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Submitted: 07-10-2002 by PaddlinPaddy
I purchased the Dagger Willow kayak in April 2002. It's is a light kevlar twelve footer. The spray skirt attaches easily. The cockpit is not cramped, yet not overly large. The hatch is very secure. The boat handles well. For example: it turns nicely, moves along smoothly, is stable but don't expect great speed or outstanding tracking. With the rudder down it does track very well in wind. (Hard to believe but my less expensive Wilderness Systems Pungo tracks better than the Willow.) The Willow's seat is suitable. Too bad Dagger doesn't have the 3-phase seat adjustments like the Wilderness Systems boats. I feel confident with the Willow in rough water but admit I've only taken it out in 2 foot chop.
In conclusion, the Willow is worth the price if you want lightness. Frankly, no one will find just one kayak to suit all their needs. After a period of time most kayakers end up buying several different boat for various wants and needs.
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