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Old 10-21-2014   #1
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Jackson Karma medium

Looking into a karma medium. I'm 6'1 200#. Coming from paddling the river running zen, looking to trade for karma medium. Curious about if that size will be good at my weight. Any insight would be great

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Old 10-21-2014   #2
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At 6' 185# it floats me great.

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Old 10-22-2014   #3
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Karma M is appropriate


The M is appropriate for your size. You might like to read my boat review posted at . If you intend to carry a bunch of extra gear weight you could consider the L. Otherwise, the M is going to feel more agile and super enjoyable.
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Old 10-22-2014   #4
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Seems like it depends on your style / preference as well. If you're a stronger/aggressive paddler and paddle rivers where you need the speed and want to stay high and dry, the large might be better. I'm 45# less than you, have paddled both, and definitely find the medium a better fit for me. If I was your size I'd likely go L unless I was just doing lots of low volume tight steep creeks.
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Old 10-22-2014   #5
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I'm 5'10" 165 and paddle the medium Karma. It's perfect for me.

It did take some getting used to the Karma. I'd been in a Recon 93 and a Remix 79 for a few years. The Karma is edgy compared to these boats. The placement of the seat also makes a big difference in how the Karma paddles. I set mine one notch from all the way forward.

200 pounds seems heavy for the medium, although as others have pointed out, it depends on what kind of paddling you intend to do.

It's always a good idea to demo different boats before you buy one.
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Old 10-22-2014   #6
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I am 200 and paddle the L. I think the M would be a bit smaller than ideal for you. You are on the cusp though. Either could work. Depends on if you like you boats on the smaller side or larger side.
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6'3" 185 lbs. I feel like I'm a good weight for the medium, any heavier and I would be floating low. Large is massive though.
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Old 10-23-2014   #8
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If you do want a medium though I'll sell you mine with an IR Royale that fits it.
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Old 10-24-2014   #9
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6'1" 200lbs. Large. For all the reasons KSC said.
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I'm 205 on a good day, 210 on a bad day, 5'10". I asked for opinions on large vs medium on here and was pointed towards the large. I'm glad I did, it doesn't feel too big after you get it dialed in. I sat in the medium and it just felt too small for me after coming from a large Villain. At first I had trouble boofing it, but I just raised the seat a bit to get better contact inside the boat and pulled the seat all the way forward.

Don't let the 100+ gallons scare you, it doesn't feel that big and boat designers seem to be moving towards these large volume boats.

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