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!
Name: BC boater Review Date: 11/19/2013 8:51 pm Rating:
I'm 6' 190lbs. before the mamba 8.6 I was paddling a Burn. The mamba is little faster and more forgiving. Almost too forgiving, unlike the burn that punishes bad technique the mamba just keeps on going without a care. The Mamba seems to take a little more energy to change directions than some other boats. But boofs very well, super stable and fast. The only down side is I can makes some runs a little boring. But is that really a down side? considering some of the toughest big water runs in the world have be done in this boat.
Name: Paul Review Date: 2/20/2013 10:14 pm Rating:
I tried a lot of kayaks, but I wish I had demo'ed the Mamba earlier. It would have saved me time and money. The boat is super stable and very agile - even in the 8.6 version I paddle. I am really only an intermediate at best, but this kayak has instantly increased my confidence. It floats my 200lbs better than the Nomad 8.5 or the Diesel 80 kayaks I paddled. It is comfortable and gives me plenty of room for my size 13 feet. After paddling it for a while, it keeps feeling smaller and more agile all the time. This is a great boat for an advancing beginner - and according to friends, for an expert. I could not be happier!
Name: James Bennington Review Date: 5/15/2012 4:26 am Rating:
It's a great kayak!
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