By Sir Kyle SmithThe Jackson Kayak Karma Medium There are multiple sizes of The Jackson Kayak Karma. Usually I would shoot for the larger of any given companies creek line. Jackson’s Large is touted at 103 gallons. I am 165 lbs, 5’ 9” and enjoy maintaining a glimmer of hope when it comes to staying attached to my shoulder sockets during a hole ride, so give me a break. I think that we can all agree, this is the dark horse of the creek boating world right now. And it seems to be coming out of the shadows with every Grand Prix or downriver podium place. I, along with many others, excluding Jackson paddlers, have been a staunch sh*t talker when it comes to Jackson creek boats ever since I set eyes on the hero. I am a Jackson playboat advocate, but I have been adamant that superior creek boats were on the market. I will be the first to admit that Jackson has created a non-playboat that is in the same ranks as todays high performance creek/river runners. I would even go as far to say that…it was one of my favorites.
- The plastic of the outfitting seems flimsy. The comfort level when compared with other boats, doesn’t quite match up. The straight-legged posture which the Jackson boats force a paddler into, seems to promote the “my legs asleep again” scenario for me. Maybe it’s just me. A paddler needs to be vigilant of the cord fraying out. This is when I have had problems with my Jackson playboats cleats losing purchase and slipping. The metal “grab-loop” on the front gives nothing to grab and is to small to fit cam buckles through when strapping the Karma.
- Makes me eat my words that “Jackson should just stick to playboats.”