Tupelo 12

11' 10"
Width (in)
Weight (lb)

Tupelo 12 Description

Designed for cruising the waterways with comfort and efficiency, with loads of storage and convenient accessories, the Tupelo is your premier, feature laden recreational kayak. Like touring and whitewater kayaks, the Tupelo comes sized for the paddler, with the 12.5 for larger paddlers and the lighter, narrower 12.0 ideal for medium or smaller paddlers. Ideal to match one of each for a couple. Both feature Jackson's removable and super comfy Elite Seat, with adjustable lumbar support. YakAttack tracks around the deck allow for you to accessorize with RAM products like rod holders, GPS, camera mounts, smart phones and more.

Tupelo 12 Specs and Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult, Larger Adult
  • Skill Level: Beginner, Intermediate

Additional Attributes

  • Elite Seat 3.0 - Therm-a-Rest
  • Quick-open stern hatch
  • Yakattack gear tracks fore and aft of cockpit
  • Classic tri-hull design
  • Go Pro Ready

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Tupelo 12 Reviews

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My wife and I both purchased…

Submitted by: DKKimbo on 8/23/2022

My wife and I both purchased the Jackson Tupelo 12 because they were on sale for a killer price. We both had experience with the Tupelo 12.5 and really liked them. This is what got us looking at Jackson in the first place. Overall I think they are great Kayaks and we got them at a killer deal. I don't think Jackson will be making the 12 in the future so maybe that's why why were on sale. If money and / or space was no issue, then I would pick the 12.5 hands down.

The good:
1. They are well made, I love the removable lawn chair type seat, the new 12.5 have transitioned to a mounded seat bottom, i haven't tried that out yet.
2. They aren't too heavy
3. They are technically 11'10" so they fit in our garage space better
4. They have keel skid plates
5. They have a rear bulkhead and storage is behind the bulkhead
6. They paddle pretty well
7. Tracking is pretty good but the 12.5 is superior
8. Speed is pretty good but the 12.5 is superior
9. Stability is great, it is a very stable boat (primary and secondary)
10. Mounting racks ala YakAttack are placed in several places and countersunk into the body of the kayak for snag free, accessorizing
11. Spacious cockpit, my wife has enough room for her and our 15lb dog in there.

The bad:
1. The height of the cockpit at the foot rests does not lend to comfort for larger feet. I'm a size 12 and my Chaco's don't fit top to bottom, I have to go barefoot. A snug water show may work but there isn't much room for larger feet.
2. The 250 lb weight capacity. I talked to Jackson and this is not a limit, you won't sink the boat at 250 but you won't get as good of performance as you approach or exceed the capacity. For reference, I'm 235 and I do fine in the boat. I do notice it not being as fast, tracking as well, or gliding like the 12.5 but I getting close to the 250, as to not add insult my wife carries most of the gear :). My wife is much lighter and she still says that the 12.5 is a faster, better paddling boat. I do sit a bit lower in the water than she does in the same boat but not by as much as I would have thought.
3. There is a foam separator between your left and right feet areas that I'm not a fan of although that is where the water bottle strap is so that part is convenient.

All in all these are great boats. We picked them up for the reasons stated above and have no regrets. They will do us well for many years or until we decide to upgrade. If I had it to do all over, I would still pick up these boats at that price. If the prices were closer, and we had the room in the garage, I would go with the Tupelo 12.5 and so would my wife. But we are quite happy with these boats.

Colors purchased: Cobra and Macaw


I usual don't write reviews…

Submitted by: ratman on 7/31/2019

I usual don't write reviews ,however the negatives almost discourage me from buying this kayak i'm so glad i bought anyways, This thing is fast and glides effortlessly ,i prefer it over my touring.AS far as tracking goes it tracks great . IT a very responsive yak it responds on how you paddle.Only negative is the colors can use some improvements and the location of the bottle holder is in bad spot.Hope this help.


This boat is really stable.…

Submitted by: paddler513753 on 6/6/2019

This boat is really stable. Easy to get in and out of but in the water it's not so good. Bought mainly as a recreational kayak, as I don't do much fishing, but lots of bird and critter watching, Once across the lake, it's ok but it's a bit of a dog getting there. It can't compared to my Pungo120UL. Tracking is poor, it tends to the right, no matter the water/wind conditions and it labors through the water, even when calm. There is an annoying squeak from the seat and when assembling the boat, they were pretty sloppy with the glue as it's smeared on the hull in many places. I thought the boat would be a good choice but was wrong. I like that it weighs only 40 pounds, but it's not a paddlers dream.


Good looking lightweight kayak. However.....

Submitted by: paddler381457 on 9/6/2017

Like some other reviews I have posted, this one is based on testing rather than owning one. I really like the looks. It is very lightweight and has some great colors. This kayak will turn heads. The seat was one of the few that my wife found comfortable, and it is removable. I like the easy access of the hinged hatch covers, instead of rubber caps. There are gear tracks mounted on all side and the front middle for GoPro, rod and cup holders. I'm not sure I would make use of any of these, since I am a recreational paddler. Now, here is the bad (as I see it), therefore why I did not purchase one for myself.

My wife and I tried the Tupelo LT three different times at 3 different places, along with the Tupelo 12 and 12.5. We came to the same consensus. These models don't track real well and are slower than what we were expecting. I believe it is a result of the tri-hull design, which makes it very stable. The outside hulls don't run parallel with the center, thus doesn't glide as nice as other boats we've tested. The wind and current pushes this kayak around and we found ourselves having to constantly correct its course. I was also disappoint in that it doesn't have a front bulkhead. Instead, for support is a block of foam between your legs, which doesn't allow you to stuff a small cooler up front. No cup holder is provided without you having to buy an aftermarket holder to mount on one of the gear tracks. They do include a plastic water bottle that is bungeed to the foam block. It is not easy to get to and difficult to slide in and out of two very tight bungees. This setup will not hold any other container very well, other than theirs. That means you would have to empty our drinks into their plastic bottle. The sides of the cockpit are a bit flimsy, if you are going to use them to lift yourself up and out. Not as bad as the Hurricane Santee, but not as sturdy as Eddyline and other composite kayaks such as Current Designs or Swift.

I really wanted to like this kayak, since it is made in America, so good looking and reasonably priced for a lightweight.

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