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A tough little boat that drips with versatility.
- Hull uses the same rugged, durable plastic as Jackson's whitewater boats
- Roomy rear hatch has a tight, rubberized cover to seal out water and protect your spare layers, supplies, and camping equipment
- Surelock backband system, hip pads, and thigh pads are adjustable to keep you comfy on long paddles
- Designed, shaped, and crafted by Jackson Kayaks' in-house designer Tony Lee
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Our customers love em
We rent these out at my work, and well they're one of 2 models we rent, but either way our customers love them. Can't really speak much about them, I tried once and prefers the Jackson Journey (different style I know) It's a little more applicable for what we do in texas.
- Gender: Male
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
Sometimes the skeg will get cloged by dirt during launch. The skeg can be pulled out by hand and then it will work the rest of the day perfectly. The skeg system is straightforward. It should be easy to repair. The boat is well engineered. I like the way the it does not need a drain plug on the cockpit. The holes in the rear of the comming work as drains when the inverted boat is raised by the bow. I would definitely recommend this boat.
Do NOT buy your kayak online!
I would NOT recommend buying your kayak online - We bought two of these Rogues last month (the 9 & 10), and they arrived fairly quickly, but the 9 had a faulty skeg (wouldn't lower and retract with the cable mechanism). Jackson Kayaks at first seemed helpful, and wanted to send a replacement skeg and housing for our local dealer to install (who would that be? The closest kayak store is 145 miles away!). So I called Backcounrty who said they would prefer to have it returned under warranty - BUT there is the shipping to consider. To try and sort this out I have emailed and/or called both now a couple of times, but they have both gone silent.
Kayaks are big items and freight is $200 one way, so if I return it for a replacement I will end up paying up to $400 extra for freight. If I return it for a refund I'll still be out a few hundred dollars for the wasted shipping, with no kayak to use. This does not make for a happy customer, and the problem with the skeg is probably something that can be fixed for $50 (but not something that I can do at home). So I'm left with a new kayak that doesn't have a functioning skeg - It won't go down, without being pulled by hand, and it won't retract either - as the kinked cable loops around the control mechanism, and is really hard to unloop.- It also now hangs down an inch or so when in the up position, so any way you cut it it's unacceptable. The result is I'll probably have to pay someone - if I can find someone who can do it - out of my pocket to have it fixed (or just remove it which sucks because the skeg adds $300 to the boat's value/price...and is why we bought it in the first place. I probably wouldn't be complaining if the whole boat only cost $300, but $1000 implies it's top end.
Maybe it was our mistake to expect a cross-over boat to be good in rapids and on flats. (But it does seem they can be good if not great in both, if they are designed and built right). I'm sure now it was our mistake to buy it online, but we didn't think it through - obviously.
This really isn't Backcountry's or even Jackson's fault, as faulty products are to be expected sometimes, but the real issue is, if you order it here, you're SOL if you have any trouble with it (and so far for us Jackson is only batting .500).
Other than this it looks like a nice boat - sturdy, stable, a bit slow but comfortable and easy to lift on ones own. The skeg.... the cable design looks to be a weak point (doesn't work all that well on the #10 boat either). I'd be curious to know how often this happens.
Pink Jackson Rogue on Tuscararo Creek in PA
I love my Jackson Rogue, goes great on creeks and can also do whitewater. It is an awesome kayak
My family and I spent a day out on the river and camped out of these boats. We had such a fun time and all the gear fit great, it was dry when we arrived and we ran some class three whitewater in it too... Fast in the flats and stable in the whitewater! Great combination. Cant wait for summer to do it again!