Nirvana The Nirvana creek boat brings speed, stability, and maneuverability to any class of whitewater, inspiring confidence like never before. High bow rocker keeps you dry while flying over waves and holes, making the Medium Nirvana a sub-9’ racing machine. However, unlike many racing kayaks, the Nirvana is accessible— both responsive and forgiving— such that it feels at home on everything from beginner whitewater to the most demanding Class-V rapids. If you want a performance inspiring river-running/creek boat that’ll knock rapids down a class, than the Nirvana is the boat for you! Available in two sizes.

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  • 1  - Race Inspired Hull

    A creeking boat designed to get you through rapids quickly and in control. If you just want a river running/creek boat that has a high end speed in the rapids, but don’t plan on racing, the Nirvana won’t disappoint!
  • 2  -  Boat Armor Outfitting

    A new composite re-inforced hull track system is the backbone of this unique whole-hull integrity system.
  • 3  -  Uni-Shock Bulkhead System

    This shock-absorbing system not only might save your ankles from a rocky impact but also lets us drill ZERO holes in the boat for an absolutely dry ride.
  • 4  - Sure-Lock Backband System

    This instantly adjustable system is operated right from your kayak and uses only rope and plastic cleats: no metal parts to rust, corrode, fall-out or break - ever! Should you break a rope you are a simple square knot away from continuing in comfort and replacement is possible in any hardware shop.
  • 5  - Carrying Strap Attached to Bulk Head for Easier Carrying

    This unique webbing loop rides just over the bulkhead so you can hang on while portaging to add next level control and take some of the weight off your shoulders.
  • 6  - Ropes to attach throw rope for easy access

    Plenty of tie-down points for your pin-kit, rope, breakdown etc.
  • 7  - Go- Pro Ready - GoPro  - GoPro

    Comes with a screwed in mount for your Go Pro that you can unscrew and stick wherever you like for a different point of view.
  • 8  - Nalgene Bottle - Nalgene  - Nalgene

    USA Made, BPA Free and with a JK logo - this is one water bottle designed for years of hard use, just like your Jackson Kayak!
  • 9  - Thermoformed U Channel

    Thermoformed U Channel with Composite Reinforcement for added Hull Support.

Comments on “Nirvana”

  1. Sandy Northwood
    October 30, 2017 at 10:23 pm

    It’d be great to know more of the specs. What sizes does the Nirvana come in? Cockpit size & volume of each?

  2. Jessica
    January 30, 2018 at 11:10 am

    Will you be coming out with a small for us smaller paddlers and if so when!?

  3. Bill
    March 6, 2018 at 5:02 pm

    I have been paddling for three years. In that time, I’ve had four boats. I winnowed them down a few months ago to a single kayak and I’m very happy with my choice. I paddle a Karma RG on class 2 & 3 water; mostly river running. I love this boat and will never sell it; however, I am ready to add another kayak to the fleet. I have narrowed my choices to the Nirvana or the Zen. Which of these two boats are the most forgiving and the most stable? I normally paddle the Lower Green, the Tuck and the Nanty although I do occasionally paddle other southeast WW. I’m 5’10” / 185 pounds not kitted up. What size Zen and Nirvana?

    1. Chris M
      March 27, 2018 at 7:37 pm

      Zen – Large – 89 Gallons
      Nirvana – Medium – 86.3 Gallons
      Having paddled both boats, I think that a role remains for both in the Jackson line-up. The Zen has greater primary (boat flat) stability, so I’d give it the edge on stability, but not by much. It (the Zen) is also a ferrying machine, I have never paddled a boat which was so happy to just zoom across a river or across currents. The Nirvana will, I think, and has been for me, a little easier to turn on edge, and a slight bit easier to roll being an inch narrower with a slightly smaller planing surface underneath the seat. I think both boats will make you happy, and both are a great match for what you’re looking for, I think the Zen’s sharper rails will help you progress your river-running style, and I thought it felt more similar to the Karma Unlimited/RG than the Nirvana.

