Brian Mattingly

Brian Mattingly

Boise, ID / PNW / South East US

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Biking
Running
Skiing
Climbing

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Brian Mattingly

Brian Mattingly wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

THE creek boat
5 5

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.

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Brian Mattingly

Brian Mattingly wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

4 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

When i moved to Idaho i wanted a planing hull boat with some edge to navigate the big water so i purchased a Mamba. After a year of use i can say it's perfect for the fast, roiling waters of the North Fork Payette. The flat hull skips over funny water and allows me to quickly turn when the water is heavy. The edges let me get from bank to bank and dodge the massive holes. And if a perfect wave happens to get in my way the Mamba surfs great. The stern is super stable and it's ultra easy to roll. The outfitting is just what you need without being too complicated nor too spartan. The high deck allows me to really get my knees locked in and in a very comfortable position. It's my big water boat of choice.

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Brian Mattingly

Brian Mattingly wrote a review of on October 4, 2012

1 boat to rule them all...
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

If i could only own 1 kayak it would definitely be the Green Boat. From steep creek racing (Green Narrows Race), multi-day self supports (Middle Salmon), to popping off pirouettes and other old school play moves ... this is the boat. I think the secret is the bow ... just point and shoot ... it's so stable it gets through anything. I'd like to see Dagger build a few more expedition ready features into the GreenBoat (more grab loops, deck tie-downs, bow storage) but the current iteration is the bomb.

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