AntiX Introducing the Antix: a fun, responsive river runner with a focus on down-river play! The Antix will turn the river into your playground as you take advantage of every wave, hole, rock, and eddy. Squirts, spins, splats, and wheels have never been easier! Paddlers of all skill will find themselves styling their local Class-III, and more advanced kayakers can add some serious spice to Class-IV and V runs. The unique hull synthesizes elements of creek and play boating, with forgiving edges and rollability on top of its loose and playful feel. Own the river today in an Antix! Available in three sizes.

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Product Features

  • 1  - Slicey Stern

    Playfully slicey stern allows for squirting, splatting and down river fun!
  • 2  - Planing Hull

    The hull is built to make all the right river running moves but have the ability to spin on waves and surf up holes without loosing river running power or stability
  • 3  - Uni-shock Bulkhead system

    Ensuring that all your river running experiences are as safe as possible, the Antix will feature the Uni-Shock bulkhead system and U-Channel track to protect paddler and kayak.
  • 4  - Top of the line outfitting

    Jackson Kayak's bomber outfitting will include our comfy padded seat, perfectly fitting and back band, thigh pads and more. All fully adjustable!
  • 5  - Fuller Bow

    a roomy Bow gives you comfort all day
  • 6  - Lightweight

    The lighter weight of the boat is easy for carrying, nimble for maneuvering, and is fast at accelerating
  • 7  - GoPro Ready  - GoPro

    Comes with a screwed in mount for your Go Pro that you can unscrew and stick wherever you like for a different point of view.
  • 8  - Nalgene Bottle  - Nalgene

    USA Made, BPA Free and with a JK logo - this is one water bottle designed for years of hard use, just like your Jackson Kayak!
  • 9  - Sure-Lock Backband System

    This instantly adjustable system is operated right from your kayak and uses only rope and plastic cleats: no metal parts to rust, corrode, fall-out or break - ever! Should you break a rope you are a simple square knot away from continuing in comfort and replacement is possible in any hardware shop.
  • 10  -  Thermoformed U Channel with Composite Reinforcement for Hull Support

Comments on “AntiX”

  1. February 28, 2018 at 2:41 pm

    The Journey is your best bet!

  2. Jacob Gray
    April 5, 2018 at 1:26 pm

    I’am 6 foot 230-240lbs size 12 feet would the antix large be a good fit thanks for any advice!

    1. July 22, 2018 at 4:39 pm

      Hey Jacob! Antix L will be sporty at 230 .. less a creeker and more like a playful, surfy boat. The benefit will be easier to get vertical in more places. You will fit no problem and it will float fine, just know the drawback of being on the higher end of the weight range is that it’s not as fast and a bit edgier than for those in the middle.

      I’m 175 lbs and paddle the Small Antix for play a lot despite being way over the suggested weight range. It’s not fast on the flats but surfs great and plays the Ocoee beautifully. Hope this helps! Clay

  3. James
    April 5, 2018 at 3:57 pm

    My wife and I both love our antix’s these boats are fantastic for beginners and up. A great boat to learn and grow in.

    Is there a good video or instructions on how to really get the outfitting setup best?

    1. October 24, 2019 at 6:02 pm

      Hey James! There are several up about our outfitting and I would be happy to help. My favorites are: Seat- middle or one forwards for river running, as it keeps the speed up, back one for just stern squirting. I add an extra seat pad if I’m wanting to play a lot. Clay

  4. Ross Northrop
    April 16, 2018 at 4:32 pm

    I haveve been paddle the L Antix since last summer. This boat is Awesome, Everytime I’m out in it the river is a playground. Before the Antix I just primarily paddled my creeker in everything. The Antix has put a while new perspective to me being on the river. Great job .

  5. Elizabeth Dickinson Jackson
    April 20, 2018 at 6:52 pm

    Should I get floats for my Antix? Have been told I should. Why put in front wouldn’t the stern be better if needed at all.

    1. July 22, 2018 at 3:42 pm

      Hey Elizabeth – floats are a great way to protect your investment while you are progressing and swimming occasionally or when you are pushing hard.. and swimming that way. A boat with no bags is likely to fold / pin / piton much worse because of the extra water weight inside once the deck is off. Wine bags work great in the bow – and might stay in the stern if it’s a Small. Fun Floats are also a nice, smaller product fit for these smaller boats. The more air in it, the safer your boat when it heads downstream on it’s own. Clay

  6. Yves capoen
    April 24, 2018 at 7:34 pm

    How the hell someone gets spare parts for this kayaks

    1. July 22, 2018 at 3:36 pm

      Hey Yves – or check in our ”store” of accessories. It’s right on the website. Good luck! Clay

  7. Mike Hauptmann
    April 26, 2018 at 1:19 am

    I weigh about 185lb and can’t decide between the medium or large antic, I am not able to try or even see one to help me decide. I will spend spend about 70% of the time paddling in the surf and 30% in river, which size would be better in the surf for my weight? Thanks Mike.