    2. Jay
      April 8, 2018 at 6:16 pm

      The Zen will be a better choice for you.

  4. Mack
    April 4, 2018 at 9:44 pm

    Got a wild hair to trade my medium Zen on a Medium Nirvana. The Zen was great, fun and forgiving. The Nirvana is great, even MORE fun and forgiving. The 8 extra gallons of air and the rocker make the Nivarna FAST and NIMBLE. It’s amazing that they built a boat for Dane to win races in that is also a good fit for a new paddler or a senior paddler like me to enjoy his nerdy club boating.

  5. Gwen
    April 12, 2018 at 3:09 pm

    As asked (but not answered) above, when will a small Nirvana be available?

    1. August 30, 2018 at 4:50 pm

      Hey Gwen –

      Unfortunately no Small was made of the Nirvana! :-(((( So sorry, Zen S is our smallest creeker as the Nirvana Md range fits down to 135 no problem. Add a seat pad if you feel too small for it, good luck! Clay

  6. Jordan
    April 26, 2018 at 9:25 pm

    Will Jackson be coming out with a small Nirvana?

  7. May 3, 2018 at 11:12 pm

    Letting ya’ll know that I will be piloting a Kraken from the headwarters of the Mississippi in Itasca,MN to the Gulf via the Atchafalaya. I don’t know if it’s been done on one of your boats or not so FYI.

    1. July 22, 2018 at 3:04 pm

      good luck Shawn! Post your success when you have it! Clay

  8. Kieran
    May 17, 2018 at 8:30 am

    I am an intermediate paddler paddling Grade 2, 3, 3+ looking to upgrade my creeker a large Pyranha Karnali. I paddled the large Zen 2015 and loved the the stability and the way it handled paddling upstream in rapids as well as overall breaking in and out of eddies, rolling etc. Love the look of the new medium Nirvana – sat in one and liked it – no option yet to demo one unfortunately. My question is what would you recommend the Large Zen or the Medium Nirvana for running Grade 2 to 3+ rivers working and playing the features i.e. not looking for a racing boat. I am 6’2″, size 12 shoe, 34″ inseam weighing in at 205 lbs. Weight ranges of both boats seem to suit. The large Nirvana might be a bit long for some of the low volume technical rivers here in Ireland. I use a Monstar for playboating and static sessions (too big I know but the only playboat I fit comfortably in). Anxious to progress my paddling but both primary and secondary stability important – twitchy boats and I do not mix well. I did try a large Antix – loved how the boat handled but the fit was uncomfortable for a long river run so had to drop it off the list. Any thoughts or advice greatly appreciated. Kieran (working my way through your books EJ and really finding them helpful)

    1. July 22, 2018 at 2:52 pm

      Hey Kieran! If the length of the Nirvana Lg is a bit much, try the Medium for a run before you go for the Zen just to make sure. We had some Team at 200 lbs running Cali overnights and Stikine last season! It will be tippier than the Zen LG. The Zen LG might be just your perfect boat already, though. I’m curious about your comfort issue in the boats though, as I wonder if something could be changed to help you fit (bulkhead foam, remove seat pad, put seat further back but sit forwards.. etc). I find the Nirvana is right at home on small creeks but I do like the stability of the Zen series and how high they ride in the shallows.

      1. Kieran Molloy
        August 27, 2018 at 5:50 pm

        Cheers Clay
        Thanks for replying to my questions. I broke my boat in Wales last week so have to get a new boat sorted now. I have an option to try a nearly new large nirvana. I still think the large zen is the boat but a spin in the nirvana will answer this once and for all. I will spend a bit of time adjusting the outfitting to see if I can sort out the comfort issues. Problem is at the hips so I will play around with the seat position and adjust the foam and see if I can resolve the problem. Thanks again for coming back to me. K

