Product Description

The Basics: Jackson Kayaks designs have made our whitewater kayaks #1. There is exceptional history behind the craftmanship of our leading kayak architects: Dave Knight and Tony Lee. The DayTripper’s construction takes advantage of what these two have learned over the many years of designing the world’s best kayaks, making this boat durable beyond expectations. From a materials standpoint, we use the same plastic resin in our recreational kayaks as we do for our most hard core whitewater kayaks. Although this may be considered over-kill, we are proud to offer these materials and is evident in the fact that we offer lifetime warranties on all our recreational and touring kayaks.

Dryer, more stable, stronger, fun and supremely comfortable for those fun days at the lake and even on moving water! Our deck is designed for dry storage with drybags included and an optional ‘mini-skirt’ that allows you to keep even dryer on those wavy days. With a lower center of gravity than most canoes, and additional stability gained using a two-bladed kayak paddle, the Daytripper is far more stable than most water craft. With the addition of the fishing tray that play’s host to fishing tackle, drinks and fishing rod holders, the Daytripper was designed for fun. Topping it all off are the comfortable and dry DayTripper removable seats. These tough, comfy, folding chairs keep you’re center of gravity low in the kayak and butt off any water that gets in. No more uncomfortable kneeling! The adjustable foot rests allow for custom comfort for every length of leg.

The DayTripper’s Advantage: What you can expect from your Daytripper:

  • Kids and Beginners will immediately find stability in the Daytripper far more reassuring than a canoe or most other types of kayaks. As a first boat, the mini-tripper is an excellent starting point for kids of all ages. Since the kids are sitting IN the kayak the stability is increased enstilling confidence as your child takes his or her first strokes. Since ‘getting there’ is key to this kind of kayak, we ensure that the DayTripper moves faster than most! The DayTripper tracks like no other of its class and one paddler far out paces even two people in a canoe. For those who want to simply cruise, fish or float, the comfort of the seating and convenience of the DayTray will add to your day at the cottage. The durability of our plastic will also forgive the new boater for their treatment as they are dragged over rock and sand, and tossed up onto cars.
  • Intermediates will appreciate the DayTripper for being that craft allowing them to do more with paddlesports. As a transitioning watercraft, the DayTripper will allow paddlers to improve on their kayak paddle strokes and begin exploration, treks and kayak fishing at levels they wouldn’t otherwise. With the Daytripper’s unparalleled strength and holding capacity for a kayak, many use it as a pick up or suv truck. Transporting passengers, gear, wood for fires, coolers and much more is a breeze for this boat adding a new dimension of use never seen before in a kayak.
  • Expert paddlers use canoes for treks and expeditions. The DayTripper is no different. With the hull designed to hold up to 500lbs of gear, people and dogs, this craft is ready to take on any trip you have planned. With our distinct history in whitewater we’ve ensured that advanced paddlers are able to head to moving waters with increased stability over canoes and optional items like the MiniSkirt keeping you safe and dry. Running class 1 to light class 3 whitewater in the Daytripper is always a pleasure.

Comments on “Product Description”

  1. Dana Hammon
    December 31, 2010 at 12:57 am

    Looking into your Day Tripper. We would like more cost information, please.

    Thanks and happy new year.

    1. January 4, 2011 at 2:20 pm

      Hi Dana,
      Elite 12 is $799
      Elite 10 is $699
      mini-tripper kids version is $399

  2. David Beaster
    February 1, 2011 at 10:31 am

    Is there room for a 60 lbs dog to sit comfortably in the front of the day tripper and still have room for fishing equipment?

    1. February 6, 2011 at 7:55 am

      Depends on how big a cooler you have to bring 🙂 I paddled the larger Daytripper with my 60 lb lab several times with a smallish cooler in the back and a camera bag in between my legs. Consider some seat cushions or pad or such to make your pup more comfortable lying down and they will love it. So unless your gear takes up more room than my cooler, you should be more than fine. I also paddled with my girlfriend, my lab, her Jack Russel, and our cooler just for kicks and while we were worried when big boats went by it got us all across the lake without taking on water.
      Hope this helps –

      Clay Wright

  3. Mike
    March 8, 2011 at 1:41 am

    Are you looking at any dealers in Savannah Ga? I would like to purchase a 12 and a 10 for my family but no dealers here. Would you quote me on these and add shipping? I believe the Day Tripper would be great for our coastal area.

