. It tracks straight and the paddle that comes with it is great. This kayak is very stable in the water, and easy to get back on if you decide to take a swim in the middle of the lake. Storage is great, but missing a dry bin. I bought a a dry storage plastic container and a zipper soft cooler and it fits great in the back. Only negative is the seat. It can get a little sore on your lower back, but not having a seat with straps trumps this. I just re-adjust my seating position every once in awhile. The kayak also handles shallow water very easily too. I could cost through 8-12" of water easily and I weigh about 190 pounds.
Date published: 2016-07-31
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Love this kayak The first half hour on this puppy I thought I was going to hate it. I have never used a sit-atop and it seemed very "tippy" to me compared to the various cockpit style kayaks I have used before. But after that half hour, total bliss. I was on a river with surface calm but a very strong current after massive rains, and it handled extremely well. Actually, more than well. It was a joy.
Date published: 2016-06-25
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Nice boat for short trips on the water. I bought this boat about three weeks ago to take the place of another that was on an infinitly long back order. I have since returned it and found a more comfortable Perception Tribe 9.5 elsewhere. It's a good little boat though, good sized rear storage, doesn't take on much water. The seat and back rest, however, are not my favorite. The molded back is a bit harsh on the spine and the seat area is a bit large for a more slender kayaker. After a while sitting in the boat I would like to be able to adjust the back, the molded seat is a bit uncomfortable for a long day on the water. Doesn't track as well as the same size Tribe by Perception. The fishing rod holders are a cool addition. All in all, it's a great little boat but left me wanting a bit more out of the seat comfort.
Date published: 2016-08-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Comfort!! I am 6' 190 lbs.Sold my sit-in,wanted something more comfortable. I am 73. This Kayak is great! Super comfortable and very solid lower back support. When you want to go fast the back support and feet braces are terrific. It is steady and feels very safe.
Date published: 2016-07-14
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Excellent Value My wife and I recently purchased 2 of these and love them. They're stable and have plenty of room for a cooler/towels in the back. Molded handles are great and the kayaks are fairly lightweight to carry, again great product!
Date published: 2016-06-28
Rated 4 out of 5 by from My First Kayak:) I have been wanting to purchase a kayak to add a new dimension to my workouts. I have lost some upper body strength since I am in my 50's now and wanted to work on that. I have had a canoe before, but had never kayaked. I read about it and decided to go with this one. Very happy that I did. There are two things that I would change about this kayak, hence the 4 star review instead of 5. I would have liked the handle by the cockpit to be open for wrap around grasping and the feet rests to be slightly larger. I can deal with the thin seat padding buy putting down seat pad. The reason for the handle change is because I am only 5'2" and it would be easier for me to lift this kayak onto my carrier. I have a Subaru Outback and need to stand on a step stool to get the kayak mounted. I have arthritis in my thumbs so my grasp isn't as strong as it use to be. Slightly larger foot rests would be more comfortable. I am really pleased with this kayak as far as handling goes. Happy that it came with paddle since I don't have enough experience to know what I would have wanted. I have used this kayak on a lake and the Missouri River and was very happy with the performance. I plan on purchasing one for my husband.
Date published: 2016-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from lots of fun! Great boat. Very stable even on mild rivers. Easy to transport and store.
Date published: 2016-06-30
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Does this kayak have carrying handles?  

Asked by: PJ5
Yes, the Access 9 Sit-On-Top Kayak has molded-in bow, stern, and side carry handles.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-07-15

My 9-yr-old Heritage Splash sit-on-top (no longer manufactured) served me beautifully, even on Class I and II rivers (Deerfield and Farmington), but now has a leak. Will the Access 9 handle ripples and whitewater similarly?

Asked by: Kitty A
The Access 9 Sit-On-Top Kayak​ is designed for flatwater kayaking in sheltered bays and lakes. It could likely handle some slow moving rivers, but flatwater is all we can recommend as that is it's intended use.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-12

Is the Perception Access 9 a good kayak for me to use to take my dog out kayaking with me? She is a 42 lb standard poodle. Would there be room? If not, can you recommend? I am thinking that a sit on top would be the best option. Thanks!

Asked by: Mystic Forest
I recommend the Ocean Kayak Sidekick, which I bought so that my 55 lb doggie could go with me, and sit in front where I can see him as opposed to being behind me. Its a larger kayak and weighs 50 lbs, but great for both of us! It is meant for an adult plus child or pet.
Answered by: Sunnyone
Date published: 2017-03-17

My wife and I would like to purchase 2 of these kayaks and was wondering what type of car attachment would be recommended to work on a 4 door Kia sedan type vehicle to transport these to the site? 

Asked by: TimothyE
A J-cradel kayak mount would be a great option to transport the Access 9 kayaks. If you do not already have a rack on your vehicle, we recommend using one of the rack fitters on our site to find all the necessary components to outfit your car. Rack fit guides can be accessed at the top of this page:
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-21

Is this a good kayak for a large open lake with lots of waves?  Or would it be easy to fall off and/or difficult to maneuver?

Asked by: Maui Island Girl
The Access 9 Sit-On-Top Kayak is suited best for flatwater kayaking so it may not as stable in a lake with a lot of waves.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-12-12

Is the seat replaceable when it gets worn out? Or do you just have to throw away the kayak? Is there a place to recycle old kayaks so they don't end up in the landfill?

Asked by: Dordon
A seat for this kayak can be ordered through Harmony Gear directly. We are not aware of anyone the recycles kayaks.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-04-17

Does this kayak have scupper holes? If so, how many and where? Thanks!

Asked by: Lp12345
​This kayak has 6 supper holes. Four at the bow and two at the stern.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-10-17

I purchased this from REI Madison West and where is the water bottle holder? Perception Access 9 Sit-On-Top Kayak with Paddle

Asked by: HOBBS1996
The cup holder is molded into the Access 9. It is located towards the center of the kayak just before the molded in footrests.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2016-05-12
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