    1. July 22, 2018 at 3:33 pm

      Hey Mike! At 185 lbs, the Medium will be narrow and sporty in the surf or on the river. The Lg will feel wider and faster but a bit harder to keep the stern under the foam. I guess it depends on the waves… if they are steeper the medium will be best and if they are flatter perhaps the Large will stay on better . I weight 175 and paddle all 3 depending on the conditions… Small for just play boating (it’s slow but FUN) Medium for most things and Lg for creeking or big water boating. Hope this helps! Clay

  8. Morgan Hayes
    August 19, 2018 at 10:27 am

    hey do you guys offer any customisable colours eg blue and red in the same boat ?

    1. September 25, 2018 at 10:26 am

      Of course! Custom colors are available on all our kayaks for $200 plus some extra weeks to get it molded (depends on when we are molding that model). Contact your dealer for more info or and ask on lead times and costs to your dealer. Good Luck! Clay

  9. Justin
    August 20, 2018 at 7:30 pm

    Trying to figure out what kind a skirt I need for a antix M. Any recommendations?

    1. August 24, 2018 at 8:29 am

      The skirt sizes vary per brand, so check the brand of skirt you are looking for for the right size. In general, Antix M is about the same as Rockstar M .. maybe a bit smaller than Nirvana M but very close.

      I use the Seals 1.4 on mine and it’s great. On the Lg Antix I use the Seals 1.7. Hope this helps! Clay

  10. Stewart MacLean
    September 5, 2018 at 12:08 pm

    my Big Easy is still a great boat but after 14 years it’s old, (parked for 6 yrs, broken pelvis got in the way) i’m guessing the med. Antix would the best choice? as i am looking to get new b4 Costa Rica this fall

    thanks goji

    1. September 24, 2018 at 11:07 am

      Hey Stewart! Antix Medium is a GREAT boat for some play but mostly river running, especially if you’ve paddled playboats in the past. I weight 175 and it’s perfect for most any river I paddle. I paddle the LG on big / steep / harder water like N Fork or Suck Creek but the Medium is a treat on North Chick, Gauley, Caney Fork, Watauga, Numbers etc. The Team in the 160 range run it on everything, and I often paddle the Small just for big water / play days – it’s slow since I’m over the range for it but big fun! Antix series is amazing – get the right size for your use and you’ll never look back. What’s your weight and height? Clay

  11. Charlie Sutcliffe
    September 17, 2018 at 5:04 pm

    I am wondering if I will fit in the small. I am 6 foot, 130 lbs, and fit well in a medium 2017 rockstar. I have quite long legs so I am not sure. Thanks.

    1. September 19, 2018 at 8:11 am

      Hey Charlie – you should easily fit an Antix S, the limiting factor will be the bulkhead.

      If you don’t fit just by cutting down the outside of the foam block, you can try 2 other strategies:

      1. Cut the foam block in half – from 3” thick to 1.5” thick and enjoy that extra room.

      2. If the plastic plate is the sticking point, it pops off and you can trim that down a bit too and get more travel. Remember to smooth off the edges – don’t leave any corners that could pop through the hull of the boat on impact. Then add your foam and you’re good!

      Hope this sets you up right! Hit me back if you have any other issues or if this needs better explanation. Good Luck! Clay

  12. Sean Radcliffe
    October 9, 2018 at 2:08 pm

    I weigh 5’8, and weigh 185 on good days, lol, considering switching from an axiom 9.0 which is way to big for me, and considering an antix, not sure on the size though, my preference is the medium, what would your guidance be?

    1. October 15, 2018 at 9:23 pm

      Hey Sean! at 185 the Medium will be sporty and squirt and still run rivers while the Lg will be a river runner you can squirt. I’m 175 and paddle both a lot – but also the Small some! For pure play, I go small and squirt a lot but lose much speed in rapids and I lose stability in swirly currents. The Medium is my best fit – I can squirt well and run most rivers up to class 4 or some class 5 I know well. I don’t run creeks in it -or hard stuff – for that I go Large – its faster and floatier and less likely to squirt when I don’t want to. I’m 5;9” and 175 lbs. This will be a foot shorter, just under an inch narrower and a few gal lower than your Antix. For general purpose squirt and surfy river running I would go Medium to get the most play or Lg for a sportier ride than the Axiom but with at least as much river running potential – maybe more since it’s shorter for its volume. IF still undecided, shoot me home river, fav rivers, and other boats you paddle and like. My first name @ Jackson kayak dot com. Clay

  13. Jason Greene
    December 13, 2018 at 7:07 pm

    My wife was in the market for a zen, but we are now exploring the idea of an Antix for her. She’s a newer paddler with several dozen days out in a packraft, but only a few days in a hard shell. She paddled the Zen and liked it. We are looking for just one boat for her to have for a long, long time. She weighs just under 120 and is 5’4″. She isn’t the most daring, but enjoys class II and is looking to get into class III eventually. Is the Antix a good boat to consider or should she wait it out for what’s to come?