  4. Doug Goode
    July 11, 2011 at 10:36 pm

    I just bought a Daytripper 12 . I am just crazy about the daytripper 12. A great kayak for fishing or just paddling around.Thanks for a great kayak.

    1. July 12, 2011 at 4:34 am

      Awesome! We love the Day Tripper too and it really is an awesome all around use kayak!

  5. Josh
    August 30, 2011 at 11:12 pm

    Just like Mike, I’m wondering if you’re looking at any dealers in Savannah Ga? I recently moved here and have been looking at buying a kayak for the last few weeks. The daytripper 12 looks like the perfect fit for me because I want a kayak vs canoe but need something that has room to bring my 85lb German Shepherd along with. Please let me know.

    1. September 1, 2011 at 5:02 pm

      Hello Josh,
      The Day Tripper 12 is a great option for you and your dog, plenty of room and it’s nice and stable!
      Unfortunately, we currently do not have any dealers in Savannah, but please check out this link, which has all of our Georgia Dealers… please let me know if there is anything else I can assist you with.


  6. Bill H
    October 11, 2011 at 4:54 am

    This summer we bought two Day Trippers (an Elite 10 for my wife and a ‘regular’10 for me (I really like the ‘whoopie cushion’ seat on the regular 10 – my wife loves the fancy seat on the Elite). Great boats super stability – great for exploring with my photo gear for nature photography or for exercise paddling. The boats are surprisingly quick and responsive and track really well. We are both Dragon Boaters and like the Kayaks to keep in paddling shape. I often use the Day Tripper on a lake that can get pretty rough when its windy… the boat takes the waves well and the skirt is definitely an asset to keep you dry. Big fun!

  7. Brian Reigle
    December 20, 2011 at 1:46 am

    Will the 2012 Daytripper that has the Elite Seat have the new higher seating postion the Ibis has? I like that feature that was added to the track to raise the seating position higher. It would really help when I’m fishing.

  8. Tommy Currid
    January 13, 2012 at 3:55 am

    What are the cockpit dimensions on the Day Tripper Elite 12? In inches, please.
    This would be helpful information to put in the specs link, especially for larger kayakers!
    Thank you for a quick reply.

    1. March 13, 2012 at 3:02 pm

      We will try and get the dimensions but it’s a really huge cockpit rim – like it goes down past your feet. Sorry, we don’t worry about skirts for this one too often so we probably forgot to update the specs with this in there.


  9. bernard cruz
    June 30, 2012 at 6:17 am

    can you stand to cast a line and remain stable in the Daytripper? Are there at least partial skirts available to help shed some water in case a wakeboard boat or something like that comes barreling by me while I’m on the lake?

    1. July 15, 2012 at 8:55 pm


      I have spent some time fishing from the Day Tripper and have done fine while standing. It will take some practice, like standing from any kayak, but is possible. If your serious about standing while fishing you might consider a Coosa, Cuda 12/14, or Big Tuna also. As far as a skirt you should be quite dry w/o one. I’ve never had any issue with getting wet other than the occasional drops from the paddle.

  10. John
    September 20, 2012 at 2:24 am

    How does the flatwater speed of the Daytripper 12 compare with the Riviera or the Regal? Which would you prefer for class II?