        1. August 30, 2018 at 4:26 pm

          Good luck! Consider adding a seat pad if the knees feel high, taking it out altogether if they feel too low. I often use 2-3 seat pads or a sweet cheeks 200 in some boats. Good Luck! Clay

          1. Kieran Molloy
            September 17, 2018 at 1:07 pm

            Hi Clay,
            Just to let you know I bought the large Nirvana. A bit of tweaking necessary on the outfitting but loving how it handles. I used it in the International Liffey descent at the weekend. Water levels were very low as we have had a very dry summer so it was a bit of a slog but the Nirvana worked very well for me. Off to Wales at the end of October so it will get a real whitewater test then if we don’t get any rain here between now and then. Final questions for you – I am using a pair of 30l peak airbags in the stern and they don’t fill it. Can you recommend what I should be using and also if there are any recommended bags to go in the bow below the foot pads. Lesson learned from breaking my boat buoyancy is important. Also any idea what size spraydeck the large Nirvana takes – looking to buy an IR bungee deck but not sure what size to get and don’t see it on the site. Thanks again for all the help.

          2. September 19, 2018 at 8:35 am

            Hey Kieran – glad it’s working! As for airbags, no idea what the largest are – NRS makes some designed for no-pillar boats that look wider, and there are a few brands listed here. We make the Creek Float which is the only option I’ve used lately and it does well for me – just enough room in the stern for your rope / dry bag and hand paddles in most medium boats.
            As for the bow – I use wine bags as it’s pretty cheap and they are fun to drain out. I’m not sure if they hold up to a real serious swim, so likely the commercial ones are best, but if you do drink box wine (or like to recycle and know someone who drinks it) you just pop off the plate, slide one or two back there and pop it back on.
            On spraydeck – I found this: So if you want a tight fit it’s XL and for easier to apply XXL. Good Luck!! Clay

  9. gabriel hernandez murillo
    June 21, 2018 at 7:03 pm

    Cuanto es el precio del kayak

    1. July 22, 2018 at 2:07 pm

      I think that depends where you live, sorry, your importer / currency can change things a good bit. We don’t sell online but there are many US online retailers that do – check NOC, CKS, or check in with to see what they recommend for your country. Good Luck! Clay

  10. Dennis
    July 5, 2018 at 2:00 pm

    What is the weight range for the large Nirvana and Zen? I am 280 lbs and been paddling the Large ZEN and Large Karma and Mon star since they came out. I know I am too heavy for the Zen since the tail catches somewhat.

    1. July 22, 2018 at 1:43 pm

      The Nirvana Large is a larger boat in many aspects – length and volume – and these will likely float and paddle better for you than the Zen Lg as well as simply being more forgiving overall.

      I’ve heard a lot of 250 lb men are quite happy with it. Good Luck! Clay

  11. Alan P.
    July 7, 2018 at 9:33 pm

    How do you know the max weights on these boats?

    1. July 22, 2018 at 1:40 pm

      Check the ”suggested weight range” area of the specs for our best advice. Some paddlers prefer larger / smaller boats than others so keep in mind there is a lot of personal preference involved. And where you want to paddle it is a factor. On easier water, a smaller boat can be the most fun.. on harder water a larger boat will float a bit higher and keep the edges higher. Good luck! Clay

  12. Chad
    August 2, 2018 at 11:14 pm

    I am a little over 6’5” and 230lbs. Trying to find a new boat to take on class 2and up water. Any suggestions? Looking for a little comfort for the bad knees and hips

    1. August 3, 2018 at 8:37 am

      The Traverse 10 would suit you if you plan to go longer distances, or the Nirvana L in the ”creek” market. We also offer several playboats – the Super-fun and Mon-star for larger people. What type of boating? Clay

  13. Greg Moore
    August 13, 2018 at 3:11 pm

    What’s the purpose of the lines etched lengthwise into the hull of the Nirvana?