    1. January 6, 2019 at 12:50 am

      Hey Jason –
      Antix S is a great boat for her at 120 especially if you mainly stay within her skill level. IT’s easier to surf and you can do squirts and zip around in easier water more like a sports car. So easy to roll and to steer. That said, if you are pushing her into harder water and want her confidence to soar, the Zen has a fatter stern that will hold it on the surface more often in boily or steeper water. SO – Class 2 with more fun and control = Antix. Push into Class 3 as soon as possible (flip less) = Zen. My girlfriend is in the Antix S mostly now and she has both. She just likes the easier rolling and lighter weight carrying to and from the river. If we push her onto a hardest run she’s done ever I might suggest the Zen but otherwise she’s learning a lot in this boat and her confidence is high. Clay

  14. December 22, 2018 at 5:15 pm

    Hi JK. Sorry for all the sizing questions? Here’s the latest, if I’m 6′,4″, 190, and have size 13 feet…
    Is the Antix large going to be comfy and easy to get out of? My present boat ( Crossriver250) is too tight and I can’t slide out of it – kinda scary. Yes I’m new to kayaking and still swimming, the cross river was supposed to be for bigger guys like me but…. no dice, I’m nervous to paddle it on creeks where a swim can be dicey.

    1. January 6, 2019 at 12:44 am

      Hey Brad!
      I’ll check in with Colin Kemp who’s more your size.

      I fit easily into the Small at 5’9” with size 11 feet so I’m pretty confident but I had to trim the foam in half so the plates will go that extra little bit down in the boat. See what he says or I’ll forward this along for you if you don’t hear back soon. All the best!! Clay

    2. Alec Voorhees
      January 8, 2019 at 11:54 pm

      Hey Brad!
      I am 6’3” with a 34” inseam and size 13 foot, and I am not tight at all in the Large Antix. I think that you’ll fit fine, as long as you don’t have a ridiculously long inseam!

  15. Mike
    December 23, 2018 at 2:16 pm

    I’m 5’9” and about 145. I’m hoping for something faster than my Star and more playful than my old first gen Fun (which I feel like is a little too big for me). The sizing for the smal Antix says I’m too big, but I’ve read a few reviews about people my size being happy in the small. Any additional guidance beyond the sizing specs would be appreciated. Thanks,

    1. January 6, 2019 at 12:38 am

      Hey Mike –
      Yes – the Antix S would be really fun at 5’9” and 145! It’s less of a ”river runner” at your weight just because it sits a bit lower in the water but I really enjoy it even at 170lbs for playful days of squirting every eddy line and playing holes and waves. I lose speed, but that’s I’ve got bigger boats for that. I don’t wear my Brewers but wear my thinner Loyaks so I can sit one forwards of center and get the most speed possible. See what you think! Clay

  16. Siva
    January 5, 2019 at 7:09 pm

    I am 5 feet 9 but I only weigh at 132. I have really Long legs and can fit in a zen small just fine. Wondering if I could fit the antix small as well as I really wanna play in the boat. Any advice?

    1. January 6, 2019 at 12:20 am

      Hey Siva!

      I’m 5’9” and paddle the Antix Small sometimes too! I wear my Astral Loyaks rather than Brewers and didn’t even have to cut a heel pocket. Let me know if it’s tight but I have size 11 so I bet you’ll fit nicely. Clay

  17. Andrew meffert
    January 15, 2019 at 8:29 pm

    How would the Antix perform in the shallow water creeks, class 2s mostly, or would u opt for an alternative?

    1. February 3, 2019 at 12:43 pm

      Hey Andrew! Antix is great for casual paddling too – I choose it often just because it’s lighter to load on the car and easier to carry down any trail to the river. Even when I’m not stern squirting or running hard rapids, the Antix is my typical choice just because it’s lighter to carry than my Nirvana and faster and more comfortable than my playboats. It’s just a fun little boat that also has river running and play capabilities. Happy to provide more details… Clay

  18. Steve Haire
    January 16, 2019 at 11:57 am

    I’m looking for a new boat for several reasons. One. age. In my sixties now. Two. I’ve broken my one ankle twice rock climbing over the years & its starting to get preeetty stiff for getting in & out of my boats. I’m 6’3″ 215 lbs. 12 shoe. I’ve been paddling the same boats for a number of years now. Superfun for river running, Superstar for play, & a Fluid Solo for creeks. I still like to play the river alot on rivers I know, a bit less on new ones or say high water runs….though now as I’m getting older I don’t want to spend as much time checking out the fish population as I use to…So My main question is. Would I be best getting a large Antix to have that river running/play ability or should I go to a Medium Zen to keep it a bit more playful but also keep me upright more with its bigger stable stern. The Antix in videos I’ve seen seems to be overly squirty. Thanxs for any info.