    1. September 27, 2012 at 3:38 pm

      I love all three but if you are going to run class 2 – the regal for sure… has some coverage to keep splashes out, super comfortable and super fast! (faster then a day tripper) same speed as a riviera

      Emily Jackson

  11. Mike Stricker
    February 9, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    Hey thx for your time.Just breaking into the sport.Im here in Houston looking to buy 2 kayaks.Im torn between the coosa and your cuda for me, but I need a good suggestion for a senior citezen.No handy cap issues just needs something to learn on but stable and on and off issues.Looked at the only 2 places Ive found here for your product??? Unlimited fishing tackle or something like that. Im asking is that the only place in Houston?? I askd the guy about a camo coosa he’s telling some time in march he could pull one from the trailer and make me one up ??? Big market in Houston Texas guys..Like I said im looking for a couple of boats and im really anxious to bust some grassbeds for monster specks So thx for any input and again thx for your time

    1. February 13, 2013 at 2:02 pm

      Hey Mike,
      Both kayaks have very similar stability. The Cuda 14 is more length that keeps it stable while the Coosa it’s the width and our secondary stability in the hull. Either way, stability is a lot about what the owner’s balance is like and a bit of patience 😉 Standing and getting in and out of a kayak will always require a learning curve. Both our kayaks oblige that a bit more than others with our hi-lo seating and our stand-assist strap. The funky part getting in most kayaks is that awkward DROP down into a low seat. Our strap allows you to lower yourself into place. I’d keep the seat low for now, keep that center of gravity low until you get used to a kayak.

      Getting in a kayak and out is also about where you launch from. Some shorelines are downright nasty for even the most stable of folks. In most cases I never launch front in, for example. the stern on most kayaks is a triangle. that point on the shore often causes rocking and awkward launches. Get a pair of river booties, quick dry pants and don’t be afraid to get wet. Launching with the kayak’s nose on the shore is better as the nose is rounded more and has a rocker.

      Lots of little things like this make stability happen. Again its mostly just getting used to a kayak. Once on the kayak, keep a blade in the water at all times and slowly get used to getting more and more aggressive and familiar with the kayak.

      The coosa is great for inshore, rivers etc. Cuda is lower and helps keep the wind at bay and tracks faster for those longer paddles. If you want to keep dry and have an easier kayak to get into, the Kilroy is a sit inside kayak coming in april. Super stable (hybrid of kayak and canoe)

  12. Jerusha Sweger
    July 1, 2013 at 3:09 pm

    I have a day tripper 10. Love it as I bought my 4 year old the mini and she enjoys it on open water. I am looking into my first flat water race ( short course.). Can I use the day tripper for this? Would you also suggest a skirt for the race? And I was looking into either the journey or rogue for my next boat. Something I could flat water race in and also enjoy in rivers/bay. . Any suggestions? Thank you.

    1. July 8, 2013 at 5:28 pm

      Hey Jerusha –

      You can use anything for a race and the Daytripper isn’t that slow for it’s class, but then again ”open-top rec boat” isn’t often a separate class so you’ll likely have to paddle harder than longer, narrower boats if they line up with you. No skirt needed unless there is whitewater invovled. Sit up high for maximum leverage.

      The Journey is a much longer, faster boat than the Rogue .. it will go further per paddles stroke and also go longer distances with less effort. Harder to turn but you can always get the rudder for that. Hope this helps! Clay

  13. Heather
    October 10, 2013 at 7:08 am

    Hi, I am a beginner and would like to paddle with my 50 lbs pointer. I see lots of reviews that say the day tripper would be great for that sort of thing. I am not sure what size I should look into. I am not a small woman at 200 lbs. , but I also want to be able to lift the kayak on my own. What would you suggest? Also could you please explain the difference between an elite or standard?

    1. October 31, 2013 at 1:27 am

      Hey Heather –

      the Daytripper 10 is the one I paddled and it should work well for you. I’ve seen some pre-productions and older models so I’m not sure of the outfitting changes until I get home next week and can look at the 2013’s. It’s not the lightest boat in the world at 50 lbs but it’s very light for a boat that will fit an adult with a dog too!. The open deck saves some weight and the skid plate allows you to drag it across the parking lot without fear of wearing through your investment. The Elite comes with a removable seat and a drybag as I recall but check with your dealer to be certain. Hope this helps! Clay

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