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hugh

9 out of 10

Me: 6"1", 195-200lbs, size 10 feet

I have had the Nomad 8.5 for 9 months now. Previous creekers were the Huka and the Micro 240. Went to the Huka for more manevarability over the 240, but felt the Huka was just to short to run the big stuff. The Nomad has more length and volume which seems to make it track better, get speed quicker and punch holes with more "umph". The real surprise is that I don't feel like I've lost any maneuverability over the Huka (I think this comes from the rocker). I am able to make in-rapid adjustments (which I could never do in the Micro) and catch all the eddy's I go for. The extra 8" makes the tight spots tighter, but overall I really like having the length. Boofs very well, easy to control the entry angle, and the peaked decks shed water quickly when it resurfaces. Also like the backband.

The only downsides I see are already listed by other reviewers - no seat adjuntment and exceptionally heavy. I spent ~5hrs moving the seat as far up as possible by removing it and redrilling the holes. The weight would seem to make it more durable, but does it really? Other creekers are lighter but still durable. Something I can live with, but reality is a light boat is easier and safer to handle on long/complex portages. I would also like a slightly larger cockpit.

Recommend trying this boat if you are looking for a creeker.
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