Zen Series

Zen Series The Zen bridges the gap between river runner and creek boat, launching a new tier of speed and performance. High sidewalls provide stability, while ample volume and bow rocker keep you floating on the surface. The Zen is fast, light, and maneuverable; it allows you to fly up and over rocks, holes and waves better than ever! Whether you are looking for a forgiving, easy to roll, all-around kayak or a sporty river runner that surfs as well as it creeks, then the Zen is for you! Available in three sizes.

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Product Features

  • 1  - Uni-Shock Bulkhead System

    Save your ankles with Jackson Kayak's Uni Shock Bulkhead System. This system has zero holes drilled into the boat and operates out of your front wall. With a quick release you can push the bulkhead forward and stretch your legs- all without getting out of the boat. Front plates can be removed for added storage in the bow of the kayak.
  • 2  - Fast and Forgiving Planing Hull

    This smooth, progressive rocker design carries speed through rapids like nothing we’ve made before and is forgiving for punching holes and boils but also for smooth surfing, carving and spinning.
  • 3  - Sure-Lock Back Band System

    Instantly adjustable all-day comfort with no metal parts to rust or break. A simple pull of the ropes and you have the snug fit you love.
  • 4  - Improved Bow Rocker

    Lets you ride over holes easier than ever and scoops upwards even when you plug deep.
  • 5  - Higher parting Line for added stability

    We added a higher parting line to make this 2015 Zen more forgiving and add more secondary stability.
  • 6  - Drain Plug

    To get rain water out by parking on a steep hill, of course. Why else would you need it?
  • 7  - Go Pro Ready  - GoPro

    Comes equipped with a screwed in insert Go Pro mount to record your adventures.
  • 8  - JK Nalgene Bottle  - Nalgene

    This US-made BSA free product will give you years of use - just like your kayak - and has our logo to match.
  • 9  - 4 Grab Handles and Security Bar

    To lock up your investment and keep it securely connected to the roof racks, not to mention safety on the river.
  • 10  - Composite Reinforced Hull Support System

    Keeps this flat hull flat even after hard impact, roof rack time or years of use.

Comments on “Zen Series”

  1. sean
    February 24, 2015 at 6:22 pm

    An example comment regarding the 2015 Zen.

    1. February 24, 2015 at 6:27 pm

      An example reply

  2. Chris
    May 21, 2017 at 2:00 pm

    Just got my new lg zen and love it. But my question is why is it so much harder to roll than my hero? A little about me I am 5″11 185/190lbs 34 waist with 19.5 shoe. I know it’s a bigger boat but I thought it would be easier.

  3. November 2, 2017 at 10:35 pm

    can you surf in this kayak? and how much room do you have in here with a person? as in would you be able to pack for a long overnight trip or is there no room? also will a big kid that weights about 140lbs fir in this?

  4. John
    February 2, 2018 at 7:37 pm

    I am a bigger waisted guy that wants to get into kayaking white water, I’m looking at the zen large but I’m unsure if the cockpit size will be adequate?

    1. February 26, 2018 at 7:59 pm

      Hey John, i am sure it will work, but the large karma if you can find one is our largest model, or you can contact info@jacksonkayak.com for more help

  5. Elvis
    April 17, 2018 at 5:27 pm

    What size spray skirt for the large Zen?

    1. July 22, 2018 at 3:49 pm

      it depends on the brand of skirt, unfortunately. In Seals it’s the 1.7 for a great fit. Check the skirt companies website – this is a larger cockpit rim than any of our medium boats – similar to Karma LG or Villain or Superhero. Hope this helps! Clay

  6. Gustavo S
    July 11, 2018 at 11:20 am

    Hi, I want to buy Medium Zen Kayak Model but I´m live y Mexico City, Can you send me it to Mexico City?

    1. July 22, 2018 at 1:36 pm

      Man that’s a question for customer service.. I don’t know if we have an importer in Mexico right now or a dealer but I hope so. Check the website ”find a dealer” section and then write info@jacksonkayak.com Shipping might be an option.. just depends on current pricing options. Good Luck! Clay

  7. Doug Woods
    July 15, 2018 at 7:48 pm

    Is it possible to buy a Zen set up for C1 paddler?

  8. Paul
    September 1, 2018 at 2:00 am

    Heard you were revamping the Zen. Felt the need to give my 2 cents. Please make the layman’s all around dream boat. The world doesn’t need another racer.
    • Keep the excellent thigh indexing. It’s very comfortable but still narrow and low enough to roll easy. No need to lower that deck (see Nirvana).
    • Keep the Zen’s rails. They work, don’t chamfer them for softer landings.
    • Add more rocker. The current Zen likes to go deep. Keep it on top. Also, no need to make a low rocker boat that trades boofing for max speed.
    • Add more volume to the bow. Paddlers are getting used to growing bow friendly boats that stay on top, keep following this trend.
    • keep the every paddler’s stern, Add more volume. Today’s flattened race sterns work well, accelerating the boat downstream when you nail your line like a pro. Bring back the stern that will take care of you when you miss that line.
    Thanks and keep up the great work,
    Paul in SEPDX

  9. Matt Woodard
    September 8, 2018 at 2:43 pm

    Want one in solid black. Can you dig it, can you make it?

    1. September 19, 2018 at 11:19 am

      yes! We can make custom colors, it’s a $200 uncharge plus some extra weeks to ship – check with your dealer!! Clay

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