I got to paddle the new JK Antix L for the first time at our local pool session on the evening of 2/7/17. Here are my first thoughts after paddling this new design:
Fit – At my 6’-4” height, 235lbs, 38” waist, 36” inseam, and size 12 shoes I fit quite comfortably in the boat. My hips are a bit snug for my wide frame, but not as snug as in my JK ROCKSTAR Lg for sure. This is the only fit issue I have with the boat. I’ve got room to spare in all other areas.
The knee position feels to be around what I consider mid height and a bit more narrow than my JK Zen Lg. Overall I really like how my knees fit.
Seat height feels good in comparison to the parting line in the water and the sidewall reach over sits at about the same distance as my JK Zen Lg, which I like that position. The 4Fun seems to have a bit more reach over than both these boats due to the taller sidewalls.
I placed the seat in the rear position to see how much leg and foot room I have to play with and I can paddle the boat in the rear position and one hole forward from the rear with the stock 1.5” foam on the bulk head. I can comfortably wear my Astral Loyak or Hiyak in the boat in either seat position. Not sure if I could wear my Chaco Tedinho in the boat with its bulkier sole?
Float – I float surprisingly well in the boat. I initially thought I would be maxing out the boat at my weight, but I have about 1.5” between the parting line and waterline at the cockpit area of the boat.
With the seat position in the rear the boat trims out a bit stern heavy and the bow trim is high, but the deck still floats above the water line when sitting flat. When I have the boat in motion and lean back I can get part of the stern to dip down under water.
With the seat position one up from the rear the boat trims out closer to level from bow to stern, but I’m still floating bow high.
I plan to try out both positions to see which works best on the river.
Stability – This was the area in the new boat design that shocked me! The boat has very solid initial stability both sitting and paddling the boat around the pool. This instantly gave me confidence for its river running/creeking abilities. The secondary stability is a fine line for sure on edge. The Antix has a short sidewall, compared to other JK designs, so naturally there is not as much secondary stability.
Performance – The boat gets up to speed quick with only a couple of strokes and is quick, but it is not Zen or 9R fast for sure. The boat is super zippy in the turns. When you activate the edges in a turn the Antix responses! There is plenty of volume up front to keep you riding high at speed and the slicey edges in the back act like a slalom boat in the turns! The ride is incredible overall!!
Rolling – It’s a Jackson Kayak, so you know careful consideration went into this design on this aspect. I found no major issue in rolling the boat. The lesser sidewall reach made it easy for me to setup and execute the maneuver with ease.
There is more initial resistance in breaking the surface tension when initiating the roll. I think this is due to the spoon shape design of the stern. The lesser secondary stability also makes you stay on point with your follow through also.
Summary – This Anitx is truly unique from anything JK has ever produced! I thought the Fun Runner might be comparable, but they are nothing alike. I am overall happy with the general fit and float of the boat at my size. I can’t wait to get it out on some flow to see what I can do with it there to truly try out the stability and performance. Could it be the best Watauga Gorge playboat ever?! We soon will see…
The Jackson Action Wagon has had another great paddling season with free demos & spreading the fun of kayaking. It is now time to sell the current demo boat fleet to make room for next year’s 2017 fleet! The Nirvana and Antix models are coming soon!!
Check out the link below for current stock and prices:
All J.A.W. boat purchases include the original outfitting & swag that come with a new Jackson Kayak purchase. The boats were primarily used in a pool for instruction and river trip demos. The boats are in like new to very good condition. I will be happy to send current photos of any boat if requested.
I will be at Gauley Fest & GAF to deliver boats to those locations. I can also arrange shipping through Forward Air or FedEx if you desire to pay for that service. Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in a boat purchase from the J.A.W. fleet. All boats are sold on a first come, first served basis.
Wesley R. Bradley – 423-647-1321
There is already a lot of hype building on social media for JK’s new 9′-0″ creek racing boat, the Nirvana, coming out for the 2017 JK lineup! I can’t wait to check out this boat myself and I’ll get one in the JAW fleet ASAP for folks to demo for FREE also!! The boat is still in the prototype phase currently as it will be debuted at OR this week.
Shaun said, “Okay, since I’m becoming such a fan of faster whitewater kayaks, I’m sort of stoked about the new Jackson Kayak Nirvana. Lots of people saying “They just copied the 9r”. The side profile pics aren’t available yet, but it is clearly a significantly different design from the top view. Overall lengths are the same. Cockpit location on the nirvana is much further toward the rear vs the 9r, which has a cockpit forward positioning. Also taper of the nirvana seems to peak at the cockpit, whereas the 9r is widest just behind the cockpit. Another obvious difference is the nirvana is much thinner point in the front and wider than the 9r in the stern.”
