Product Description

The Paddler’s Advantage: Soft Landings, easy boofs, great maneuverability, and plenty of speed.

  1. Beginners– Karma or Hero are  better beginner options
  2. Intermediates– Great for learning to boof and running waterfalls, easy to turn and catch little eddies, great for going over the holes and not getting stuck!
  3. Experts:   boof bigger waterfalls with its softer landings, get over and through bigger holes with the awesome bow rocker and volume, and turn on a dime for the quick maneuvers needed on tight creeks.

Comments on “Product Description”

  1. Patrick Myers
    February 6, 2011 at 1:21 am

    I’m interested in getting a creek boat but have very little knowledge of what’s available for someone my size 6’2″ about 260 lbs 34″ inseam and a size 13 shoe. Also I’m pretty much a novice paddler part of last season in a duckie. any help/advice will be greatly appreciated.
    Thanks Pat Myers/pmm55@aol.com

    1. February 6, 2011 at 7:50 am

      At 260 there are only 2 choices I know of: Villain and MegaRocker. I have heard the MegaRocker is our biggest model yet the Villain seems to float nice and high for 220 lbs guys as well even though it is slightly lower volume. Not sure on MegaRocker availability but both of these a great designs and will float you. Try one at your local JK dealer and see for yourself.
      Clay

  2. Scott Williams
    February 6, 2011 at 8:33 pm

    Hey Pat, I paddle a MegaRocker and Love it by far the best boat out there for us Big guys ( I’m 6’3″ 250ish ) It has advanced my boating ability immensely. I’m only a couple of seasons into the sport myself and tried alot of different boats $$$ learning the hard way. I was a class 1,2 paddler in an Everest and having a hard time of it. Now I run 3,4+ with the most forgiving boat out there in my opinion. Easy to roll and enough volume and rocker to feel very stable. As for the Villain I Demo~ed one @ NOC and it was Amazing. I didn’t think you could beat the Rocker, but leave it to Jackson. More control, point and go, faster it was unbelievable. I don’t know how much you have to $pend, but if you want you can buy my MegaRocker and I’ll go buy the Villain…LOL Just kidding… IT doesn’t matter which of the two you pick/get you will be paddling the Best designed boats out there. Jackson~4~Life
    ~Wet&Wild~Wayah~

  3. george
    February 24, 2011 at 6:42 am

    hi there im a little undecided as to which boat to purchase the hero or the villian. i currently paddled a nomda 8.5 last season and got down grade 4/5 but didn`t have full control it felt like a bathtub, so i swapped for an 8.1 but that feels to small. i like the idea of a shorter boat like the hero as im used to playboats so a fast response to my stoke is great which is why i considered a hero. but not sure about the villian what are the advantages over a hero. i live in norway and paddle creeks to fairly large volume rivers. i weigh 76kgs without gear and im 5″10 size uk 10 shoes what would be your model and size suggestion for hero/super hero/villian (s).

    thnaks george

    1. March 1, 2011 at 4:31 pm

      George,
      You’re 167 lbs for our US readers. You’re the perfect size for either our Villain S or a Hero. The Villain S feels like it’s sized somewhere in between the Nomads that you paddled before, but most paddlers find it easier to drive. If you like that faster, “carvier” feel, then the Villain S will be a great boat for you. The Hero is fully class 5 creekable, but will “feel” a little smaller/shorter overall. It’s easier to turn and a little more initially stable than a Villain S. Enjoy whichever you get and let us know how you like it!!!
      Stephen Wright

  4. Geoff Petrasek
    May 14, 2011 at 12:56 pm

    Please post a video that shows how the Villian handles the water (Class 2-4) that 99.9% of us paddle. Specifically, I’d like to see some eddy turns, ferrys, and a few surfing shots. I know it’s a creek boat and the wild stuff sells, but it’s also billed as a river runner for the big guys and I can’t find anything that shows me how the boat handles. Since I can’t find a boat w/i three hours to demo, so I’ve got to select your boat based on what I see. Thanks.

