Dagger Jitsu 5.9
The Jitsu 5.9 is the latest in Dagger’s long line of playboats, developed with decades worth of testing and team paddler input, they have made a boat which is fast and loose on a wave but has the ability to link advanced multi-dimensional moves in a hole.
- Fast hull design perfect for waves and holes.
- Double-edge allows the Jitsu to carve and makes edge-to-edge transition seamless.
- Can perform unintentional back loops easily if you get caught off guard in a hole or wave.
Size, weight, capacity
The Dagger Jitsu 5.9 is 5’9.5” (178cm) long and 26” (66cm) wide, balanced dimensions to ensure hull speed on the wave without affecting the balance you need to throw difficult tricks.
Any boat which is designed to be cartwheeled, looped and generally thrown around on the water needs to be lightweight and the Jitsu comes in at just 31lbs (14kg), ideal not only for on the water but for carrying to and from your favourite play spot.
The optimal paddler weight range for the Jitsu 5.9 is 140 – 200lbs (64 – 91kg), broad enough to fit a range of paddlers, the 5.9 is the middle of the range, with 5.5 and 6.0 options for those who fall off either end of the scale.
Connection with the kayak is imperative in playboating and maximises the control you have over the boat. With that in mind, Dagger have fitted the Jitsu 5.9 with the Contour Ergo outfitting, arguably the most comfortable, adjustable outfitting on the market. The seat is roto moulded, padded and has an adjustable leg lifter to enhance your contact with the outfitting. Unlike most kayaks, the seat track is welded to the hull of the boat. Not only does this make it more secure but enhances the stiffness of the hull.
A ratchet adjustable backrest and precision adjustable thigh braces give you a snug fit in the boat and a selection of foam shims, which can be inserted into the hip pads, complete the incredibly connective seating position.
The adjustable foam foot brace system gives you a solid platform to power through when throwing moves on a wave.
Security grab handles on top of the kayak are fitted for rescues and moving the boat around, although these aren’t designed for carrying.
The Jitsu’s bow rocker profile combines with the shorter stern rocker to give the bkat a huge amount of speed on a wave and with the double step carving edge design, gives it the speed of a much longer kayak.
These double edges make carving around the wave and edge-to-edge transitions seamless and with the extra speed you can catch waves on the fly.
The majority of the volume in the Jitsu is centred around the cockpit area which gives it huge amounts of pop when you’re pulling rotational moves like blunts or airscrews.
Away from out-and-out playboating, the Jitsu 5.9 is buoyant and stable enough to perform well as a river runner. The volume around the knees gives the Jitsu the feel of a creek boat, and combined with the rocker profile you can punch through features comfortably as you play your way down the river.
Designing and Testing of Dagger Kayak's Jitsu
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Specification: Dagger Jitsu 5.9