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Old 08-26-2010   #1
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8.0 mamba or 8.5 mamba?

Ok, so I have narrowed my kayak search to a Dagger Mamba. Now I need some input from the mountain buzz community on size. I am 200 lbs and the Mamba 8.0 has a rating of 150-215lbs and the 8.5 is rated 175-260 lbs. I paddled a 8.0 last night and loved it, and felt comfortable and snug. I sat in a 8.5 and it felt huge. Now What size do I go? A little big or just under? I don't have a lot of experience so what is your guys experiences tell you? Thanks for your input. A

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Remember to add in the gear load plus your body weight

as most kayaks weight ranges are for total weight in the boat, not just the body weight of the paddler.

Spare paddle, throw rope, pin kit, extra water, cold water gear, lunch etc will add more than most realize to the total weight in the boat.
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What does "felt huge" mean? If you compare them then yes, the 8.5 will feel huge. Given the Mamba is a river runner and would be excellent on multi-day trips then you def. need to take into account gear which would put you in the 8.5 range. What's your height? At 200 lbs I'd say the length on the 8.5 *should* be more accommodating.
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Go with the 8.5, it'll be better for overnighters and you'll have some extra punch on them holes.
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Old 08-27-2010   #5
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Ok, 8.5 it is. Nice to have a solid consensus. Thanks.
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I know a local pro who's female and *might* be 130lbs. She runs the 8.5.
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Ok, so I have narrowed my kayak search to a Dagger Mamba. Now I need some input from the mountain buzz community on size. I am 200 lbs and the Mamba 8.0 has a rating of 150-215lbs and the 8.5 is rated 175-260 lbs. I paddled a 8.0 last night and loved it, and felt comfortable and snug. I sat in a 8.5 and it felt huge. Now What size do I go? A little big or just under? I don't have a lot of experience so what is your guys experiences tell you? Thanks for your input. A
what did you end up getting?
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I ended up with the 8.5, it is a great boat and I love it!
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