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Old 05-14-2016   #1
 
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Dagger GT 7.8

Good afternoon,

I have the opportunity to purchase a Dagger GT 7.8. I am 5' 7" and 165 lbs. With gear, I would most likely be 175. The specs state that it is good up to 180 lbs. Has anyone paddle this boat that is my size? if yes, how did it float for you? I'm not a full beginner, but I would consider myself still a novice when it comes to whitewater. Any thoughts are welcome.
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Size is fine...... Not know as a good boat design among many boaters.
Had some weird charteristiscs
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Thank you for your reply. Would you happen to recall any specifics? Is it very unstable? I will be using it as river runner, not much play or surf.
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Old 05-15-2016   #4
 
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So..... As a river runner it is not horrible. It was very unpopular as a creeker...... That being said it wasn't a creeker.
It tended to take decent boaters and put them upside down a lot..... And it seemed to happen quick. Not known to be easy to roll.
Paying more than 200.00?
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Old 05-16-2016   #5
 
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Thanks again for the additional comments. My plan is to use strickly for river running only, maybe a little bit of surf. I did get a good deal on it. In part because, I was on the fence when it came to the weight limit. It seems that i need to watch my edges, so i wont be tripped.
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I paddled one for a week on the Futa back in 2010. I definitely did not love it, but really had no problems running pretty big water. I think the Futa was at around 16,000 cfs at the time. It was fast and easy to maneuver, but I would go with an Axiom or Zen if I had a choice or even the discontinued Jackson Funrunner.

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Old 05-16-2016   #7
 
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Matt
Thanks for the info. unfortunately, i already bought it. It wa as a good deal. From what you are commenting, i think i will ok. My main concern was, how it would float someone my size and at the end of its weight range.
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You should be good... I'm a little heavier than you, & it wasn't a problem. Enjoy!
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