The karma is large at 103 gallons. It has a high parting line and a long plaining hull with rocker. It floats me higher up in the water and stays on top of the water better than say a 90 gallon villain with a displacment hull.
However, what i've found, at my weight I can paddle a super fun 70 gallon river play at high water class 3-4 and still surf and have a blast.
I can use a super hero 90 gallons, for river running and a large karma 103 gallons for any bigwater or creek run I am paddling.
Volume and hull design have been key for me. I like a high parting line and 90 gallons or better.
I also like dagger axiom 9.0 foe slalom and river splat/surf
and a rockstar large for that beachball under my butt effect.
I am learning to paddle at a solid class 4 level, to give you an idea of where i've made it with my skill set, I started in a dagger approach 10 and sucked real bad. I have come to terms with myself, I enjoy kayaking and thats what matters now.
I am 5'10" and 280. I am a big fan of Jackson boats. I have a Super Hero for river running, a Monstar for play boating and I just added an older Super Fun. The Super Fun and Super Hero has plenty of leg room. The Monstar is really fun but just enough leg room for me. All these boats do a great job keeping me afloat. I prefer the planing hull of the Super Hero over the displacement hull of a Karma. As well the Super Hero is a little shorter than a Karma large which I prefer, but that could be a personal opinion.
I own the small now, and had owned a medium, ... just to indicate my experience with these boats, ... but it is the JK Karma large that should be the boat you want. Try it, you'll probably absolutely love it once you find the best seat location for your size. I'm not sure where that is, but it might be all the way forward for you.
I have Remix 79, however, I just spent a week paddling a Karma Large on class 2 & 3 water. The Remix is now for sale. The Karma's volume gave much better stability than the Remix in bigger water. The first day I had to really work to keep the Karma on edge compared to the Remix. After the first day I did not notice it anymore.
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