Phat Review
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Perception Phat
Glenn_Wallace

7 out of 10

I paddled the Perception Phat on the rivers and creeks of New Zealand for about 3 weeks. Below are my impressions of the boat:

Positives

The Phat is highly manoueverable. The extreme rocker profile allows one to spin the boat with ease and make last second corrections. The rocker also allows the boat to boof quite well for a larger craft (8.5 feet long). The Phat also lands quite softly off large vertical drops.

Negatives

The Phat is extemely slow. It is far slower than my Pyranah Micro 240 or the LL Huck, which I have also paddled. This makes cross-current moves such as long ferries quite challenging and reduces the effectiveness of the Phat in big water. I also found the stern of the boat to be very low volume and prone to being sucked underwater at inopportune times. This was one of my chief complaints with the boat. Also, I found the boat to be incredibly uncomfortable (I'm 6'2 and 185 lbs), something I didn't expect from a creek boat.

Overall

I think the Phat is a fine boat for lighter boaters (under 170 lbs) who generally run low volume technical water. Its low cost on the used market makes it an attractive option for these boaters.
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