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Zen 3.0

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8' 1" - 8' 11"
25.5" - 27.8"
Cockpit Size:
32.5" x 19" - 36" x 21.5"
76 gal - 103 gal
80 lbs - 280 lbs
Total Weight:
44 lbs - 50 lbs

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The Zen platform has been used around the world by leading whitewater schools as an amazing teaching tool. The Zen 3.0 takes the attributes that made prior generations of the Zen a top pick and improved on them. The Zen 3.0 stays on top of the water and the bow lifts over and clears things better than any previous design. It is a dry, confidence-inspiring ride, especially when the river gets steep. The hull combines an amazingly fun zippy feel, with carving, gliding, and surfing, while adding a new level of stability to the platform. The ease of staying right side up is incredible, while the confidence it provides is welcome on any river. It boofs, surfs, and plugs…. versatility doesn’t mean compromise! Your new favorite river runner will also be your new favorite creek boat. The high volume design doesn’t get grabbed in squirrelly situations, and it wants to stay horizontal. This is an amazing boat for teaching beginners, while the biggest of whitewater begs for this type of forgiveness.

Small | Length: 8’ 1″ • Width: 25.5″ • Height: 15″ • Cockpit Size: 32.5" x 19" • Volume: 76 gal • Capacity: 80-160 lbs • Total Weight: 44 lbs

Medium | Length: 8’ 5″ • Width: 27″ • Height: 15″ • Cockpit Size: 34.5" x 20.25" • Volume: 89 gal • Capacity: 140-220 lbs • Total Weight: 47 lbs

Large | Length: 8’ 11″ • Width: 27.8″ • Height: 15″ • Cockpit Size: 36" x 21.5" • Volume: 103 gal • Capacity: 200-280 lbs • Total Weight: 50 lbs

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New Zen 3.0

1 - Click on Artifical Reality button above to get 3D view,
2 - Click View in Real Life to load up QR code,
3 - Scan QR code using your smart phone camera,
4 - Open in your browser (prompt will appear),
5 - Find a spot in your room, follow instructions till boat appears.

Warranty Information

This warranty applies to all Jackson Adventure products (kayaks, boats, coolers and kennels) and covers substantial defects in materials and workmanship in the hull and outfitting components sold new or as "demos". The warranty policy is subject to the exceptions lists. Review the full warranty list and details by clicking here.

2 Reviews

  • Zen 3

    Posted by John Geiger on Oct 12th 2020

    I have owned all the Zen in a medium. When I demoed the Zen 3 I tried a small and a medium. I weigh in at 165 so was not sure how it would ride. Bottom line is I love it - I don't do more than class III and attend to be a river runner. I find the boat pops up the downside of holes and gives me a lot more control than the medium Zen. Still great at ferrying and catching small eddies and no surprises going through holes and bigger water.

  • Z3 small

    Posted by John Geiger on Aug 15th 2020

    I had a chance to demo both the Med and Sm on the Lower Yough. I have a M Zen 2 and found the Z3 medium to be very similar, a bit more lift going through holes. My buddy and I both have the M Zen 2 but both felt we had a great ride from the Z3 Sm. We are both about 5 pounds over it's weight range, but we both agreed it is more maneuverable and responsive than the Zen 2 or 3 Medium. If I could only own one boat for all levels of water I would take the Medium but most of my boating is up to class 3 and not steep creeks so the small has gotten all my use! More like my Miata than the Outback.

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