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2017 JK Antix Small Joins the JAW Fleet

wildwildwes wrote 8 days ago:


The small paddlers asked for an Antix they could fit in well and JK answered with this new awesome design to round out all the sizing for the hottest new kayak design in 2017!

A brand new 2017 Abyss Jackson Kayak Antix Small has now joined the JAW fleet for FREE demo!! :-)

Give me a shout if you want to give this new design a go.  #JKAntix



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Jackson Kayak Nirvana Reviews From J.A.W. Demos

wildwildwes wrote 20 days ago:


There is no doubt that the new JK Nirvana (http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/kayak/nirvana/) is getting a lot of hype right now.  It has been one of the most highly anticipated whitewater kayaks in 2017, since it’s announcement by JK back at Outdoor Retailer last year.  A beautiful Abyss colored 2017 JK Nirvana joined the Jackson Action Wagon fleet in late June and I can’t seem to keep it in the fleet long enough for me to give it a try…  I’ve had a waiting list of paddlers wanting to get a hold of the demo to check out what all the rave is about in this new design!  Give me a shout if you want to give this new design a GO!!

The JAW Nirvana has already seen a many runs by several different folks and I’m getting several great reviews on this boat.  Here are a couple of good non-biased reviews from non-sponsored paddlers I have received after a JAW demo:

Shaun Mullins’ Quick review of the new Jackson Kayaks Nirvana (medium)

Wesley R. Bradley was kind enough to let me be the first to demo the new Nirvana from the Jackson Action Wagon fleet. Below is my unprofessional kayaker thoughts about this exciting boat.

Pros:
It has really fast hull speed for a “short” boat. During the initial lake paddle, I was stunned at how fast it gets up to speed from a dead stop. Three strokes and you’re pretty much flying.

The speed downriver is unhindered by features that usually try to stall out other boats. Tremendous amount of lift from the bow/hull design at speed keeps you on top and mostly dry through all but the biggest waves and holes.

When the bow does go deep, it resurfaces very fast and stable – no unusual kicks to one side.

Really holds a line at speed – the faster you go, the more it seems to lock in. This should be great for downriver racing, as you will be less likely to get spun out or thrown off line as you encounter eddy lines and cross currents.

Turns easy though and holds a carve line with precision. Taking inside strokes on edge at speed results in controlled carving turns with a radius that is easily adjusted with just the slightest change in edging.

Surfs great! I was able to catch and surf fast green waves that I haven’t been able to catch in any other short boat. Plenty of rocker and bow lift kept the bow from pearling most of the time, even though this thing is 9′ long.

Boofing was nothing short of glorious thanks to that rocker profile, the ability to put the boat’s trajectory exactly on the line you want, and the speed.

The hull design lands a bit harder than other creek boats I’ve paddled, so that is something to consider on drops. This also means that the boat kind of has a “slappy” ride through rapids, although that is not really an issue.

Definitely one of the easiest boats to roll that I have experienced. I guess the narrow width and low deck height combine to make it a super easy roller. I know reviewers often say this, but this particular boat really surprised me.

One other surprising characteristic was that the boat was very stable through rapids and on features. Even though it is a “short race boat”, I never once felt like I was paddling an edgy, tippy specialty boat. It is very forgiving. Primary stability is good with the mostly flat hull profile, and secondary stability is good as well.

Cons:
On fast eddy out maneuvers, it has a great snappy turn-in, but about half way through the fast leaning carve, I noticed the wide, flat stern lift and the boat tended to want to straighten out. This resulted in blowing through a few smaller eddys. If I came in slower, this behavior was not an issue. But, at speed, it did this almost every time. I really had to pull a hard bow draw at the right instant to counter this and lock in to smaller eddys. But even then, compared to “standard” creek boats I’ve paddled, it was not as consistent in locking into position in small eddys. For me, this is a big deal for its creekability on really tight technical creeks like the ones in the Smokies where must make eddys are often micro-sized.

