Finally! Our latest shipment of brand new kayaks has arrived, just in time for a new season at the Wet Planet Kayak School! We’ve put together a new collection of the best boats that offer stability and comfort for beginners looking to develop their technique, as well as something for more advanced boaters looking to step up their river running with an adaptable and forgiving craft.
Get to know the newest additions to our fleet below, and learn more about why we think they’re the best boats for learning to kayak and advancing in the sport. And just like our boat selection, we offer kayak classes and instruction for every step of the way.
Dagger Mamba Creeker
AKA: Comfort King
Kind of like: a Cadillac
Three Descriptors: precise fit, confidence-building, voluminous
Beginner Benefits: stable and comfortable
Advanced Uses: overnight & expedition trips, high volume rivers, steep creeking
Similar Boats: Liquid Logic Jefe, Pyranha Machno, Pyranha Shiva
The Dagger Mamba Creeker is first and foremost, a boat designed with comfort and stability in mind. Its most celebrated features are its comfortable outfitting and high volume. Dagger’s signature outfitting is adjustable and about as comfy as it gets, helping to dispel the myth that discomfort is some right of passage to becoming a great athlete. And with three boat sizes* to choose from, paddlers can now be fitted with a boat that has a much higher volume to weight ratio, allowing you to ride higher on the water and resurface faster when you send it on the steep stuff. All accompanied by a forgiving hull shape that will allow beginners to gain confidence as they dial in basic moves and will do the same for intermediate and advancing boaters as they apply those skills to more challenging whitewater.
AKA: One-Boat Quiver
Kind of like: a Corvette
Three Descriptors: stable, fast, versatile
Beginner Benefits: easy to roll, responsive, easily adjusted outfitting
Advanced Uses: boof like a boss, blast through big holes, skate over boils,
Similar Boats: Zet Toro, Jackson Karma, Pyranha 9R
The Jackson Zen is an ideal boat for paddlers of all ranges on the ability spectrum. Sporting the signature Jackson hull, the Zen has all the stability of a displacement hull with the reactive edges of a planing hull. That means that it’s forgiving for new paddlers as they find their balance on moving water while also being responsive to beginner edge engagement as you learn to peel out into the current and catch eddies. This also means that advancing boaters have a fast and nimble craft that surfs and carves, boofs and resurfaces, all with the stability of a less agile boat. When it comes to teaching the beginner whitewater kayaking course, this is a favorite. Its outfitting is easy to adjust without even getting out of the boat. It rolls like a charm. And its stability helps build the confidence you need to go from beginner to intermediate in no time.
We like to teach and learn in user-friendly modern boats. That means comfort, stability, and ease of use are number one because we want you to love river running as much as we do. When you arrive for a kayak course with Wet Planet, we aim to match you with a boat that complements your size, plays to your strengths, and will set you on a path towards achieving your whitewater goals. And if you and that boat happen to hit it off, get its number and keep an eye out for our end-of-season kayak sale!
*Don’t see a boat listed for your size? Don’t worry, we’ve got Jackson Karmas for larger paddlers (up to 300 pounds) and Jackson Sidekicks for you lil’uns looking to get after it!