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I agree with Average Joe on the greatness of the Dagger Caper T. I have one fitted with a Preception saddle for solo. I have run a lot of class 3 and 4 ww in MT, ID, and WY. It has been amazing. It's also for sale! Won't go into lengthy discussion, but as Joe said they don't make like they used to. My friend and I did class 4 ww that only a very few people have done in open canoes. He had the smaller Dagger (can't remember the name) and got through the mad mile on the Gallatin w/o swimming. I… Full review
Now discontinued for some time, this was Dagger's original whitewater Royalex boat. If you are able to locate a used one, I would encourage you to purchase this fine piece of a legendary canoe maker's history and use it! I've owned my Dagger Caper for over ten years now and couldn't be happier with it. I am not an expert paddler and have only used this boat on up to Class III+ whitewater. I frequently paddle this boat on mild whitewater and it is a joy. I paddle mainly on the Hiwassee River, Nantahala… Full review
When I first saw this boat I thought it was about as ugly as a playboat could be. It's asymmetrical, with the stern being blunt and blimp shaped — almost a square stern. The bow is less so, but still hardly the lines I've paddled for years, Probe 11s and Probe 12s. Paddling it was a completely different thing, though! This boat is faster than my Probes, surfs and ferries better, and just seems to glide across the current. It offers no surprises that the edgier boats do. The idea that it is only… Full review
It is faster than some others and with the soft chines very forgiving for beginning and intermediate paddlers. Larger than its younger cousin the Outrage, it is capable of self supported trips and is better than others for those big water runs like the Grand Canyon. Background: In 1971, canoeist Jim Henry won the National Downriver Championships in a boat he built himself, and the Malecite and Mad River Canoes were born. A couple of decades later, Henry and fellow paddler Tom Foster designed the… Full review
This boat is a favorite of many in our club, though some prefer the shorter version. It surfs easily and has great secondary stability. Smaller paddlers may wish it was narrower for cross strokes. It has less speed than, for instance, a MR Outrage or Outrage X. It is faster than an Impulse or Prophet. It is a high volume boat capable of self supported river trips. Full review