These are all great observations by Shaun that show many differences in the designs of each kayaks.
Stephen Wright & Boyd Ruppelt both have commented in this comparison:
Boyd said, “Having paddled the Nirvana… I can tell you that it is FAST and that I’m in LOVE. Definitely some tweeks have happened since I paddled it, but totally different design and actually very unique in terms of Jackson Kayak designs. It’s still a ways off from production I think but these are not copies… the comparisons happen with every new design. These will be very different and very worth the wait.”
Stephen said, “The Nirvana is still in the prototyping phases, so it’s tough to give too many specifics as to what the final will be like. The stated goal of the final version of the Nirvana is to be a fast, forgiving creek boat based on a Zen-like hull concept. We want it to be able to be easy to keep on line, on the surface, and moving fast for paddlers who want a very fast creeker. The photo above just shows one of the prototypes…not the final version, which doesn’t exist yet. We have folks like Dane, Nick, Clay, myself, Boyd, Rush, Isaac, Joe Gudger, and several others paddling prototypes and giving feedback on them. I’m sure that the Nirvana will be both easy to paddle and very fast and fun!”
Are you stoked to check out this new JK design with me and GO FAST!?
JK will be unveiling two new whitewater kayak designs at Outdoor Retailer Summer Market in Salt Lake City, Utah from August 3-6 this week: the Antix and the Nirvana!!
I am super stoked to check out both of these new designs and look for them in the JAW for FREE demo ASAP! Stay tuned for more details about these new boats…
Here is the inside info we have so far from Rapid Media on these two new whitewater kayaks:
The Antix is Jackson’s first ever playable creeking/river running kayak. “It’s a pretty exciting boat for us,” says Eric Jackson.
Designed as a river runner first, the length, volume, and edges are optimized to squirt, be lightweight compared to creek boats and be extremely maneuverable. Paddlers will love this boat on their local runs, replacing the need for a creek boat for many and increasing the fun factor with its playable features. The Antix is 45 pounds, with a width of 25” and a length of 7’4”.
Eric Jackson says that the Antix is a great boat to have because it gives kayakers one boat that they can do it all in. “You can run the river as confidently as you would in a creek boat but still have some fun.”
Antix features include:
The Antix delivers a great experience for beginners, intermediate and advanced kayakers who want to take advantage of river features, technical rapids, downstream play moves and easy paddling.
Jackson Kayak is also introducing the Nirvana, a fast, race ready creeking boat designed to move kayakers through rapids quickly and with control.
Eric Jackson says they have been observing a trend in the marketplace of people paddling faster boats, and combined with the amount of racing the Jackson Kayak team is doing, the Nirvana seemed like a great fit. “It works really well for the high end and the beginner or intermediate,” he says.
The hull shares much of the Zen’s user-friendliness while the massive amount of rocker keeps the bow dry and clear of holes and waves. Racers will like paddling such a user-friendly and confidence-inspiring design in the 9-foot category. The Nirvana has high-end speed in the rapids and is perfect if you want to go fast but don’t plan on racing. The Nirvana is 48 pounds, 25.5” wide and 9’ long.
Both kayaks will be available Fall 2016.
JK will also be unveiling two new recreational kayak designs at OR this week: the Tripper T and the Tupelo LT!!
Here is the inside info we have so far from Rapid Media on these two new recreational kayaks:
The Tripper T tandem sit-in recreational kayak from Jackson Kayak is a versatile and stable general-purpose kayak for beginner to expert recreational paddlers. The Tripper T provides a comfortable, fast ride for two with easy entry or can be used by a solo kayaker providing ample storage. The Tripper T is 84 pounds, 33” wide and 14’8” long.
“We know there’s a market for tandem boats,” says Jackson’s Joe Pulliam. He says the Tripper T is a great option for paddlers who want something high quality and may or may not be interested in fishing from their kayak. “Paddle around the lake, go fishing, spend the night, bring the dog.”
Jackson’s second new offering is the Tupelo LT, a lightweight, thermoformed version of the popular Tupelo recreational kayak series. “The Tupelo is by far the most popular rec boat Jackson has ever produced,” says Jackson’s Joe Pulliam. Pulliam explains that Jackson combined the success of the Tupelo with the market demand for lighter kayaks to produce the LT version. This ultra-light version is comfortable, loaded with features and ideal for those looking for an all-around boat that’s light, comfortable and easy to use. The Tupelo LT is 35 pounds, 28” wide and 12’2” long.
