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The Jackson Kayak Rockstar V with Emily + Dane Jackson

Two days in the past, Jackson Kayak introduced their newest playboat kayak, the Rockstar V.

This fifth era mannequin follows an extended legacy of World Championship profitable boats. The design, and subsequent efficiency, have matured because the Authentic Rockstar kayak, first launched in 2011.

The Jackson Rockstar has turn into the default selection for playboaters. In reality, the US market hasn’t seen a whitewater playboat designed to compete with the Rockstar kayak sequence because the Pyranha Jed, Dagger Jitsu, or Wavesport Mobius, all launched between 2012 and 2013.

The earlier iterations of the Jackson Rockstar playboat have been so excessive performing that many individuals are actually left questioning: “how can they presumably make it higher?”

We sat down (nearly…it’s 2021) with two of the very best freestyle paddlers on this planet to get the news on the most recent boat.

Jackson Rockstar V Playboat

The earlier generations of the Rockstar already stand out in a class of their very own. When you already personal an older Rockstar, why would you wish to improve?

Emily: As a result of it’s simply higher…..Ha! Okay, however actually…The Rockstar is a continuous development and evolves to match the wants of paddlers and what they’re engaged on – whether or not you’re studying your first cartwheels or doing essentially the most difficult combos.

We frolicked in all our earlier fashions (all 8!) and pin-pointed what folks liked about every design, what flaws had been discovered, and what we thought we may enhance.

I’m excited concerning the outcomes as I actually really feel this design pays tribute to years of innovation by persevering with that pattern. 

Top, bottom and side views of the production model Rockstar V.

What are essentially the most noticeable variations between the 4.0 and the 5.0?

Dane: The Rockstar 4.0 was an excellent boat, and a a lot totally different boat than we had accomplished prior to now. What we did with the Rockstar 5.0 is take numerous what we favored in the previous couple of generations, and put all of them collectively.

We saved the center of the boat good and excessive quantity for max air, in addition to for consolation. Whereas on the similar time, we introduced again our slicey bow and ends, making it simpler to provoke, cartwheel, and have interaction when wanted.

For wave efficiency, we widened the center of the hull barely for increased floating and extra planing floor, however saved the strict good and slender for simple take offs.

The opposite thrilling addition that we have not accomplished earlier than is we added a second rail to the kayak. This may make carving higher, however the largest factor is it makes the Rockstar V insanely free. It is going to slide and spin like nothing you’ve got paddled.

Inform us extra concerning the design historical past and course of.

Dane: The Rockstar V was designed with enter from our staff in addition to our R&D division, led by our designer David Knight. All of us labored collectively from totally different angles to convey this kayak to life.

We acquired to take the prototype out for some classes on “Good Wave” in Columbus this spring, which is the location of the 2023 World Freestyle Championships. After evaluating with our earlier fashions, and paddling for days there, we felt we had the boat we wished.

Dane on the Ottawa

Let’s speak sizing. 

Emily: This mannequin floats a variety of paddlers, however I really feel the closest mannequin for becoming is the 2014 Rockstar.  It is between the 4.0 and the three.0. With the three.0 and 4.0 being on two reverse sides of the spectrum (one being the smallest of our Rockstars, and one being the largest) We went smack dab within the center whereas guaranteeing foot room was thought-about.

Dane: I’m 5’6″ and 150lbs, and I paddle the Medium Rockstar. I like that it’s tremendous comfy. There’s greater than sufficient room, with out feeling too large – particularly from the knees ahead. It seems like all of the bow finish strikes, as nicely initiating, goes to be simple wherever I paddle it. The quantity in a Medium supplies all the things I must get most air. 

Emily: I’m a wanna-be Small. I pack numerous weight on my 5’3 body; I’m 145lbs, and I can throw round a Medium in flatwater. I do, nonetheless, love the benefit of being in a Small. It does not require as a lot muscling after I’m attempting to hyperlink collectively numerous strikes. If I used to be taller and had extra leverage then I’d contemplate a Medium for extra stability in down river, however truthfully, I’ve at all times been a Small.

Measurement S M L
Size 5’4” 5’8” 5’11”
Width 24 ¾” 26 1/8” 27 ½”
Peak 14” 14 7/8” 15 ½”
Quantity 50 gal 59 gal 69 gal
Weight 26.5 lbs 29 lbs 34 lbs
Optimum Paddler Weight 100-160 lbs 140-200 lbs 180-240 lbs


I’m on the fence between sizes, ought to I measurement up or down?

