Perception Showdown 11.5

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Stability 9
Speed 7
Tracking 8
Comfort 8
Features 9
Portability 7

The Perception Showdown 11.5 pedal kayak is a fully-loaded fishing platform. Based on the popular Outlaw model, it adds a simple but efficient pedal drive system that will let you cruise between spots hands-free. Its wide hull means you can stand with confidence as you cast. This kayak will take you on lakes, rivers, and around calm coastlines in search of your next catch.

Brand:Perception
Last updated on January 31, 2023 12:35 am

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The Perception Showdown 11.5 pedal kayak is a fully-loaded fishing platform. Based on the popular Outlaw model, it adds a simple but efficient pedal drive system that will let you cruise between spots hands-free. Its wide hull means you can stand with confidence as you cast. This kayak will take you on lakes, rivers, and around calm coastlines in search of your next catch.
Stability
9
Speed
7
Tracking
8
Comfort
8
Features
9
Portability
7
PROS
  • Highly stable fishing platform
  • A lot of top-end fishing features
  • High capacity
  • Smooth pedal drive system
CONS
  • Low top speed
  • Rudder system won’t make really tight turns

Size, weight, capacity

The Showdown 11.5 is 11 ft. 6 in. (351 cm) long and 36 in. (91 cm) wide. These dimensions give you an extremely stable kayak that is also maneuverable, great for those tight spaces. 

The extra width does limit the top speed though. The main gripe users have about the Outlaw is how slow it is, so a pedal drive is surely a welcome addition.

As far as fishing kayaks go, the 90 lb. (41 kg) weight of the Showdown 11.5 isn’t enormous. But it’s still a lot of kayak to move around. If you regularly paddle solo, we recommend a kayak cart for getting to and from the water.

The maximum capacity of the Perception Showdown 11.5 is 450 lbs. (204 kg). This should give most adults plenty of room for all of their fishing equipment for long days out on the water.

Features

The Showdown is a fully feature-laden kayak. The raised mesh seat is extremely comfortable, offering good lumbar support and a full range of adjustment. This seat gives you a better range of vision over the water, but if you prefer to stand to fish there are EVA foam pads fitted for grip and sound deadening.

Perception’s pedal drive system is simple but efficient and smooth on the water. It feels light and almost effortless to pedal the Showdown 11.5 around for hours at a time. You steer the kayak with a side-mounted hand tiller.

The removable bow storage pod allows you to load up your tackle and other gear in the garage, then load it into the kayak without repacking at all. There is crate storage at the rear of the kayak and this is secured with shock cord. There are multiple rod holders on board, and the side handles double as gear accessory tracks for you to customize your setup. 

Performance

The Perception Showdown 11.5 is designed to be a high-quality but affordable fishing kayak. As a platform, kayaks don’t come much more stable than this, with the 36-inch beam keeping you secure whether you’re sitting or standing. This does impact the top speed of the kayak though and even with the drive system, you won’t be cruising at high speeds.

The pedal drive system is smooth and you can comfortably pedal for hours. The rudder system is easy to use and works well for turning the kayak in wide circles, but for tighter turns, you’ll need to pull out the paddle. With a paddle, the Showdown 11.5 is highly maneuverable and easy to turn.

All fishing kayaks need a good amount of accessories, and the Showdown doesn’t disappoint here. The removable front pod is a particularly nice touch, letting you gear up in the garage and just fit it into your kayak when you set off.

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Additional information

Specification: Perception Showdown 11.5

Specs
Length (in) 138
Length (cm) 351
Width (in) 36
Width (cm) 91
Weight (lb) 90
Weight (kg) 41
Load Capacity (lb) 450
Load Capacity (kg) 204
Cockpit type sit on top
Material High-density polyethylene
Propulsion pedal
Self-bailing Yes
Technology rotomolded
Features
Seat Elevated framed mesh seat
Rear storage hatch 1
Front tank well Yes
Rear tank well Yes
Bottle holders 1
Bungee cords 2
Gear mounts 2 gear tracks, 2 Solo mount recesses
Other features removable and portable bow storage pod, silent traction pads, Transducer ready, Tray under the seat
Paddle holders 1
Rod holders 4
Rudder/skeg Retrackable rudder with one-hand control
Tackle box holders 2
Specification
Crew 1
User Level Advanced, Intermediate
Intended Use Fishing
Water type Big lakes, bays, Slow rivers (Class I-II), Small lakes
Warranty 1 year on parts and accessories, 5-year limited warranty on hull and deck
Manufacturer website https://www.perceptionkayaks.com
Dimensions
Weight 41 kg
Dimensions 351 × 91 cm

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