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My Kayak Comparison Chart (River runners/creekers & Playboat categories)

This will be an ongoing chart where I compare boats i've paddled to each other along some common categories. I'll try and maintain this as best as I can! This is a list for river running, up to class IV, and I've used to determine what boat I want to get into when I think I'm going paddling at my maximum skill. I tend to get in smaller more fun boats when I'm more in my comfort zone!

2015+ Jackson 4fun - A not very fun boat that is basically your mean spirited ex-girlfriend

Doesn't the fun look like a great boat in that picture? Nice and vertical, long controllable ends, the bow is down and balanced. It looks pretty sick right?

Long term review (1 year of ownership)

I've now been paddling the Antix for a little over a year. It's been the boat I paddled the most, to the point I'd say I paddle it about 85% of the time I go out. I've paddled it on class 4, I've taken it over waterfalls, I've taken it on approaching flood stage rivers and I've done nearly all of my casual paddling in it. Often when I am getting on new water, I'll debate whether to take the Antix or not. My creek boat is never a guaranteed improvement over the Antix, as the Antix boofs amazingly well and has such exceptional manuevability.

Jackson Nirvana, Zen and Karma large's... all compared, all pictured side by side

It's nice to have good friends. It's even better when they're similar enough builds to you, and the best when they all also paddle Jackson Kayaks. That was the story of getting on the river today. The Nirvana large had just hit the local paddle shop, and one friend had already swooped it up. I brought my large Karma, and another friend brought their large zen. We thus had all the large offerings from Jackson that can really be compared. The antix I suppose could go in here since you can creek with it...

2017 - Install Stainless Steel Braided Fuel Line on the C3 Corvette

With the Corvette progressing further and further along I have begun to find that little details which didn't matter before are starting to stand out in contrast to the excellent work next to it. These little details are both annoying and enticing, as they stick out in stark contrast to the excellent features (annoying), but are tasks I can easily handle (enticing). Most recently, with the latest 383 build in the corvette along with the engine bay painted and tidied up, it occured to me that the cheap rubber fuel line and tin fuel filter jangling around just wasn't cutting it.

2016/2017 Chasis & Suspension Completion

2015/2016 was based primarily around the front suspension and some other chasis aspects. 2017 was based around wrapping up the rear suspension and chasis, getting big tires, and fixing the sloppy work done on the front (note to self: Stick to Carl's Alignment here in Vancouver for quality work).

The Antix in the wild (Media)

Sunset Falls

The Antix and my ACA Instructor Training

Per the encouragmenet of a friend, I ponied up the funds for a last minute entry into the ACA Instructor training. I'd been wanting to do it for some time, but was concerned some local politics might play a factor into things (I can't get to level X because someone's homie is level Y and the comparison blah blah blah), and then had monetary concerns. The timing wound up perfect though. I had the free time, I had the funds, and my local politics concerns had quelled. I decided to sign up and go for it.

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