Dagger Nomad 8.5 Kayak

Priced: $999.00 Rated:   - 4 stars out of 5 by 3 reviews.
Dagger Nomad 8.5 Kayak
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Dagger Nomad 8.5 Kayak - Dagger Nomad 8.5 Whitewater Kayak - The Nomad 8.5 kayak continues Dagger's creek boat tradition with unmatched safety features and a rock-solid design that makes it a time-tested winner. The Nomad has enough length to handle big water and downriver bombing, but it's still short and quick enough to bounce down the hairball runs you don't tell you mom about. Contour Ergo outfitting has plenty of comfort for all day on the river. There are multiple rescue attachment points, and a reinforced step-out wall. Predictability and reliability are key features in a creek kayak. The Dagger Nomad 8.5 will take care of you from the put-in to the take-out.


  • Adjustable quick-release hip pads
  • Padded seat w/ optional seat booster insert


  • Made in the USA


  • Multiple gear loops w/ quick-clip access
  • 2 security anchor points
  • Tank style rotomolded creek seat w/ 3-in fore/aft adjustment
  • Adjustable gear storage system w/ tensioning cord lock
  • Hight-density polyethylene plastic
  • Ergonomic leg lifter
  • Deck brace
  • Ergo Contour Outfitting, Creeker seat
  • Precision adjustable thigh braces
  • Molded-in drain plug
  • Reinforced step-out wall w/ carry handle
  • 6 attachment points
  • 5 security grab handles
  • Self-expanding toe-cup system
  • Roto-molded linear polyethylene hull
  • Multi-adjustable bulkhead footbrace

Mirrors belong in the bathroom, and not on the surface of big water. Seeing your own reflection is a nightmare, but not because of your bed-head and sleep-crusted eyes. You have the Dagger Nomad 8.5 Kayak and all you want is 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 boofer or an expert in eddies, the Nomad lets you roam both within and improve your aquatic abilities.

At 8 feet 5 inches long, 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 10-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.

Rock/Creek Outfitters

Trusted as the world’s ultimate creeker, the Nomad is the kayak of choice by both record holders and high-five fanatics. Experience whitewater the way it was meant to be experienced. With great speed, rock-solid stability, easy rolling and the ability to turn on a dime, it handles big water rapids or downriver bombing with ease. Push your limits with assurance from six safety attachment points, a step-out wall, and rapid resurfacing.

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Activities:[Creek Boat]
Dimensions:Length: 8' 1" / 246 cm
Weight:Boat Weight: 47 lbs / 21 kg

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Dagger Nomad 8.5 Kayak Reviews:

Positive Reviews:

Me - 6'5", 37" inseam and size 13/14 ft, 228#, paddling since fall of 2000, mostly class IV, Chattooga, Tallulah etc. I have paddled a Dagger Vortex, Outlaw, Super Ego, Super EZ, Blunt, Gradient, Airhead. Positives- comfortable, I fit with thick soled paddling shoes. It floats me higher than any other boat. I liked the Gus but, in summer paddling clothes and no safety kit etc I felt a the very top of the weight range for it. In the Nomad with winter clothes, breakdown paddle, and 10# safety kit floats me well. The boat is very maneuverable for me. Ferries well and makes mid-current direction changes well. It doesn't snap into eddies like a playboat but does as well as most creek boats especially if you stay in a aggressive forward position. It boofs well mostly because of its speed. Bounces over holes. Surfs decently if you care. Doesn't hang up much on bony slides though more than the Gradient. I really don't have anything bad to say about how it paddles. However Tallulah is the hardest I have paddled in it but it was a blast there. Negatives- it is heavy but all the creek boats I have paddled are. I would would rather heavy and durable than light and sketchy. Some people have had excess wear under the seat but I have not had that. It is hard to get stuff behind the seat which is frustrating because there is a ton of room back there. Overall I think this is the best creek boat for the over 220# person out there for the type of paddling I do
Steve Zerfass at OutdoorPlay.com on 01/18/2010
Me: 6"1", 195-200lbs, size 10 feet. I have had the Nomad 8.5 for 9 months now. Previous creekers were the Huka and the Micro 240. Went to the Huka for more maneuverability over the 240, but felt the Huka was just too short to run the big stuff. The Nomad has more length and volume which seems to make it track better, get speed quicker and punch holes with more "umph". The real surprise is that I don't feel like I've lost any maneuverability over the Huka (I think this comes from the rocker). I am able to make in-rapid adjustments (which I could never do in the Micro) and catch all the eddies I go for. The extra 8" makes the tight spots tighter, but overall I really like having the length. Boofs very well, easy to control the entry angle, and the peaked decks shed water quickly when it resurfaces. Also like the backband. The only downsides I see are no seat adjustment and exceptionally heavy. I spent ~5hrs moving the seat as far up as possible by removing it and re-drilling the holes. The weight would seem to make it more durable, but does it really? Other creekers are lighter but still durable. Something I can live with, but reality is a light boat is easier and safer to handle on long/complex portages. I would also like a slightly larger cockpit. Recommend trying this boat if you are looking for a creeker.
Craig A. at OutdoorPlay.com on 12/09/2009

Neutral Reviews:

I'm 6'1, 210lbs, Size 12 feet. I mainly like to creek. I've had the boat for a year and got over 50 days of Class IV-V in it. I like it...i think it is a very capable creeker with a good shape that is very forgiving. I don't like the outfitting so much as it's not adjustable enough. I don't like the flip-stick backband, it would be better with a ratchet system. I also don't like the storage options. It's not really built for overnighters. The plastic deforms a little but bounces back. I'm not going to get another creek boat until this thing dies on me.
Leopode Stoch at OutdoorPlay.com on 01/18/2010