Emily: This query actually comes all the way down to you: What are your targets? What makes you smile if you’re on a river?

If the river itself is making you nervous and the thought of flipping over is intimidating, go greater.

If you’re assured on the river and also you wish to problem your self, go smaller.

Figuring out what your intentions are together with your playboat (principally, having an open sincere relationship) is the important thing to making sure you’re getting the precise measurement.

When you’re sizing particularly for playboating, smaller kayaks will probably be simpler to throw round (flatwater cartwheels), however will probably be flushier and have much less pace if you’re seeking to park on a glassy inexperienced wave. 

When you’re uncertain, PLEASE be at liberty to succeed in out and ask us. Clay Wright and Stephen Wright (when not paddling themselves) completely love the interactions and questions, and so they we’d love that can assist you discover the precise match.

What’s the commonplace outfitting included with the RSV?

Emily: This 12 months we went with Candy Cheeks, Bees Knees, Hips Pads, and Foam Foot Block.

The massive modifications are the addition of the Bees Knees, and the Completely satisfied Toes being switched for Foam Block.

I do know – I’m foot bag fanatic myself however we discovered that usually they don’t seem to be used to their full potential. When foot baggage aren’t used correctly it may possibly actually have an effect on your consolation within the kayak. Due to this fact we’re maintaining Completely satisfied Toes as an adjunct for these which might be within the know (I see you content toes peeps!) and changing it with the froth foot black to make sure that the kayak is wanting as contemporary as potential.

Worlds are on a wave in 2023. Is the brand new boat designed extra with waves or holes in thoughts?

Dane: It is going to do each extraordinarily nicely. For holes, will probably be the simplest to provoke, study tips, in addition to the very best probability to get huge air. On waves, will probably be essentially the most enjoyable boat to surf, spin, and take off. It is going to do what you need it to do regardless of the place you convey it.

Playboats are typically thought-about a distinct segment or expert-only boat. Would the category II-III aspiring playboater nonetheless benefit from the RSV?

Emily: Heck sure, they might! Jackson Kayak’s basis is in inclusivity, so whereas we push innovation and design, we don’t sacrifice person friendliness.

The Rockstar 5.0 is simple to roll, considered one of extra balanced Rockstar fashions, and is available in 3 wide selection sizes. If you aren’t conversant in playboats, they’re among the finest issues you should buy for the general development of your paddling.

In whitewater, it may be actually laborious to discover ways to push your self in a protected and managed means. Playboating actually does that for you – you might be in flatwater and nonetheless problem your self.

On class II-III water you may see the river from an entire new lens. Eddies, eddy strains, and different options all turn into extra obvious. Whereas pushing your self to strive  new issues, you’ll get an excellent (semi)intentional roll apply.

Compared to different playboats, it’s considered one of our most person pleasant designs.

To wrap issues up, what’s your dream river to pair with the RSV?

Emily: Actually any run the place I get to goof round with mates, however I really like playboating in any of the whitewater parks in Colorado.

I look ahead to taking the brand new Rockstar V to Uganda for some BIG heat water, the Ottawa, the Gauley, the Arkansas, the listing continues. Mainly any puddle and I’ll be there!

Dane: The Ottawa River! Huge macho strikes on the best way down, large loops, and massive airscrews all down the river.

The Rockstar V is now out there for restricted pre-orders. Jackson is releasing the Rockstar V within the restricted version Cotton Sweet shade for Fall of 2021, and the usual colours of Flame, Watermelon, and Crimson will probably be out there via the 2022 mannequin 12 months.

Rockstar V Accessible Colours

Rockstar V Specs and Sizing

Measurement S M L
Size 5’4” 5’8” 5’11”
Width 24 ¾” 26 1/8” 27 ½”
Peak 14” 14 7/8” 15 ½”
Quantity 50 gal 59 gal 69 gal
Weight 26.5 lbs 29 lbs 34 lbs
Optimum Paddler Weight 100-160 lbs 140-200 lbs 180-240 lbs


For more information, try this walkthrough with Dane Jackson

Click on right here to Order the Jackson Rockstar 5.0 Playboat

Jackson Rockstar

Click on right here to Order the Jackson Rockstar V Kayak



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