Karma is the best, just outfit it
I am a relatively new paddler. I bought a used 2014 Jackson Karma M. Mostly because it looked cool, and creeking seemed like a more appealing direction to me that play boating. However, I'm wondering if I've made things challenging for myself by getting a boat that's too big. I'm 6ft tall, but weigh less than 160 soaking wet with all my gear on. Given that I'm a far cry from being any kind of expert creeker, will this boat make learning more difficult than it needs to be for me?
If so, any recommendations for a good boat that's got plenty of leg room, but would also be appropriate for my weight?
The Karma M accepts your height, but it probably seems big for your weight. So, customize the outfitting for you. The M was huge on me initially at 155#, but handled like a Porsche after I made my own foam hip pads and thigh hooks. I'll upload some pictures for you to see how it's done. Also, the seat position is key. At your weight I think you may want it one position forward of being all the way back. The Karma is absolutely the best boat ever made. Dial in the outfitting and learn to boat it with your legs and torso. It makes kayaking easy and confidence boosted. Cheers!
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