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The Zen platform has been a staple on expeditions and in schools for its versatility. The Zen 3.0 takes note of our Hero Series and combines that knowledge with our previous Zen designs to produce a shorter, lighter package that stays on top of the water, has a ton of initial stability, and lifts easily over waves, holes, and rocks. It’s a dry, confidence-inspiring ride that doesn’t get grabbed in swirlier situations. This means it’s not only a great boat for beginners, but also provides welcome confidence in some of the biggest, most chaotic rivers.
- Wildly stable hull
- Easy to turn
- Primary and secondary stability
- High floating
- Jackson Kayak’s Bees Knees Thigh Hook System for increased contact and control in the thigh brace area. LEARN MORE
- Jackson Kayak’s Uni-Shock Bulkhead System – the highest shock absorbing system on the market. LEARN MORE
- Jackson Kayak’s Sure-Lock Backband System – the lightest, most user-friendly system that can be adjusted anywhere LEARN MORE
- Carrying strap for easier carrying transportation
- Jackson Kayak’s Warranty Program. LEARN MORE
- Available in three sizes – Small, Medium, and Large
Paddlers looking to get into the sport or push themselves to new limits in river running and creeking. The Zen is an easy-to-turn, easy-to-boof boat that will take you downstream with confidence.
Small | Length: 8’ 1″ • Width: 25.5″ • Height: 15″ • Cockpit Size: 32.5" x 19" • Volume: 76 gal • Capacity: 80-160 lbs • Total Weight: 42 lbs
Medium | Length: 8’ 5″ • Width: 27″ • Height: 15″ • Cockpit Size: 34.5" x 20.25" • Volume: 89 gal • Capacity: 140-220 lbs • Total Weight: 47 lbs
Large | Length: 8’ 11″ • Width: 27.8″ • Height: 15″ • Cockpit Size: 36" x 21.5" • Volume: 103 gal • Capacity: 200-280 lbs • Total Weight: 51 lbs
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I have owned all the Zen in a medium. When I demoed the Zen 3 I tried a small and a medium. I weigh in at 165 so was not sure how it would ride. Bottom line is I love it - I don't do more than class III and attend to be a river runner. I find the boat pops up the downside of holes and gives me a lot more control than the medium Zen. Still great at ferrying and catching small eddies and no surprises going through holes and bigger water.
I had a chance to demo both the Med and Sm on the Lower Yough. I have a M Zen 2 and found the Z3 medium to be very similar, a bit more lift going through holes. My buddy and I both have the M Zen 2 but both felt we had a great ride from the Z3 Sm. We are both about 5 pounds over it's weight range, but we both agreed it is more maneuverable and responsive than the Zen 2 or 3 Medium. If I could only own one boat for all levels of water I would take the Medium but most of my boating is up to class 3 and not steep creeks so the small has gotten all my use! More like my Miata than the Outback.