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Save big! This package includes the Dagger Nomad 8.1 kayak, ATX paddle, Shred Ready Full Face helmet, Snap Dragon Kevlar Skirt w/ Implosion Bar, and Stohlquist Descent Rescue PFD. You'll also enjoy a 15% discount on any other accessories purchased with your package, plus our Free Shipping special and the added savings of NO Sales Tax on your order.

Dagger Nomad 8.1 Kayak: The Nomad 8.1 kayak continues Dagger's creek boat tradition with unmatched safety features and a rock-solid design that makes it a time-tested winner. The Nomad has enough length to handle big water and downriver bombing, but it's still short and quick enough to bounce down the hairball runs you don't tell you mom about. Contour Ergo outfitting has plenty of comfort for all day on the river. There are multiple rescue attachment points, and a reinforced step-out wall. Predictability and reliability are key features in a creek kayak. The Dagger Nomad 8.1 will take care of you from the put-in to the take-out.

AT ATX Paddle: Adventure Technology's ATX Flexi kayaking paddle is a natural classic that defines the perfect all-around paddle. The smooth, any-conditions performance is what makes the ATX Flexi paddle a favorite for downriver and creek boating. The foundation of the ATX Flexi kayak paddle is the patented Full Control Grip. Designed with sports physiologists, the shaft is bent on two planes to properly align your forearm and wrist bones, while the ergonomic grip area is perfectly shaped to fit your hands. You’ll have more power and control, with reduced stress on tendons and ligaments. The large hydrodynamic blades are designed for powerfully smooth strokes. Foam cores minimize flutter and add more energy in your strokes and braces, letting you paddle longer without tiring. Rugged Dynell edging prevents your paddle blade from wearing down, giving you consistently powerful strokes over time. The shaft is a hybrid braid of carbon and fiberglass, simulating the soft feel and natural flex of a wooden shaft, reducing stress to your joints even more. Unibody construction weaves continuous carbon braids from the shaft to the tip of the blade, distributing flex evenly through the paddle, and lowering the swing weight for increased performance. When it comes to performance, power and comfort, the Adventure Technolog ATX Flexi carbon whitewater kayak paddle is the favorite for slalom boaters, committed creekers, and anyone wanting a full-power kayak paddle.

Shred Ready Standard Full Face Helmet: A new standard in kayak helmet design has been set with the introduction of Shred Ready's Standard Fullface kayaking helmet. The Standard Fullface kayak helmet is designed from the ground up to provide unparalleled performance. With the ABS injection-molded shell and face mask along with the multi-impact molded EPP liner your noggin is safe. The Standard Fullface helmet utilizes a four-point retention system and the H.O.G Occipital Lock to fit behind the nape of neck for a secure custom fit. Small, medium, and large interchangeable compression molded closed-cell foam fitting pads are included with each helmet for the perfect fit. Soft nylon webbing, stainless steel rivets, Duraflex fasteners, adjusters, and stops add up to a helmet that just won't quit! When you need to protect your rock star good looks reach for the Standard Fullface kayak helmet!

Stohlquist Descent Rescue PFD: Whether it’s a first descent or the 100th run on your favorite river, Stohlquist’s new Descent Rescue Lifejacket is the kayaker’s choice for high-performance rescue vests. The body-wrapping, ergonomically articulated WRAPTURE shaped torso combines with the cross-chest cinch harness adjustment and self-tensioning shoulders for a balanced and incredibly comfortable fit. Gripp-Loc interior non-slip panels mean zero ride-up, and multiple adjustment points further customize the fit. Free-floating suspended shoulder straps stretch as you move. Contoured and padded for comfort, the Nail Cloth textured surface with stiffeners adds protection and makes portaging easier. Multiple pockets allow you to carry needed essentials and the self expanding high capacity main pocket is perfect for stashing a throw rope. The included quick release rescue harness allows for “strong swimmer” and equipment retrievals and there’s even a quick release accessory tab for a tow tether with an optional anchor positioning. Finishing off the rescue detailing, you’ll find several stainless steel loop anchor points that are available for accessory attachments, like a crotch harness. The low cut, offset front zipper makes entry and exit simple, and reflective accents help keep you visible in low light. With the Descent Rescue Lifejacket you’ll be comfortable and ready for the river!

