Ignore bretts review as its so inaccurate that its pathetic. Anyone that supports a walmart pool toy over a jackson is clearly a jackson hater for no reason. (or any other quality manufacturer for that matter) Also try adjusting ANY boats fitting with a skirt on. I bet you cant do it right? Why not? Because a skirt is designed to seal the paddler and boat from water entry. So please show me any boat that allows you to adjust anything without popping the skirt first.
First you need to realize what this boat is. It is a crossover boat. That means its a whitewater boat first, with some additions to help it on flatwater areas. In this capacity it works great and the outfitting is wonderful. The outfitting is designed to be able to be repaired in the field, by carrying some extra paracord. Try doing this with plastic or ratcheting systems. I bet you can't. The rope and cleat system is simple, yet functional. Some prefer it some don't. However as designed it cannot be beat for reliability and ease of repair. However with the rope and cleat design, you can get that perfect fit, not hope that the click adjustments match up properly. Too often with those you get a lil too loose or a lil too tight. It comes back to preference.
Some wonder what some of the differences from this boat and the newer jackson traverse are. The rogue has the sweet cheeks seat vs the traverses molded and padded seat. The sweet cheeks allows you to have a custom fit on the seat bottom. Many have said its actually a bit more comfortable. I myself am neutral on it and I found both to be comfortable. The rogue has footpegs and a foam divider between the legs, the traverse has a unishock bulkhead. The rogue is rated to class 3+ whitewater, the traverse 4+ because of this bulkhead. Also the skeg mechanism on the rogue is a lever/cable type vs a rope/cleat type on the traverse. Both function well and are spring loaded to assist in deploying
The footpegs work well. They are comfortable and easy to use. It does give something to get caught on during a wet exit, but few had problems with this. It is nice when you want to stretch as you can slip your feet past the footpegs and relax some.
The boat is maneuverable, yet reasonably stable. Once you drop the skeg it tracks well, especially with good paddling technique and leaning forward.
its hard to go wrong with this boat for most paddlers. Especially since it can often be found used cheaper than a traverse. Paddling both the rogue and traverse, its hard to tell much of a difference between the two. 10 hours on the water and the boat was still comfortable and enjoyable to paddle.
I bought my rogue at the beginning of the year I have done a lot of paddling in it, hoping my problems with the outfitting would go away after countless adjustments! 1: If u get any bit of dirt or baby rocks in the skeg it will not release so have fun with that every time you get ready to put in the water. 2: the rear bulkhead cover takes in water just paddling in the lake open water, it's just a flimsy rubber cover, you would think they would have designed that better so now they have a drain plug in the rear bulkhead, instead of in the cockpit area where u would think most of the water would come in lol! 3: is the outfitting it is probably the thing I hate most about this kayak. It has inadequate cushion for the backrest exp for long trips. I just didn't a overnight 2 hour paddle trip and when I got out my back was in so much pain it was unbearable, the adjustments are just these little ropes that lock in place and dangle right over ur knees so when u go to lock ur knees into the pads the rope gets stuck in between ur knees and the pad, try to adjust that when you have a spray skirt on! I really had high hopes for this kayak and not really finding any bad reviews when I decided to purchase it! Well least maybe this will help anybody else on not purchasing this kayak! Since i have owned this kayak I've been able to tackle some whitewater and my budy has a dagger and the seats look so comfortable and that's what u want in a kayak not a thin piece of foam! It also has the happy seat it's a bean bag seat attached by velcrow it's ok...
I would highly recommend the Jackson Rogue to anyone who wants the ease of a recreational boat and the ability of a white water boat. I'm 65 and I love it!!
The Rogue has it all. Drop the skeg and track your line. put it up and spin it on a dime. Learned how to roll with this boat in just 3 classes. Best of all, this boat was designed with REAL whitewater capability! I haven't had the time to put any real miles on this one yet, but I can spend 6+ hours rowing and rolling the Rogue on the lake and never feel exhausted.
If you only want 1 boat, buy a Rogue. Enough said.