It happened. I think I fell in love with another kayak! Since I started paddling, I just bought whichever boat was the cheapest, never paddling them first. I never thought much about it until I had an opportunity to paddle a Dagger Nomad. I instantly fell in love with it! Butâ€¦ as most kayakers know, it can be a long time until you get the kayak you want. Itâ€™s been over 6 months since I discovered my love for the Nomad and I still donâ€™t have one. But, now I might be falling for another boat â€“ the Dagger Mamba!
Thanks to the expanding fleet of kayaks at the Sundance Kayak School, I had a great experience paddling the new Mamba. It was everything I hoped it would be and more! The outfitting was exceptional, and my favorite part was the thigh braces. I felt confident and in control because the Mamba was forgiving and very easy to edge. I was even comfortable side surfing in small holes. I choose more technical lines to test its maneuverability, and was very impressed by the results. Despite my skill level, I was able to catch micro eddies I never thought possible! It was incredible. I canâ€™t wait to see how students react when they paddle a Mamba on the Rogue River this summer!
Now Iâ€™m faced with a big decision â€“ Nomad or Mamba. Itâ€™s a hard choice. I think Iâ€™m going to paddle the Mamba a few more times before I decide. Maybe Iâ€™ll even read about selecting the right boat in A Paddlerâ€™s Guide to Brightly Colored Tupperware!