    1. May 14, 2011 at 4:32 pm

      Wow – that’s a really good idea! We always show creekers creeking and playboats playing but rarely anything but the Fun do we show carving, ferries or rolling. I know when we first prototyped it the carving was one of our top priorities and I know we shot lots of video of it, but it mostly ended up on the cutting room floor.
      SO: while I can’t go video myself right now, I can tell you that our Villain carves better than any creekboat we’ve ever made – you lean a bit further over than a Burn but once that side-rail is engaged at your hip it’s one big ‘arc’ so it will keep carving till you pick it back up. Lean forwards to engage the rail early – for tight eddy turns or more ‘spin-like’ tight radius arcs OR lean back to let it catch further down for wider radius turns and a bit less edge for when you are in heavier current. For ferries, or anytime you don’t want the edge to start a turn, just keep the boat flat and lean back a bit … so the rounder bow is up out of the water and the wide, flatter mid-section can work it’s magic.
      In surfing it’s not really a planing hull so it’s not going to grind or spin a green wave. On the other hand the continuous rocker keeps the bow up even when the stern is buried by the foam, so if the wave is flat enough to front-surf you’ll ride high and dry.
      Here are some U-tube videos I found, mostly POV and yes, they often cut the eddy turns out:
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0wHq6Cgp3TA&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MBxaPaEHC_Y&feature=related
      http://www.youtube.com/user/kayakdagnar21#p/a/u/0/uxbKYaeIiTg

      I know we shot several times on the Tellico but not sure what was used or where they are. Nick Troutman and Dane Jackson have U-tube Channels with tons of Villain footage – Nikkayaker and Shootingstarking channels. Check em out!
      Clay

  5. Geoff Petrasek
    May 15, 2011 at 12:58 am

    Thanks. Looks like a fun ride, but you guys must have nine lives.

  6. CB Rob
    July 2, 2011 at 3:49 pm

    just picked up a villain from CKS. there are lots of great creek boats out there, but nobody that backs them up like jackson does.
    You recently warrantied a mega rocker for a friend of mine for the 3rd time.. w/ a villain. That kind of service convinced me I needed to buy Jackson.

  7. Andrew Barnes
    July 24, 2011 at 9:33 am

    Just bought a Villain S in Australia. Really don’t understand how the blow up bag under my bum is supposed to work? Feels like it moves around when I paddle which would mean energy in forward paddling is wasted and transferring weight to edging is not as ‘accurate’. Maybe I am not using it right – please advise correct ‘use’. (Disappointed in the ‘owners manual’. Doesn’t give any info on moving the seat or anything worthwhile except the bulkhead.)

    1. July 24, 2011 at 7:45 pm

      Suck, don’t blow! Sit in the seat with the valve open, blow a bit of air to loosen the foam pellets, now suck all the air out as you wiggle your butt down into the bag. Once every bit of air is removed the seat will resemble a vacuum sealed bag of coffee and stay in the perfect shape for weeks (or a really hot day).
      As for moving the seat – I guess you have crosslink, so loosen the silver hose clamp in front of the seat then pull the hip pads up to expose the holes through the sides of the seat. Now reach UP in there and loose the seat bolts…. adjust to fit, tighten all back down and go paddle!

      Hope this helps – hit me with anything else when it comes up..
      Clay

  8. Ian Janoska
    August 5, 2011 at 10:45 pm

    So I have heard nothing but good things about the villain series, and my habitat 80 is starting to wear out after two seasons and am looking to replace it. The issue is that I am 6′ 2″ and 150 lbs which is perfect for both the villain s and the habitat 74, but I like the BIG BOAT, which is why I am paddling a habitat 80 haha. So I guess my question would be which size villain is going to boat like the habitat 80? I know that the S is right around 80 gallons but I just have a feeling that it will boat like the habitat 74. Any help would be outstanding.

    1. August 12, 2011 at 12:52 pm

      If you like a ‘big boat’ but only weight 150lbs I suggest trying the normal Villain or the Super-hero with a 200 Sweet Cheeks to ‘lift’ you into the thigh braces and make the most of your body weight.

