Dagger Katana 9.7
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The Dagger Katana 9. 7 Kayak isn't a samurai sword, but it does slice through the water with wicked abandon whether you're running Class III rapids or on a luxurious weekend paddle on your favorite low-volume river with your best friends. Unlike the Axis, Dagger's other cross-over kayak, the Katana is based off a whitewater boat and then tweaked so paddlers won't work up a sweat crossing a mirrored pond. Whether you're carrying adult beverages and snacks for the pack picnic on the lake or hitting some high-volume creeks in the throes of spring run-off, the Katana will keep you high, dry, and wearing a shit-eating grin all day long. Dagger took linear polyethylene and roto-molded it into a minimal and balanced progressive rocker hull that tapers into beveled and flared side-walls. Novice paddlers will appreciate the initial stability of a balanced boat, and experienced river rats will enjoy secondary stability from defined edges. Slipping between boulders on a bit of foamy fun is simple. The high-volume bow and the rounded stern deck shape helps the boat shed water so you're not scavenging river bottoms for undiscovered treasures. A drop-down skeg makes flat water paddling pure joy since you'll be tracking a straight line. In addition to shape, the other hint that the Katana kind of likes a rough-and-tumble ride is the Contour Ergo seating and creek seat. Adjustable leg lifters reduce pressure points on your upper thighs and rear end. Adjustable hip pads and seat give you a customized fit without paying custom-boat prices. The bulkhead plate comes out for a safer footbrace and additional storage space up front. Between stern hatch and bulkhead in the bow, you can stow your gear in a balanced fashion. If only you could achieve this kind of balance off the water.
Dagger Katana 9.7 Crossover Kayak - The Katana by Dagger is designed with confidence, flexibility and comfort in mind on flat water and up to class III whitewater. The Katana is designed to inspire confidence in the paddler with a balanced rocker profile for speed on flat water and maneuverability in whitewater. The hull is designed for easy initial stability while the beveled and flared side-walls create solid secondary stability. The rounded stern deck shape, taken from the Mamba design, sheds water easily, making it forgiving in moving water. The Contour Ergo Seating outfitting ensures a dialed-in fit and comfort with leg lifters, hip pads, and back and seat padding. A removable bulkhead plate maximizes the bow capacity and a roto-molded storage wall with soft case storage bag offers addition space to keep essential gear close at hand. The hatch and skeg placement maximizes the storage area in the stern. The Katana also offers a more spacious cockpit than traditional whitewater designs for a less confining feeling. The Dagger Katana is perfect for the adventurer who is interested in whitewater and expedition style multi-water trips, but who doesnâ??t want to limit their kayaking adventures.