    1. April 3, 2019 at 11:20 am

      Hey Steve! Sorry this lingered so long, just found it. At your weight – 215 – the Antix L is the best option as the Zen Md is way too small to paddle fast and ”sporty” imo. The Antix isn’t so squirty but we work hard to make it act like it is 🙂 For Zen the LG is your boat… I paddle it a lot at 175 lbs because the Medium is a bit small for real creeking. I choose Antix Lg over the Medium Zen for many runs, but Zen Lg is much more stable. Hit me up for more info – my first name Clay

  19. Steve Haire
    January 16, 2019 at 12:46 pm

    I am looking for another boat. Main reasons are. One. I’m in my sixties now. Two. I’ve broken my ankle twice over the years rock/ice climbing & its starting to get preetty stiff getting in/out of my smaller boats. I’m 6′ 3″ 215 lbs. size 12 shoe. I have been paddling the same boats for a number of years now. A Super Fun for river running, A Superstar for play & I’m not very good at it Ha. & a Fluid Solo for creeking. I still like to play the river especially ones I know well…less on new ones or high water. As I’m getting older I do prefer to spend less time checking out the fish population, That being said…My question is? do I get the large Antix to keep that river/play type boat similar to my SuperFun or do I get a Medium Zen to still keep it more playful but have that stability with its volume in the stern. All the videos I have seen on the Antix make it look like its really squirty thus maybe putting you upside down a lot? Thanx for any feedback.

    1. February 2, 2019 at 11:52 am

      Hey Steve –

      I love the Antix L at my 175 lbs – it’s super forgiving and easy to paddle with the seat forwards, harder to squirt than some models once the seat is forwards. The Zen Lg would be easier to get down river but I do love the Antix for it’s surfy feeling and more ”playboat” style river running. Give it a shot and see how the ”fit” is on the ankle – there is ample foot room but every boat fits differently. Another option is the Nirvana L – this is a BIG boat that will keep you upright even better than the Zen L. Ridiculous secondary stability in the Nirvana’s while the Zen is a bit more ”sporty”. Hit me with more specific needs – your local favorite river – and I’ll refine my advice. Clay

  20. Matt S
    February 8, 2019 at 9:35 am

    I’ve unfortunately gotten too many injuries and can no longer use playboats..although thankfully can still paddle! Because of that, I’m looking at the antix as my playboat replacement as well as a fun river runner. I’d be using the boat mainly to surf and spin on waves/holes (I don’t have a sweet bag of freestyle tricks) and squirt eddy lines. It’s mostly down river fun up to class 4 rivers mostly East Coast stuff. My thought is this boat will be the one in my quiver to spice up any run when I dont want to use my RPM (new anniversary model) or have a need for my creeker.
    I’m 5’11” and let’s call it 195 lbs with gear so am on the high side of a medium compared to super low side for a large. Obviously I’ve got to try the boats but any idea if the medium will end up being too small based on my dimensions? Also, is the boat too similar to an RPM? I appreciate the insight!

    1. February 15, 2019 at 11:35 am

      Hey Matt S!

      You are NOT on the low side for the Antix Lg, as I paddle it regularly at 175 and LOVE it!

      It’s way different than the RPM, it’s a more modern .. wide bodied .. planing hull kayak so it paddles downriver much more like a modern creeker and less like a slalom boat. IT’s also really easy to boof. This allows you to take it on more rivers with less worry about pinning / folding / or logs deep under the foam. Go with the LG for sure – and it will be a great compliment to your RPM.
      The RPM edge is WAY lower, so it will squirt by leaning back slowly. In the Antix – which is designed for harder water – you’ll want to throw your weight back in advance of taking the stroke… like a modern playboat. IT’s a good idea to practice this in flatwater and get a feel for it before trying on an eddy line or you will think it doesn’t work. We put the edge up a few inches to be more forging in a side-surf, on a back-ferry, and to prevent back-entering after foamy drops. So – a quick weight throw gets it to the surface and then the water takes over from there. In an RPM the edge is already at the surface, so just leaning back does it. Come by Rock Island sometime or message if paddling in the area – I’ve got a medium and large on my truck most of the time. Clay

  21. Sam
    February 27, 2019 at 6:35 pm

    I am 61, a beginner kayaker,
    I tried Antix, Nirvana M & L
    I need to carry kayak 1 city block before getting into river + some stairs So I found Antix to be lighter at 42 lbs great for me.
    But I am 245 lbs/5’-11” tall and wondering if Antix will throw me everywhere in river currents since I am only a beginner? Will it be unstable in currents?
    Please elleborate and explain in detail of what I will experience in currents with Antix?