      While a Villain S should be ample volume for you, as would a Hero, I’m not that familiar with the 74 but know that the 80 is MUCH bigger than those boats.

      Try our Villain S first – since it’s lighter and shorter and seems like it would be a great boat for you – then try the larger size SHero and Villain.

      Hope you find what floats you appropriately!
      Clay Wright

  9. Shane
    September 11, 2011 at 4:02 am

    Can this boat be paddled on flat water? How does it track? Or would I be more pleased with the Rogue? I am purchasing a sidekick for my son. I want to go out on some whitewater with him. But also be able to paddle the small flat creek behind our house? Also I am 6’2″ and about 210 with size 13 shoe. Would I even fit in a Rogue?

    1. September 13, 2011 at 7:37 pm

      The Rogue will not only fit you but will also run whitewater really, really well. It’s a longer, very different boat from the Villain or sidekick so you’ll be going a lot faster than your son on the flat creek behind your house. The Villain will work on flatwater but the Rogue will get you a lot further and with less effort – it just works better when paddling longer distances without current to propel you. Sharp cornering and turning and boofing = Villain, River running with tracking and speed and stability… Rogue.

      Hope this helps –

      Clay Wright

  10. Eric L
    September 21, 2011 at 2:48 am

    I”m 5’5″ and 160lb, looking into getting into a creek boat or a river runner… I heard that the hero has a hard time keeping a line.. I love my fun and how it feels, so is the villian s a better fit for me. Our local dealer dosent have a hero or a villian to demo.

    1. September 22, 2011 at 4:35 am

      If you can paddle a Fun you can paddle a HEro I would bet. The tracking is more important for those that only paddle river runners. As a playboater you are likely more used to keeping a short boat in line. The Villain S vs Hero debate continues but I suggest the Hero for playboaters who want to creek and the Villain S for river-runners or creekers who are used to longer boats. For everyone else it’s a personal preference. I like the wider platform of the Hero since it’s more like my playboat, but the Villain S is really easy to paddle and forgiving in it’s slightly longer, rounder, faster form as well.

      Hope this helps!

      Clay Wright

  11. Jon hodges
    January 28, 2012 at 9:49 pm

    Have been paddling for 20 years and struggling to find a boat that I really like lately!
    Have paddled flat bottomed low volume back deck boats prior to purchasing a hero. I am 85 kgs and about 180cm tall. I initially liked the hero for it’s stability and fit out. It surfs well but have found it a little sluggish and slow on the river.
    I like to buy boats(luckily) and have just ordered a villain s. I am hoping it has a bit more speed and produces a carving turn a little better. Also looking for something that will get me out and over the odd sticky hole a little better without feeling like a big pig!!
    Thanks.

    1. January 29, 2012 at 12:02 am

      Jon,
      If you want more carving in your turns with your Hero or Villain S, try moving the seat back a bit. If your weight is too far forward, the boat can tend to almost to almost pivot around the bow end with the stern sliding around rather than curving an arc. If you move the weight farther back a bit, it’ll engage the stern edges and sidewall to hold the stern behind the bow and give you a more pronounced carving curve. Give it a try 🙂 BUT the villain will certainly be faster all around!!!!
      Stephen

      1. Jon hodges
        January 29, 2012 at 8:00 pm

        Thanks Stephen. I have moved the seat forward since I got the Hero. I will try it back a bit and let you know. Cheers. Jon

  12. Jacob Moody
    February 19, 2012 at 3:23 am

    Will there be another creeker coming out anytime soon?

  13. Jacob Moody
    February 19, 2012 at 3:24 am

    Will there be an extreme creeker coming out anytime soon?

  14. Philip
    July 13, 2012 at 6:36 pm

    Is the Zen or Villain more similar to the old Rocker boat? I’m trying to decide which boat to buy. What do you suggest for an all around river running boat? Mainly the Nantahala, Ocoee an Tellico? I’m not looking for a play boat.

