The 2013 Karma starts with a Hull that is flat and stable, providing a low draft to get over rocks easily, and be stable when on them, or on the water. The rocker profile on the Karma offers easy downstream paddling over waves and holes with little water on the deck, plus it ads speed into and out of drops to carry you past the holes, and over the rocks with ease. The sidewalls of the Karma are massive and provide huge secondary stability, plus keep water off the deck making it less edgy. The parting line is as high as we could make it, also giving a very forgiving shape for side currents and holes. The deck is shedding and stable for resurfacing, while the bow lifting shape keeps it rising up downstream. Perhaps one of the biggest features that are built into this boat is the downstream speed. This boat will make the ultimate extreme racing creekboat due to the idealized shape of the rocker, hull, and dry bow. The boat will be outfitted with the Uni-Shock Bulkhead, sure lock backband and our new Thermo Formed U-channel, and complete Boat Armor package for hull support/seat and deck support.
For 2014 we have an ‘all-black’ interior, extra-welded and fiber-reinforced hull track and more streamlined comfort to the backband.
Some Key Features:
- Uni-Shock Bulkhead
- Carry Strap on Bow Wall for either right or left hand carry.
- Grey Sure-Lock Backband- 2013 model
- Grey Seat pad and hip pads
- New “O” Resin, high density plastic- as seen on late 2012 models.
- Grey Stainless Steel/injection plastic overmolded grab handles- 4 of them, plus security bar.
- Boat Armor Outfitting- (Seat/seat Brackets, welded floor support, Thermo Uchannel, 4pound density walls, Uni-shock Bulkhead, and Thermo seat)
- Nalgene Water Bottle
Seating position is important in any boat to get the performance you are looking for. Seat height and seat position forward and back are your two areas of needed adjustment. For seat height, if the boat feels a little ”big” on you, add a sweet cheeks 100 to the seat to raise you up into the deck properly. Sweet Cheeks 200 will raise you up even more if you are on the very bottom of the scale for size and you prefer the larger size boat. (Dane uses a Sweet Cheeks 200 in the medium, for example at 130 pounds (10 pounds under the recommended weight for the medium) EJ uses the sweet cheeks 200 in the Large Karma and 100 in the medium Karma, but paddles the medium for his boat of choice.
Seat position- The Karma turns quickly and the bow is very easy to move around and it floats over everything if you are centered or slightly back in your seat. One notch behind center, or even all of the way back for maximum maneuverability. Forward of center for maximum driving and the bow locking in to a line. The downside of paddling too far forward is that if you do lose control of your bow (eddy line, boils, etc..) it is harder to correct until you stop moving relative to the current compared to sitting further back. The recommended starting position is one back of center and then adjust from there.
Karma S :
- Weight: 40 lbs
- Length: 8′
- Width: 25″
- Height: 13.5″
- Volume: 72 gal
- Ideal Weight Range: 80-155 lbs
- Cockpit Dimensions: 32.5″ x 19″
- MSRP: $1199
- Weight: 45 lbs
- Length: 8’6″
- Width: 26”
- Height : 14.5”
- Volume: 86 gal
- Ideal Weight Range: 140-220 lbs
- Cockpit Dimensions: 35” x 20.25”
- MSRP: $1199
- Weight: 50 lbs
- Length: 9′
- Width: 28”
- Height: 15”
- Volume: 103 gal
- Ideal Weight Range: 185-300 lbs
- Cockpit Dimensions: 36.5” x 21.5″
- MSRP: $1199