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A boat that charges fast and forgives easily.

Challenge yourself on big water or in steep creeks when you climb inside the high-performance, high-volume Dagger Nomad Kayak. Be it technical big water or steep creek-bombing, this boat delivers supreme stability and turn-on-a-dime responsiveness. Dagger's close attention to comfort and safety allows this boat to instill confidence in experienced paddlers looking to push their limits, even if you're not rubbing elbows with the pros on a daily basis.
  • Aggressive bow and stern rocker offers a forgiving ride and allows for easy up-and-over during quick moves
  • Even hull volume distribution keeps you on the surface, even in the water, and able to rapidly recover from big hits
  • Plastic step-out pillar sits between the legs and adds to the structural integrity of the boat, making it extremely hard for the boat to fold in a pin situation
  • Step-out pillar has a curved shape, which allows for maneuverability and can act as a vital foot placement when climbing out of your boat should you get pinned
  • Adjustable seating, thigh braces, and contoured hip pads ensure a perfect fit
  • Bulkhead footbrace uses adjustable track system and has foam padding for comfort
  • Six attachment points add to overall safety in a variety of different rescue or recovery situations

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5 5

The $hit for running the $hit

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

What can be said about the Nomad? Fast, autoboofer, forgiving, comfy. As an "off the couch" class V boater, I really appreciate the predictability and ability to hold a line through boily, pushy hard rapids. There is a reason Dagger hasn't put out a new creeker in so many years...they nailed it with the Nomad the first time out.

The $hit for running the $hit
5 5

THE creek boat

  • Gender: Male
  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

There is a reason the hull design of the Nomad hasn't changed in a several years ... it's perfect. There isn't much to say: the Nomad is the best steep creeking boat there is available today (IMHO). I know a lot of boaters who have sworn by their old and new faves for years ... but each one that tried a Nomad has switched for good. It's that simple. If you want a permagrin and a built in boofalator this is the boat. Crazy secondary stability, super easy rolling, and fast hull speed. I think the key is the stern ...u can't swamp it! The Nomad stays on line above a drop and can punch (or ride over) the big holes. I wish Dagger would come out with a bit larger size ... at 6'1, 225 lbs i could use it . That being said, it's the only creek boat I'd want to buy.

THE creek boat