    1. March 12, 2019 at 10:50 am

      Hey Sam – low in the water so not as ”fast” and a bit edgier but it will float you fine on easier water. The Nirvana L will advance your skills to harder water faster but the Antix will get you on the water easily too. Also consider the Zen Lg – it’s got more volume in the stern than the Antix but also lighter than Nirvana. Good Luck! Clay

  22. Sam
    March 6, 2019 at 12:21 am

    I am a beginner ww kayaker. 1 season only…, at 245 lbs/5’11” I have tried Antix L but worried about stability in moving waters…I paddle in potomac river MD mostly. I do not like Nirvana or heavy kayaks due to a long carry to riverside on my shoulder…, just too much pain to carry 50 lbs for 500 feet up/down.
    Do you think Antix L will be too dicey or slicy on rapids and fast moving water? How about Antix L on just flat water paddling?

    1. March 12, 2019 at 10:18 am

      Hey Sam!
      Antix L will be pretty small at 245 but if you can sit fairly forwards it should resist stern-squirting better than most boats. Give one a try! For flatwater Antix L is fast for it’s length but not as fast as the Nirvana because it’s shorter. Antix L and sit forwards or just get the Nirvana L and have an easier to paddle boat that you have to have help with or drag until you master the carrying strength / technique. Hope this helps your decision making! Clay

  23. Daniel Tatum
    March 7, 2019 at 2:08 pm

    I’m new to whitewater rafting, having only done the Ocoee on class 2, maybe a 3, once. I have just used a 10′ sit-in fishing kayak for the past few years on occasion. I am 6′-0″, and weigh 190-200 depending on the season lol. Which size Antic would best suit me given my narrow experience and size? Thank you in advance for your time and help on this matter.

    1. March 12, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Hey Daniel –

      Antix L for sure! At 2000 it’s the best choice by far unless you care to consider Nirvana L. Antix will surf better, Nirvana just gets you down the river with extra stability. Enjoy! Clay

  24. Kris Raindancer
    March 13, 2019 at 3:40 pm

    Is the Antix and or the Nirvana available in the lighter weight (carbon) outfitting option & if so how much would it be? And how much weight would this shave? And how does this affect the durability/longevity of the kayak…would it be more prone to break or crack under rockier (big slides or boney creeks) or high impact (bigger drops)??

    Is this a good vs bad idea?? Just thinking of shaving off weight for hike-ins…what do ya think?

    1. March 20, 2019 at 9:45 am

      Hey Kris –

      In years past we offered the ”comp” version that’s between 2 and 5 lbs lighter depending on the model. I had great results with mine but because of the weight and the nature of carbon / glass vs plastic, our playboats would get softer faster if we rode them on big waves for a month and our creek team often broke the fiberglass hull stiffening track if they took big hits. IF you can get one now it would be special order – likely no warranty on the track (all we can do is send you a new track and tell you how to put it back in – tough but not that bad once you know the trick) I LOVE the comp weight boats and would be happy to talk further with you about them. Special orders add cost and time but I am still paddling my lighter Nirvana because… 5 lbs is a lot! Clay

    2. March 20, 2019 at 9:46 am

      Hey Kris –

      In years past we offered the ”comp” version that’s between 2 and 5 lbs lighter depending on the model. I had great results with mine but because of the weight and the nature of carbon / glass vs plastic, our playboats would get softer faster if we rode them on big waves for a month and our creek team often broke the fiberglass hull stiffening track if they took big hits. IF you can get one now it would be special order – likely no warranty on the track (all we can do is send you a new track and tell you how to put it back in – tough but not that bad once you know the trick) I LOVE the comp weight boats and would be happy to talk further with you about them. Special orders add cost and time but I am still paddling my lighter Nirvana because… 5 lbs is a lot! Message me (

  25. Will
    March 27, 2019 at 10:05 am

    First time buyer here,

    I’m 6’0 190. Would the Med Antix get decent speed for me? I’m also currently cutting weight and expect to float 178-180 so I was thinking I stick with Med over Lrg; is there an ideal weight for the Med where I could expect to notice speed differences?

    I’m trying to find a solid balance between a lot of stuff I guess. Something playful that I can also pick up speed in. I was also considering the Pyranha Ripper but I’m not really sure how the Antix and Ripper compare. I don’t live close to much whitewater so I have to travel a lot for it. It would be nice to know I can also take the kayak out to calm river or lake and still move along at an enjoyable pace.

