Specs/ Pricing


  • Weight: 29 lbs
  • Length: 5’7.5″
  • Width: 25.75″
  • Height: 13.5″
  • Volume: 51 gal
  • Cockpit Dimensions: 33″ x 19″
  • Ideal Weight Range: 100-160 lbs
  • MSRP: $1149


All Star:

  • Weight: 30 lbs
  • Length: 5’11”
  • Width: 26.75″
  • Height: 14″
  • Volume: 59
  • Cockpit Dimensions: 34.75″ x 20.25″
  • Ideal Weight Range: 140-200 lbs
  • MSRP: $1149


Super Star:

  • Weight: 33 lbs
  • Length: 6’1.5″
  • Width: 28″
  • Height: 14.5″
  • Volume: 67
  • Cockpit Dimensions: 36″ x 21″
  • Ideal Weight Range: 180-230 lbs
  • MSRP: $1149


Comments on “Specs/ Pricing”

  1. Lyle
    August 13, 2012 at 12:58 am

    I’m 6’2″ 175 with a 35″ inseam. Do you think I’ll fit in the new All Star? The 2010 model was a bit uncomfortable for the toes.

    1. October 17, 2012 at 5:08 pm

      Hey Lyle –
      I wasn’t sure when I got this and I’m not optimistic but it’s possible.

      I fit easily even with 5.10 Water Tennies on but my inseam is 30” and shoe size 11. I barely fit into the STAR … so it’s a fine line between ”roomy” and ‘tight!”

      The bright side is the All-star can be paddled with the seat further back than the Rockstar in my opinion so you should demo one and see what you think.

      At 175 the Super-star might be a bit big so Rockstar L or 2010 Super-star the best fall-back plans.

      Hope this helps!


  2. JR Mitchell
    August 15, 2012 at 1:52 am

    What is the weight range on the new super star. I still paddle my old liquid logic airhead. I am 225 and the mon star feels like a barge to me. The only place i paddle my playboat is the ocoee and the locust fork here in Alabama. Just want to make sure the superstar is big enough for me.

    1. August 15, 2012 at 12:22 pm

      I’d guess that the 2013 Superstar will feel somewhere in between our 2010 superstar/Rockstar Large and the MOnstar. So if the Monstar felt too big, this should be your ticket!
      We should be making the first production Superstars in a few weeks, so you’ll be able to try one out for yourself soon!!!


  3. Rowdy
    August 15, 2012 at 8:06 am

    Did you guys discontinue the MonStar? I’ve only recently started kayaking and was hoping to get into play boating. I was super excited that Jackson actually had a play boat that fit me. At almost 300 lbs and 5’10” I’m not an easy fit. Did the MonStar just not make the website under 2013 Star series or did it get the ax, and if it was cut from the line-up what’s the next best thing for a big’un like myself to get some Class III action on Idaho rivers (mostly Payette)? Thank you, Rowdy

    1. August 15, 2012 at 12:19 pm

      Don’t worry Rowdy, we’re still making the Monstar! It’s the perfect size for you!

      1. Rowdy
        August 19, 2012 at 4:44 am

        Thanks Stephen that’s great news, and I appreciate the quick reply! I tried my buddy’s just yesterday and love how easy the cockpit is to get into (and out of while upside down). Anybody else my size looking for a play boat I highly recommend checking one out.

  4. D
    August 20, 2012 at 4:14 pm

    What is the weight range on the All-star?

    1. October 16, 2012 at 6:23 am

      From paddling it recently i would guess 150 to 200, thought Stephen Wright was nailing 20 ends in flatwater like nothing at 145.

  5. Jake
    August 20, 2012 at 9:23 pm

    Which boat would be better for me, the star or the all-star (the new ones), I’m 5’6” and weigh about 130 but I’m only 13 and have lots of growing still!

  6. Ryan
    August 22, 2012 at 10:35 pm

    Sounds pretty awesome! I’m an intermediate paddler and a beginner/intermediate playboater (can surf, spin, plowing ender, stern squirt). I weigh about 250, am 6’3″ and have a size 12/13 foot.

    I’d like to be able to use my new playboat for class 3 downriver, as I do not live near any park and play. Would I be better off with the 2010 Monstar or a 2013 Superstar? Thanks!

    1. August 30, 2012 at 1:37 pm

      Sounds like the Mon-star is a perfect fit, and i haven’t seen the Super-star yet but I would bet it goes up to 230 or so… More as we know it!


  7. Jake
    August 23, 2012 at 12:15 am

    Which boat would be better for me, the star or the all-star (the new ones), I’m 5’6” and weigh about 130 but I’m only 13 and have lots of growing still! Please answer shortly.

  8. Ashley
    August 25, 2012 at 3:10 am


    Will the 2013 all star in terms of size fit somewhere between the 2010 all star and superstar? any idea of max inside leg + weight?

    Thanks for any help you can offer.

    Also I am interested in the 2010 superstar. I am 6.2 have an inside leg of 35 and am a size 10. I can squeeze into a project x 56 but I fear that I am too heavy for this boat. What would be idea in the jackson range for me.

    1. September 3, 2012 at 1:53 pm

      Hey Ashley –

      The 2013 Allstar does fit between the All-star and Superstar… I travelled with a Superstar and then a Rockstar L the last few years but I think those days are OVER! The 2013 All-star is so much faster and looser that even on a flushy wave it’s retentive as heck and really launches the loops more similar to the larger size boats than ever. Cannot WAIT to hit the Gauley in the All-stars!
      As far as leg lenght, in the Rockstar Medium or All-star I fit with booties and my toes touch the bow. In the All-star I can wear crocks or even five-ten water tennies and use a footbag over a foam shim.

      It’s not that there’s tons more footroom but that there is a critical slight amount more that makes a big difference AS WELL as a larger, longer waterline to balance the boat better when you sit a bit further back.

      Demo asap – you’re gonna love it even up to 190 lbs and some prefer it even at 200, though I think optimum for what I do with it is 160-185.


  9. mike
    August 26, 2012 at 8:58 am

    I’m 5’1″ short and 155-160 lb and want to learn to playboat. What boat and size do you recommend for use for predominately small play holes n waves. Had my eye on a Jed eye.

    1. August 27, 2012 at 2:17 pm

      You could paddle either the All Star or Star. Nick Troutman is in the small @ around 155 and really likes it. I’m 145 and paddling the Star and am very happy with it, but both Nick and I can paddle either size. EJ’s around 160 and paddling the All star. If you’re not going to be doing too much harder river running in it, I’d recommend the Star. It’d be very easy to learn all the vertical tricks and should fit you very well!

  10. jake
    August 26, 2012 at 10:47 pm


    How does the 2013 AllStar compare in size to the origional and 2010 AllStar. I am 6’1″, 80kg with 33″ inseem and find origonal AllStar very comfy but the 2010 AllStar very uncomfy, how do you think I would find the 2013 boat?


    1. August 27, 2012 at 2:12 pm

      At your size (176 Lbs for our North american friends), you’ll be MUCH more comfortable in the 2013 all star than you were in any of our other medium playboats. It has more legroom for sure and they’re sized up a bit so that you’re now right in the middle of the target weight range 🙂

  11. Jake
    August 27, 2012 at 9:40 pm

    Hello! Would someone please answer me! Which boat would be better for me, the star or the all-star (the new ones), I’m 5’6” and weigh about 130lbs but I’m only 13 and have lots of growing still! Please answer shortly.

  12. James
    August 28, 2012 at 1:28 pm

    beetween the Star and the Rock Star, what is a “-” better boat for a beginner to learn to playboat in or of all your kayaks which would be a good learner playboat? If their is no particular one due to advantages and disadvantages what would the +/-‘s be? I’ve read quite a bit about a 2010 model that’s gotten lots of rave for a great boat overall that many experienced users still use and also a great beginner boat.
    What i’m looking to do: learn to surf a hole, spin, cart wheels and then advance. 39 yrs old 5’2 160lb in good shape however, injuries happen more often than none and yes teens it does really happen…lol.

