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!

River Running Kayak Chart

NAMERollsAgilitySpeedRiver MovesComfortBeginner FriendlyTOTAL
2015 Jackson Zen Large95979645
2015 Jackson Karma Large8791091053
2014 Jackson 4 fun*68558537
2015 Jackson 4 fun*68678641
2013 Jackon Super Hero77589844
2014 Dagger Katana76967843
Pyranha Burn (2nd gen)78897645
2012 Fun Runner 7097878645

* Comparing play boats or river running play boats against creekers isn't entirely fair, and along that note please judge the river play boats (IE: Jackson fun) lightly. They're not meant to outright compete with the other boats in here. They're just placed so you can get an idea incase you're looking at owning just ONE boat but will mostly river run.

Playboat comparison Chart

NameRollsAgilitySurfHoles*ComfortFlatwaterRiver PlayRiver
Running
TOTAL
2013 Wavesport Project X 642466833234
2014 Jackson 4 fun6974847648
2015 Jackson 4 fun**7886826955
2008 Dagger Kingpin** 6.39665497652
2014 Pyranha Jed**4687555445
2012 Jackson Rockstar L6666755647
2014 Jackson Rockstar L6678956848
2016 Jackson Rockstar L**88881079866

* My ability to judge a playboat in a hole isn't great. I can do some cartwheeling, 360's and move around, but I'm surely not all that great... yet!

** Further experiences with this boat may change these number ratings for me. I've not owned them a lot of time yet.

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