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Jackson Kayak Karma Kayak - 2016

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Get karma on your side.

Jackson Kayak's creek-crushing Karma Kayak is built for speed for a confidence inspiring feel. Jackson went into the design process of this boat with the idea that it could create a faster, more stable boat that could still land softly on big drops. Jackson achieved this through a carefully considered hull and rocker profile that allows the boat to shoot through pockets, pencil in on drops, and pop out of holes.

The mostly flat hull allows for a quick and stable ride, but with a smooth rockered bow, the boat still pops up over any feature you point it at, allowing the boat to mob down stream with speed. Chines along the side of the hull allow the boat to really dig in and hold an edge while carving. In order to make the Karma feel less edgy and to keep water off the deck, Jackson raised the parting lines of this Kayak as high as possible, resulting in huge sidewalls that provide secondary stability when punching through especially rough stretches of water. The profile features a narrow bow with a wide stern. This allows the nose to dive on drops, resulting in a softer landing. With the wide stern at the rear, the boat still carries enough speed to pop out of the hole at the bottom with speed.

The Karma comes whitewater ready with Jackson's Uni-shock bulkhead, which allows the paddler to make quick foot adjustments while seated and also absorbs impact. Four stainless steel, plastic coated grab handles make handling the boat a cinch, and a low-profile drain plug allows for easy draining, without the added worry of breaking off the plug while in the water.

  • O-resin high density plastic
  • Boat armor outfitting
  • Uni-shock bulkhead
  • Thermo Uchannel hull support
  • 4lb density walls
  • Thermo seat
  • Hip pads
  • Four stainless steel injection plastic coated grab handles
  • Included water bottle
  • Item #JAK000L

Tech Specs

Hull Material
O Resin (high-density plastic)
[S] 8 ft, [M] 8 ft 6 in, [L] 9 ft
[S] 25 in, [M] 26 in, [L] 28 in
Cockpit Dimensions
[S] 32.5 x 19 in, [M] 35 x 20.25 in, [L] 36.5 x 21.5 in
[S] 72 gal, [M] 86 gal, [L] 103 gal
Maximum Load
[S] 155 lb, [M] 220 lb, [L] 300 lb
Claimed Weight
[S] 40 lb, [M] 45 lb, [L] 50 lb
Recommended Use
Manufacturer Warranty

Tech Specs

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Totally impressed with the Karma M. I did not get to use it this year, except for a quick paddle in a flat river just to give it a quick try,other than that it has been too cold to do any serious kayaking. Kayak was delivered in a heavy bag which came ripped and partially open. There were scratches on the bottom of the boat but I figured it would get a bunch more once it was put to use. Compared to another kayak I ordered from another site, which came wrapped in heavy card board and 2 layers of plastic and no scratches. I think the Jackson could have been packaged a little better. I know there are some people who feel if they are going to scratch the boat they want to be the first not the trucking company. Also, I think it would be sweet for Backcountry to throw in a couple of goat stickers to stick on the boat. I have no problem giving a little advertising if I have had a good shopping experience. The sticker part was resolved after a quick chat with a Backcountry rep. All in all, the shopping was good and shipping was quick and very easy to schedule, just know that the trucking company required someone to take delivery of and inspect the boat for damage. They will not just drop it off without someone signing for it.