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Nomad 8.5 Kayak

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A tried and true steep creek classic.

Mirrors belong in the bathroom, not on the surface of the water you're paddling. If you agree, then you'll be glad you have the Dagger Nomad 8.5 Kayak when you're paddling through white froth and steep chutes. This hard-charging boat balances technical aggression with forgiving lines when you're pushing to expand the limits of your paddling powers. Whether you're an intermediate river runner or an expert in eddies, the Nomad lets you roam both.

At 8ft 5in, this boat isn't just for the big and tall crowd. For expert paddlers who demand nothing but high-caliber performance from their creekers, this bigger Nomad offers speed and vigor on big water and hairy chutes. In addition, 78 gallons of volume give you the ability to pack for a few days on the river. Its cousin, the Mamba 8.6 offers more storage space for longer trips, but that means forgoing the Nomad's displacement hull and tight-lined tracking for the extra cargo room.

The displacement hull is what sets the Nomad apart from its easy-going cousin. The rounded bottom tracks like a bloodhound and boofs brilliantly, whether it's a ten-foot or 100-foot drop. The bow rocker and peak design help you clear water-based hurdles and keep the nose of the boat riding high. Evenly distributed volume from stern to bow lets this boat stay on the water's surface. Six attachment points mean six different spots to grab if you need help or are using a zip line to ease the pain of a portage. The step-out pillar directly attached to the hull dramatically increases bow rigidity, reducing the chances of the boat crumpling and pinning you between a rock and a wet place.


  • Linear polyethylene hull
  • Displacement hull shape
  • Peaked bow design
  • Contour ergo outfitting
  • Adjustable gear storage system
  • Adjustable roto-molded creek seat
  • Adjustable quick release hip pads
  • Ergonomic leg lifter with ratcheting adjustment
  • Self-expanding toe-cup bulkhead
  • Adjustable thigh braces
  • Ratchet adjustable back band
  • Six attachment points
  • Item #DAG001C
Hull Material
linear polyethylene
8 ft 5 in
26.5 in
Cockpit Dimensions
34 x 19 in
78 gal
Paddler Skill
intermediate to advanced
Maximum Load
240 lb
Claimed Weight
50 lb
Recommended Use
whitewater kayaking
Manufacturer Warranty
3 years