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8' 6" - 9' 3"
26" - 28.25"
13.25" - 14.75"
80 gal - 102 gal
Paddler Weight Range, Small:
100 - 170 lbs
Paddler Weight Range, Medium:
140 - 210 lbs
Paddler Weight Range, Large:
180 - 260 lbs
Total Weight:
45 - 52 lbs
Cockpit Dimensions:
Small: 33.5" x 19.25" • Medium: 34.5" x 20.5" • Large: 35.5" x 21.5"

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Jackson Kayak’s Gnarvana takes our favorite features of the top selling Nirvana and adds a whole new level of performance. The highest rockered bow, significant stern rocker, and a wider center point, to ensure that you feel high, dry and stable. The float and rocker profile make this creek boat incredibly easy to maneuver.

Whether you are looking to run the hardest whitewater, or make it down your backyard run with ease, the Gnarvana is gonna rock your run. Now available in THREE SIZES! 


  • High Rockered Profile
  • Carrying Strap for Easier Transportation
  • Jackson Kayak’s Bees Knees Thigh Hook System (Patented) for increased contact and control in the thigh brace area. LEARN MORE
  • Jackson Kayak’s Uni-Shock Bulkhead System (Patented) – the highest shock absorbing system on the market. LEARN MORE
  • Jackson Kayak’s Sure-Lock Backband System (Patented) – the lightest, most user-friendly system that can be adjusted anywhere LEARN MORE
  • Jackson Kayak’s Warranty Program. LEARN MORE
  • Available in three sizes – Small, Medium, and Large

Designed for:

Anyone looking to go downstream with confidence. Designed as our core creek boat, the Gnarvana excels in every river environment.

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Warranty Information

This warranty applies to all Jackson Adventure products (kayaks, boats, coolers and kennels) and covers substantial defects in materials and workmanship in the hull and outfitting components sold new or as "demos". The warranty policy is subject to the exceptions lists. Review the full warranty list and details by clicking here.

2 Reviews

  • Large Gnarvana

    Posted by Corey Boux on Sep 4th 2023

    I'm sitting at 195 lbs these days but only a hair under 5'10" for hight . That usually sits me at the top end of the medium size and middle of the large size . I was coming from the large Nirvana before this that I paddled from spring 2019 till fall 2222
    . I also had the medium 2017/2018 and even paddled it down the Stikine fully loaded in 2017 . I would say the large Gnar paddles slightly bigger than the large Nirvana. I feel a tad bit on the light side for it and moved the seat a bit forward to keep the bow driving a bit more . I'm kinda curious about how the medium size would be for me or if I would find the tail too small . I recently took the large Gnarvana on the Stikine full of overnight gear and it felt pretty good with some extra weight . In big water the only drawback is humongous amount of tail rocker kinda drops it in the back seat quite a bit while jet fairying ( up stream facing ferry ) and sometimes hard to get the momentum after getting stalled out in boils . That being said when charging things straight on nothing much slows it down . I
    Would think a 210 - 230 lb 6 ft or taller guy would really love this size and feel pretty invincible in it .

  • Gnarvana

    Posted by Keith Hopper on Aug 4th 2023

    This boat is everything Jackson says it is. Boofs like crazy! Great stability for those surprise holes and eddy lines but paddles with the agility of a half slice. There is definitely a learning curve to paddling it but once you get there you’ll never look back!

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