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Old 07-22-2015   #21
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I think The Remix is a great river runner.

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Old 07-22-2015   #22
Sacramento, California
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Originally Posted by dthurbs View Post
While we're using testimonial evidence here, I'll offer mine. I've paddled mostly Jackson creekboats since 2007. I've never been sponsored. I've also never had a problem with my backband popping loose in whitewater. I have, however, had to do field repair on backbands from every other major manufacturer when my partners had a sudden failure.

The ropes are appropriately engineered to dig tighter into the cleats when under tension and they've worked great in my experience. I have had the ropes pop out in my playboat when throwing myself into a move really hard. The ropes were four years old and do tend to wear out. I replaced them for $5 at my local shop and it completely fixed the problem.
I have a new Jackson Rockstar, and this weekend I had an unpleasant surprise while rolling up while surfing. I started to roll on my onside, but due to current, I swapped to my offside roll, and during that process, I felt something give and I fell out of my boat. When I got to shore, I noticed my backband ropes were undone.

I do not know if I failed to cleat them properly, or if it is a design flaw, but afterwards, I made sure they were dug in tight before paddling on. I had no other issues after, but I'll certainly be paying attention to it in the future.

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Old 07-22-2015   #23
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Consider the Dagger Mamba 7.6. Great overall river runner and is a boat you will be able to progress up to bigger water with nicely. Cheers
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Old 07-22-2015   #24
Kelowna, BC
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Love the JK Zen...great river runner, speedy, easy to roll, planing hull, and surfs well! No complaints with the outfitting. Can be used for creeking.

I've had a Diesel...okay, but old school and not nearly as much fun as the Zen. Paddled both Remix and Mamba but bought a Zen.

Try them out is the best advice.


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