Dagger Rewind MD
The ultimate downriver freestyle machine, the Dagger Rewind blends old school slicey fun with contemporary river running capabilities, speed and comfortable outfitting to give you a kayak which can be paddled on some meaty rapids, but get taily on eddy lines and rock splats.
- Potentially the best slicey boat on the market.
- Surfs well on waves and in holes, spins and throws progressive tricks.
- Slightly slower hull speed than some similar models.
Size, weight, capacity
The Rewind is 8’9” (266 cm) long, following the current trend of kayaks being somewhere in the ballpark of 9’. This length seems to be agreed upon as the most appropriate for balancing hull speed and maneuverability in white water boats, without being unwieldy.
At 25.5” (64.8 cm) wide, the Rewind is slightly wider than other similar kayaks, giving you a stable paddling position to play the river.
For a whitewater-specific kayak, the Rewind is relatively lightweight, coming in at just 43 lbs (19.5 kg), much easier to carry down those tricky access tracks than some of the high volume creekers paddlers have become accustomed to.
Optimum paddler weight is 140 – 220 lbs (63.5 – 99.8 kg), a broad range for a lower volume whitewater kayak.
The main feature and selling point of the rewind is the hull shape. Aggressive bow rocker and softer edges combine with a planing hull to give the Rewind a fast river runner feel to it, while a slicey tail makes it playful and progressive for all levels of paddler.
Of course playing on the river is no fun if your outfitting isn’t up to the job, but the Dagger Contour Ergo outfitting will keep you connected and comfortable no matter how vertical you get. A rotomolded seat is fitted with leg lifters to keep your knees firmly in contact with the kayak and give you extra control, while a ratchet adjusted backband allows you to throw the boat around with your core.
Thigh braces and hip pads complete the outfitting, both of which can be precision adjusted with ease to make this kayak the best possible fit for you.
A bulkhead style foot brace gives you a solid platform to drive the Rewind around the river from while also keeping you upright in your seat.
Security grab handles and a step out pillar are fitted as safety features in case you get yourself into any less than desirable situations.
There’s also a bung at the very back of the boat, just in case you fall out or you’re one of those kayakers who spends all their money on a good boat and paddles with a deck full of holes.
The Rewind seems to be coming out on top for paddlers who want a progressive river runner which can not only manage any grade of white water, but who also want to play their way down the river with wave wheels, tailies and rock spins.
The wider stern on the Rewind makes the boat even more stable when you’re vertical and the elongated bow rocker allows you to punch through features and resurface quickly after drops. Unlike some other similar slicey boats, Dagger have positioned the cockpit relatively centrally, so it doesn’t feel like either end of the boat is longer than the other. This does mean you don’t carry quite the same speed as some other boats, but it’s much more playful.
This boat will have you smiling all day and definitely push your paddling ability.
Specification: Dagger Rewind MD