The Nirvana has an almost flat planing hull. This is a pro for high volume and most river running. But, it’s a con in my book for southeast creeking. This one is subjective I suppose, but in my experience, I much prefer displacement hull creekers. If I lived in the northwest or Cali, my opinion would be different. However, on the low volume, rock filled creeks in the southeast, I prefer a nice, smooth displacement hull with soft rounded edges (i.e. Jefe Grande, Newmad, Shiva).

Fit for me (6’2″ with 34″ inseam and size 14 shoes), was not ideal. The knee pockets are widely spaced and very low. I moved the seat around every way possible and could not get all the pressure off of the back of my thigh where it contacts the highest portion of the front of the seat. Also, foot room is barely adequate for me. I wore Astral’s Hi-Yak low profile booties and still had to jam my feet in there somewhat. Within 15 minutes, my legs were starting to get sleepy. I can sit in my other boats all day with no problem.

Verdict:
This boat will be a huge success for those wanting a short racing kayak, or a high flow speed creeking/river running machine. Dane and crew have already proven it’s ability in multiple events this year. It is also a killer boat for zipping around on big water and runs that don’t involve a lot of rock contact. Team Jackson has a winner on their hands for the right paddler on the right river.

But, for me at least, it won’t replace my Jefe Grande as a creek boat. Mainly because of overall comfort (leg position/footroom) and the Jefe’s ability to lock in to the most micro of eddys with relative ease, and to use rocks as just another way to get where you want to go with no surprises. And, the Jefe lands softer, boofs just as good, and handles steep boulder filled creeks with lots of rock contact with ease.

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Brian Vermillion’s Report on how the Jackson Kayak #JKNirvana compares to the Pyranha Kayaks #9r

On Saturday I had the chance to get a lap on the Upper Ocoee in Jackson’s newest creek/race boat, the Nirvana. I am a class 4/5 weekend boater, and for the last 2 years my go to creek boat has been the Pyranha 9r. So, the Nirvana seemed like a no brainer to test out.

The first thing I noticed about the Nirvana was the knee position…it’s low and wide. This is very different than what I am use to with my 9r, which sits with much higher and slightly narrower knee position. The Nirvana is 26.375” wide, while the 9r is 25.2” wide, thats only a 1.175” difference in width. Once on the water the knee position felt much better, and I didn’t really notice the extra width of the Jackson boat.

Much like the 9r, the Nirvana felt fast! Just a few strokes and the boat was up to full speed. The boat stayed at speed even through waves and eddy lines. Both boats are 8’ 11” long which is key to both boats speed. The 9r does feel a bit sportier and nimbler while zig zagging through the waves and rocks.

At Alien Boof the Nirvana lived up the hype and boofed like a champ. You can build so much speed before the lip that the boat just flies off the drop. Again, like my 9r the speed you build before the drop was carried out of the drop with ease. Both boats sterns load up well coming off drops and push you out like a watermelon seed.

Once in the Olympic section the Nirvana felt at home. It was stable and held a line with no issues. The 9r feels just as much at home in the big water as the Nirvana did. The extreme bow rocker of the 9r felt like it stayed on top of the water better than the Nirvana when driving through big waves.

When it comes down to it the Pyranha 9r and the Jackson Nirvana they felt very much the same. The boats preformed similar on both big water and on a few creek moves. The knee position and outfitting of the Jackson vs the Pyranha are the biggest differences for me between the 2 boats. Picking which boat is for you will be up to preference more than performance. But for me the higher knee position and narrower boat win out…..the Pyranha 9r will still be my go to boat.



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JAW Demo at the Paddle In Pink Confidence Series: Dirty Bird

wildwildwes wrote 122 days ago:


When: June 24, 2017 @ 10:30 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 3rd 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.

Last year was a big success with over 20 women learning how to get vertical and throw about in a playboat. This year the format will be very similar to last year; we will divide into two groups: short  playboats and slicey get vertical boats. If we have the interest, we will send a group directly down to the hole at NOC and work on park-n-play moves. Team members from Dagger, Pyranha and Jackson will lead the groups down the pigeon and instruct rock splats, eddie line squirts, surfing, loops and any request you want to throw at them.

