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Jackson Kayaks

Jackson Rockstar 2014

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Rock Star S 2014 5'5" 25" 13.5" 49 27 5'0"-5'7" 90-160 Happy Feet and Sweet Cheeks 200 $1,249
Rock Star M 2014 5'10" 26.5" 14.5" 58 30 5'6"-5'11" 140-200 Happy Feet and Sweet Cheeks 200 $1,249
Rock Star L 2014 6'0" 27.5" 15.0" 67 33 5'10"-6'2" 160-260 Happy Feet and Sweet Cheeks 200 $1,249
Star 5''7.5" 25.75" 13.5" 51 29 4'11"-5'4" 100-160 Foam foot block $1149
All Star 5'11" 26.75" 14.0" 59 30 5'3"-5'9" 140-200 Foam foot block $1149
Super Star 6'1.5" 28" 14.5" 67 33 5'8"-6'3" 170-220 Foam foot block $1149
Mon Star 6'4.5" 24.25" 15" 73 37 5'11"-6'5" 210-300 Foam foot block $1149
Fun 6'5" 24.625" 13.75" 56 31 5'5"-6'1" 135-180 Foam foot block $1049
4 Fun 6'8" 27" 14.5" 63 34 5'8"-6'3" 165-220 Foam foot block $1049
Super Fun 7'1" 27.25" 14" 70 36 5'11"-6'6" 210-265 Foam foot block $1049
Fun Runner 60 7'9" 25" 12.75" 60 35 5'2"-5'11" 100-200 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1,049
Fun Runner 70 8'2" 26.4" 13.4" 70 38 5'8"-6'4" 150-250 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1,049
Zen 55 7'10.5" 23.75" 12.0" 60 36.5 4'11"-5'8" 70-140 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1,149
Zen 65 8'4" 25.5" 12.75" 70 40 5'5"-6'1" 130-190 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1,149
Zen 75 8'10" 27.0" 14" 80 43.5 5'11"-6'5" 160-240 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1,149
Karma S 8'0" 24.5" 14" 70 42 5'-5'9" 80-170 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1199
Karma M 8'6" 26.0" 14.5" 86 45 5'6"-6'3" 140-210 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1,199
Karma L 9'0" 28" 15" 103 50 5'9"-6'6" 165-300 Uni-Shock Bulkhead $1,199
Karma RG** watch this Video of Karma RG prototype 11'10" 26.0" 14.5"     5'6"-6'6" 140-230 Retractable skeg, rear hatch & bulkhead, and decklines $1,249
Rogue 9 9'4" 24" 13.5" 70? 44 5'1"-6'0" 120-200 Retractable skeg, adjustable foot braces, rear hatch & bulkhead, and bow float bag included $999
Rogue 10 10'1" 27" 13.75" 85? 48 5'8"-6'4" 160-280 Retractable skeg, adjustable foot braces, rear hatch & bulkhead, and bow float bag included $999
SUPerCHARGER SUP Board 9'8" 36.0" 8"   57   up to 250   $799

We don't usually publish a manufacture's comment on their product, but E.J. put it so well in his review of the 2014 Rock Star that is is worth sharing.

"Often we resign ourselves to what we can already do, or assume we’ll continue a downward trend in skills due to getting older, or paddling less.   However, the opposite can be true if your boat is much easier to do stuff in.    Examples:   Learning to bow stall requires being able to get vertical easy enough to practice it.  If it is really difficult to get vertical you won’t try but a couple of times, if it is easier than ever before,  you will try more and learn quicker and feel rewarded as you are succeeding more and learning more, and having more fun.

I can’t think of a move that this isn’t true for the new Rock Star." - E.J. 

It is so true that a new boat can inspire you to get out and paddle more. Put another way, when was the last time you learned a new move? Paddling a newer designed kayak can be like the fun you had when you were first learning, but without the frustration or fear of the unknown that a beginner struggles with. For freestyle paddlers who need a bit more foot/leg room, the 2013 Star series is the ticket. And for creek boaters, the Karma has this effect too. In between there is the ever popular Fun series. The Fun Runner makes a good river runner for aggressive beginner - intermediates, and it has good speed and carving ability for ocean surf too. Zens make a great first kayak for new paddlers, because they are easy to roll, easy to ferry, fast, and forgiving; then again these same features make the Zen a forgiving kayak for experienced paddlers trying harder runs. Zens come in three sizes so there is one to fit most sizes of paddlers.

