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For the pioneer who doesn't want to limit their kayaking adventures only to whitewater, the Katana is designed with flexibility and comfort in mind on flat water or up to class III whitewater.
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.
Specs Length: 9'7" / 292 cm Width: 25.75" / 65 cm Max Capacity: 225 lbs / 102 kg Deck Height: 13.5" / 34 cm Cockpit Length: 35.5" / 90 cm Cockpit Width: 20" / 51 cm Boat Weight: 46 lbs / 21 kg Paddler Weight: 100-210 lbs / 45-95 kg Volume: 79 gal / 299 L Features Cockpit drain plug Contour Ergo Seating (leg lifter, hip pads, back & seat padding) Hatch and skeg placement maximizes stern capacity Removable bulkhead plate maximizes bow capacity Roto-molded storage wall (storage bag incl.) - See more at: http://dagger.com/products/crossover/crossover_whitewater/katana-9-7#sthash.KVJJRP4H.dpuf
- River Sports Outfitters
The Dagger Katana is built with confidence, flexibility, and comfort in mind for use on both flat water and whitewater.
Dagger Katana 9.7 Crossover Kayak - The Katana 9.7 kayak 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 design combines with beveled and flared side-walls, creating solid stability. The rounded stern deck shape sheds water easily, increasing forgiveness. 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 storage capacity and a roto-molded storage wall with soft case storage bag offers additional space to store essential gear. 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 9.7 is perfect for the adventurer who is interested in whitewater and expedition style multi-water trips, but who doesn't want to limit their kayaking adventures.
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