    1. July 14, 2012 at 8:56 pm

      Zen and Villain are both full on river running machines. Zen is a newer design that came out this year. Villain has been around for a couple years but everyone loves theirs. I paddled mine two days ago… one of my favorite confidence boosting boats….

      Emily Jackson

  15. Aj
    September 4, 2012 at 1:07 am

    At 13 5ft3 115lbs should i go with the little hero or villain s

    1. September 4, 2012 at 1:41 pm

      AJ,
      I think that you’d be happiest in a Little Hero at your size. It’s the perfect size for you. Your other option is the Zen 55, which is also a great size @ 115. It would be a little faster downriver and much more fun to surf, but less volume on steeper creeks.
      Hope that helps!
      Stephen

  16. Ray Allen
    February 22, 2013 at 3:48 am

    Hey Guys. Bought a Villain S a couple of years ago and love it! Just wanted to ask what is the proper way the boat should be trimmed? Should the bow and stern be equally distanced above the water or should the bow ride slightly higher than the stern. I am 5’5″ tall and weigh about 160 lbs.

    1. February 22, 2013 at 4:42 am

      Ray,
      Most modern WW kayaks have more bow rocker than stern rocker. SO, the bow should be higher than the stern in flatwater–that’s normal. BUT the best way to trim your boat/adjust the seat position is based on how it paddles for you. Start in the middle, paddle some rapids, move forward (and tighten the backband and loosen the foot bulkhead) and paddle a bit, then try it with the seat back from center (re-adjust the outfitting)…see what you like better. You’re a great size for the Villain S! For what it’s worth, I liked paddling the Villain S with the seat 1 notch back from center. This made it easy for me to keep the bow up, a little easier to keep it online, and a little easier to turn at speed. If you like that feel, move back…if the stern starts to feel grabby, move forward. When I sat too far forward in the Villain S, the bow kept trying to spin out on me into eddies or it’d turn off line at speed.
      Enjoy your new boat!!!
      Stephen

  17. Newbie
    March 29, 2013 at 6:24 pm

    I’m new to kayaking, and looking to completely outfit my son and myself. I got a great deal on a slightly used yak already, and looking for the 2nd. I was wanting a Jackson and drove quite some distance to shop around and actually get the feel for a few. One of the dealers I visited had a Villain S (I am 5’4″, 150 lbs)-last year’s model, and after sitting in it for a bit, I might be more confused than what I was going into the store. I like the feel of the bulkhead much better than the footpegs on the only boat I have (although it seems like it would be much more comfortable and hold feet into proper position if there was a small wedge to pad the void for the necessary outward rotation of the leg when positioned in the thigh braces–I’m sure I could rig that on my own). The problem with me fitting comfortably in this boat is the thigh braces seem to dig into my legs-with just the standard padded seat-and although I like the feel of them, sweet cheeks would only aggravate that problem….or maybe my “built-in sweet cheeks” are lifting me too high already 🙂 Just trying to find a boat such as that to fit well with my dimensions-appreciate any help!

    1. April 1, 2013 at 3:44 am

      Hey Newbie –

      The only thing I can think of is either it had a sweet cheeks that had air in it (it’s a vacuum forming seat, not a blow up device) or perhaps the cockpit rim was bent inwards in shipping. This happens sometimes on hot days or just if really weighted. If the boat is ”bent’ you can just pull upwards on the thigh braces until they are flat across to one another and the cockpit rim takes on a straighter shape. Heat helps but the boat will happily go back to it’s intended shape.

      Otherwise perhaps you have big thighs and could take the seat pad out to gain more room. I would try both and see what you think or ASK the dealer for someone at the shop who knows how to fit you. I can try again if you give me more info base on this feedback.

      Sorry you are having trouble!

      Clay (my first name @jacksonkayak.com)

  18. Ty Hopkins
    April 17, 2013 at 1:36 am

    Which boat better fitted for Gauley ?
    Villian or Hero ?? Have demo both
    Like them both for different reasons.
    Going to paddle the Gauley this year
    for the first time.

