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First of all I'm 140 pounds and 5'10". I normally paddle a kingpin 6.1 and love that boat but lately I have been wanting a fraidy boat for class IV rapids. The kingpin gets pushed around a lot! I picked up a Dagger GT 8.1 at an incredible price and in great condition. I can roll my kingpin without a problem in most situations but my roll with the Dagget GT 8.1 is weak. Is there a point where too much volume makes a roll very difficult or do I just need to brush up my technique.
 

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i would say that its probably that your hips are lower in the GT than in the kingpin, making more hipsnap necessary to right the boat. This was the case for me last year when my creeker (a mamba) was way to big for me. Also, though, EVERYONE can improve their roll i dont care who you are.
 

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hmm good info I'll try brushing up on my roll for awhile and if that doesn't work probably swap or sell
 

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I can't find specs on the GT 8.1, but I paddle the Nomad 8.1 and I assume the volume/paddler weight range is similar to the GT 8.1.
I also am 140 pounds and also love my Kingpin.
That GT should not be too big for you; the Nomad 8.1 is the perfect size for me at 140.
I can roll my Nomad as easily as I roll my Kingpin.
Your roll might need a tune-up, and also, I think people often don't outfit their big boats as well and as tightly as their playboats. If you're too loose in your GT, you'll have trouble rolling it.
Make sure the backband is snug against you, while your feet are snug on the foot pegs, and that your hip pads are snug and your thighs aren't moving under the braces. When you move, the boat should move with you - if there's loose space then you have wasted energy and a disconnect between your movements and the boat's reactions, and that will hurt your roll.
 

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Dagger GT 8.1
There are the specs and my outfitting is great in the GT quite snug. Im guessing the larger boat requires better technique, probably good for me in the long run.
 

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Yeah, you're right.
You're on the bottom of that weight range, and that may well be a factor.
That GT is a HOSS!
 
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