Snap Dragon Kevlar Skirt w/ Implosion Bar: This Kevlar kayak spray skirt is Snap Dragon's premier product. It is designed specifically for extreme and freestyle paddlers who place high demands and expectations on their equipment. The skirt features a one-piece 4 mm Armotex deck with unmatched abrasion and impact resistance. This single-deck construction avoids weak areas where seams would meet, producing a stronger and more flexible deck. A rim reinforcement is heat-welded to the surface of the deck, resulting in a stronger, water-tight seal with no patchwork stitching on the deck. An implosion bar helps prevent the skirt from blowing on big drops and in big hydraulics. Other features include an anatomically shaped oval chest tube and a large, 2" webbing grab handle. The grab handle is easily accessible, making for a quick release. All the seams are heat taped and sealed inside and out. Designed for the most demanding conditions, this is the skirt of choice.

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Nomad 8.1 Kayak Package

  • Hight-density polyethylene plastic
  • Contour Ergo Creek Outfitting System:

    • Tank style rotomolded creek seat w/ 3-in fore/aft adjustment
    • Adjustable quick-release hip pads
    • Padded seat w/ optional seat booster insert
    • Adjustable backband & thigh braces
    • Ergonomic leg lifter
    • Multi-adjustable bulkhead footbrace

  • Adjustable gear storage system w/ tensioning cord lock
  • Multiple gear loops w/ quick-clip access
  • Reinforced step-out wall w/ carry handle
  • Deck brace
  • 5 security grab handles
  • 2 security anchor points
  • Molded-in drain plug
  • Made in the USA


  • Don't forget a cockpit cover! A Seals 1.4 deck cockpit cover will fit the Nomad 8.1 kayak.

    Shopping Info

    Me - 6'5", 37" inseam and size 13/14 ft, 228#, paddling since fall of 2000, mostly class IV, Chattooga, Tallulah etc. I have paddled a Dagger Vortex, Outlaw, Super Ego, Super EZ, Blunt, Gradient, Airhead. Positives- comfortable, I fit with thick soled paddling shoes. It floats me higher than any other boat. I liked the Gus but, in summer paddling clothes and no safety kit etc I felt a the very top of the weight range for it. In the Nomad with winter clothes, breakdown paddle, and 10# safety kit floats me well. The boat is very maneuverable for me. Ferries well and makes mid-current direction changes well. It doesn't snap into eddies like a playboat but does as well as most creek boats especially if you stay in a aggressive forward position. It boofs well mostly because of its speed. Bounces over holes. Surfs decently if you care. Doesn't hang up much on bony slides though more than the Gradient. I really don't have anything bad to say about how it paddles. However Tallulah is the hardest I have paddled in it but it was a blast there. Negatives- it is heavy but all the creek boats I have paddled are. I would would rather heavy and durable than light and sketchy. Some people have had excess wear under the seat but I have not had that. It is hard to get stuff behind the seat which is frustrating because there is a ton of room back there. Overall I think this is the best creek boat for the over 220# person out there for the type of paddling I do.

    Steve Zerfass

    5/2/2006

    Me:  6"1", 195-200lbs, size 10 feet. I have had the Nomad 8.5 for 9 months now.  Previous creekers were the Huka and the Micro 240.  Went to the Huka for more maneuverability over the 240, but felt the Huka was just too short to run the big stuff.  The Nomad has more length and volume which seems to make it track better, get speed quicker and punch holes with more "umph". The real surprise is that I don't feel like I've lost any maneuverability over the Huka (I think this comes from the rocker).  I am able to make in-rapid adjustments (which I could never do in the Micro) and catch all the eddies I go for.  The extra 8"  makes the tight spots tighter, but overall I really like having the length.  Boofs very well, easy to control the entry angle, and the peaked decks shed water quickly when it resurfaces.  Also like the backband. The only downsides I see are no seat adjustment and exceptionally heavy.  I spent ~5hrs moving the seat as far up as possible by removing it and re-drilling the holes.  The weight would seem to make it more durable, but does it really?  Other creekers are lighter but still durable.  Something I can live with, but reality is a light boat is easier and safer to handle on long/complex portages.  I would also like a slightly larger cockpit. Recommend trying this boat if you are looking for a creeker.

    John Arbuckle

    4/19/2005

    I'm 6'1, 210lbs, Size 12 feet. I mainly like to creek. I've had the boat for a year and got over 50 days of Class IV-V in it. I like it...i think it is a very capable creeker with a good shape that is very forgiving. I don't like the outfitting so much as it's not adjustable enough. I don't like the flip-stick backband, it would be better with a ratchet system. I also don't like the storage options. It's not really built for overnighters. The plastic deforms a little but bounces back. I'm not going to get another creek boat until this thing dies on me.

    Leopode Stoch

    3/7/2005

    Nomad 8.1 Creeking Whitewater Kayak Package by Dagger Kayaks for Kayaking

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