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im looking for some advice on what boat would better suit me, the LL Huck or the Dagger Nomad (8.1) I am about 165 lbs and 5'8" looking for a boat for creeking and general class V river running. please hook up any advice and or suggestions, also other boat reccomendations if ya got em. thanks

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NOMAD, NO CONTEST!!

it depends on wether you runthe tight tehnical stuff or bigger water. I've paddled both and would go for the Nomad 8.1 every time.

But hey thats just me, get out and demo both boats and see what suit YOU. Every boat has it pros and cons.

Ps. I'm 5'10/11ish & 65-70 kg.
 

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Huck or Nomad

I have a Huck and paddled a Nomad 8.1 for a week back east in DEC on some 4+ creeks and rivers.
The Huck is perfect for low/med volume creeking/river but it has a ton of rocker and doesnt track that well in big water. You can still paddle big water just fine with it but that's certainly one con to it.
The Nomad seems to have less rocker, wider, and (i think) tracks better, so maybe it will work a little better in the big water situation. Anyways, they both are great boats that can do about anything.
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Huck vs Nomad

Having had both boats I'm going to have to say Nomad. Here's why: the Huck is the turniest kayak I have ever paddled. True, its boofabilty is good and when there's not much water and lots of thread -the-needle rocks it shines. However, add water and a pushy line and the bow will swing to and fro all over the desired line. Much like throwing darts when drinking, its sights swing all over the target. That said, its stable, somewhat speedy for its size, comfy, and will accomodate a bigger paddler than the 8.1 Nomad.

The gonad is a good boofer, is speedy, and holds a line. It's stable, comfy, and keeps its edges above the water nicely. With a semi flat bottom its nice if you're coming off a playboating streak and are used to cutting hard quick turns into eddies. Outfitting is solid, the throw lever backband makes entrance and egress easy and the multiple metal grab bars are nice too.

As others have said this is all personal opinion and one should demo both before buying. Good Luck - see you on the creek!
 
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