    1. April 3, 2019 at 10:15 am

      Hey Will – at 190 the Large is the best option unless you are just wanting to play. I’m 170 and use all 3 sizes (since I demo them a lot) but honestly, I paddle the LG the most because i can run it down any river but it’s also FUN on every river. The Medium is more my size – I can get vertical in it all day (even in flatwater with some practice) but on rocky / rougher water I feel pretty small. I also use the Small for play runs – like a longer, faster playboat. The Small is SO fun but sits so low I hit way more rocks and it’s not really safest for creek boating at my size.. just deep water play. SO – Large for river running anything but you’ll need to find a GOOD eddy line and practice squirting it. Medium for easier squirt, easier surfing and sporty river running on familiar runs where unexpected trees or sharp, grabby rocks aren’t much of a factor. The Ripper is a narrower, faster model – more slalom style carve and squirt, while Antix is more ”surf play boof”since it’s shorter and more of a planing hull. On Gauley or Ocoee I would take any size Antix. On a remote rarely-run creek with lots of boat-scouting, I pick the Large. I’m 175ish. Hope this helps you pick the best boat for you! Clay

  26. Mark Verbeek
    April 4, 2019 at 10:10 am

    I’m really interested in paddling an Antix. I’m sure this gets old for you guys, but I am unsure about the correct size for me. I weigh 180 lbs dry. I paddle a river runner/creeker most of the time and am looking for a boat that will be more fun on our local rivers…mostly steep class 4. I can really appreciate the versatility of the Antix design…my priority is to have some vertical fun, but I also want to be comfortable in class 4 water. At 180 lbs and 6′-2″, I will be right at the high end of the size limit for the medium and really low in the range for the large. I’ve seen you refer to a medium for someone my weight as “sporty”. I’m guessing this means better for “playing”, but not as good for running more challenging white water. The 10 pound overlap between medium and large seems really small!!!
    I’d appreciate any further explanation you can give me. I am unable to get any hands-on with an Antix i.e. demoing one is not possible. It’s hard to spend that much money on a new boat without some serious beta!

    1. April 8, 2019 at 11:17 am

      Hey Mark! Perfect question for me, and for you to ask.

      I’m 175 and use the Medium on easier runs and to get vertical. I’m 5’9” and it’s a great fit until I’m on class 5 where there is boat scouting and logs and in and out of the boat type of situations. It’s ”sporty” meaning when you get out in an eddy the stern will dip under water a bit more like a play boat. It depends on your style of rivers. I would happily take the Medium on North Chick or Caney Fork or Gore or Russel Fork or Green – any class 4+ I run a lot, most runs with smooth rocks or water in them. I don’t like the Medium on steep, junkier / rockier runs like Suck Creek because I sit low in the water and hit more rocks than in a creek boat, it makes it harder to get to the lines and makes more more worried about pinning. So – I paddle the Large a ton. IF I sit up on an extra seat pad to give myself some leverage I can still stern squirt – but it’s harder – and then I can run anything. If you have a creek boat then the medium will be a great 2nd boat. IT’s sporty and squirt and surfy and you can always defer to your creek boat after wind storms or on runs you haven’t seen in awhile. If you want only one boat for everything you paddle, the Antix Lg is a sportier creek boat you can squirt with some practice. All the best! Clay

  27. Mark
    April 4, 2019 at 10:19 am

    Oops…just noticed Will asked essentially the same question…sorry for being redundant. Thanks for the excellent answer.

  28. Bob Lansbug
    April 21, 2019 at 4:14 am

    i’m your basic II/III paddler. I’m curious what you feel the main differences are between the Antix and the Axiom and what you guys did to create a different handling boat? Reason I’m asking is you’re obviously aware of subtleties I’ll never notice no matter how much I take boats out for demos. As for size, and I see a lot of discussion, I’m 5’9″, 175, but I find the Large just more comfortable with that extra inch for deck height.

    1. April 23, 2019 at 4:12 pm

      Hey Bob!

      The Antix is a more modern-style with planing hull, more flared out sidewalls and a shorter, surfier shape. Instead of ”modern RPM / slalom” style boat like the Axiom we wanted a river-running playboat that squirts and it really easy to paddle on most rivers. I’m 175 too and choose the Lg on harder runs or the Medium when I want to just play around. I paddle the Lg in place of a creek boat most of the time – as it’s sporty and fun but also fast and forgiving. Sit up on a pad if you want more play / stern squirting or stay low for harder runs. The Medium is what I would take if I already had a creek boat or I just wanted one boat. It’s really fun just about anywhere but I woudn’t take it on steep loggy stuff as it’s a bit low volume for that. I would imagine the Axiom is faster on flats and the Antix is easier to paddle on whitewater or surf. The Antix is likely more stable and easier to turn since it’s shorter. Hope this helps! Clay

      1. Bob
        April 25, 2019 at 6:01 pm

        Thank you Clay, I appreciate your taking time for such a clear explanation. This is very helpful being able to contact you and getting your feedback.

  29. Yvette Etteldorf
    April 23, 2019 at 10:54 am

    Hi – I am a beginner Kayaker and have been in a strainer and on class III rapids. I am addicted to whitewater and run creeks mostly but River as well. I am 5′ 2″ and 190 lbs but steadily losing weight. I have been looking at the Antix. I am not sure if I would want a medium or large. I love hitting the bigger rapids and am an aggressive paddler. I am learning how to play a bit but not ready for a play boat and am learning to roll. Any advice if I am looking at the right Yak and sizing?