When: July 9, 2016 @ 11:00 A.M.
Where: NOC Outpost on the Pigeon River
Who: Presented by Paddle in Pink for the ladies!
Ladies get out your playboats and your slicey boats, Paddle in Pink is putting on its 2nd annual Dirty Bird Confidence Series. Come on out and join Crystal Gustin, Nikki Winkler Malatin and Katie Dean for this fun day on the Pigeon River Gorge!! They will be guiding you down the river and showing you how to play your way down the river.
Don’t have a playboat or a slicey boat? The Jackson Action Wagon is looking forward to supporting the ladies with free Jackson Kayak demos on-site!
At the end, we will have a fun “competition” at the NOC hole with music and free beer (given by SweetWater Brewing). There will be give aways for anyone that enters the fun competition and at the end a Jackson Kayak ROCKSTAR will be given away!!
Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Pyranha, Dagger, SweetWater Brewing Company
Thanks again to all who came out this year to help cleanup the river!
The JAW had a great demo during the event!
Here is the link to the report with photos on all our successful efforts by Andrea Gass:
Check out the complete attainment race results, photos and report of our second event of the year at:
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The 2nd annual NoliFest was organized and hosted by USA RAFT this year on April 1-3. The festival was billed “For all who paddle” and the event was true to its roots. There was something for every paddler to enjoy. Plus we were blessed with rain the day before the festival started and it bumped up the river level to a near perfect 1,600-1,700 CFS flow. The festival activities included: whitewater rafting, kayaking, canoeing, Bellyak, Stand Up Paddleboarding, river races, SUP yoga, bonfire, live music, great food, vendor fair with sales/demos, used gear sale & swap. This festival truly brought the local paddling community together in every way!
All these activities were staged from the USA Raft Outpost on the river bank of the mighty Nolichucky River. Paddling trips on both the Lower Nolichucky River (Class I-II) and Nolichucky Gorge (Class III-IV) were of course the main highlight of the festival. USA Raft provided shuttles on Saturday as part of the festival and probable carried out one of the largest shuttles to the Gorge put-in ever in history using multiple buses and SUV/vans with trailers to haul paddlers and boats up to Poplar, NC.
There were a huge number of vendors on-site this year for folks to check out: Hala, Bellyak, Pyranha, Southern Raft Supply, Shaboomee, Star Inflatables, Rocky Mountain Rafts, Boardworks, LiquidLogic, Uncle Johnny’s, Overmountain Outdoors, Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts, Southern Appalachian Highlands Conservancy, French Broad Outfitters, Eryn Chair Massage and Thrifty Adventures
The Jackson Action Wagon was on site during the day on Saturday with free Jackson Kayak demos, giving away JK swag and showcase foe folks to check out some of the latest whitewater models in the JK line-up.
There were a couple of Special Features during the festival that were big booming fun:
WORLDKAYAK Hometown Throwdown Downriver Boatercross
Check out complete results, photos and report of the event at http://worldkayakblogs.com/throwdown/2016/04/08/2016-nolichucky-hometown-throwdown-1/
APE’s Downriver Freestyle Jam Session with Pat Keller
We had 17 participants join us in this paddling session with Pat on the Noli Gorge. Needless to say, but we all learned many great freestyle tips & tricks and had a blast shredding with Pat all afternoon long!
Check out this video edit by Clay Landrum of the freestyle fun we had with Pat.
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Check out complete results, photos and report of our first event of the year at:
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It is the Jackson Action Wagon’s 10 year anniversary in 2016! The JAW is happy to celebrate a decade of providing FREE JK demos on our traveling showcase trailer.
I am now taking suggestions for what JK whitewater, fishing/hunting , recreation/touring, kids kayaks or SUP’s you would like to see stocked in the 2016 J.A.W. Fleet. Take a look at all the current products we are offering this year with the link below and let me know your thoughts by 2/19/2016:
I already have a Karma Md and Karma Unlimited (UL) in stock. This leaves me with about 7-8 more spots for boats on the JAW, so let me hear your suggestions to help stock the fleet! I plan to pick-up the new fleet at the factory toward the end of March, so stay tuned for new JK demos coming to the Tri-Cities soon!
Click on this link http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/contact-me/ to send me JK suggestions. Thanks for any input you give!