This is my first post and I am in the process of buying a new Kayak and would like some feedback on one in particular.
It's the Perception Tribute 12 and the main reason I like it is that it's narrow but stable (so I've heard...that's where you folks come in handy) and light weight.
I'm also considering a Wilderness Systems Tsunami 120 or 125. All three of these Kayaks are in the 12' range but the Perception is about $250 less expensive and I hear that it's made by the same company as the Wilderness Systems Tsunamis.
Any feedback on these three, especially the Tribute would be of great help to me.
Thanks for reading and helping.
Cartop Kayak Carriers
URCHIN Portable Anchor
Paddler's Truck Rack
|Table of Contents|
|Messages in this Topic|
What is your size?|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-15-13 12:45 PM (EST)
small person kayaks|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-15-13 12:51 PM (EST)
Actually the Tsunami 120 and 125 |
Posted by: adbass on Apr-15-13 2:48 PM (EST)
are not for intended for small paddlers (pearticuarly so in the case of the 125)
Yup, you're right on the 125|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-15-13 5:21 PM (EST)
Thanks for the correction. But I do tend to think of the 120 as a medium sized persons kayak. At a 275# weight rating, I'd consider it marginal for anyone over 200 pounds (which is the average adult male weight anymore). The target market for the Tsu 120 has clearly been average sized women, shorter stature and wider through the hips than the average guy. Same for the Tribute. (The SP is definitely for the petite.) There are a lot of Tsunamis around here and I have yet to see a guy in a 120.
First Time Poster - Looking for Feedback|
Posted by: djlen on Apr-15-13 5:33 PM (EST)
Yes, I'm aware of the size issue and actually I'm 5'5" and 145lbs. so that's not an issue. I intend to use it for day use, not long distance touring and I will probably not be taking it into the ocean.
Dual bulkheads are a big plus|
Posted by: adbass on Apr-15-13 7:23 PM (EST)
particularly for safety reasons, but a properly secured floatation bag would perform the same (safety) function (albeit slightly less well)for a lot less money. Have you been able to see and try out any of the boats you mentioned? Why are you concentrating on these? The Tsunami 125 would be much too big for BTW.
First Time Poster - Looking for Feedback|
Posted by: djlen on Apr-15-13 7:56 PM (EST)
I have "road-tested" both the 120 and 125 Tsunamis and found them very comfortable and with my short arms the narrowness of them made the paddling much more effortless.
Posted by: djlen on Apr-15-13 5:36 PM (EST)
"Probably not ocean"|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-16-13 7:44 AM (EST)
Good points by Celia|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-16-13 9:58 AM (EST)
Celia makes some good points about float bags. Because I own 4 skin on frame kayaks I have to rely on flotation bags for all of those. They add a level of finickiness to any boat. You have to make sure they are inflated and secured so that they can't escape and get tangled in your legs AND you have to remember to open the valves EVERY TIME before loading the boat on your car or storing it because when the air inside heats up and expands it can and will rupture the bag at a seam. With bulkheads you never have to think about such things.
Good Points by Celia|
Posted by: djlen on Apr-16-13 8:31 PM (EST)
Thanks for all the feedback. I really have no intention of taking a Kayak into the ocean however. I will definitaly be buying one of the two above named boats and using it primarily, almost exclusively in small rivers and streams and a few lakes here in Central Jersey.
I like my tsunami|
Posted by: pirateoverforty on Apr-16-13 9:32 PM (EST)
But comparing the 120 and the 125 the extra 6" in length is not really the difference. Tsunamis that end in a 5 have a higher volume, slightly lartger cockpit and more height to the deck. You should be a little snug in your boat so if you fit the 120 the 125 should be too large to fit properly. Based on your height weight I would think you do not need the high volumne boat. If you go to a dealer and sit in them you will immediately see the difference I am talking about. My wife paddles a tsunami 140 and I paddle a 145.
Deck height matters|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-17-13 12:36 PM (EST)
Thigh braces are part of the points of controlling the boat, and too high a deck can challenge that. Even in small twisty creeks you want to be able to easily turn the boat, or maybe more so.
I like my tsunami - Deck Height Matters|
Posted by: djlen on Apr-17-13 1:12 PM (EST)
The 125 and the 120 Tsunamis felt virtually the same as far as roominess so I'd probably opt for the smaller size. They were both really comfortable but I was fine in the 120.
Points of contact|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-17-13 2:05 PM (EST)