The Zen is Jackson’s medium volume river running machine. The kayak is designed to sit between the full on creeker the Karma and the Star playboat range.
Jackson has designed the Zen to be a performance river runner that is capable of tackling most grades of water. Having spent a great deal of time paddling the Liquid Logic Remix and Wavesport Diesel over the last couple of years I was interested in how the Zen would perform.I paddled the Zen 75 over the course of a couple of months in a number of different white water and flat-water location. I sit right within the middle of the recommended weight range.
The third generation Burn is the latest in Pyranha’s long line of cutting edge river runners.
The improvements include:
Increased length for extra speed, smoother tracking and greater control.
Sharper centre and forward edges for greater precision in river running and playing.
Re-profiled stern for speed with more edge where you need it, less where you don’t.
Tweaked rocker profile so the boat rides high and gives you the all-important boof when you need it.
Subtle volume distribution gives a confidence inspiring ride for the intermediate paddlers and those making steeper descents.
Re-profiled cockpit to reduce deck implosion and ease carrying.
2013 Pyranha Burn from Pyranha on Vimeo.
Graphics: Bren Orton
Paddling, Edit, and Cinematography: Craig Kleckner & Dave Fusilli