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Kayaking 101


What is the best setup for whitewater kayak outfitting?

Dagger has spent a considerable amount of its research and development time towards making your kayak as comfortable as possible. Still, there are a number of options available to you which can further enhance comfort and performance according to your specific needs. All Dagger boats will come well equipped and ready to paddle, but in most circumstances, paddlers will choose to increase their boats' performance through custom outfitting. The following are a few suggestions to increase the fit and performance of your Dagger boat.


In many circumstances, you won't have to glue anything to your boat. However, there are situations where a person prefers extra outfitting to achieve a proper fit or additional comfort. Most contact adhesives are compatible with polyethylene plastic, but make sure, and check to see whether it is waterproof.


For any whitewater use, you should have flotation for your kayak or C-1. Flotation bags come in different sizes and styles depending on your needs and are made to match your boat's volume. Ask your local Dagger dealer which set of flotation bags is right for your boat.


Whitewater kayak paddles range from 194 cm to about 208 cm in length. If you are just about 5 feet tall or a bit over, use a paddle in the lower range; naturally, taller people will want a longer paddle. Given variations in torso length, arm length, and boat width, it's a good idea to test different paddle lengths to determine your own personal preference.


Always paddle with a sprayskirt. The skirt will shed water and greatly facilitates rolling in case of a capsize. Whitewater sprayskirts have different sizes for the paddler's waist and for cockpit sizes. There are also different rands, or skirt edges. See your Dagger dealer for sprayskirt options.

K-1 & C-1 Custom Fit Kits

Although most Dagger boats fit better from the start, you may need to outfit your kayak or C-1 with extra padding to get more of a feel for catching those eddies or rolling. Most Fit Kits include hip bolsters and seat pads. Most of these items are also available individually through your local paddling shop.