In general, Jackson river kayaks offer more foot and leg comfort for a given volume/size than any other equivalent style and size kayak on the market (a big plus if you have long legs and/or big feet). Compared to other brands of river kayaks, Jackson kayaks are like "plug and play" - they come with unique outfitting features (Happy Feet, Uni-Shock bulkheads, etc.) that make it easy to adjust and go paddling within minutes rather than having to spend hours or more trying to get a good fit, and none of the hardware will corrode in saltwater so they are good-to-go for ocean surfing too. For more info, click here to go to Jackson Kayak's Web site

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Wave Sport Kayaks

Wave Sport Diesel

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Fuse 35 (Youth) 5'10" 23.0" 10.25" 35gal 26 4'5"-5'1" 60-110   $629
Fuse 48 6'4" 24.5" 12.5" 48gal 32 5'1"-5''7" 100-160   $1029
Fuse 56 6'6" 25.0" 13.0" 56gal 36 5'6"-5'11" 140-210   $1029
Fuse 64 7' 26.0" 13.25" 64gal 38 5'10"-6'3" 190-270   $1029
Diesel 60 7'4" 25.0" 12.25" 60gal 41 5'2"-5'10" 80-150   $1049
Diesel 70 8'0" 25.5" 13.5" 70gal 43 5'8"-6'2" 140-210   $1049
Diesel 80 8'6" 26.0" 14.25" 80gal 48 6'0"-6'6" 180-250   $1049
Recon 70 7'9" 25.5" 14.25" 70gal 47 5'2"-5'8" 80-150   $1149
Recon 83 8'3" 26.5" 15.25" 83gal 50 5'5"-6'1" 140-200   $1149
Recon 93 8'8" 27.0" 15.75" 93gal 52 6'0"-6''7" 180-275   $1149

 

The Diesel is the star of the Wave Sport kayak line. Often called the "SUV of river kayaks" because the Diesel does so many things well, and like a vehicle with good ground clearance and 4WD, the Diesel will make you feel more confident when the going gets tough. Diesels make great first kayaks for new paddlers, but they also make a good forgiving kayak for experienced paddlers trying harder runs. Diesels come in three sizes so there is one to fit most sizes of paddlers.

For more info, click here to go to Wave Sport Kayak's Web site

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Dagger Kayaks

Dagger Axiom River Running Kayak

Dagger Jitsu Freestyle Kayak

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Jitsu 5.5 5'6" 25.0" 12.0" 48gal 29 5'0"-5'6" 90-155   $1099
Jitsu 5.9 5'9.5" 26.0" 12.5" 57gal 31 5'5"-5'11" 140-200   $1099
Jitsu 6.0 6'0" 27.0" 13.25" 63gal 34 5'10"-6'2" 165-245   $1099
Axiom 6.9 (Youth) 6'9" 22.5" 10.5" 39gal 29 4'0"-5'1" 65-120   $629
Axiom 8.0 8'0" 24.5" 12.0" 51gal 36 5'0"-5'8" 90-150   $1029
Axiom 8.5 8'6" 25.5" 13.5" 63gal 44 5'5"-6'3" 130-210   $1029
Axiom 9.0 9'0" 27.75" 14.0" 78gal 45 5'10"-6'6" 180-265   $1029
Mamba 7.6 7'7" 25.5" 14.0" 64gal 41 5'0"-5'9" 120-170   $1099
Mamba 8.1 8'1" 26.75" 15.0" 77gal 44 5'5"-6'3" 150-220   $1099
Mamba 8.6 8'6" 27.5" 15.5" 89gal 46 6'0"-6'6" 175-260   $1099
Nomad 8.1 8'1" 25.5" 12.5" 68gal 47 5'5"-6'3" 110-190   $999
Nomad 8.5 8'5" 26.5" 13.0" 78gal 50 6'0"-6'6" 150-240   $999
Green Boat 11.5 11'9" 24.25" 14.5" 95gal 55 5'5"-6'3" 140-230   $1179

 

The Axiom is our favorite Dagger river kayak. They are a bit old school (think RPM), but with better ergonomics, a flat planning hull for surfing and three adult sizes to choose from (plus a fourth size if you count the youth version). Axioms work well for aggressive beginners to intermediate paddlers (more people learned to river kayak in RPMs than any other boat and the Axiom is basically a much improved RPM), and it has good speed and carving ability for ocean surf too.

For more info, click here to go to Dagger Kayak's Web site

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