The Dagger Katana is for the adventurer who is interested in the whitewater lifestyle and expedition style multi-water trips, but who doesn't want to limit their kayaking adventures only to whitewater. The Katana is designed with confidence, flexibility and comfort in mind on flat or up to class III whitewater. It inspires confidence in the paddler with a balanced rocker profile for speed on the flat and maneuverability in whitewater. The hull is designed for initial stability while the beveled and flared side-walls create secondary stability. The rounded stern deck shape, taken from the Mamba design, sheds water easily, making it forgiving in moving water. The Katana also offers a more spacious cockpit than traditional whitewater designs for a less confining feeling.
|Length:||10 ft 4 in / 3.15 m|
|Width:||27.25 in / 69.22 cm|
|Height:||15 in / 38.1 cm|
|Weight:||55 lb / 24.95 kg|
|Capacity:||300 lb / 136.08 kg|
|Cockpit Size:||37 in x 20.5 in / 94 cm x 52 cm|
|Number of Paddlers:||1 - Single/Solo|
|Type of Kayak:||Sit Inside|
I'm a native of the mountain west currently living on the Texas Gulf Coast. I purchased the Katana 10.4 because I was looking for a multiwater boat that I can take north for multi-day river trips as well as use locally for playing in the surf. I know the Katana wasn't necessarily designed for the latter, but I've been very impressed by the Katana's performance in the coastal surf. The 10.4 is a relatively big boat, but it's fast enough to catch just about any wave and it planes like a charm. The Katana is deceptively nimble as well, and I've found I can pull a 180 degree turn with a single casual stroke from bow to stern. The boat is quite stable as well and the only times I've ever flipped it have been on purpose to practice rolling. The Katana 10.4 rolls surprisingly well for a boat of its length and volume and actually reminds me of the old Dagger RPM. While not as easy to roll as modern playboats, I'd have no qualms about teaching a novice to roll in the Katana. The amount of storage space in the 10.4 is incredible, especially in the stern storage compartment. There's also plenty of room in front of the removable bulkhead. A few points to consider: - It should go without saying, but make sure to get a decent spray skirt. You don't want to be dragging this monster out of the river or surf if you swamp it. - The spring-loaded skeg is a nice touch for tracking on flatwater, but you need to be careful with it. Dagger used to put aluminum skegs in some of their boats, but the Katana's plastic skeg looks like it could be easy to crack on rocks or reefs. - The storage area at the stern is sealed with a rubber hatch and foam bulkhead, but I'd highly recommend using an inflatable float bag in the front storage area to keep the boat at the surface in the event of a swim. - This boat is a bit wider than a lot of whitewater boats, so a longer paddle is a good idea. I'm satisfied using an AT Hercules straight carbon paddle (200 cm).