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Reviews

Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great small fishing /rec kayak! I bought two of these and they both work wonderfully. There is enough space for a good sized backpack that I use for tackle/food. The molded in rod holders are very easy to access, and the paddle holder is simple and effective. I use the front area to hold waterbottles and a leatherman on the smaller side slots. The seat is really comfortable on longer days too, which is a huge plus. They are great kayaks and are decently easy to transport given their weight. This kayak tracks about as good as it can for one of its size.
Date published: 2017-04-11
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Sound 9.5 Just recently began kayaking and purchased this as my beginning kayak. I wanted a small kayak and I don’t have a lot of upper body strength, so a big concern was weight. This is my ideal kayak, it’s light enough for me to carry and it fits inside my SUV making it easy to transport. I’ve seen many reports that smaller kayaks don’t tack well but I’ve had no issues. I would recommend this for anyone who is looking for a small, light kayak.
Date published: 2017-09-27
Rated 4 out of 5 by from The Ice-Breaker A great name for this kayak--and color--would be the icebreaker, because in my opinion it's the perfect beginner's kayak! Still, Sound is a fitting name because it's exceptionally stable, we even tried to flip it on purpose and it was difficult to pull off. Even though it's a measly 9'6" long, it tracked fairly well thanks to the stern's design; however, it's exactly as fast as you'd expect a sub-10 foot kayak to be. The best part about this kayak, besides its stability, is its spaciousness. It has incredible leg room, it's easy to get in and out, and the rear cargo area is convenient to reach even while on water. Overall, it's hard to ask for much more from such an inexpensive and small craft. A built-in dry-storage unit would be nice, but one can be added to the stern. The seats feel very comfortable at first, but the fabric is a little bit abrasive, which is only a problem if you're going shirtless. Besides, I'd rather the fabric last, and it certainly feels durable. Overall, it's a great and stable beginner's kayak.
Date published: 2017-07-10
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Pretty nice, a little too wide for my preference This kayak is great for the most part. I'm a 5'2" tall woman and it is light enough for me to carry and put on the car. My only complaint is that I sit very low in the kayak making it hard to paddle sometimes
Date published: 2017-07-02
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Questions & Answers

Will this kayak hold up in the waters of the San Francisco Bay? 

Asked by: Boogiej
This kayak is designed to be used on flat water, slow moving rivers and calm ocean bays. This is not designed to be used as a sea kayak.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-04

We have Perception Sound 9.5 that we just bought and can't figure out what the bungee cord behind the seat backrest is used for? Can you give me the reason for this?

Asked by: Yak Mama
​This area is for gear storage while kayaking.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-15

Would I be able to use this on the surf?

Asked by: Dylan
​This kayak is specifically designed for flatwater, recreational kayaking events on lakes and slow-moving rivers, and it is difficult to manage in surf due to the shape and shorter length of its hull.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-15

What can you tell me about the foot braces? One adjustable? Several? None?

Asked by: Jungle Jane
​There are 15 adjustable points for the foot braces.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2018-01-26

I'm 6'3" and have long legs. How can I tell if the foot pegs can be positioned far enough forward for me?

Asked by: Baysailor
We do not have a number or a range that the foot pegs can be adjusted to, however, we have heard feedback that taller individuals do find this kayak is too small for them. You may want to consider a longer kayak that will provide more room.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-07-15

How long is the seating area. Im 6ft tall but my inseam is on 30 inches. Is this kayak long enough for me? Also what are the dimensions of the rear cargo area. I would like to take a back pack with me,

Asked by: kyle
The rear cargo area measures approximately 18 inches long and is 18 inches wide towards the front, but tapers to approximately 12 inches towards the back. We do not have the length available for the seating area, but most paddlers of your height find that this kayak is fairly small for them. We recommend a longer kayak for your height.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-08-04

Does it come with a paddle?

Asked by: DSmile
​This kayak does not come with a paddle.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-13

I’m 5’6” and 200# would this kayak be good for me

Asked by: Cjohn
​This kayak is a good choice for you.
Answered by: REIservice
Date published: 2017-11-06
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