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Old 07-21-2004   #1
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Jackson vs EZ ?

Planning on buying a new down river/play boat this weekend, I know that most love the EZ, but what about the Jackson fun series? Has any one tried one yet,what's the scoop

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Old 07-21-2004   #2
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Call me biased..., as I am a bit close to the business of Jackson Kayak... but I would highly consider the fact that EJ designed both boats. The EZ is a great river runner but was designed in 99.

The Fun series however is SUPER comfy, a great river runner and has more design features focused on new school types of tricks. It is also a very, very light boat...

Depending on where you are... there are retailers that have demo's on hand.

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Old 07-21-2004   #3
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The Fun

I just bought a Fun and brought it down Gore Canyon for my first run in the boat. It is really a great river runer. I ran only meat lines and had no problems what so ever. It actually paddles just like an Ace or EZ, but surfs better and is more fun in the flat water. Get the Jackson.
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Wow, you took a Fun down Gore!

Yes, the EZ is an older boat. Fun vs. EZ may not be a fair comparison. Wavesport has a newer boat, the ZG.

How does the Fun compare with the ZG?
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Isn't the ZG a playboat not a river runner/playboat? Wave Sport does not give any details about the boat on their site other than a picture and its dimensions.
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Old 07-21-2004   #6
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ZG is play.
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They look pretty similar to me.......

Zero Gravity 54 Specs: length=6'6" , width=25", depth=12" ,
weight=32 lbs volume=54 gal, paddler weight=140-220 lbs

Fun Specs: Length: 6’ 6” Width: 25” Height: 13”
Weight: 28 pounds Volume: 51 Gallons
Optimum Playboating: 170 pounds

Perhaps the ZG 54 is for a slightly larger person than the Fun.

Here's a comparison of the smaller boats:

Zero Gravity 48 Specs: length=6'4" , width=24.5", depth=11.75" ,
weight=31 lbs volume=48 gal,
paddler weight=100-180 lbs

2-Fun Specs: Length: 6’2” Width: 24” Height 12”
Weight: 26 pounds Volume: 44 gallons
Optimum Playboating: 130 - 150 pounds

Again, looks pretty similar. Perhaps the ZG 48 is for a slightly larger person.
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Old 07-21-2004   #8
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I can't speak to the EZ, but I jumped in a Jackson once and I'm sold. I dream of the day when someone needs the newer than that and I can pick one up!! that boat just felt imbued with balance, stability and rip-roaring play!!! if you've got the dough, throw it down!!!
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Old 07-21-2004   #9
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OK I'm more confident of the fun now. I'm going to demo the fun/2fun,and just for comparison the EZ on Saturday.But after hearing what you guys had to say + jacksonkayak's web site I'm preety much already sold also. For the ones that have'nt visited the site, check it out. He pulled some smooth moves at fibark!
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Old 07-22-2004   #10
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Try the boats you are considering buying

Before you buy a boat, try the ones you are considering. I've always found that there is one clear winner out of the handful of boats you are looking at. The one time I bought a boat without trying it I hated it and sold it 3 days later.

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