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The Dagger Mamba kayak 7.6, 8.1, and 8.6- Creek Seat has been the go-to river runner for beginners and experienced boaters for years. Its forgiving rolling and crisp edging provides a kayak to either start a paddling career or take an advanced boater to the next level. The Creek Seat version gives the experienced Class V paddler the features necessary for safety while providing a solid platform to the aspiring beginner. With the new design, the Dagger Mamba will be one of the leading all-around kayaks on the market.

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Length Width Deck Height Weight Cockpit Length Cockpit Width Paddler Weight Volume Deck Size

Mamba 7.6

7'7" 25.5" 14" 44 lbs 34" 19" 120-170 lbs 64 gal L
Mamba 8.1 8'1" 26.75" 15" 47 lbs 34" 19" 150-220 lbs 77 gal L
Mamba 8.6 8'6" 27.5" 15.5" 51 lbs 34" 19" 175-260 lbs 89 gal L

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Dagger Mamba


Feeling comfortable in a boat is one of the most important things to consider when buying a kayak and Dagger nails the comfort thing for me. Until recently I have always paddled a boat with a rounded hull. I made the switch to Dagger about 10 years ago because I love their outfitting and the rounded hull of the Nomad made me feel at ease. The hull on the Nomad is uniquely forgiving. It is perfect for sliding off jagged rock shoulders and makes for easy rolling. The only downsides to the Nomad for me were back-endering and its inability to carve in and out of eddies.

I initially purchased the Mamba for bigger water class V and river running. Knowing the edges would respond a bit better and give the boat a more "high performance" feel. Early on I felt I would want to keep the Nomad for creeking but that quickly notion quickly changed as I got used to the Mamba. The chine tapers off toward the stern of the boat allowing the Mamba to have that same Nomad feel when boofing or sliding off rocks which is very important for the creek runs. The 8.6 has enough volume in the stern to prevent back endering and the chine add great carving ability.

This boat has the best of both worlds. It adds some performance to the Nomad with the same great Dagger comfort.

I highly recommend trying this boat for any level kayaker.

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Like BC Boater on here, I am 6' 1", 190 lbs, and used to paddle a large Burn (2010 version). I switched to the Mamba because I wanted less edge, thicker plastic, and more volume than what the Burn had, and that is exactly what the Mamba 8.6 is. I primarily paddle big water, but do some creeking/waterfalls from time to time, and the Mamba does well in all these aspects, but it's definitely a river runner rather than a creeker. The Mamba drives like a tank - I've found that is just plows through holes that would stop me in my Burn, and the softer edges make it a lot less catchy in funky water. It's pretty heavy too, which means a little more elbow grease in getting it up to speed, but that's a small price to pay in my opinion for how bomber it is. One thing; make sure you push the seat forward so your stern isn't dragging, because stock its pretty far back which leads to some interesting rides until you move it forward. Overall an excellent boat - looks like it will last much longer than my Burn, due to the thicker plastic and solid outfitting. I would recommend it for sure!

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