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I'm in the market for my first whitewater kayak and looking for some advice on boat size. I've had the opportunity to sit in a lot of boats but paddle only a few. I've more or less decided on the dagger mamba for my first boat, but cannot decide between the 8.1 or 8.6. I am 6' and weight 175-180lbs. Any advice would be greatly appreciated. Thanks.
 

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At 175-180 lbs you may find the 8.1 a touch easier to handle than the 8.6. without giving up any performance. As the above poster mentions part of your decision will also depend upon the difficulty of water you plan to run.I paddle an 8.6 at 205lbs and it is a huge boat. If I was 30 lbs lighter I would go for the 8.1.
 

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Depends what you are gonna be running. If you are gonna stay in the SE and mostly do rivers, then the 8.1 should be okay. However, if you plan to do bigger water and taking it creeking, that extra volume will help you punch holes. BTW, are you on boatertalk? Much more active for SE boaters. We used to live in Chattanooga.
 
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