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Old 10-04-2013   #1
 
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Dagger Mamba 8.6 and Shred Ready Elbow Pads

More new reviews! Tom Neilson tested the Mamba on the steep creeks of the Northeast and took it out on a multi day big water expedition to Quebec's Magpie River. Jane has put the Tsunami Elbow Pads through the wringer on steep and manky river beds in the NE.

"After almost a month paddling the Mamba, Iíve never found myself in a position where I wished I was in a different boat. And I canít say that for any other boat Iíve ever paddled." -Tom

Review: Mamba 8.6

"When the going gets steep, shallow, and rocky, I like to protect my elbows. The Shred Ready Tsunami elbow pads are well-built, comfortable, reasonably priced, and have definitely saved my elbows from some solid hits." -Jane

Review: Tsunami Elbow Pads

Enjoy! Let us know if you have any comments, questions, or experiences to share here or in the comments section of the review.

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Old 10-04-2013   #2
 
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re Mamba 8.6

Hi Tom,
thanks for the review. Your observation that it shines on hard water is spot on.I find mine a little sluggy in anything under 3. I feel this may also be the seat position.Where do you recommend the seat position at 200 lbs, without extra gear? right now I am in the center.
Thanks for your help.
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Jimmy, how tall are you? Im around the same weight as both of you gents (and a bit taller than Tom) and I have my seats a hair forward of center. This gives me a good balanced position to handle paddling an unloaded boat and also with my typical safety kit (comprehensive med kit, extrication kit, break down paddle and some extra high calorie food) without feeling like I am bow heavy.

This also allows for better "driving control" from the bow, especially with the new edge profile of the Mamba.

Just my $.02, but thought I'd throw it in the mix
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Old 10-07-2013   #4
 
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JIMM- Tom sent this reply to your Q:

Hi Jimmy,
I keep my seat in the Mamba all the way forward, regardless of how much gear I have in there. I find that because of the linear stern rocker, the back of the Mamba tends to drop into the water and feel pretty locked in if you are paddling on easier or slower moving water. This is great for tracking, but it makes the boat feel like it is bulldozing a lot of water out of the way, especially because of how wide and flat the front part of the hull is.

I would say move your seat forward a bit and see if that helps relieve some of the sluggish feeling.

Hope this helps, and I'm glad you enjoyed the review!

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Mamba seat position

Thank you guys for your advise. I will move it forw. and see.
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surfing the mamba

surfing the 8.6 on a glassy feature. NH on my right, VT on my left.
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surfing the mamba

surfing the 8.6 on a glassy feature. NH on my right, VT on my left.
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surfing thttp://youtu.be/AfWGoXI0YiMhe 8.6 on a glassy feature. NH on my right, VT on my left.
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re above post

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