    1. August 30, 2012 at 1:16 pm

      The new 2013 Star sounds right up your alley – it will fit your 160 lbs better and it’s also designed to be more forgiving than the all-star especialy going downriver or rolling. Since some many people loved the Star series EJ redesigned what people liked better about it but added the fastest, loosest, funnest hull we’ve ever created for surfing waves. I would pay extra for the newer model as it’s another step forwards in making smaller waves and holes more fun for more people but also for running rivers without rolling as often.

  13. Andrew
    August 30, 2012 at 8:47 am

    I’m 5’6 and stockier at around 195-200 pounds, my 2010 all-star is a bit on the small side for me now. All-Star or Superstar?

    1. August 30, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      All-star most likely, it’s a good bit bigger so if you’re used to the 2010 All-star this one will feel much faster and poppier etc. Give one a try before you go to the Super-star for sure, it’s likely a good fit.

  14. Mel Corby
    August 31, 2012 at 2:47 am

    Why would someone choose a rock-star over a star and vice-versa? What are pros/cons.

    1. September 1, 2012 at 2:26 pm

      Hmm that’s a tough one.

      For starters the sizes are different so if you weight 175-190 the All-star fits you perfectly, while the Rockstar Medium was perfect for 140-175.

      If you live near a good wave – I feel the All-star just rules! Especially if it’s a flatter wave where you need speed the extra planing surface is so sweet!

      If you mainly do flatwater cartwheels and live near a really retentive playspot or lower volume rivers, the Rockstar has you covered.

      The All-star shines on fluffy holes and waves where retentiveness really helps you stick those moves.

      The All-star if you had trouble rolling the Rockstar or plan to run more rivers than park n play.

      2 great boats – slightly different strengths – slightly different sizes.

      Hope this helps!


  15. Jordan Kent
    August 31, 2012 at 6:26 pm

    You’re probably sick of hearing questions about sizing already, but I’m pretty divided. From what I understand, the 2013s are roomier than the 2010s. I am 5’10” and 145-150lbs. The 2010 All-Star was good and roomy but the Stat was just a little too tight to be in all day. What would you recommend?

    1. September 1, 2012 at 2:22 pm

      Try the 2013 Star for sure – more footroom and fits a slightly larger weight range too. Sounds like a perfect fit!

    2. September 3, 2012 at 1:07 pm

      The 2013 star has a good bit more total leg room than the 2010 Star–it has almost as much as a medium rock star! It will also feel like it’s sized in between those 2 as well, so if you wanted a slightly smaller-feeling all star, this will do the trick for you! I’m pretty much exactly your weight and have been rocking the 2013 Star since I got it and have been VERY happy with it! It’s a good bit faster on a wave than the 2010 all star or M Rockstar, and really easy to throw around. Wave take-offs are the easiest I’ve ever paddled.
      Hope that helps!!!

  16. Jordan
    September 1, 2012 at 4:15 pm

    I was about to ask my boss to order me a new All-Star when I realized the sizing changed for the 2013 models. I am 5’10” and 145lbs. In the 2010 series, I fit uncomfortably in the Star and comfortably in the All-Star. What would you recommend? I am using it for about 85% play.

    1. September 2, 2012 at 7:32 pm

      Try the 2013 Star for fit or consider the medium Rockstar. At 145 Stephen Wright is ripping in the Star and Erin Clancey is fitting her long dancer legs into it as well. Not sure on your inseam but my 31″ legs and size 11 feet did ‘t like it so much even though the boat was really fun! I’m going to try moving the seat back from. Enter and give it another go soon. Hope this helps! Clay

  17. Sam
    September 2, 2012 at 8:56 am


    Which one for the new star series would be best for me? I weight 193 lbs, inseam is 34″, shoe size 12 and my height is 6′. I have superstar from 2010 series and that feels a bit big for me. I wonder if all star would be good size for me from 2013 series.



    1. September 3, 2012 at 1:03 pm

      IF the 2010 Superstar felt a hair to big, then you’ll probably really like the 2013 All Star. It’ll be sized somewhere between the 2010 All Star and Super Star! Sounds like you like smaller playboats, which are FUN! I’ve switched down to the Star with the 2013 Star series and am LOVING IT!

  18. Marty D.
    September 2, 2012 at 6:04 pm

    I’m 5’10 and about 185 lbs and size 12 feet, I currently paddle an old wavesport project 52 but im looking to upgrade because I find it very uncomfortable and its just not enough volume to give me any pop. I do a lot more hole playing than in waves (my closest rivers are the lehigh and the yough). I want to do a lot more consistent cartwheels and learn to loop, would I be better in a rockstar M or an allstar?

  19. Aj
    September 3, 2012 at 3:47 am

    Will it be hard to run easy rivers in

    1. September 3, 2012 at 12:52 pm

      The 2013 Star series is much more forgiving downriver than either a 2010 All Star or a Rock Star. That was one of the design goals for improvement with this boat 🙂

  20. Flo
    September 5, 2012 at 9:20 pm

    I`m looking for a new playboat, I hope you can help me..
    I have about 95kg and I`m 180cm tall but I have rather short legs.
    I want to use the boat on flat water, easy rivers, smaller holes and waves. I took a seat in a 2010 Superstar and I felt quite comfortable, but I definitely don`t need more space for the legs…

    1. October 30, 2012 at 3:03 am

      At 209 lbs or so I would go either Allstar for a small-boat feel you can throw around easy in flatwater or Super-star for a bigger more river-runnable boat that surfs well and plays holes well but might be a challenge in flatwater at first. Sit up on a 200 Sweet Cheeks in the larger model.

      Hope this helps!


  21. Anthony Collins
    September 8, 2012 at 1:12 pm

    I am going to be coming home from a deployment and this looks like the boat for me. I am 5′ 9″ with a 31″ inseam and weigh 175. I also need a knew spray skirt so cockpit dimensions would be nice to know.

    1. September 8, 2012 at 8:07 pm

      You’re the perfect size for the 2013 all star. The cockpit rim should be about the same size as all our other medium playboats (just shaped differently for a drier ride). SO most standard large keyhole skirts should fit well.

  22. Sam
    September 9, 2012 at 12:11 pm

    Do you have weight recommendations for 2013 star series somewhere?



    1. September 9, 2012 at 1:57 pm

      Sorry that the spec list isn’t up yet for that! We’ll get on that asap. BUT having paddled both the Star and the All Star quite a bit (and having watched lots of other people paddle them on the Ottawa and World Cup), I can say that the 2013 Star series is sized up a bit from our previous rockstar and 2010 Star series. Generally, I’d guess that the sweet spot is about 15 lbs higher than with our older playboats of a similar size….so the Star would be good from 115ish up to more like 165 (I’m 145 lbs and digging the star, but I always felt like the 2010 Star and the Rockstar Small were too little for me….a lot of it was that they would bog down on a wave and just paddle too slow). The All Star seems to be good from 140ish to 200. I’m not sure what the Superstar will do, but I’d guess that it’d be 1/2 way between a 2010 superstar and Monstar.

      Hope that helps!!!!

  23. James
    September 12, 2012 at 4:44 am

    Sorry but I get a bit confused on your different series of kayaks. As a beginner who wants to get into play boating, at 5’1 160 lb without gear 30 inseam wut is your recommendation. I’ve been paddling a WS diesel 65 and looking for a boat to spin, surf , cartwheel then to more advanced tricks. mostly will paddle in the SC, NC & Ga play spots ….lookin for a beginner park n play boat that will advance me quick. I read somewhere that a 2010 model ( don’t remember which) was designed and better than your latest models for beginners????? Any assistance is greatly appreciated.

  24. Gary Moore
    September 12, 2012 at 6:26 am

    I’m 6′ 4″, 36″ inseam, size 14 shoe and weigh 185 to 190 lbs.

    Which playboat(s) would be best suited for me.



  25. X Redwood
    September 22, 2012 at 5:06 am

    Hi, I’m 6’3″ size 13 feet 200ish lbs and want a bit of an all rounder (starting off river running then moving more towards playing) what do you suggest?

    1. October 10, 2012 at 6:50 pm

      4-Fun for more play or Zen 75 for more river running – two great entry level boats that will take you very far along in your more specialized endeavors.

      The 4-Fun is more of a playboat, so you may end up in it a long time. The Zen is more river runner, so it may end up as your harder water boat for differnet rivers or friends when you go playboating. Enjoy!