    1. September 19, 2018 at 8:37 am

      Hey Greg – Those lines add some structural integrity to the tall, flat sidewall so it’s more resistant to side pins or dents. Good question! Clay

  14. Harry Fettes
    August 18, 2018 at 5:03 pm

    Got a Nirvana medium about 1 month ago and loving it. I’ve never been into the competitive side of Kayaking but approaching 58 I needed a spur to this years training plan so have issued an over 40s challenge for next year’s river Garry (grade 3+) boater X. The whitewater speed of the Nirvana is obvious but about 50% of the 800m course is flat. What tips do you have to reduce the flat water time. I’m 5’11” 90kg and moderately strong/fit. The format is 4 or 5 heats of 6 paddlers.

    1. September 19, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Hey Harry!
      As for speed in flats, the only way I know to improve that is to add a skeg or fin to the boat, to reduce the back n forth motion as you paddle… like an SUP. `As for improving YOUR ability to move the boat – that’s easier to work on! Focus on the quality of your forward stroke – reaching way out and turning your torso for power rather than pulling just with your arms. Use the water on every stroke – don’t fight your neighbors unless its a 2-boat battle. A longer paddle can be helpful (I use a 204 for some races, usually use a 197) but making every stroke count more for the energy it takes is your goal. In a boater X – its all about getting out front, so practice your start a ton…. sprinting when they say ”go” or sliding a ramp. You want to get ahead early and stay there with your water reading ability. Also – even if you get in the back, don’t give up! There is a good chance others will tangle on the gates (if the course designers are smart anyway) and you might be able to pass the crowd that’s fighting it out. Good Luck!! Clay

  15. Scott
    August 19, 2018 at 6:50 pm

    Loving the LG Nirvana. Such a fun boat. I’m curious if there is a way to get the latest model of a Super Hero. I live in Ut where the local rivers are narrow rocky. Some to bug for my 4 fun and some to small for the Nirvana. He superhero was great. Is it an option?

  16. Jason
    September 1, 2018 at 5:24 am

    I am a new paddler and recently purchased a large Jackson Nirvana. I began the sport this season with the purchase of a competitors boat, similar to the antix. I quickly realized that boat was too squirrelly for me to handle as a beginner in class III wave trains.

    After a very short demo in the Nirvana on those same wave trains, the stability and control had me sold. The large was recommended to me, but I only weigh 175 naked, so just about in what I believe to be the minimum end of the paddler weight range for the large. Am I correct in my assessment? Did I do the right thing buying the large or should I have good with the medium?

    1. September 19, 2018 at 8:40 am

      Hey Jason –
      Personally I love my Medium and wouldn’t go bigger but its about what YOU prefer not me. Do you like your boat? That’s all that matters! All the best, Clay

  17. Miles
    September 1, 2018 at 8:16 am

    Hey I’m 5’10” and weigh about I 170 pounds I’m looking for a good creek boat but also a boat that’s a great for getting me into some big water. This boat sounds like it’s to big for me any suggestions?

    1. September 19, 2018 at 8:44 am

      Hey Miles –
      Nirvana is great at your size – as that’s my size too! Perfect I would say, actually. Big water – that’s it’s forte. It skims across the water when you drive it, so paddle into drops before the moves you need to make rather than drift in to get the most out of this model. It loves to be kept moving, just a little bit of forward speed and it’s a dream. It will drift fine, too, but shines when moving forwards. Enjoy! Clay

  18. Donyena
    November 4, 2018 at 8:18 pm

    Hi Clay
    I´m 183 pounds and 5´11¨ and I´m thinking about getting a Nirvana, but I´m not sure about an M or an L…..I´m a 3-3+ kayaker, with some eventually 4 rapids. I have a Waka Tuna and I use it for big water like Futaleufu and I like it very much….somewhere I read that the Nirvana M is for people who weights up to 165 pounds max….is that true?, I know that is up to me in wich size I feel I fit better or I feel more comfortable but as always, I´m in the mid place between the M and L sizes and that´s really annoying!!! :-). Could you please help me and tell me pros and cons if I get the M or the L size?…..thanks a lot!!!!!

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