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Traverse 9

  • 9' 8" Length
  • 25.5" Width
  • 48 Weight (lbs)
  • $ 1,199 MSRP

Traverse 9 Description

The KARMA TRAVERSE mates a stretched, slightly wider version of the the highly acclaimed Karma with unique features to make for one of the most versatile kayaks ever. While the Traverse will handle whitewater with ease, its longer waterline and retractable skeg make for less effort when knocking out miles of flatwater. Yakattack rails allow for attachment of all sorts of accessories like camera mounts, smart phone holders, fishing rod holders, cup holders and more. Full JK whitewater outfitting including the Unishock footrest system and an optional implosion- proof "Expedition" rear hatch cover make the Traverse truly expedition-ready. Two sizes, the 9 and 10, will fit paddlers of almost any size or ability. One boat for many waters and many uses...the Traverse. 

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Traverse 9 Specifications

  • Seating Configuration: Solo
  • Weight: 48 lbs
  • Length: 9' 8"
  • Width: 25.5"
  • Volume: 86 liters
  • Max Capacity: 270 lbs
  • Cockpit Dimensions (L × W): 34.50 × 20.00"
  • Deck Height: 14"
  • Primary Material: Polyethylene Plastic

Traverse 9 Features

  • Structure: Rigid / Hard Shell
  • Cockpit Type: Sit Inside
  • Rudder/Skeg: Skeg/Fin
  • Storage: Stern Hatch
  • Bulkheads: Bow

Additional Attributes

  • Total Versatility
  • High Hull Performance
  • Classic JK whitewater outfitting
  • Uni-Shock Bulkhead System
  • Deck Storage
  • Yakattack Tracks
  • GoPro Ready  
  • Nalgene Bottle included
  • Stern Storage
  • Sure Lock Back band system

Recommended Usage

  • Activity Type: Recreation, Whitewater, River Running, Creek, Play
  • Water Type: Flat/Sheltered Water, River/Creek (Up to Class II), Whitewater (Class III+)
  • Duration: Day Trip
  • Skill Level: Intermediate
  • Ideal Paddler Size: Average Adult

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Traverse 9 Reviews

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First, I'm 65 and this is...

First, I'm 65 and this is my second ww boat. Just learned to roll last year in this. Quite easy to roll. I like it for whitewater. Great control. Spins on a dime with opposite lean and skeg up. Turns easily without leaning as well. I bought it thinking I could travel in a straight line easily since it has a drop down skeg. Not so but it does have a large effect of helping one go straight. I have a bad back and for me the backband sucks. Worked several hours getting it better. It's just me on that I think. I need higher support for comfort. My biggest complaint is the hatch cover. Leaks. A lot. Jackson sells a hard cover and neoprene gasket kit that I just ordered to fix the leak. Hope it works. I have a Dagger Roam and it stays bone dry upside down. I shouldn't have to fix this as it cost over $1000.00 for the boat. I have the 9ft. model. Wanted the 10 for more storage capacity but it swallowed me while sitting in it. My buddy is larger than me and got the 10. He fits in it great. The 9 is just right for me. I'm 5'7" and 160. Your not going to travel any distance on flat water without some work. It pushes a wave of water with the bow that constantly tries to turn it around. That's because it's a ww boat. Haven't gps the speed yet but it's not bad. All fittings and hardware are great. It's a quality boat. I do some rapids, mostly flatwater, and bought this because it's fun and I wanted to learn something new. I can run circles around my bunch with ease. Great in rougher water, that's where it shines. Nice storage hole for beer, small cooler, towels, etc. Only reason for 4 stars is the leaking hatch cover.