Dagger Approach 10
Price Paid: $500 with spray skirt, paddle and leash.
I was looking for a kayak that could do a bit of it all. I am new to kayaking and wanted a boat that I could take to my local lakes as well as rivers and streams. I fortunately found a used Approach 10 for sale at the price of a new recreation kayak.
So far, I have had it out on multiple lakes and the Lehigh River for two trips in varying conditions. On lakes, the Approach is not fast, but it tracks very straight with the skeg down, is very stable, and is a pleasure to paddle around while enjoying the scenery.
When practicing wet exits, the boat can be re-entered even if the hull is very full of water, due to the bulkhead. That was nice to know, especially prior to getting out on the river. I'm sure it could be rigged up for fishing quite easily, also.
My latest trip on the Lehigh River included some Class II rapids after some flooding summer rainstorms. The waves were high and choppy and I'm glad I had a spray skirt!
This boat was easy to maneuver in the Class II's and I had no difficulty with stability or quick turns. I had a blast and really enjoy this "do all" boat. The Approach 10 is great for a beginner looking for a kayak that let's you experience just about any aspect of kayaking that you could want to jump into!
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Dagger Approach 10.0 Kayak with TruTrak Skeg - Engineered to push the performance limits of recreational kayaks, the Dagger Approach 10.0 hybrid kayak puts river running inspiration into a flatwater powerhouse package. This lightweight hybrid kayak opens up a huge range of paddling opportunities, from protected waters to faster moving currents. The Approach 10.0 has plenty of speed for a fun day on calm water. Drop the TruTrak skeg and keep moving straight and true. The hydrofoil shape cuts efficiently through water. Retract the skeg into its water-tight housing and youâ€™ll have maneuverability for milder whitewater. The roomy cockpit with padded seat and adjustable backband will have you sitting in comfort all day long, and the sealed stern hatch makes carrying gear for overnight trips easy. Take charge of the water with the Dagger Approach 10.0 hybrid kayakâ€™s excellent tracking, great speed, trusted stability, and confidence-building control.
Can't decide between the allure of moving water or the tranquility of a quiet lake? In the Dagger Approach 10.0 kayak, you don't have to. Excellent tracking, noticeable speed, trusted stability and responsive control open up recreational opportunities beyond simple flat water. Rotomolded polyethylene construction offers performance, responsiveness and rugged durability. Seat and back pads use soft, contoured foam covered in a textured stretch material for plush comfort and protection from the cold. Keepers foot rail system is rugged and easily adjustable, and fabric-covered thighbraces add an extra measure of comfort. 10 in. stern hatch provides room to store your day-tripping gear, dual-density cover seals it in and a stern bulkhead keeps it dry. Height-adjustable, cockpit-deployable skeg enhances tracking in rough water and windy conditions. Touring-style bow rigging offers quick access to necessities; soft-touch handles for transport to and from water.
Roomy cockpit and length but maintains maneuverability. Excellent for mid-sized to larger paddlers.