Traverse 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 - Product Description

Product Features

  • 1  - Total Versatility

    Total versatility: class 2-4+ whitewater, occasional flatwater use, overnight/multi-day capability, easy to learn to paddle in, easy to roll. Also the person who wants only one boat in their quiver.
  • 2  - High Hull Performance

    Here's where we separate from the others. A stable, predictable hull with a strong link the Karmas, including really good initial stability but also great whitewater capability.
  • 3  - Classic JK Whitewater Outfitting

    All the ease of adjustability of JK whitewater boats, and the convenience and safety of Jackson Kayak's standard whitewater outfitting including our back band, comfy seating and adjustable paddling.
  • 4  - Uni-Shock Bulkhead

    To make this a true whitewater exploration kayak, we have added our Uni-Shock bulkhead for added safety. This feature and the new hull design bring the level of whitewater it can run up.
  • 5  - Deck Storage

    Deck lines at both bow and stern allow for convenient storage of items you need at a quick reach.
  • 6  - Yakattack Tracks  - YakAttack

    Yakattack tracks allow you to add any number of accessories for your adventure. Using RAM mounts you can add GPS systems, smart phones, fish finders, cameras, cup holders and more.
  • 7  - GoPro Ready  - GoPro

    Capture the moment right out of the bag with our pre-installed Go Pro Bow Mount. Just snap yours on and Simply hit record to watch your technique through the rapids!
  • 8  - Nalgene Bottle included  - Nalgene

    Made in the USA, our custom Nalgene bottles are decked out with Jackson Kayak logos and will last for years to come - like our kayaks
  • 9  - Stern Storage

    Designed for multi-day whitewater and flatwater excursions, the stern hatch provides ample room for packing gear. NEW this year is the implosion proof Hard Hat available as an accessory to keep your gear secure through harder whitewater.
  • 10  - Sure Lock Back band system

    This simple system uses ropes and cleats for a secure, instantly adjustible fit - right from your cockpit! With no metal parts to rust, break you’ll spend more time on the water, as if a rope breaks you’re just a quick square knot away from paddle securely once again
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Comments on “Traverse”

  1. October 24, 2018 at 11:01 am

    I am curious about this yaks stability for beginners, since it is more narrow than the others in it’s class. AKA… liquid logic xp10 and Dagger Katana. If I weigh 196lb at 5’10…would I be more suited for a 10 size?

    1. October 24, 2018 at 11:45 am

      Hey Dallas –
      Yes, at 195lbs the 10′ would be your best bet – stable and predictable for beginning whitewater but capable of handling gear when you need it to. I weight 175 and LOVE the 9′ Traverse but would only paddle it on whitewater unloaded – no overnighting unless it was on easier water. The 10′ is VERY stable whitewater design with ample gear storage and a rudder for wind / flatwater cruising. Coming from a ww background the 10′ felt big and overly stable on me compared to the 9′ but I would choose it for extended overnights or for less experienced or larger paddlers. I haven’t tried the Katana, but I know it’s similar ‘from beginner to advanced’ design like our Traverse where as the XP is a wider (slower) less nimble craft better suited to less aggressive beginners going shorter distances. Clay

  2. Tabitha Miller
    January 10, 2019 at 3:50 am

    Not sure why but my comment got erased. I wanted to sure Eric Jackson’s walkthrough video got me so excited about the Traverse that I am going to see one at my dealer this week. Here is the link to the YouTube video. Click here for the video. It’s the same one above of Eric Jackson doing a walkthrough of it. One question though, I am 5′ 6″ and about 128 lbs. Do you think I should go with a 9 or the 10?

    1. January 12, 2019 at 9:07 pm

      Hey Tabitha –

      At 128 lbs I’m sure the 9 is the way to go – unless you plan on paddling for weeks on end. I weight 175 and loved the 9′ for downriver paddling without overnight gear, it’s just fast and sporty and fun! Should handle plenty of gear at your size. Enjoy! Clay

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