    1. April 23, 2019 at 5:29 pm

      Hey Yvette!
      At 190 lbs – if this is correct – the LG is the way to go. I weight 170 and love the LG for harder whitewater, paddle the Medium on the more familiar stuff. The challenge will be the 5’2” part – you’ll want a Sweet Cheeks 200 for the LG and an extra seat pad even for the Medium likely.

      The Medium is the best choice if you think you’ll be 170 or lighter as an all around boat. At 170lbs I paddle the Small as well on some runs – it’s really fun! Playful! Still able to run the river, just slower, so don’t think the Medium can’t be your boat .. it will just be a little bit smaller for you right now. For right now the Lg is definitely the right choice, but your height might make it challenging to outfit. Talk to your dealer or to a friend about that. Clay

      1. Yvette Etteldorf
        April 24, 2019 at 11:52 am

        Thank you so much. I’ll be at 170 in no time. You said the medium is slower? I do love the speed as well. I also love the harder whitewater. I have been in Class III and really want to get into larger rapids. I am sorry I am unfamiliar, but could you explain how my height hurts me in the Lg and outfitting it? I am researching as much as possible. I will be going to a dealer Saturday. I really appreciate your help.

  30. Bob
    June 2, 2019 at 10:59 am

    After trying out a number of boats I finally decided on the Antix. I wanted a boat that was playful for II/III, but I didn’t have to be constantly vigilant that an edge would catch. I used to have an Hero and liked the boat, but wasn’t in love with it, so was initially lukewarm on even trying the Antix. You guys really nailed it solid with this boat. It carves beautifully in eddy turns, makes midstream corrections really smoothly, great surfing and punches holes incredibly well. I feel this boat is a confidence builder as well and a solid base to help me challenge harder moves. Last, my local retailer in Northern California was helpful being very specific on the characteristics of this boat and I want to thank him. Outstanding job on the Antix. Thank you for putting a smile on my face.

  31. Joe
    June 16, 2019 at 1:09 pm

    I love my Antix!!!
    So much that I’m buying one for my son. He currently uses a Fun 1.5 and has outgrown it.. So moving him into a small Antix.

    1. July 4, 2019 at 4:10 am

      Awesome Joe – I love the Antix – and even though it’s Small don’t be scared to try it out too! Clay

  32. Daniel Gauthier
    July 14, 2019 at 12:47 am

    How is it on flat water? Some rivers i paddle are open, slow moving between nice waves to play in? Also I’m 225 what size would you recommend? I’d also possibly use it for an overnight. I have a traverse 10 and it’s perfect for weekends but want a river runner and a play boat. If i can kill 2 birds with a stone that would be mint.

    1. August 9, 2019 at 1:53 pm

      Hey Daniel! At 225 the Lg is the only option and it would be a pretty sporty boat at your weight without gear. Maybe get by with a sleeping bag and pad but the stern is kinda small for overnighting and the bow is narrow too…so you may end up with food in the bow, in front of the bulkhead, and light bag / pad in the back .. riding low. It’s a river-runner and a playboat but it’s a tough combo to add overnight sizing to that list. Of all our boats, if it’s warm and you don’t take much but the basics, this one may work but it won’t paddle as well as a Traverse, Zen, Nirvana etc when loaded. Has anyone out there done an overnight in an Antix??? I used to overnight in Micro 240’s and RPM like playboats so I know it’s possible…. Clay

  33. Chad
    August 3, 2019 at 10:40 pm

    Hi Clay. I’m looking for a boat to run slightly flooded Ohio creeks that have very little whitewater just very swift currents and tight tight lines. I’m looking for a boat that can paddle casual water for longer distances yet beable to turn very quickly on these small creeks that I’ll run in flooded conditions that dry up completely in the late summer. I weigh 138 in casual clothing and am 5’8″. Any tips? My research is leaning me into an Antix medium or small. . . is this the right boat? Thank you.

    1. August 8, 2019 at 10:11 am

      Hey Chad – Antix S is a good choice for tight stuff but longer distances might be better in the Traverse 9′ that has the rudder in the back. You can pop rudder up for more maneuverability then drop it back to go longer distances without as many correction strokes. I think 9′ is fine for most technical whitewater, the Zen S would do well too and be a touch faster in the flats but a touch less maneuverable. I’m pretty challenged to think of a run too technical for the Traverse 9′ but maybe tell me the name of the run and I’ll check it ou? Clay

  34. David Wagner
    August 13, 2019 at 11:39 am

    Is there any major difference between the 2017 and 2018 models?

