The Dagger Green Boat Review

From Saluda(NC) to Salida(CO), the Dagger Green Boat has gotten the attention of kayakers of all ability levels. At 11'9" long and nearly 95 gallons, this beast of a boat fits the bill for a number applications. Creek boating, river running, expedition paddling, attainment practice and flatwater paddling are all a blast. If you haven't paddled one of these yet, I would definitely recommend trying on on your local run.

The Specs:

Length:11'9" Width: 24.25" Weight: 50 lbs. Volume: 95 Gal. Paddler Weight: 140-260 lbs.


The Green boat fills a big niche in the kayaking world. It's an old school long boat with new age outfitting, a great hull (from the Nomad) and your own personal map of the Green River on the stern. A few staff members at CKS had the opportunity to paddle the GB quite a bit during high water this summer. They noticed that the boat was very stable, easy to roll and that it actually turned very well for it's size. When paddling down river, putting a little bit of the bow in slack water, whipped the hull around, making turning a breeze. It was a general consensus that this is the fastest and easiest to paddle whitewater boat on the planet. Punching holes was not a problem, due to the hull speed that can be generated by a 12' boat.


The GB is 12' long and 50 lbs. It is long and heavy. For some people, loading and unloading it everyday could be problematic, and require the need of a sherpa. This boat is also a little easier to broach than shorter creek boats and river runners. Make sure that you get used to the way that the GB performs before you run a class IV+ boulder garden.

The Verdict:

If you like the Dagger Nomad, paddling downriver really really fast, and the color green (or red)....This is the boat for you. Beginners will like paddling it on flatwater and the ease of rolling. Intermediates can practice attaining and making moves that were previously out of their league. Experts can go run the The Green River and try to beat Pat Keller next at The Green Race next November. 4 out of the top 5 finishers, and 15 out of the top 20 were paddling the GB. You could be next! Post Green Race Sneak Peak from Lunch Video Magazine on Vimeo.

What do you think? 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
First Impressions: Finding Her Flow in the Jackson Kayak Flow Whitewater Kayak

First Impressions: Finding Her Flow in the Jackson Kayak Flow Whitewater Kayak

Jonny Ortiz
A quick run down of the new Swiss Army Knife of Kayaks, the Jackson Kayak Flow from CKS customer Halie Orr! I was just taking off the river the day...
Gear Up for Fall Releases

Gear Up for Fall Releases

Jonny Ortiz
As the crisp air settles in for Fall Paddling season with popular events such as Beaverfest, Gorefest, Gauley Fest and Russell Fork Rendevous, make sure you are prepared with the gear you’ll need to have to stay comfortable and support your team on the river! Here are a few recommendations from CKS Online's Lead Buyer, Jonny Ortiz.
Jackson Kayak Rockstar V - Why We Still Love it in 2023

Jackson Kayak Rockstar V - Why We Still Love it in 2023

Jonny Ortiz
As water levels gradually drop, we find ourselves praying for rain and anticipating fall releases to alleviate the low water blues. My focus has s...