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Go where the water takes you.
Exploring expansive wetlands, secluded ocean inlets, and high mountain lakes comes easy for the Jackson Kayak Tupelo 12.5 Kayak. This efficient and comfortable cruiser is sized to carry plenty of gear during those long-haul trips, but is still narrow enough to efficiently cut across flat water so you're not left behind the group. Jackson gave the Tupelo a classic tri-hull shape that quickly instills confidence in beginner paddlers thanks to its stable nature, but with its ability to track like a bloodhound, this boat also keeps improving paddlers psyched on their ride.
Jackson isn't one to cut back on features and the Tupelo is no exception. The boat comes rigged with Jackson's Elite Seat and inflatable Therm-a-Rest lumbar support. And since the seat can be easily removed from the spacious cockpit, it can also be used as a camp chair during multi-day paddling adventures. Access into the rear bulkhead is made easy through the hinged stern hatch, which gives paddlers a dry space to store camp gear—although, a dry bag is always recommended for any gear that must stay dry. Side Yakattack gear tracks can be used to attach rod holders, GoPro mounts, and other accessories, while bow and stern bungee straps make it easy to secure a light jacket or spare paddle to the boat.
- 12ft 5in length
- Linear polyethylene hull
- Tri-hull shape
- Elite Seat 3.0
- Therm-a-Rest lumbar support
- Adjustable foot pegs
- Sealed stern hatch
- Bow and stern rigging
- Yakattack gear tracks
- Paddle holder
- Padded cockpit
- Item #JAK002E
- Q & A
This boat is a blast to paddle and fish!
- Familiarity: I've used it several times
The Tupelo is a sweet boat and does a lot of different things well. If you plan on spending most of your time in still water or big slow rivers, than this is the yak! As the description says, she tracks like a hound and moves quick through the water, even in a headwind.
My favorite feature of this and almost all Jackson Kayaks has to be the seat. The removable trampoline style seat with lumbar support is a must for long days on the water, and now that I have used it I probably wouldn't buy a boat without it.
The dry storage in the rear is a welcome design also, with the latching lid design, it is easier to secure and remove the lid than most other yaks with the traditional "press to fit" style cover.
I would say it is a pretty stable hull design, and I can move around in the cockpit freely without worrying about tipping over too easily. All and all this is very versatile boat that does equally well as a fishing yak as it does for recreational or expedition paddling.
I don't see the weight of this boat listed... ?
Hey there! So the 12.5 model is about 49lbs without the seat, and 55lbs with the seat installed. If you had any other questions I would be happy to help!