Who has beta on the new products coming from Jackson. Any ideas when they will release the info (update web site) on the changes for next year. I hear they are changing plastic.
Pegs = holes in the shell, and holes leak eventually. They did put plastic foot pegs in the 2011 SideKick, similar to ones I used in Perception boats 20+ years ago. The foot pegs were bolted through holes drilled in the shell - and holes eventually leak. A much less expensive setup than the bulkhead.
The bulk head setup is more user friendly for kids. It allows them to position their feet in any number of ways without losing foot traction. It's also quick and simple to adjust it vs. the pegs where you reach in and adjust it a notch or two, try it out, adjust again, wash, rinse, repeat. My kids rotate through the kayaks we have so easy adjustment is key for me. I was fortunate enough to find an older SideKick with the bulkhead when I bought one new from a shop this summer.
I agree with this statement, Just bought my first Jackson boat...a Villain (my reasons for buying were; on sale, crosslink plastic, 3 year warranty, local shop and two cracked Remixes in 2years) loving the boat, not the outfitting...seat moves, seat cushion moves, back band slips. I would gladly trade a cup or two of water in the boat for some badass outfitting with a roto-molded seat. I do give them kudus for thinking outside the box on the outfitting though especially the blukhead...it's brillant...the other stuff would be too if it worked a little better.Jackson has great designs but the outfitting has been lacking( In my opinion compared to LL bad ass outfitting )