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Jackson Kayak

325 Iris Dr.
TN 38583

Phone: +1 931-657-3530

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Model Year
Intended Paddling Environment
Eric Jackson / David Knight
Construction & Material
Recommended Retail Price
USD 1,199
Available Colors
Available In Red, Blaze Orange, Kiwi, Earth & Fire and Ice


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Jackson Kayak’s Fourth Generation Creek Boat over the past 9 years takes leaps and bounds forward. The Karma takes a hard turn towards stability, carving ability and its sister: The Zen’s, speed. This boat is fast, stable, and forgiving, with predictable turning, boofing, and a bow that rises over anything in its way. This boat will be available in two sizes the Karma Medium and the Karma Large. The Karma starts with a Hull that is flat and stable, providing a low draft to get over rocks easily, and be stable when on them, or on the water. The rocker profile on the Karma offers easy downstream paddling over waves and holes with little water on the deck, plus it ads speed into and out of drops to carry you past the holes, and over the rocks with ease.

The sidewalls of the Karma are massive and provide huge secondary stability, plus keep water off the deck making it less edgy.The parting line is as high as we could make it, also giving a very forgiving shape for side currents and holes. The deck is shedding and stable for resurfacing, while the bow lifting shape keeps it rising up downstream.Perhaps one of the biggest features that are built into this boat is the downstream speed. This boat will make the ultimate extreme racing creek boat due to the idealized shape of the rocker, hull, and dry bow. The boat will be outfitted with the Uni-Shock Bulkhead, sure lock backbend and our new Thermo Formed U-channel, and complete Boat Armor package for hull support/seat and deck support.

Some Key Features:

•Uni-Shock Bulkhead
•Carry Strap on Bow Wall for either right or left hand carry.
•Grey Sure-Lock Backband
•Grey Seat pad and hip pads
•New “O” Resin, high density plastic- as seen on late 2012 models.
•Grey Stainless Steel/injection plastic overmolded grab handles- 4 of them, plus security bar.
•Boat Armor Outfitting- (Seat/seat Brackets, welded floor support, Thermo Uchannel, 4pound density walls, Uni-shock Bulkhead, and Thermo seat)
•Nalgene Water Bottle

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Be careful with weight ranges - they are not placed correctly so make sure you test one properly before buying.


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183cm/73kg/Size 43
Pros / The Good
Very comfy as usual with Jacksons. Very dry - gets next to 0 water. Lots of room everywhere. Very fast.
Cons / The Bad
Jackson has messed the boater sizing for Karmas IMHO. I am in the right weight for the Medium and I cannot handle this boat properly - it simply outweighs me all the time. It's a great design but they should not have put so much volume in this boat. Trying to satisfy all the needs at the same time i.e. creeker, river runner, expedition etc. does not work out well it seems. Stick to one purpose and make a great product. This boat does NOT like to boof. I had so many "plugged" drops that I just gave up - the nose just dives down and leaves you with a horrible feeling. The boat is too heavy.
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