  26. Lochlan
    September 23, 2012 at 1:03 am

    You explained in previous comments that the 2013 Allstar’s weight range is about 150 lbs to 185 lbs or there abouts. I weigh 135 lbs (right now) Im wondering if that would be a problem? If I was to order an Allstar from near Ottawa Canada would the boat be shipped from the states where Im guessing you have your HQ, causing extra tax. or would it be shipped from a local warehouse. I’ve asked around some kayak stores here in Ottawa about their pricing of the 2013 Allstar and they gave a retail price around $1300. Your prices here are about $1200 Im wondering how your prices plus shipping would stack up against local retail prices and if there is some kind of deal you happen to have for shipping.

    The boat looks like a good improvement on my current 2007 FUN.
    thank you very much.

    1. October 10, 2012 at 7:16 pm

      Hey Lochlan –
      I just paddled a STAR last week and loved it, which means it’s gonna be going huge for you! With the All-star I love the boat especially downriver or loops but the STAR is so short and easy to compete with (though I can barely fit).

      I would re-adjust my ‘perfect fit” for the All-star to be more like 160-200 and the Star more like 120-150.

      I don’t know anything about shipping but our lovely Customer Service ladies ( Teri and Tara) and gentlemen ( Ian and Jeff) can help you out there .. info @ jacksonkayak dot com. The STAR is gonna blow your mind compared to an 07 Fun!! Despite what people say to justify not buying a new boat, EJ and David are pushing each and every boat to bet far better than the last one time and time again.. and you’re a couple versions back. Good bye flip phone, hello iphone 5!


  27. Max
    September 23, 2012 at 1:53 am

    What is max inseam for new all star? My weight is 185. Also does it come with happy cheeks and happy feet or foam?

    1. September 27, 2012 at 3:36 pm

      Foam feet but it has a sweet cheeks in it!


      1. Mel Corby
        October 1, 2012 at 1:09 am

        Thanks. What is the max inseam?

  28. Jake Carter
    September 23, 2012 at 7:32 pm

    Im 13 years old 100 to 110 lbs 5’4″ or 5″ish but i am growing FAST and soon will be very heavy around 160 to 180ish what would be a great size to grow into?

    1. September 27, 2012 at 3:35 pm

      You could paddle an all star up to 170… Depends on how tall you are going to get….. But i would say go for an all star, 2013 as it has more room then a rockstar m


  29. john urquhart
    September 30, 2012 at 7:29 am

    what boat would be the best for me i am 12 and i am am looking for a freestyle boat preferably Jackson kayak but i don’t know what boat would be best i need a boat that can run rivers up to grade 3 and do freestyle aswell
    please could someone comment back to tell me what would be the best boat for me

    1. October 16, 2012 at 6:34 am

      HEy John –

      What’s your weight and pants size? WE have a wide variety of sizes and models but check out the weight ranges between the Shooting STar, Fun 1.5, Rockstar S and Shooting star We also make the 2-Fun which makes many young paddlers really happy. What river will you be paddling most often? Clay

      1. john urquhart
        October 26, 2012 at 4:24 pm

        a range of rivers in scotland like the etive awe and orchy rivers around there and hopefully a bit of freestyle here and there iam about 5 stone

      2. john urquhart
        October 28, 2012 at 7:43 am

        what abut the 2013 all star

        1. john urquhart
          October 28, 2012 at 7:44 am

          i llke the shooting star and 2013 all star

          1. john urquhart
            December 1, 2012 at 6:45 am

            i reackon the shooting star would be good

  30. Edwin
    October 5, 2012 at 5:21 am

    I am trying to find a play boat that I am heavy enough to do flat water tricks with that will still fit my tall size. I am 180 lbs and I am 6’4″ with a 36 inch inseam size 13 foot. My current boat is an XL pyrahna molan which I barely fit in booties but I don’t weigh enough to get the bow down in the water without a wave or hole. Also, I sit so far back in it in order to fit my legs that the stern is lower than the bow making the boat sit funny on the water. Any ideas?



    1. January 5, 2013 at 8:19 pm

      Hey Edwin –
      This is tricky so I forwarded to Colin Kemp – our big / tall guy expert.

      Look for a response soon or hit me back… my first name at Jacksonkayak.com


  31. boone
    October 7, 2012 at 9:22 pm

    I’m 6’2″, inseam right around 34″ I weigh anywhere between 150-165 depending on the time of year, 17 years old, size 11.5 feet. Star or All star? I have a feeling I am going to fit all star better

    1. October 10, 2012 at 6:43 pm

      Hey Boone!
      With a 34” inseam you’ll be in an All-star for sure, which is big at 150 but great for 165 and since you’re 17 I would bet you won’t be getting much smaller!


  32. Dan
    October 8, 2012 at 6:58 pm

    Hi, are you able to provide the paddler weight and size specs for the 2013 star series yet? Max height, inseam and similar?

    1. October 10, 2012 at 6:27 pm

      Hey Dan –
      I’ve been paddling the STAR some this week and it’s one sweet little boat! I weight 160, which is heavier than ideal, and I have a 30” inseam and size 11 feet… but I’m really good at cramming myself into little boats and have been having a blast!

      I would commit to the STAR at 150lbs or under for full-on play as it’s just so fun to have so little boat on you yet still be able to loop SO big!

      Inseams can go higher as your weight goes down, I definitely felt faster when i slid as far forwards as possible which still wasn’t the middle seat hole. Lighter paddlers will be able to sit further back without losing speed.

      Hope this helps!

      1. Mel Corby
        October 14, 2012 at 9:32 pm

        Can you give the same information for the all-star?

      2. Mel Corby
        October 17, 2012 at 4:13 am

        Please guys – same for all-star?

  33. Robert
    October 8, 2012 at 10:12 pm

    I have a question, what is the weight of the new jackson kayak all star 2013?

    1. October 31, 2012 at 4:52 pm

      29 1/2 Pounds! : )
      Emily Jackson

  34. vicent
    October 12, 2012 at 1:17 am

    Hi there….i would like to ask you your opinion, wich kayak will you recomend for me …a allstar or a superstar….My height is 6´1 and im around 200 to 205 puonds and my foot size is 12.
    I awaite your answer

    1. October 19, 2012 at 4:26 pm


  35. Peter Newland
    October 12, 2012 at 8:08 am

    Hey guys, what about us larger, taller paddlers. Were is the MONSTAR? I would upgrade the old one in a minute!

  36. Keith
    October 17, 2012 at 8:35 pm

    I’m an old fat guy, 5’9″, 175(fat and out of shape but not that strong) I own a 2007 GEN ALL STAR, the young (and I use the term loosely) punk at OKS Kayak (I won’t name names… Ryan W) told me I was too “heavy” for my kit, so as I look to get some more suitable gear am I better served by a M Rock Star, 2010 FAT Star, or 2013 XX Star?


    PS – Can’t wait to go back to OKS with suitable kit….

    1. October 19, 2012 at 1:17 am

      At your size, I think you’d be happiest in the 2013 all star. The Rockstar M would be easier to flatwater cartwheel, but a good bit more of a handful down river. The 2013 all star would be much easier downriver, a good bit faster on a wave and it’ll take off much better. The Rockstar M might be easier in smaller holes (it’s just a smaller boat). I think that the sweet spot for the 2013 all star is right at 175.
      Hope that helps!!!

  37. Hank
    October 22, 2012 at 1:09 am

    Hi guys. Just sat in and messed around in a Monstar at my local dealer. Feels fun but big.
    Which boat in the new lineup is good for short, fat old guys? I’m 5’10” and 235……

    1. October 22, 2012 at 2:55 am

      If the monstar felt a bit too big, the 2013 Superstar should be just right. It’s bigger than our former Superstars and Rockstar Large, but a little smaller than a Monstar. Should do great for you!

  38. Alex
    October 25, 2012 at 3:39 am

    Im looking at up-grading to the 2013 Allstar from a Rockstar M. I would have to buy before I try. I was wondering where the extra gallon & 3/8 is distributed on the 13 Allstar compared to the RS?
    How much lower is the seat in the 13 Allstar compared to the RS M? – as the deck is 3/4″ lower I was hoping that a lower seat would compensate for this loss of leg room for us tall guys! Any idea if the extra 1 1/2″ in length is in the bow or stern? Cheers, and thanks in advance.

