We have been whitewater rafting and canoeing for many years but this past Spring we decided to purchase a tandem kayak. The Jackson Rivieria T is designed for both lakes and rivers. It's a "crossover" kayak so it doesn't excel at either one. It handles lakes and rivers with class I or II rapids pretty well. Being on the road full time we wanted something that would get maximum usage.
It is easy to transport on our Jeep.
On June 18, 2016 we put the tandem kayak in the Animas River, Durango Co. The river was swollen with Winter melt and moving fast. Within in minutes we knew this was going to be a challenging run. We stayed out of the center of river to avoid the bigger rapids. Hugging the shoreline the tandem was still taking on water but she was able to handle the river. We got hung up on some rocks but that was our fault. Not knowing the river and our kayak we ended up going for a 3 min. swim in frigid water. We pulled to shore with the help of two local river veterans. They gave us beers and offered to stay with us to our pull out at Dallabetta park. We gladly accepted their offer. Banged up by boulders and Kat broke her foot again, we pressed on for another 2 miles. It was more adventure than we bargain for but it was so much fun!
Mike & Kat
Kat left teaching after 18 years to travel throughout the USA with her husband, Mike, who is an engineer for a Power generation company.