Jackson Traverse

Jackson Traverse

$ 1,199.00 USD

Brief Description

The Karma Traverse is a cross-over river kayak with drop down skeg for touring in flat water. Designed to be stable and give a supremely comfortable ride for day trips and over-nighters on flat water or rivers up to class III. The Traverse 's rear hatch will store more than enough gear for multi-day trips. The Traverse comes with Jackson Kayak's infinitely adjustable "Sure Lock" back band system, foot braces, hip pads, thigh pads and comfy seating, bringing extended comfort on all your tours.

Detailed Description

The Karma Traverse can be a good first river kayak to learn whitewater in, a pool kayak to learn rolling in, or a transitional river tour/recreational kayak to explore slow water and shallow estuaries. For some inspiration on this last idea, read the following excerpts from Sean Morley and Butler Cox.

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"Creeking usually involves descending very steep low-volume whitewater. But there is an alternative flat-water version that will appeal if you are not hooked on [whitewater].
Many watersheds have quiet backwaters that are worthy of exploring, and the pleasure of really getting to know your own backyard; of finding wildlife in unexpected places and of removing yourself from the urban hustle and bustle is one of the best aspects of kayaking. There are many such creeks that feed into bays and tidal slough systems fed by intermittent streams. Despite the fact that you are just a couple of miles or so from the highway, floating on the creek you are in an entirely different world.
Home to many species of shorebirds, wildfowl, raptors, and river otters, these special places are worthy of exploration and there is no better way to do that than by kayak. And the perfect paddle craft for "flat water creeking"? It depends on your taste and how far you want to paddle, but the Jackson Kayak Traverse is an ideal kayak for this type of exploring."

B.C. adds:
"We do a lot of this ["flatwater creeking"] and suggest also considering places where there is a mild current so one can attain [paddle upstream] a ways up without a fight, chill for a while, then really chill on the float down -- combining an easy workout with vistas, bird, house, people watching, and no shuttle. Some good places include: the Snake River at Twin Falls, ID which has super canyon vistas and base jumpers to watch; the Deschutes through Bend, OR for urban scenery, and the Black Canyon of the Colorado in NV/AZ for birds, 4-legged critters of all sizes, and cliffs that don't quit. So many places around the country have scenic flatwater, which may be the most accessible kayaking there is in that area. Fortunately, more and more communities are recognizing the value of restoring creeks and rivers, slow and fast. And the more people discover this, perhaps the more will get behind these efforts to preserve/restore/clean up these precious resources.

Be aware of landowner issues and state regs on private property, but fortunately some creeks/rivers have been federally or state established and are paddle-craft friendly. The paddle trail movement is growing! A Google of Paddle Trails will uncover these, plus check your local shops. Practice "Leave No Trace" on these waterways, and pick up litter when you find it. The Traverse's hatch is great for that. Amazing what that boat will hold!


Creeks that empty into harbors are fun for exploring those harbors, but knowing marine nav. rules and etiquette is paramount there. It's also important to be up on compass, map [and GPS] skills if the creek wanders into an estuary. Those can be the funnest places for critters, but can be mazes, too. [Also wear a helmet when paddling in shallow rivers with fast water - even if it's easy conditions.]

Thanks for bringing up this subject! Rapids are fun, but sometimes laying back with the binoculars and a good meal aboard can be funner. And certainly easier for older or new paddlers. Not so much learning or risk involved and you don't get to fully enjoy the Moose, Bighorn, and comical Coots in the bouncy stuff."

What you can expect from the Traverse:
Beginners - A boat that will grow your skills. Stable, fun and easy to paddle. The Traverse is your best friend when you suddenly find yourself in river conditions a little bumpier than expected and need a boat that will help keep you upright and smiling. The durability of our plastic will also forgive the new boater for their treatment as they are dragged over rock and sand, and tossed up onto cars.

Intermediates - Confidence-inspiring is one of the chief goals of all Jackson Kayak designs and the Traverse does not disappoint. When you're ready to test your mettle in tougher whitewater, the Traverse will be right there at your side - well actually, under your bottom - to quell any hesitation and let you charge like champion.

Experts - The Traverse is a great multi-day option with the rear hatch and whitewater capabilities. Think the Grand Canyon, or the Rogue River (in OR). Having a rear hatch makes a huge difference for longer trips. Save yourself some packing headaches, and pack more chocolate for the river with the Traverse.

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Traverse 9 9'8" 25.5" 14" 86 48lbs 5'1"-6'0" 130-200 Retractable skeg, adjustable foot braces, rear hatch & bulkhead, and bow float bag included
Traverse 10 10'4" 27" 15" 102 52lbs 5'8"-6'4" 160-240 Retractable skeg, adjustable foot braces, rear hatch & bulkhead, and bow float bag included

 

Special Shipping Required

Kayaks are excluded from our free shipping policy. River kayaks are expensive to ship and prone to being damaged. We recommend picking them up at our shop. If needed, we can provide information for you to arrange your own FOB shipping.