Mamba 8.0 and 8.1
I'm 6' even, long legs, 190#, blue eyes and have a fairly nice personality. I've noticed however I've become cranky lately after about two hours in my Dagger Redline. I've been river running in this cocoon for 10+ years just fine but now in my 40's my tolerance for my legs pinned in this position is waning. I mostly river run on day trips and love to play in the waves and eddies, nothing fancy just surfing.
I've found the Mamba 8.0 a very comfortable boat for me, especially my knees. I have an opportunity to purchase a new one for a good price due to the discontinued model. However the discount is not that important if the new 8.1 is that much better for what I do.
I don't feel the extra volume is advantageous, nor the safety features as I don't run off drops. I do big water at times ie the Colorado and the Green at high flows but the my Redline has done fine there. I primarily run small mountain rivers in western Colorado. The rigging might be nicer but is it $400 nicer? I wonder though about the advertised increased aggressive hull. That has me questioning whether it is worth the additional price for the newest model?