    Thanks

    1. April 17, 2013 at 2:43 am

      Hey Ty –

      Depends on your size, and since Hero is a medium and Villain is a large I’m curious about your weight to give the best answer.

      I like the Hero series for just ”getting it down upright” and while the Villain series is faster and has more bow-stern stability the Hero series has a bit more primary and secondary stability. So if Gauley is the biggest water you normally run by a lot go Hero series, especially if you like tight narrow runs with shallow drops. I you paddle longer distances or bigger water often go Villain for the extra flatwater speed. Hero is great up to 170, as is Villain S. Super Hero is good 170 to 250 and Villain starts 180 and up (though some of our Team members love it at 160 – go figure).

      Hope this helps – send weight if this doesn’t cut it. Clay

  19. Jason
    April 26, 2013 at 12:11 am

    I am relatively new to kayaking and have only paddled the white water center in Charlotte. I plan to get out to the Green, Pigeon, Chattanooga, ect… I have no desire to full on play boat, I think creeking and big water is where I may end up going. I currently paddle a Dagger Mamba 8.0 and find myself upside down after each rapid. As I dont have a bombproof roll this gets to be very tedious. I am 5’11” , 220lbs. 30″ inseem, size 10 feet, Which boat would you recommend, the Villain or Super Hero (or anything else you may think)? Thanks for your time.

    1. May 2, 2013 at 9:11 pm

      Hey Jason –

      The Super-hero sound like the perfect boat for you: full volume for flotation and stability but in a really user friendly package. The karma Lg would be my next choice as it’s a bigger boat and longer and faster but may take a couple weeks to get used to the speed and carving edges. Villain will work and is a great boat but I prefer both these models for what you are looking for – stability and progression.

      Good Luck! Clay

  20. matt
    June 27, 2013 at 8:29 pm

    So, I’m 35. 5’10”, 210-220, size 10.5 shoe and a 30″ inseam.
    I’m trying to decide what high volume boat to buy. I’m running the Ocoee 3 days/wk and my goal is Gualey this fall and Chattanooga area creeks through the winter and spring. I guess I am an intermediate paddler. But, I’ve been out of a kayak regularly for 5-6 years. I’ve been in a large Nomad that I’ve borrowed. I demoed the large Karma today. I loved the volume, speed, and punch. Its def as stable as all of the hype. It seemed like I couldn’t get the bow to grab eddies. The seat was 1 hole from all the way forward. I was comfortable (except my left leg, whole different story). It also was by no means easier to roll than the Nomad as I felt like I was trying to keep my head down but I was rolling from the stern. That is a new occurrence for me.
    So, I’m gonna buy a creek boat, and probably from you guys. Any suggestions/recommendations?
    Thanks in advance!

    1. September 16, 2013 at 2:52 pm

      The Karma Lg definitely.

      Speed for Tugalloo crossings, stability for improving your skills, and that ”looser” bow will come in handy when you start running rockier creeks or more continuous water. Just edge the boat into eddies you want to catch, hold it flat for those that you don’t. More snow-board like than a round hull…

      As for the roll it’s an evolution – our high sidewall is easier to brace back up and makes the end of the roll easier but the beginning .. there is a bit more effort in the beginning of the roll to get the sidewall up and over the water. That’s the nature of a bigger, more stable boat … it’s also more stable upside down at least at first.

      Enjoy! Clay

  21. matt
    June 27, 2013 at 8:35 pm

    Sorry!!!
    Also, I always feel like I sit way to deep in these high volume boats. And honestly, even in modern playboats. Is this normal for those of us that are vertically challenge and built stocky. Should I just get a seat pad and move on? Seriously, In some boats it feels like the cockpit rim is at my armpits. Even in the Karma today. Thanks again!

    1. July 1, 2013 at 12:49 pm

      Matt,
      I’m not particularly tall either (5’4″). I’ve been pretty happy with most of the JK medium-sized WW boats, but definitely prefer them when I’m sitting a little higher. That should help a lot!
      Stephen

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