Dagger Katana 9.7
The Katana 9.7 is a crossover kayak aimed at smaller framed paddlers who are looking for a kayak which can carry speed on the flat but negotiate the twists and turns of white water. A combination of stability and progressive design make the Katana an appealing boat to paddlers of any level.
- High level of outfitting.
- Versatile crossover kayak which performs well in a range of environments.
- Large cockpit and stable hull design inspire confidence.
Size, weight, capacity
The Katana is 9’7” (292cm) long. At first glance this may seem a bit excessive, but it gives the boat a long enough waterline to carry speed and track on flat water while still allowing for a river specification rocker profile in the bow and stern.
A width of 25.75” (65cm) makes the boat stable, without impacting the Katana’s ability to carry speed.
The 9.7 is aimed at paddlers with a weight range of 100-210lbs (45-95kg). This is a fairly large boat for smaller paddlers, and with a weight of 50lbs (23kg) those on the smaller end of the scale are unlikely to be carrying it on their own.
The hull shape is one of the most defining features of the Katana’s crossover attributes. Dagger have balanced hull length and rocker profile to carry speed on flat water, but to still make the tight turns necessary on rivers and punch through white water features. The stern shape is inspired by the Mamba, arguably Dagger’s foremost creek boat, and is designed to shed water quickly making the Katana more forgiving in white water.
Dagger have fitted the Katana 9.7 with their Contour Ergo outfitting. The seat is roto moulded, padded and fitted with an adjustable leg lifter which enhances your connection to the kayak, essential in white water. The ratchet adjusted backrest gives you support and control and thigh braces lock your knees in securely, allowing you to edge the boat with confidence.
Adjustable hip pads keep you firmly in the seat and increase the connection between paddler and kayak. The Katana is fitted with a bulkhead style footrest.
The Katana 9.7 is a great boat for multi-water expeditions and with that in mind, Dagger have fitted a watertight hatch in the stern, sealed from the cockpit by a bulkhead.
An adjustable skeg system means that when you get to flat stretches of water you can fully relax and take in your surroundings as you cruise around.
Usually when you get a kayak which professes to be capable in a range of environments, you have to accept that capable is as good as it will ever get, but the Katana 9.7 is not only capable, but performs well in a range of situations.
On white water, this kayak spins easily and has the speed and rocker profile to make moves around the river, while on open water, with the skeg down, it tracks very comfortably and covers ground effortlessly.
The hull gives great primary stability, while the flared sidewalls and edge design give the Katana a good level of secondary stability.
The spacious cockpit will inspire confidence, feeling much less confined than most white water kayaks but still with the high level of outfitting you need to move around the river.
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