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Mamba 8.1

Completely redesigned for 2012 with a “Team Tested, Paddler Proven” heritage that's trusted by the most renowned instructors and paddlers in the world, the new Mamba offers serious refinements that will make it the top River Runner in its class.

The Mamba 8.1 is larger than the former 8.0, offering more volume with improved volume distribution, increased speed, crisper control and added safety features, including a repositioned bow grab handle for easier access, an added handle near the cockpit, and an added molded-in stern foam wall holder to improve the structural integrity.

Whether it's seasoned paddlers looking to hone their river skills, make the move beyond Class III, or new adventure seekers looking for a predictable, stable, easy to roll power-house to discover the full range of real whitewater, the stylish new Mamba Series will inspire their ultimate adventure.

Also available: Mamba 8.1 Creeker

  • "10/10" - Bombflow Magazine, 2012
  • "Best For Whitewater"- Men's Journal, 2012
  • "Best Beginner Kayak"- Outside Online, 2012

Click here to download your owner's manual

US $1,155
CAD $1,215

*Price shown is suggested retail price, net not including taxes. Prices in your market may vary due to currency, VAT, and other taxes. Prices subject to change without notice.

Length: 8'1" / 246 cm
Width: 26.75" / 68 cm
Max Capacity: 220 lbs / 100 kg
Deck Height: 15" / 38 cm
Cockpit Length: 34" / 86 cm
Cockpit Width: 19" / 48 cm
Boat Weight: 45 lbs. / 20 kg
Paddler Weight: 150-220 lbs / 68-100 kg
Volume: 77 gal / 292 L

Recommended for Mamba 8.1

  • AT2 STD

  • The Bomb Drytop

  • Base Layers

  • Short Stern Bag


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  • For almost 2 years I searched for a boat that not only had outfitting that I could adjust to fit me, but also good build quality and performance. My Nomad is the 7th boat I've owned in this quest and I'm proud to say it was the last boat I bought. I love this boat and I feel that it does everything I could ask it to. My only complaint is that it's fairly difficult to roll compared to most of the other boats I've owned. In fairness though, most of the other boats I've owned were smaller boats.

    Apr. 2, 2014

    Reviewed by Chase Newman

  • Along the way I've owned 3 different kayaks from 3 different manufacturers and never fell in love with any of them, then I tried a Mamba 8.1 at a kayaking school and wow, instant love. I could have saved a lot of cash buying the Mamba 1st.

    Dec. 31, 2013

    Reviewed by SteveO

  • Love the way it paddles, but it;s considerably harder to roll than the previous model of this boat.

    Jul. 8, 2013

    Reviewed by Rich

  • Rolls really well and works great in almost all whitewater. If you are mostly running creeks go with the nomad instead. Otherwise, this is a great boat.

    Feb. 17, 2013

    Reviewed by Kaelan

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