Atom Crawford Reviews The Dagger Nomad 8.5

For the record, I have tried alot of creekboats, all of them in fact. I'm not sponsored (cause I suck at running the Stout), so the benefit of that is that I can paddle whatever I want. Being so tall and skinny, it is an ongoing dilemma on what boat is gonna fit me best. Can't LL just make a bigger Grande? Anyway, I used to paddle a Nomad years ago and really liked it. Then a bunch of new creekers came out and I gave in to the craze of the new and better craze. So once again, long story short, I went into CKS this Spring all frustrated about creek boats and on a impulse pulled down a new 2009 Nomad and sat in it. WHOOOAA! it fit like a glove. I couldn't believe it. Dagger redesigned the seat so that the rear of the boat is more accessible to gear, this gave me a bit more room for my legs. They now have a nice racheting backband, way better than the flip thing they had before. The thigh hooks don't flex at all, bonus for me. It felt roomier than the old version for some reason. I bought it, boated it and really like it. Just like I did years ago. Felt like an old flame that you just reunited with after years apart......



  • Easier access to the stern than before
  • Ratcheting backband is super nice
  • Step out pillar is solid
  • My old skirts fit
  • Cheaper price than other creek boats
  • Proven design-been out forever and no new design from dagger yet


Leave a comment

All comments are moderated before being published

About Us

We're a group of whitewater kayak, raft, and stand up paddleboard enthusiasts committed to stocking the highest-quality gear and deliver it to you as quickly as possible.

Learn more about us

Don't Forget About These

What else are we up to?

View all
Down and Dirty: 9 Items You Need for Your Dry Suit Repair Kit

Down and Dirty: 9 Items You Need for Your Dry Suit Repair Kit

GearJonny Ortiz
Whitewater dry wear is the largest apparel investment any boater can make. For those who want to extend the life and use of their dry suit (or dry top), it's best to keep a dry suit repair kit on hand. Read our 9 recommendations for the best dry suit repair kit!
Whitewater Kayak Paddle Buying Guide

Whitewater Kayak Paddle Buying Guide

Jonny Ortiz
Choosing the right paddle for whitewater kayaking can be daunting with all the available paddle options to consider. We are here to help! ...
All Aboard the Love Boat!

All Aboard the Love Boat!

Benjamin Thornton

Have you ever had a tough time convincing your family that your black eye isn't that big of a deal? Or spent an hour explaining to your Tinder date the difference between "homeless" and "houseless," just so they would understand why you brought them back to a tent in the woods? 

If you answered yes to either of these things, hopefully this blog can help avoid some of those awkward conversations!