Monday, July 15, 2013

Introducing the 2014 ROCKSTAR from JACKSON KAYAKS!!!

Check out the video below and then scroll down to read about the differences between the 2012 version and the 2014.

The 2014 Rockstar is:

  1. Shorter
  2. Has the classic Swooped parting line, first seen on the Wavesport X, versus the straight one.
  3. Lower volume bow and stern in the last 1/3rd of bow and stern.
  4. Changed rocker profile with more rocker under the seat, similar to the new All-Star
  5. Narrower hull - chine to chine
  6. More volume in the center of the boat
  7. Flared bow edges
  8. More bow rocker

2014 Rockstar SPECS

On the Water:

The bow doesn’t pearl as much in flatwater due to the increased bow rocker when you are paddling forwards.  You’ll also notice that the front view makes the boat clearly look shorter.  The knee area feels super secure with less movement than the last version. When you try your first flatwater cartwheel the boat immediately puts a smile on your face!  The bow goes under so easily, then the stern.  It goes fast and without effort and feels balanced, very balanced, bow to stern.  When you try your first flatwater loop, the boat bounces easily, and you can really feel the volume in the middle of the boat when you start bouncing.   When you throw the first loop it flips over your head quickly, and you can feel how light it is, you are feel like you went higher.  The extra rocker in the bow seems to get the boat flipping easier during the loop.  If the stern hits the water during a move, it pushes through and completes the move easier.  The move feels very much the same, but the boat feels lighter, and it feels easier to throw.  The landings are easier to stay up right.

The Competition Model:

- light
- stiff carbon/foam core/glass trackPicking it up you’ll smile at how light it is.   Feel how stiff the carbon/foam core/glass track is.     It is amazing.   Light and stiff.   If you get in on the rocks the feeling of sliding in will be like you have never felt.   Even the standard model will surprise you at how stiff it is.  The improved hull support of either design is easily noticeable, and the competition model is incredible.   The swing weight reduction of the competition model is so noticeable, and the first time you go back to the heavier boat (about three pounds for a Rock Star, and an average of 6 pounds more than most playboats) you will not want to give up that feeling again.

2014 Competition Rockstar SPECS


Green River, UT

Green River, UT
Photo: Shawna Franklin