    1. September 5, 2019 at 1:01 am

      Hey David – I think color choice was the only change that season, but there could be some outfitting color changes as well. Clay

  35. Susan Cleo Sandford/ Shippey
    August 25, 2019 at 11:42 am

    Hello. I’m looking at a medium Antix but need the lightest ride possible and am wondering if I can remove bulk head and replace w foot pegs on a rail system ( old school slalom paddler)? I’m still paddling a Necky Switch ( w/ foot pegs ) and a Dagger Redline ( w/ foot pegs) and would def like a new boat ( duh). I’m not worried about safety because I control my classroom and don’t like being scared – I just want to have fun on my home river – The Payette river system in Idaho. I’m not planning on using the Antix on the North Fork Payette (FYI) !

    1. September 5, 2019 at 12:57 am

      Hey Susan! Sure – while I can’t recommend challenging the structure without having some experience in kayak alteration and it’s effects, you can remove the bulkhead parts and just use the wall and add footpegs if you absolutely need to save weight. The Antix is very light already, and if you get the Small version it’s about the same as most people’s playboats. I got to run North Fork in an Antix Lg last year and it was such a fun day, but I also loved the main and South Fork runs in the Medium. Love Idaho and the Antix! Clay

  36. K N
    August 29, 2019 at 6:19 pm

    Hi there,
    Trying to figure out the right size
    I’m 5’2 160 lbs

    1. September 3, 2019 at 1:12 pm

      Hey KN – You seem like the right size for the Medium, 100%. If you go Lg you will need to sit up really high, if you go Small it will be slower and really sporty but also a great boat. So Medium seems best for all around use, Small for pure play and squirting. Clay

  37. alex s
    September 8, 2019 at 4:07 pm

    Hey, I’m 5’10”, 150lbs. Looking for an all around boat that I can use to creek, play, and also surf in the ocean (live near Malibu). Does a medium antix seem like the right choice?

    1. September 24, 2019 at 6:27 pm

      Hey Alex S – At your size the Medium seems perfect! For a most sporty feel you could try the Small (which will be slower but narrower) but I think the Medium will be great. If only surfing, consider trying the Small too. If you will be cruising longer distances or paddling whitewater the Medium will be faster and more stable. Good Luck! Clay

  38. James Earley
    September 11, 2019 at 4:17 pm

    I’m a beginner kayaker and have paddled the Burn III and Mamba with no issues, but looking ahead I would like to have a kayak I can have more fun in as my skills improve. I am trying to avoid having to get multiple kayaks and looking for that one versatile kayak that can do it all. The river I will primarily run only gets to a 3+ so I don’t expect to be going down anything bigger at least not for a while.

    From the research I have done it appears that the Antix is one of the more stable River-Play kayaks out there as compared to an Axiom or Ripper. Would you agree with that? Also, from a stability standpoint if the Mamba or the Zen were a 9 or 10 how would rank the Antix. Ultimately I am looking for a kayak I can grow with, but do not want something that will set me back too far in my learning curve. On the Antix would you suggest moving the seat forward a bit while I am still learning to avoid dipping the stern too much, and then move it back as my skills progress?

    I am 5′-10″ and 170 lbs so it appears that a M will be perfect for me.

    1. September 24, 2019 at 6:23 pm

      Hey James! I’m about your size and love the Antix M for an all-around fun on anything boat. I choose to size up to the Lg on hard creeks or huge rivers but for most everyday stuff I LOVE the Medium so that I can play it harder and stern squirt with less effort. I’ve paddled the Small a lot too – it’s narrow and pretty advanced but I like it, as these designs do handle a large weight range. As for your seat – YES, exactly! Try it one forwards from center at first and see how it goes. I paddle it there and feel it’s the best set up for all play and river running. Many prefer to make squirting easier by moving the seat back but to me it’s not worth the difference in handling. Hit me up for more tips as needed! Clay at jackson kayak dot com.

  39. Ben Tate
    September 13, 2019 at 1:44 pm

    Hey guys, I’m considering a large antix and want your opinions on a few things. I’m 6’3, 225lbs and paddle a 2015 4Fun and Large Zen. I’m very comfortable in the 4Fun and would honestly paddle it on any of the rivers I normally paddle(Ocoee, Tallulah, Cheoah, North Chic etc) but it’s hard to where shoes. The Zen is super comfy but I find that even with the seat all the way back it’s difficult to adjust the direction of the boat at speed. It’s fast and holds a line but I like to turn into drops and holes a lot of the time. When I pry or draw to adjust it kills momentum. Should I try a different set up in the Zen? Would the Antix be a good answer?

    1. September 24, 2019 at 6:18 pm

      Hey Ben! 2 things – A. You will LOVE the Antix L!! IT’s easier to steer due to the slicey stern and shorter length. It’s just a REALLY fun boat – I barely touch my Nirvana until Winter as the Antix is just so fun. B. Sounds like you may be a bit forwards in the Zen – where are you sitting? Try one notch back from center to ”loosen up” the bow and prevent it from veering on landings. The more rearward you sit, the easier it is to keep the stern behind you. Small people in a big boat often sit forwards, but many in our Zen and Nirvana prefer one notch rearwards for best control. Try it! Clay

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