  39. Mike
    November 2, 2012 at 3:42 pm

    Thinking about the new star series. I currently paddle a 2010 Superstar and its super comfy. I’m 6’4″, 170lbs, 36″ inseam, and 13 shoe. With the stars growing a bit do you think I could fit in an All Star?

    1. November 2, 2012 at 11:53 pm

      You’re a great weight for a 2013 all star for sure. The only way to know for sure on fit is to sit in one. Depending on your inseam, you may be able to be really comfy, or not. There’s a lot more leg room in the 2013 than we’ve ever had in a medium playboat for sure, but i’m not sure whether it’s more or less than a 2010 superstar.

  40. Sammy
    November 7, 2012 at 3:54 am


    I am 193 lbs. Am I too heavy for new All Star?

    1. November 11, 2012 at 5:26 am

      Hey Sammy –

      For park n play and easier runs you’ll likely love the 2013 Allstar, it’s far bigger than the 2010 version and at 160 I’m loving the STAR in really retentive spots – getting BIG loops and backloops and everything else. I’ve barely considered a STAR before the 2013…

      I choose the Allstar every time for downriver or BIG loops but I feel you should definitely try the All-star for yourself and see what you think.
      All the best – Clay

  41. Dan Smith
    November 11, 2012 at 10:47 pm

    Hi Guys,
    I am 160=165 lbs with a 32″ inseam, size 9 feet. Most of our play-boating up here is bigger wave stuff with some hole play. What size would you recommend…the Star? Allstar?
    Also see some Rasta coloured boats out there. Ever consider that a regular colour rather than a custom? Seems like a very hot colour scheme….THX!

    1. November 13, 2012 at 6:10 pm

      Great questions! I’d go all star for sure at your size. If you want more leverage, you could sit higher up in it. I feel as though I’m pretty close to the top of wave performance weight with the Star (I’m around 145 or 150). Plus you’ll be much more comfortable in the All Star. It ROCKS on a wave–SO FAST AND FUN!!! You’ll love it!

  42. Wyatt R
    November 15, 2012 at 11:50 am

    Im around 5′ 11″‘and 6 foot and weigh 185 – 195 ( depends if it’s wrestling season) with a 34″ inseam and size 12 feet. I’m looking at the star series and can’t figure out between the all star and the superstar. Which one will fit me better?

    1. November 15, 2012 at 2:48 pm

      If you’ve been paddling larger-sized playboats, you’ll be happy in the Superstar, but you’ll probably want to sit up a little higher for more leverage. The All Star would likely have more leg/foot room than any other medium playboat you’ve ever tried, but you’d be at the top of the weight range. You’d probably be be best in the superstar unless you’ve been paddling medium playboats in the past and like the feel of a smaller boat.
      Hope that helps!

  43. dave
    November 20, 2012 at 12:20 am

    Hi, I’m 6’4″, 207 lbs, foot size 13 and 34″ inseam. I’m currently paddling a 2010(?) MonStar. Looking for lower volume playboat and hearing good things about the 2013 Superstar. Think I’ll fit?

    1. November 20, 2012 at 1:00 am

      I think there’s a great chance you will! It’ll feel a little (but not much) tighter on leg room than your monstar, but it’ll be a way better size for your weight. Enjoy!!!

  44. Mike C
    November 24, 2012 at 4:15 am

    Hi! I’ve been looking into a first kayak. I currently paddle an all star and the 2fun. I’m looking for the best choice for lots of flat water play and some medium size rivers. I am 6′ and 150 lbs. size 12 shoe 32″ inseam I believe. Any recommendations? Thanks!

    1. November 25, 2012 at 6:19 am

      The 2010 Fun would be great for flatwater and also for running rivers, not sure what model year you have but the 2010 is really playful.

      The Rockstar Medium is more of a full-on playboat but a small, easy to throw around boat you will fit into.

      The 2013 All-star will fit you nicely and run rivers much more easily than many of these because it is bigger. It will be harder in flatwater than these others. So there you have it – 3 solid choices! All the be, clay

  45. Sammy
    November 27, 2012 at 7:58 pm

    Which one would be easier for flatwater moves 2013 allstar or 2010 superstar? My weight is 190 lbs.


  46. Aaron
    December 10, 2012 at 2:02 am

    i’m 5’4 150 pounds. currently i have a fun but i want to get a boat with a little more play but is still somewhat stable on the river. what do recommend?

    1. December 11, 2012 at 2:14 am

      Hey Aaron –
      at 150 the 2010 All-star or Rockstar MEdium will be great ‘full on play” boats for you at your size but also big enough to go downriver well. Rockstar a bit more ‘advanced’ and All-star 2010 a little more forgiving. The 2013 All-star is bigger, will be a great playful river runner but a tougher to flatwater craft. The 2013 STAR will be a good choice of a SMALLER boat than the Fun that will be easy to learn most play moves and run some rivers in but it’s smaller than the Fun so try before you buy.

      I paddled the 2013 STar at 165 / 5’9” so you’ll have no problem.

      Lots of options ! Enjoy your choices!


  47. Stuart
    January 10, 2013 at 1:37 am

    I will be ordering the new 2013 star series soon but unsure about sizing?
    I don’t know if I should get the allstar or superstar?
    I am 6’2.5” with size 12 feet and a 34.5 inseam and weight 185.
    If I take out the foam block in the front could I fit in the new all star?


  48. Paulo
    January 11, 2013 at 6:04 pm

    Hi JK team!!
    I had one ALL-Star 2007 and then one 2010.
    But I´m 6´2 tall and 182lbs, and all these boats fits me too tigth!
    But here in Brazil we didn´t have much options!
    Now I´m between the Super Star and 4FUN. I know that with the fun series I would loose a lot in playboating, but I rather be confortable going down the river than throw big loops.
    Which one would fit me better???

    1. January 12, 2013 at 2:05 am

      Either of those should be much more comfortable than the all stars. Are you talking about the 2013 Super Star or the 2010? I’d go for the superstar, because it’ll play much better and still be stable downriver. The 4 fun would probably be faster downriver, still surf well, and be fun to stern squirt. I know lots of people at your weight who paddle the Superstar as their primary playboat.
      Hope that helps!

      1. Paulo
        January 16, 2013 at 10:42 am

        Thanks Stephen,
        I´ll go with the 4 fun…

  49. Jason
    January 17, 2013 at 4:52 pm

    hey there I’m looking to get into WW kayaking after years of sea kayaking. I would say I’m an advanced sea kayaker, I can roll, I love to surf waves in my Tempest 170 pro. what would you recommend for a WW boat for the Ottawa river and rivers around that area? I plan on dong the OKS courses this summer. I’m 5’9 and 175.


    1. January 17, 2013 at 4:56 pm

      Sounds like a great plan! OKS does great instruction, and the Ottawa’s a fantastic place to learn. For that river, you’re gonna want something that will let you play. A 4 Fun would be a very forgiving learning boat that will also allow you to have fun surfing, and eventually learn to do tricks on a wave (which is what most ottawa paddlers like to do these days :)). A 2013 All Star would be a shorter playboat that would be easier to learn all the play tricks and more fun surfing, but a little more of a handful downriver. Either would work great for what you want to do.

  50. Jules
    January 23, 2013 at 6:22 pm

    Hi.. I am 6’0 tall with a 31″ inseam and weigh between 188 196 pounds. Have been paddling a prehistoric Riot Disco for the past three years and am looking to push on to the next grade of playboating.
    I am now torn between the Allstar 2013 and Superstar. I seem to be at the upper end of weight range of the Allstar
    Any comment appreciated ! Thanks

    1. March 5, 2013 at 4:09 pm

      Jules –
      at 190 you can get a play weight in a 2013 All-star and it will be MUCH better than your Disco.. for everything.

      OR for more river running fun go 2010 Super-star or Rockstar Large. These are smaller than the 2013 Super-star just as the 2010 All-star and Rockstar m are smaller than the new All-star.

      Hope this helps! Clay

  51. Sam
    January 30, 2013 at 3:52 pm

    Hey guys!

