Karnali vs new Mambas - Mountain Buzz

Thread Tools Display Modes
Old 04-26-2012   #1
Enfield, New Hampshire
Paddling Since: 1990
Join Date: Nov 2009
Posts: 390
Karnali vs new Mambas

Am trying a Karnali later today in cl 2/3 water. Have sat in it in fast, flat water and liked its speed and stability.Am also planning on trying the new Mambas but not for a while and this will involve some driving.
Would appreciate some comparision bet. these 2 boats and if I like The Karnalis performance whether its worth waiting to demo the Mambas also.
Looking to compare the foll. traits:stability, holding ferry angles, rolling,staying in line in cl3/low4 stuff.Primary use will be rrcl 3/-4.
Thanks for any info wrt this.


JIMM is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 04-27-2012   #2
Hurricane, West Virginia
Paddling Since: 2012
Join Date: Apr 2012
Posts: 2
I don't have much experience as my first day in a kayak was Wednesday. But I demoed a mamba and it was very stable compared to the two other boats I demoed. After being in a varun and Loki the mamba felt to unresponsive for me. I know being my first boat that's good but I like adventure and a challenge but I went with the varun.
WVkayaker is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 04-27-2012   #3
rivervibe's Avatar
Salida, Colorado
Paddling Since: 1996
Join Date: Apr 2007
Posts: 384
WV, good choice on the Varun from those three. It's a great down-river boat that's still very playful.

As for the other two boats, true, both will do you fine. I haven't paddled either, but I've been on the water with many and have talked to their owners about them. From what I know, the Karnali is most often used as a dedicated creeker. Iv'e heard that the Mamba does really well in big water, but (at least the largest size) is difficult to roll.

I hope that little snippet helps! Have fun.

rivervibe is offline   Reply With Quote
Sponsored Links
Old 04-29-2012   #4
Columbus, Indiana
Join Date: Aug 2011
Posts: 135
Mamba should be a bit more responsive. I'd pick that if you're only going up to class 4.

But demo and find out what you like.
seedubs1 is offline   Reply With Quote

Thread Tools
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is Off
Trackbacks are Off
Pingbacks are Off
Refbacks are Off

Similar Threads
Topic Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
The Karnali down in pandora's. ckspaddler Commercial Posts 2 08-04-2010 09:58 AM
Karnali vs. Jefe Becky J Kayaking | Gear Talk 11 08-12-2009 02:58 PM
New Pics of the Karnali and Z.one SilverBullet Whitewater Kayaking 0 11-23-2008 04:31 PM
Used Jacksons, Burns, Ammos, Diesels, Mambas, etc... On the Ark bvwp1 Whitewater Kayaking 0 08-03-2007 01:56 PM
Best for cold weather gloves or pogies/mambas lanky_boater Whitewater Kayaking 9 01-07-2005 01:52 AM

» Classified Ads
Powered by vBadvanced CMPS v3.2.3

All times are GMT -6. The time now is 02:44 PM.

Powered by vBulletin® Version 3.8.8
Copyright ©2000 - 2019, vBulletin Solutions, Inc.
vBulletin Security provided by vBSecurity v2.2.2 (Pro) - vBulletin Mods & Addons Copyright © 2019 DragonByte Technologies Ltd.