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Old 03-13-2013   #1
 
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Mamba 8.1 vs 8.6

Who has preference or experience here? I am used to boating the Nomad 8.5 and love the heck out of it, great speed, boofin, size in general. It looks like the Mamba 8.6 is quite the step up in volume with another 11 gallons than the Nomad. The Mabma 8.1 is similar in volume to the Nomad 8.5 but it is significantly shorter. Any thoughts here?

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I would keep rocking the Nomad!
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I had a Mamba 8.6 a couple years back. It's heavy and slow to respond. Haven't paddled the Nomad for comparison but I think there's a big difference in hull design. Better try both the 8.1 and 8.6 before you make a decision.
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I have both the nomad 8.5 and the mamba 8.6. I think the mamba is the boat for bigger water, it holds a line better and has more speed and volume. If you plan on keeping with more creeking I would stick with the nomad.

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Keep both!

I agree with TJ. Have both if you can afford it. I sold my Nomad and am only paddling the Mamba 8.6 now, but wish I had both. For the low volume stuff the Nomad is great, although I've enjoyed the Mamba for pretty much anything.
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