    I had a 2010 allstar and loved it, had it for 2 years, then started to loose its “bounce”, basically I just felt as though it got a bit “old” sort of like how a skateboard looses pop after a ton of use. I then moved to the Pyranha Jed. Love that boat, but I’m on the lower end of the weight range. looking at the 2013 all-star, I weigh about 187-190, the all-star may be a bit small for the weight range, but I’m stocky, maybe 5’7, would a superstar be way to much to still toss around? I do most of my boating on the ottawa river.



    1. March 7, 2013 at 3:47 am

      Hey Sam –
      Might have just replied to this but maybe not..
      Older boats begin to flex, lose their pop. Some after 3 years, some after 3 months depending on the usage. I think Dane’s lost some pop after a month in Africa due to 2 big wave sessions every day and he was going big every pass and landing hard…

      2013 All-star will handle 190 just fine, it’s a good bit bigger than the 2010. Yes youll be top end but not like you would be in a Medium Jed or All-star 2010. 2010 Super-star or Rockstar L another option if you want a bigger boat. Ottawa – see you in July!


  52. Jules
    February 10, 2013 at 5:43 pm

    Hi,, second time I’ve posted this.. I can see my first question on the thread but it’s just sitting there saying it’s awaiting moderation. I don’t know how to moderate it ?

    Hi.. I am 6’0 tall with a 31″ inseam and weigh between 188 196 pounds. Have been paddling a prehistoric Riot Disco for the past three years and am looking to push on to the next grade of playboating.
    I am now torn between the Allstar 2013 and Superstar. I seem to be at the upper end of weight range of the Allstar
    Any comment appreciated ! Thanks

    1. February 13, 2013 at 1:01 am

      Sorry it took us awhile to get back to you! Most of us comment approvers/answerers have been in Uganda for the past 3 weeks. In answer to your question, you could realistically paddle either the all star or the super star. You should fit comfortably in either. The All Star would be MUCH easier to throw around in flatwater and small holes. It’ll be lighter, and easy to outfit snuggly. The Superstar would be more retentive, a bit faster, more forgiving downriver, and would loop massively. Either would be more volume than your disco. I’d think that most people at your size would go with the All Star if you’re mostly looking to play.
      Enjoy!!! Can you try one/both of them?

      1. Dennis Wigg
        February 21, 2013 at 2:00 am

        Stephen, what did you mean by the Superstar would be more retentive then the All star???

        1. February 21, 2013 at 2:22 pm

          Just that it would be easier to stay in holes and waves. More volume (air) means that the upstream-pushing foam has more to push against, so it’s easier to stay on the surf spots. Make sense?

  53. J-F lebrun
    March 7, 2013 at 1:29 am

    Bonjour je me demande quel kayak choisir je mesure 5,6 et je pese 180lbs et je porte 8de soulier
    Quel des kayak serais ok pour moi?

    1. April 1, 2013 at 3:35 am

      Hey J-F

      5’6”, 180 = Allstar for river running and play and especially waves. the Rockstar Medium will be great for hole play and pools but may feel a bit small in big water river running but still OK. These are both great options, All-star is bigger and better for waves and downriver, Rockstar M for holes and flatwater.

      Au revoir!

  54. J-F Lebrun
    March 11, 2013 at 4:57 pm

    Je me demande le quel du allstar ou du Superstar serait idéal pour moi?
    Je pese 185lbs et je mesure 5pieds 6 pouce
    Merci !

    1. March 14, 2013 at 5:21 am

      Hey J-F Lebrun!
      For 2013 the All-star would be right for you, as it’s a little larger than the 2010 or the Rockstar Medium.

      No question, you don’t need a Super-star in this model boat, especially at 5’6”.

      Thanks for your question! Clay ou en francais…
      Hey J-F Lebrun!
      Pour 2013 la star All-serait bon pour vous, car il est un peu plus grand que le 2010 ou le moyen de Rockstar.

      Pas question, vous n’avez pas besoin d’une étoile super-modèle dans ce bateau, surtout à 5’6”.

      Merci pour votre question! Clay

      I wonder what’s the allstar or superstar would be ideal for me?
      I weigh 185lbs and I measure 5 feet 6 inches
      Thank you!

  55. Andrew
    March 23, 2013 at 10:57 pm

    I am 182lbs and currently paddle a fun which seems very slow compared to my fun runner 70. I am considering trying an all-star or superstar. How does the new star series compare in speed with the 2010 fun ?



    1. March 25, 2013 at 3:27 pm

      Hey Andrew –

      Shorter boats are usually slower in flatwater which will be the case here too. On the other hand at 182 you are sinking that Fun a bit deep which slows it down. If you were to paddle a 2013 All-star it might actually feel faster simply due to the increases surface area.. it floats higher on the water. I doubt it would be slower anyway. The Super-star is a much larger boat for 2013 so I’m not sure I would go for that one unless you primarily want to surf and spin and loop… it’s pretty hard to flatwater cartwheel at 180lbs. Try a 2013 All-star and see what you think!

  56. Christaan
    March 27, 2013 at 3:30 pm

    So I was curious if Jackson Kayak has considered getting into the faster surf/play kayaks similar to the Fluid Element kayak? Or is the Rock star or star series comparable? I was just wondering because with access to the ocean I have been looking into a playboat to take out on ocean waves.


  57. Brad Colville
    March 29, 2013 at 6:48 pm

    No Mon-Star:( No happiness:(

    1. March 29, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      We still make and sell the monstar… just check in with your local dealer.

  58. Ray Allen
    April 2, 2013 at 2:39 am

    Want to get into playboating and was wondering what boat, in your opinion, would be a good match. I am very interested in either the 2013 Star or All Star. I am 5’5″ and weight 145lbs. I would also like the boat to be usable running a class 3 river. I currently paddle a JK Villain S.


    1. April 11, 2013 at 8:38 pm

      Hey Ray –

      Unless you only want to river run I would go with the 2013 Star as it’s very river running friendly but also easy to throw around at your weight. On class 3 you will be set! For bigger water a bigger boat can be nice but you’ll lose a lot of what you get a play boat for.

      The other option would be the 2010 All-star as it’s a smaller boat than the current one but bigger than the new STAR. Also a fantastic all around boat for your size.

      Hope this helps! Clay

  59. Ken
    April 8, 2013 at 8:10 pm

    I am looking to move onto a play boat this year and wondering how the All Star would fit. I am 6″3 190lbs, currently paddling an older Mamba 8.0. What would you recommend as a good fitting play boat?

    1. April 9, 2013 at 3:16 am

      It’s possible for sure, but more depends on your inseam lenght and foot size. Please write back and let us know those numbers, and we’ll have a better guess for ya. If you end up being a little too big for it, you could happily go to a rockstar L, or a 2010 Superstar, but of which are just a little bigger than the 2013 all star.

      1. Ken
        April 9, 2013 at 3:21 pm

        Inseam 35″ Foot Size 10 1/2″

        1. April 9, 2013 at 5:59 pm

          You might fit into an all star, but not sure…your best bet would be to try sitting in one in a shop without any foam in the front to see how it feels. If it’s too tight, you’ll need to go up a size. I’d recommend a 2010 Superstar or rockstar Large. I think that the 2013 all star has more leg/foot room than any other medium playboat on earth, so it’s your best bet for a medium, but at 190, you’d be great in a Rockstar Large as well.
          Hope that helps!!!

  60. Matthew
    April 10, 2013 at 9:35 am

    I am 6’5 around 215 lbs mainly worried about the volume. Will I be ok in a 2010 superstar or should I look more towards the 2013 superstar? Also do you still do the “spiderman” color scheme? Red in the middle with blue on the ends of the boat looks sick!

    1. April 11, 2013 at 8:44 pm

      Hey Matthew –
      No more spiderman and at 2015lbs you could go either way. NEw Super-star is more river running and has more stability and speed. 10 model Superstar is smaller and more playful but at your weight will still suit you for both play and river running. It will be easier to flatwater cartwheel or huck around as it’s shorter and more playful even though it has a similar volume.

      13 – more river running and faster wave surfing but harder to get vertical.
      10 – feels smaller for easier playboating when you want to get vertical, still fast on a wave but much slower in flatwater.

