Paddled the nomad 8.5 before they fixed the seat, and now have the newer version where they fixed the seat. The stern access is much better than before and is not an issue anymore. They foamed out under the seat to try and fix the hull wear issue along with the seat redesign. Seems to be working so far. I've really been enjoying the nomad.
The big nomad feels pretty fast and holds a line well when driven. Its a stable boat that inspires confidence and rewards aggressive paddling. I think its a classic displacement hull creeker that works very well.
My only complaint about the nomad is that the standard plastic gets destroyed by rocks and I find myself wishing I had a rotomolded boat like the prijons. Its not a dagger thing, its the standard plastic thing. My dream boat would be a nomad hull made out of prijon plastic.
Never tried the habitat.
I know this is an old post but does anyone have any new info on these boats? Also the burn? What are your favorites? Is a nomad 8.1 big enough for a 210 5'11 size 11 shoe?