The groups will progress to the NOC play hole where music and SweetWater beer will be enjoyed. A friendly competition will be in store to show off any move you would like to showcase. Pretty or otherwise.

The day will conclude with a raffle of prizes by various sponsors. This year the top prize will be an Orion cooler loaded with SweetWater Brewing Beer that is in Paddle in Pink colors, hot pink and black! All proceeds will go to a local animal shelter in memory of Jennifer Watson (our inspiration behind Paddle In Pink).

Please invite your friends!

Facebook event website for all the latest 411: https://www.facebook.com/events/772239839602140/

Don’t have a playboat or a slicey boat?  The Jackson Action Wagon is looking forward to supporting the event with FREE Jackson Kayak demos on-site!

Sponsors: Jackson Kayak, Orion Coolers, SweetWater Brewing Company and Kokatat



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NoliFest Was Gnarly!

wildwildwes wrote 134 days ago:


The third annual 2017 NoliFest was so much fun on and off the river!  We were blessed with rain in the week leading up to the event and had some high river levels to enjoy the might Nolichucky River.  River trips were enjoyed by many paddling groups both in the gorge and on the lower .  We saw river levels from over 7,000 CFS on Friday to 2,400 CFS on Sunday!

There was lots to do off the river too for folks attending the event!  The vendor area was filled with many paddling and outdoor businesses/organizations representing.  Several tasty food vendors were on site.  There were many other activities going on throughout the weekend: One Wheel demos/race, SUP jousting, bands, trail run, kids nature scavenger hunt, SUP yoga & race, AT hike, kids fishing derby, fly fishing lessons & fireworks.  There was a  ton of fun to be had for sure!  USA Raft & Mountain River Guides did a stellar job of hosting and organizing everything!

The Jackson Action Wagon was proud to be a part of NoliFest again this year!  It has been amazing to watch this event grow each year!  The J.A.W. had a great demo/showcase event for Jackson Kayak on Saturday of the festival!  We raised $782 for Camp Bays Mountain in a raffle to give away a #JKAntix!! Congrats to Will Saylor as our lucky winner of the new boat.

Nolifest for the win! Enjoy this quick recap video and see you next year:

https://www.facebook.com/Nolifest/videos/1895198834090776/

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The JAW is Giving Away a JK Antix at NoliFest!

wildwildwes wrote 141 days ago:


Where: USA Raft – 2 Jones Branch Rd, Erwin, Tennessee 37650

Check out all the announcements of event sponsors, bands, demos and more at:

http://www.nolifest.com/home.html and https://www.facebook.com/Nolifest/



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2017 JAW Fleet Rolls into Action!

wildwildwes wrote 143 days ago:


Are you ready for FREE Jackson Kayak demos in 2017?  They’re here now!

Check out the full fleet on the Jackson Action Wagon page: http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

You can see more photos of the new fleet on our Facebook page at: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.1267105856701809.1073741837.615362971876104&type=1&l=6ab8db7104

Schedule your FREE demo soon! :-)



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What Jackson Kayak would you like to paddle in 2017?

wildwildwes wrote 177 days ago:


The Jackson Action Wagon’s is in its 11th year of spreading kayaking fun by providing FREE JK demos on the 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 2017 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 3/1/2017:

http://jacksonkayak.com/jk-kayaks/

I already have a Antix M, Antix L, Karma Md and Karma Unlimited (UL) in stock.  This leaves me with about 6-8 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!



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JK Antix Large Initial Thoughts as a Big Guy

wildwildwes wrote 188 days ago:


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…



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2016 J.A.W. End of Season SALE!

wildwildwes wrote 353 days ago:


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:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

 

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



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JK Nirvana First Look Comparison with Pyranha 9R

wildwildwes wrote 380 days ago:


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 Mullins did a great first look comparison top view of the new Jackson Kayak Nirvana coming this fall with the Pyranha Kayaks 9R.

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!?



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