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Karma Unlimited

Aztec
  • 11' 10" Length
  • 25" Width
  • 56 Weight (lbs)
  • $ 1,199 MSRP

Karma Unlimited Description

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Karma Unlimited Reviews

Read reviews for the Karma Unlimited by Jackson Kayak as submitted by your fellow paddlers. All of the reviews are created and written by paddlers like you, so be sure to submit your own review and be part of the community!

The Jackson Karma is a...

The Jackson Karma is a great boat. It's stability is amazing and I've been saved more than once by it. That being said, it can also make for lazy paddling and slows down ability to really read the water and deal with the consequences. But hey! I love it anyway!

I love love love the...

I love love love the Karma! It is a wonderful and very forgiving kayak. It is roomy and the most comfortable boat I've ever sat in. That being said, I do wish there was a bit more chine. With pushy water, I would like a bit more ability to carve. Over all, happy with this purchase.

For context, I owned a...

For context, I owned a Dagger Green Boat and have a Stinger and Karma Unlimited, so I'll tend to make comparisons among the similar boats. I sold the Dagger because I preferred the planing hull of the Stinger and then added the Karma for a family member, having come across a "good deal."

The Karma is shorter and wider than the Stinger and has less rocker. It does feel a little more sluggish. It's still plenty fast enough for the intended use. Attainments are a breeze. Jackson has its own take on outfitting and I'm used to that, owning a couple other of their boats. However, the Karma cockpit feels a bit too voluminous and I don't feel completely locked in no matter how I play with the outfitting.

The cockpit is a bit set back. This probably wouldn't be as noticeable if I didn't have the Stinger with the more centered seat. In the neutral position, I find that the Karma easily gets knocked off line. Moving the seat far forward helps somewhat but doesn't give me optimal position with the molded in (non-adjustable) thigh braces. It's a matter of individual geometry and style, but I don't feel I have maximum control.

Jackson specifies a relatively narrow weight range (I'm in the upper end) with the optimum being 165. While this is subjective, being over that may contribute to my control issues. With the lower volume and less rocker, it seems to want to try to punch through waves and holes, sometimes skewing to the side, while my Stinger is more creeker-like and glides over stuff, as did the Green Boat.

The Karma has some edge but doesn't really carve. Stern draws are required in many situations. Not that you get such a boat for this purpose but it surfs pretty well. Rolling is no problem.

The hull has stout ridge grooves for rigidity. In a creeker, I'd accept a few more pounds of plastic and thicker walls. Whether you want it or not, you get the GoPro mount drilled into your bow (bad location for whitewater) and its tacky promotion decal, while Jackson gets whatever he gets from GoPro for imposing this upon you. I'd rather have the unadulterated deck.

The Karma Unlimited does a decent job for its intended purpose and, if I hadn't owned the comparable boats, I might be delighted with it. But, for me, it suffers a little by comparison.