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Old 03-19-2009   #1
ashburn, Virginia
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Nomad 8.1 or 8.5?

I am 5'8" and 180 lbs...I used to paddle a Dagger Freefall LT (69 gallons) and liked the boat a lot but alas I sold it a while back and have decided to get a Dagger Nomad. Based on the 8.1 volume of 68 gallons being so close to the LT, I thought it was the obvious choice. But several different paddlers lighter than me or same weight (including one at Dagger HQ) have suggested the 8.5 would be the better way to go. Anybody out there paddled both and gone to the 8.5 from the 8.1?

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Old 03-19-2009   #2
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i went from the 8.1 to the 8.5, but that's cus i got fat. but it was worth it, bigger is better as it has been said...

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Old 03-19-2009   #3
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at 180 lbs i think you want the 8.5
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Old 03-20-2009   #4
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I've paddled the 8.1 and I weigh(ed) about 180 ish and it felt like i was too low in the water. But, i wasn't a very good paddler at the time and it still was a great boat. But I definitely felt it was too small at the time. I paddle a gus now. I love the nomad hull design but it can sink you if it doesn't fit or you're not turbo good.

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Old 03-20-2009   #5
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I would definitely go bigger with the Nomad series. The 8.1 feels a lot like the old Pyranha 240 creeker only the tail seemed to sink more on me. Lots of tailstands on the Embudo and Vallecito. I even had the seat modified as far forward as possible and it still did it. The 8.5 is only a few inches longer but I would have to say stays on the surface way more. HANSON has this boat and he stomps lines. Says he would never go to the smaller version. I switched to the Jefe. But the 8.5 would be just as good and holds more gear.
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Old 03-20-2009   #6
Eldorado Springs, Colorado
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I paddle the 8.1 at a $1.50 and love it. I fill it with bricks instead of float bags to make it a little harder to roll in the crux! Ok, I just made up that last part. But do love the 8.1
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Old 03-20-2009   #7
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Old 03-23-2009   #8
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At 180ish you're pushing the weight like the others have said, you'd be better off with the 8.5. especially if you plan any carrying any gear. I wiegh 170 and bought the 8.1 and wish i went larger.
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Old 03-23-2009   #9
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8.5 definately.

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