      Hope this helps!
      clay Wright

      1. Matthew
        April 12, 2013 at 5:52 am

        Thank you for the reply. I was able to try out both the 2010 and the 2013 Superstar at my shop today. The 2010 was a tight fit with the seat all the way back for me and it was bow heavy even with the seat all the way back.. The 2013 however was worlds different for me, lots more room and still had a lot of options with moving the seat forward and back. You guys need to bring back the spiderman color scheme otherwise keep up the good work! The 2013 Superstar is going to be my next boat.

  61. johnnyb
    April 11, 2013 at 5:13 pm

    Is is better to be on the bottom end of a boat’s recommended weight range, or at the top? I am about 145-150 lbs, which is right between a Star and All-star. Which would you recommend I get? Thanks!

    1. April 11, 2013 at 8:34 pm

      Hey Johnyb:
      Bottom end for river running and stability and some wave surfing (when it’s flat or hard to stay on).

      Top end for flatwater cartwheels or small sticky hole play and sometimes really big waves or holes for quicker rotation on tricks.

      Hope this helps!


      1. johnnyb
        April 12, 2013 at 5:29 pm

        Thanks Clay. I’m gonna give the bigger boat a try.

  62. chris
    April 25, 2013 at 11:41 am

    In a dilemma: I’m 5′ 11″ and 195 pounds and learning to play boat. I have a 4 fun but always felt it was to big, like I’m not locked in. I tried 2010 all star last night and it felt pretty comfortable, but the edges were just on our below the water line. I’m thinking the 2013 all star may be the ticket, but I’m not sure that being so close to the weight limit is a good idea for the long run.

    1. April 27, 2013 at 12:52 am

      The 2013 All star is a good bit bigger than the 2010. I felt as though the 2010 All Star was a great size for me at 145, where the 2013 is a really big boat on me…I’d say that the sweet spot for the 2013 is more like 170, so you’re much closer to the middle of the road for it. It’d be a great 1/2 size down from the 4 fun and easy boat for you to learn to playboat! The next step up in size would be a Large Rockstar. Enjoy!!!

  63. JacobK
    April 25, 2013 at 6:28 pm

    Hey Jackson team,
    I’m looking to buy either a star or an allstar soon. Ill have to get it shipped though and wont be able to try it in a store, so I have a question about my height and weight. As for weight I’m about 140 or 145 but I’m on the taller side at about 6 feet with a 33 in inseam.
    I’ll be doing mostly lower grade stuff (3 and lower) and flat water so I’m looking for a boat I can really play in. I initially thought about the ’13 star as i dont mind cramming a little, but I wanted to see what you thought before I committed.

    1. May 2, 2013 at 9:08 pm

      Hey JacobK –

      The Star fits my 31” inseam size 11 feet nicely but I wouldn’t go much taller than that even at 145 lbs. The All-star is a bigger boat than the Rockstar or 2010 All-star also, so that extra foot room will be a bit harder to throw around. As for flatwater you’ll have to be really good to huck the All-star around at 145, so really a 2010 All-star or Rockstar Md might be your best bet. So if you can try the STar and see how comfortable you are do that first, but I can’t suggest buying it without a test run … and also know the All-star is a bigger feeling boat. You are perfect for most of the boats we make, we just made these 2013’s a bit bigger! Fun is another great choice for lighter people who need extra footroom – it’s a longer boat but still throws down nicely! Hit me again if you need to… Clay

  64. Birdyflies
    April 30, 2013 at 1:52 pm

    possible to put the specs also in metric on the site? 🙂

    1. June 13, 2013 at 4:39 pm

      Why would we do that when the civilized world all uses US stats and measurements?

      Just kidding …

      I’ll suggest this to our website gurus. thanks! clay

  65. Scott G
    May 5, 2013 at 5:43 am

    Hi guys,
    I’m 6′ 3″ 215-220, 34 inseam, 12 feet. I’ve Paddled a 2010 4Fun for a while but I feel too big for it. I’m new to the play boating game and I’m curious what boat you’d recommend. I fit a little more comfortable in the 2007 4Fun, vs the 2010 4Fun. Would you reccomend the 2010 or 2013 SuperStar? I like a little downriver paddling too, but I want to get better playboating. What do you think?

    1. May 5, 2013 at 2:42 pm

      I’d go with the 2013 for your size for sure. It’s a substantially bigger boat than the 2010, is more forgiving downriver, and has much more legroom. You’re really right in the middle of the perfect weight range for the 2013 superstar. It should have more leg/foot room than either of the 4 Funs that you’ve paddled and be the perfect next step for you 🙂


  66. Andrew
    May 6, 2013 at 10:34 pm

    Will they be coming out with a monstar for the 2013 model I’m 255lbs its not to easy to find a playboat with a lot of pop for my size

    1. May 7, 2013 at 2:18 pm

      Hey Andrew –
      No Monstar but the 2013 Super-star is almost as big as the Monstar, a little longer and not quite as bulbous. Better for river running. Give one a try and let us know what you think is best! Both have tons of pop for most people…big boats designed for max air.

  67. Pablo Klindskowski
    May 8, 2013 at 2:36 pm

    Hello my name is PAblo Klindkowski and i m 5`9 tall and my wight is 135 lbs will i fit in the star 2013 ? MY inseam is 30n

    sorry for the bad english

    1. May 8, 2013 at 3:31 pm

      I’m almost positive that you’ll fit. Clay, Nick, EJ, and Dane fit no problem. They all have inseams as long or longer than yours. Enjoy!!!

  68. Frank Brind
    May 12, 2013 at 4:42 am

    Hi I got a superstar 2010 and I feel its to big for me. Im 175-180 and i would like to know if the all star 2010 would be great for playboat and river run.

    1. May 13, 2013 at 12:45 am

      The 2010 all star is definitely smaller than the 2010 Superstar. Lots of people at your size enjoyed it! The 2013 All Star would actually be much better for your size…it’s like 1/2 way between the 2010 all and super stars, and it’s a good bit easier to paddle downriver. I’d try a 2013 before you try anything else….we really sized it for guys who were “in between” on our other playboats.

  69. Brian
    May 14, 2013 at 8:30 pm

    6’2″, 185, 34″ inseam, 11 feet. Downriver/creeker boater looking to learn freestyle and pull the car up beside holes (not much downriver). Considering various year All Star versus Super Star. Thoughts?

    1. May 18, 2013 at 4:38 pm

      For just park n play you’ll be set in the All-star and learn to get vertical easier.

      That 34” inseam SHOULD fit but if not consider the 2010 Super-star or Rockstar L.

      The 2010 Superstar is a smaller boat than the 2013 ..better for 185 for sure, but I think you’ll fit into the Allstar.

      Good Luck Brian – for backup plan you could definitely fit into a 4-Fun but I like the 2010 Super-star better for sure.

      All the best –

  70. Ryan
    May 21, 2013 at 10:12 pm

    What do you think the upper weight limit on the 2013 Superstar is? The ideal weight range is listed as up to 220. Thats lower than the 2010 Superstar, but the 2013 is a bigger boat. I weigh about 240 and am a little scared off, especially for class 3-4 downriver play runs. Is the Monstar still a better choice for this application?

    1. May 22, 2013 at 3:35 pm

      The 2013 superstar is significantly bigger than a 2010 superstar, so if you have experience with that, you could compare. The 2013 superstar is ALMOST as big as a monstar, but not quite. The shape of the newer superstar might be easier downriver, despite the fact that it’s a smaller boat. You’d be best served at your size by trying one of them to see how it handles you. Really either the monstar or superstar should do what you want, but you might like the feel more of one than the other.

  71. Alex
    May 24, 2013 at 7:20 am

    i bought the 2013 star, my feet don’t fit using the happy feet, should i try a different happy feet method or what is a good option?

    1. May 28, 2013 at 4:21 pm

      Hey Alex – not sure what your fit issue is, but the Happy Feet is really versatile so i bet this will help:

      1. Open the black spin valve near the bulb and blue hose valve and get all the air out by pushing on the bags.

      2. Reach down and fold the middle of the bag INWARD to create a ”toe pocket” you can stick your toes into instead of pushing them over the top of the bag.
      For extra room pull a big fold of nylon into the middle … where you heels will go.. to make sure the beans can flow there.

      3. get in the boat with your toes pointed into the pockets then wiggle your toes as you SUCK the air out of the blue hose end. Then adjust the fit with pump bulb after spinning the black wheel closed. Sometimes the bag will roll over and the air bag will get in front of the beans requiring you to flip it back over. Once you suck the air out with it in the correct placement you should be set.

