Dagger Zydeco 9.0

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Dagger Zydeco 9.0
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Put yourself in command with the Dagger Zydeco 9.0 Kayak, from flat-water cruising to taking full control in moving water of rivers and inlets. The Zydeco design has been completely overhauled for even more maneuverability and faster acceleration than ever before. Now with even more premium features not found in average recreational kayaks, the Zydeco 9.0 offers a comfortable but dialed-in cockpit design that's roomy enough for relaxation without sacrificing the performance capabilities offered by smaller cockpits. The CFS-R outfitting rounds out the experience with amazing comfort and multi-adjust options for better fit and function.As the more compact of the new Zydeco family, the 9.0 is lightweight for easier carrying and cartopping, while the shorter length offers increased control for twisty environments. And the super-sleek aesthetic looks great on both the roof and river.

Lining and Layers:

  • Bungee deck rigging holds a spare layer or map in front of the cockpit where it's easy to reach


  • Seat and back pads use soft, contoured foam covered in a textured stretch material for plush comfort and protection from the cold; oversized cockpit increases comfort


  • The CFS-R outfitting rounds out the experience with amazing comfort and multi-adjust options for better fit and function
  • SlideLock foot brace system is easy to adjust and fits a large range of users


  • Knee, thigh, and seat padding take the pressure off vital body parts whether you're in the water for a short bit or a longer paddle
  • Soft knee pads attach either inside the cockpit or on the exterior, offering customizable comfort
  • Zone knee/thigh pad

Weather and Wind:

  • Soft-to-the-touch carry handles at bow and stern make trips from the water easy; unlike hard, plastic handles, the soft-touch handles are easy on cold hands


  • Although small, the Zydeco 9.0 will accommodate regular and large size paddlers up to 220 lb.


  • Backrest with side-mounted cam buckle and durable webbing allows simple adjustments while seated in kayak


  • Bungee deck rigging for stowing gear
  • The Zydeco 9.0 is a great option for a kayak you can easily carry (around 36 pounds)
  • Light enough to transport and launch by yourself, the Dagger Zydeco weighs in at a very manageable 36 lbs.
  • Touring-style deck rigging offers quick access to necessities; small bungee on left side of cockpit stores paddle to free up hands
  • Slidelock footbraces are easy to adjust from inside the boat; simply raise the black plastic rod to unlock and slide foot peg into desired position
  • CFS-R Seating System
  • Durable polyethylene hull fends off dings and dents from rocks and other river hazards new paddlers have trouble avoiding
  • 9 ft. 1 in. hull turns easily yet tracks well, accelerates quickly and cruises efficiently
  • The Dagger Zydeco design has been completely overhauled for even more maneuverability and faster acceleration
  • Paddle Park provides a place to store your paddle without the risk of it floating away
The Zydeco 9.0 Kayak is Dagger's easiest-to-paddle kayak, which means it's friendly for first-time paddlers just starting to get a feel for moving water. A long waterline and a fast hull design lend stability and enough speed so you can keep up with the pack. New boaters will look forward to sliding inside the padded cockpit, which is easy to setup and adjust right beside the river.


A great kayak for ponds, lakes and mellow rivers, the Dagger Zydeco 9.0 Kayak offers a fun time for any paddler thanks to its roomy cockpit, smooth hull design and comfortable seating.

Made in USA.

Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) (2013) (closeout)
Quick on the water and easy to carry at only 36 lbs, the Dagger Zydeco 9.0 puts you in control of exploring moving water, rivers and inlets.
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Activities:[Adventure Rec]
Activity:Flatwater kayaking
Cockpit Fit:Roomy
Cockpit Length:38.5" x 21.75" / 98 x 55 cm
Cockpit Width:21.75" / 55 cm
Cockpit size:38.5 X 21.75 inches
Deck Height:14.25" / 36 cm
Depth:14.25 inches
Dimensions:9'1" x 28.5" (LxW)
Hull Material:Polyethylene
Hull construction:Plastic
Length:9 ft. 1 in.
Length (ft.):9.1 feet
Max Capacity:220 lbs. / 100 kg
Max. Load:220 lb.
Number of paddlers:1
Paddler Level:Beginner & Up
Paddler Size:Small/Medium
Seals Size:2.5 in.
Seat type:Padded / foam
Seating:1 adult
Shipping Surcharge:Yes
Storage:Behind seat
Tracking system:None
Type:Sit Inside
Use:Day Trips
Weight:36.5 lbs. / 16.5 kg
Weight capacity (lbs):250 pounds
Width:28.5 inches
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Dagger Zydeco 9.0 Reviews:


Great little kayak

I bought this particular kayak because it is light weight enough for me to lift by myself (I'm 5'1"). The salesperson was trying to convince me to get an 11 footer that was only 6 lbs heavier, but it was too much kayak for me to heft around--the length was throwing me off balance. (My husband got the 11 foot version, by the way.) Today we used them for the first time on a local creek that is really calm. To be honest, at first I was thinking "oh no, I should've gotten the longer one" because I was having some difficulty keeping it going in a straight line. But after about 10 minutes, I got the paddling down and was scooting along great. Because it's so light, it's a snap to spin around and maneuver. I'm very happy with my purchase. It's a good kayak at a good price.
Barb at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 07/07/2012

Great Kayak

I bought this Kayak because of its light weight. I had a shoulder surgery a few years ago
and my doctor told me to avoid any heavy lifting.
The kayak just fit into the trunk of Honda Civic sedan with only about one foot sticking outside.
We also put it on top of Subaru Impreza with a minimum effort. It is quite stable on some choppy water in a small reservoir. Never tried on the bigger waves in a lager lake yet. The package deal (Kayak + paddle (carbon) + life jacket)last year at the EMS was pretty good.
SkiVT at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 08/08/2013

New to Kayaking

I mostly kayak lakes and rivers. I love this kayak and made a great choice. I like the fact that it's lightweight and I can basically do everything myself with no help. Loading/unloading included. Rides nicely and easy to maneuver. I researched a lot of kayaks but this was the perfect match for me.
Scilla at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 05/05/2012

Great little boat

Great boat for beginners & evening paddling at the lake. I liked the seat for short day trips. weight of the boat was one thing that sold me on it . I have 4 other kayaks ( 2 rec & 2 crossover kayaks) this ones a keeper
SOFA Paddler at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014

Beautiful Boat

Perfect for my wife who is small in stature. She can move it around easily to load and unload and says it is the easiest boat she has ever ridden in to manuver.
Great construction, attractive finish, great price!
Josh at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 01/01/2014

Great Little Kayak

Great kayak seat is very comfortable, Cup holder would have been nice.
HarveyHotTub at Eastern Mountain Sports (EMS) on 06/06/2012