      Good luck!

  72. eoin
    May 30, 2013 at 2:11 pm

    I am in the market for a new playboat and i am wondering will i fit in the new all star , i am 6 foot 4 inches and my leg inseem is 34 inches,
    thanks yours in paddling

    1. May 30, 2013 at 3:10 pm

      Hey Eoin:
      I think many people with a 34” inseam DO fit into the All-star, but that doesn’t mean everyone will. It varies a lot depending on the thickness of your knees and some femur / tib fib ratios. My go-to guy for tall fit issues is Colin Kemp and you can email him at his first name @jacksonkayak.com. Give him your weight and shoe size for best info.

      Good Luck!

  73. jeremy
    May 31, 2013 at 2:50 pm

    I would like to get a Jackson play boat this week. Lookin for something to learn flat water tricks on. Don’t need it for a river runner, but maybe in the future. I weigh 210 with zero gear/water..ect..
    What do you sugest?


    1. June 2, 2013 at 3:19 pm

      Depending on what your legs are like you could probably fit into a Fun – who’s top end weight range is more like 175 – and it would be a flatwater machine! Longer, slicier boats are easier to keep vertical and you’ll learn faster without having to use so much muscle.

      All the other options in our play line are great too as long as you get a SMALLER size … like an All-star or Rockstar Medium.

      Some older models with more length and concave ends might be worth a look too – Original FUN (05-07), Perception Full Tilt, Pop, S-6. etc. Feel free to ask me more:

      my first name @jacksonkayak . com Clay

  74. Mike
    June 3, 2013 at 3:29 am

    Hey, I am 6’1″, 200lbs without gear. Are the spec recommendations for ideal weight range made for gear on while wet or gear off? I am doing more play boating now and less down river, but I still like to paddle into my play spots… best boat for me would be? Also, it seems like the volume has increased in the 2013 build yet the recommended weight range has gone down, should I assume that the 2013 Stuperstar is a better for bigger people?

    1. June 3, 2013 at 8:10 pm

      The specs are for you not your gear.

      We all wear about the same thing anyway – drytop, helmet, PFD, fleece, pink speedo, the usual.

      At 200 lbs you can paddle the 2013 All-star for sure, and still get down the river although you’ll be at the top of the weight range.

      You could try a Rockstar L or 2010 Superstar for comparison but I think the All-star will be small and easy to throw around while these other larger boats will be more versatile for downriver or wave surfing.

      2013 Superstar will be great for downriver and surfing but no flatwater cartwheeling most likely.

      Hope this helps!

  75. Kate
    June 4, 2013 at 10:03 pm

    I’m a 5’10, 155lb girl who is just starting out whitewater kayaking. I’m wondering what boat would be best for a beginner (learning on the Ottawa) that will still be a good boat once I progress?

    1. June 10, 2013 at 6:13 am

      5’10, 155 learning boat on the Ottawa…

      Hey Kate! The Fun is an easy choice but so is the 2010 All-star or brand new Rockstar .. so long as you are looking to playboat. For more river running I would choose the Zen 65 as it’s a fun surfing boat but also faster for the flats and larger volume at the ends for easier learning.

      Hit me back if you have any more specific details to add that might help me narrow down the options.


  76. Basti
    June 7, 2013 at 4:06 pm

    Hi JK team,

    currently I paddle an 2007 Superstar and am interested in a 2013 Superstar. My local playspot is a very small hole with very little water pressure. I wonder if the 2013 can cartwheel in my small hole. The Rockstar L would be great but it is too small as I am 192, shoe size 14.

    Many thanks in advance!!!

    1. June 8, 2013 at 6:17 am

      HEy Basti –

      Are you sure it’s too small? at 192 lbs you should fit but maybe your inseam is long? Also consider the newest boat to the line in your list – in Large.


      1. Basti
        June 8, 2013 at 11:55 am

        Hi Clay,
        many thanks for your answer. I fit in the Rockstar but it is not very comfortable for my long legs. What do you think about the large Superstar in a very small hole?
        Kind regards, Basti

        1. Basti
          June 8, 2013 at 11:56 am

          … 192 cm tall I meant 🙂

  77. Dave
    June 7, 2013 at 5:36 pm

    Need some sizing help. They call me short stalk. I am 5’6″ and weigh 195#’s. I have a 2010 Fun right now but would like a full on play boat. Being short and heavy i always feel like I am in a no mans land. Got any recommendations as to what playboat and size to go with?

    1. June 8, 2013 at 6:15 am

      Hey Dave:

      Consider the All-star 2013 – it’s a much bigger boat than the Fun so it will be harder to throw around in flatwater but should outsurf, outloop, and out river run the Fun in spades. Try one and see what you think! Sit up on a sweet cheeks on top of the foam pad for extra leverage.


  78. John
    June 10, 2013 at 5:12 pm

    I’m one of those guys who are in the weight range of the allstar, but don’t fit perfectly. I only need a little bit more footroom to feel comfortable. With the allstar 2010, my legs and feed started to hurt after 30 minutes of paddling. So I bought a Rockstar L, which made my feed feel very well…. but I recognized that I’m too light for this boat. Will the allstar 2013 give me this little more space? Unfortunately, I’m not able to demo one until july…


    1. June 11, 2013 at 3:20 pm

      Hey John – The Allstar grew a couple inches and it’s all in footroom; I used to cram into the 2010 and now I wear crocs and use a foam bulkhead in the 2013. It’s also a bigger paddling boat – floats higher and stays on the surface better. In short, it’s just like having a half size bigger All-star. Enjoy! Clay

  79. Greg
    June 10, 2013 at 6:36 pm

    Sizing recommendations please? I am 5’10”, 31” in inseam, 195 lbs (lean). I’m an intermediate paddler and novice at playboating. I ruled out the 2013 Allstar because it was a little tight on my thighs. I then paddled a 2013 Superstar and it felt comfy sitting all the way forward.

    I’m trying to get an idea of where the sweet spot is on the 2013 Superstar? You mention that the sweet spot on the Allstar is around 170 to 175 but I’m unable to find anything in this thread that speaks to the new Superstar.

    BTW, I think the 2013 is a great river runner. I just want to make sure I am not too small to learn basic play moves.


    1. June 13, 2013 at 4:52 pm

      At 195 the Super-star is gonna be BIG for flatwater stuff anyway – I would consider either the Rockstar L or 2010 Superstar or NEW Rockstar 2014!!

      If you want to river run and surf and play SOME then get the 2013 Superstar. If you want more small hole play and downriver end swapping and flatwater sessions in winter then go for a smaller boat.

      Having JUST paddled it I can’t believe how much I like the new 2014 Rockstar! I suggest getting a Large on order now if you can wait a month, otherwise look for a 2010 Superstar – another boat I loved that is smaller than the 2013. I’m sure there are dealers with some in stock. Good Luck! Clay

      1. Greg
        June 17, 2013 at 12:27 am

        Is the seat on the new rockstar similar in height to the old rockstar? When will the word on specs be out on the street?

  80. Chris
    June 11, 2013 at 3:39 pm

    Hi I’m 5″10 220lbs, I’m looking at star series as I’m getting into freestyle. I’ve heard that I should go for the all star even tho weight range isn’t correct? I personally can’t get to test one any time soon so please could you advise on which as I’m sure I should be in a super star. Many thanks

    1. June 13, 2013 at 3:15 pm

      I’d go superstar for sure. Colin Kemp is around your weight and LOVES the 2013 Superstar. IF it feels big on you, you can sit add some seat foam/sweet cheeks 200 to raise yourself up for extra leverage. If your goal is to mainly play flatwater, then the All Star would be great, but it just won’t have the volume to make it as much fun at your weight in WW playspots. Hope that helps!!!

      1. Chris
        June 14, 2013 at 8:32 pm

        Hi thanks for the reply Stephen
        I probably should of actually stated ww playing etc not particularly flat water, so would you say I should go for a large rock star and perfect my roll ?.baring in mind I’m newto ww freestyle but want my boat to last a while.

        Cheers again

        1. Chris
          June 14, 2013 at 9:19 pm

          Sorry didn’t read your reply correctly,thanks for the advice

  81. James
    June 13, 2013 at 11:05 am

    I was wondering which play boat u would recommend for me? Im trying to find a boat im heavy enough to do tricks in but fit in at the same time im 6’5 184lbs size 12 shoe with a 37’inseam!

    1. James
      June 13, 2013 at 11:09 am

      sorry size 14 shoe

    2. June 13, 2013 at 3:12 pm

      you have some long legs, buddy! You should eat more donuts to catch up 🙂 Just kidding. Your best option would be to wait and see if you’ll fit in the new 2014 Rockstar Large….the new series is noticeably easier to throw around than the “classic” rockstars, so it would likely handle your weight just fine. If you can’t fit that, the next best bet is probably a 2013 Superstar, which will definitely be big on you, but you should be able to do lots of tricks with plastic–I’m 145 lbs, and could eventually do 10 cartwheel ends in the superstar both ways in the pool, but it wasn’t easy. Your last good option might be the 2010 Superstar–which is a little smaller than the Rockstars or current superstar.
      We definitely have some boats that you’ll fit in–just a matter of what you’ll be happiest with 🙂

  82. Aisling
    July 4, 2013 at 3:31 pm

    Hi, Im having a bit of a problem sizing a boat for me….Im 5’8 and about 145lbs. Am looking for a playboat, mainly for HPP in the UK but heading to uganda this summer. Am just ok at playboating but yet to learn any real moves….have tried the small rockstar and the 2010 star. The 2010 star was quite squashed for me and just felt too small…the rockstar felt pretty good but wondering if the 2010 all star or the 2013 star might be more suitable, but I havnt had a chance to paddle them yet. What do you think?

    1. July 6, 2013 at 9:17 pm

      You’ll love the 2014 Rockstar – great size for you and an amazing boat. They start shipping next week!


  83. John
    July 14, 2013 at 7:46 pm

    Looking for playboat sizing advice. I am 6’4″ I weigh 205 and have a 34″ inseam and size 9 shoes. Just wanting to start to get into some vertical playboating. Seems like a superstar 2013 is where I should look first. Would you think that is better than the new rockstar? I saw you guys at the Payette River Games, and boy do those look fun!

    1. July 17, 2013 at 12:35 pm

      Hey John –
      With a 34” inseam and 205 the Super-star will fit you great and paddle really well. But you might also fit into an All-star which will be smaller and easier to get vertical. The All-star series is not the easiest to get vertical, as it’s designed for stability and progression, so the new Rockstar L should definitely be a consideration before the Super-star. At Kelly’s the Rockstar fit that big wave really well while the speed of the All-star was great for the lower, smaller feature. I would go Super-star for more river running, All-star for more park n play, Rockstar large for both. Enjoy!


  84. Gary
    July 28, 2013 at 3:18 pm

    Hello….I now have a 2013 Allstar (previous boats 2010 Allstar and medium RS) and I like the boat but it’s a bit harder to get it vertical in flatwater. Do you think it would help if I put a sweet cheeks 200 in it for a little more leverage? Thanks, Gary

    1. July 30, 2013 at 1:26 pm

      200 sweet cheeks, or anything to get you a bit higher would help for sure! Sitting higher will make you have a good bit more leverage over the ends vertically. You’ll lose a bit of stability, and you’ll need to focus a bit more on your hip snap finish on rolling. If you have a solid roll and brace, you’ll be fine. Most of us on the team sit a good bit higher in our playboats than what comes standard and enjoy the extra power when throwing them around.

  85. Nathan
    August 6, 2013 at 4:38 pm

    Hey I’m 5 foot 11 inches, inseam 32 with size 13 feet and I weigh 180 lbs. Trying to figure out where I best fit in the star series. I mainly do park and play with my playboats and I frequent holes rather than waves. Is my best bet the 2013 allstar, or the 2010 allstar/superstar?


    1. August 7, 2013 at 12:22 pm

      Hey Nathan! At 180 you’ll love the All-star 2013 and be a bit big in the 2010. Another option would be the new Rockstar MEdium which is a really easy boat to throw around but packs almost at much volume as the newer All-star even though it cartwheels much easier.

      Have fun with your choices! All-star more retentive, Rockstar series is easier to throw around and shorter for quicker loops.


  86. Dave P
    August 8, 2013 at 2:58 pm

    Hi Jackson team,

    I would like some advice on boat sizing for the new star series or rock star. I’m 145-150lbs, 5’8″, and currently paddle the previous gen. medium rock star. I’m having difficulty learning how to throw it around on flat water so I’m debating on sizing down to the new star or small rock star.

    Would sizing down make running class 3 too much of a chore? ( I’m currently paddling the med rock star through class 3 with short sections of 4 quite comfortably). Star series vs rock star for what I want?

    Ps I’m likely going to get a 65 zen as my 2nd boat so I plan to have another boat to paddle bigger harder stuff.

  87. Wouter
    August 12, 2013 at 11:58 pm

    Hi Clay,

    maybe you don’t get asked this very often, but how much do the regular Happy Feet weigh?
    I have a light weight surf kayak and want to keep weight down as much as possible.
    How would it compare to how much the foam Jackson footblocks weigh?


    1. August 13, 2013 at 8:55 pm

      Hey Wouter –

      Stephen Wright just weighted them and I don’t recall the numbers exactly but it was about 2 foam footblocks I think.. or not much weight.

      Foam is lighter by a big percentage but the footbag was not that heavy anyway. If measuring lbs, not a big deal. IF measuring grams to Footblock for sure!


  88. Rene
    August 21, 2013 at 11:42 pm

    Clay / Stephen

    Looking at a used 2011 Rockstar S for my son – about 5’4″ 120lbs. Good rolling skills. Mostly paddling on the Ottawa – city and sometimes upper. Is this likely a fit?

    1. August 27, 2013 at 3:16 pm

      Hey Rene –
      120 lbs, Rockstar S is a great fit! No problems there, at 5’4” he should fit easily until he’s more like 5’7” and 150 when he may want something bigger.

      All the best –

  89. Josh
    September 10, 2013 at 11:12 pm

    Hey JK team,

    Sounds like the new Stars are a bit longer upfront. Great news! I’m 6’5″, 35″ inseam, 210 lbs w/ size 13 feet. Any reason the new superstar is not the playboat of my dreams? Ive been cramming myself in a 4fun for way too long!

    1. September 11, 2013 at 5:35 pm

      Hey Josh –

      at 210 it’s going to ride you high and likely be even less edgy than the 4-Fun. Not sure about footroom but the All-star is HUGE in the feet compared to the Fun so I bet you’ll be more comfortable and enjoy the shorter length and wider hull a ton when you go play. Let me know how it goes..


    2. Chad
      September 19, 2013 at 7:27 pm

      Hey JK Clan,
      Im 5’11” 215. I currently paddle an Pyrahnna I3 for river running and a Jed for play. I am looking for a playboat that has more stability than the Jed so I can be more comfortable running big water like the Ottawa in my play boat. I was at OKS this summer and bought a rock star for my son who loves it. I would prefer an older boat to save a little cash.

  90. Leon
    October 3, 2013 at 1:28 pm

    Do the weight guidelines include full gear/dunked a few times?

    1. October 3, 2013 at 1:31 pm

      No, weight guidelines are just your weight. Now, if you regularly carry overnight gear, or extra safety stuffs, that will add up, but our weight listings are for you….we take into account weight for your normal gear.

  91. Sam Preston
    December 25, 2013 at 10:24 am

    I’ve bought a Ex-demo jackson star 2010
    and want to make a account on jackson but
    my boat has no serial number? Is there
    any way I can get a serial number for the boat?

    Thanks Sam

    1. December 25, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      You’ll love your Star! They’re great boats! There are a few places that serial numbers can be hiding–we’ve switched the location year to year. your best bet will be to call customer service at JK. They’ll be able to help you locate it. We are required by the coast guard to have the serial number in 2 places on each boat.

  92. Sam Preston
    December 25, 2013 at 6:02 pm

    It’s not that my boat has no serial number
    but where it’s meant have one it just says
    ‘DEMO’ so I’m wondering if it has one or not?

    Thanks Sam

    1. December 26, 2013 at 12:12 am

      It has one. It originally had 2 of them somewhere, whether it’s a demo or not.

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