I paddled a Katana 9.7 for 3-4 months. I liked it but got rid of it because I'm not on flat water as much as I expected to be. I handled class 3 water fine and according to Dagger is capable of 4+ in the right hands. I would just caution you to know exactly what you want to do as far as getting better in white water, over nights, or doing a good bit of flat water. If like me you want to progress your whitewater skills but I would recommend getting a regular white water boat. The Katana probably is the best of the ones you mentioned (biased opinion) but the crossovers do fall into the old adage of doing lot of things pretty well but not really excelling at any one thing. just me two cents.
Just looking for some quick opinions. I am in the market for a new paddle and am considering a bent shaft Sherpa or powerhouse. I'm 6'2, in pretty good shape and plan on doing mostly river running class III. Is the slightly larger blade of the powerhouse worth the extra effort, or will it be more of a hinderence in terms of maneuverability.
Probably opening a can of worms here or re-hashing an old topic but.. I'm a beginner looking to purchase a boat that will give me confidence with stability but allow me to progress to more difficult white water as my skill grows. I've done mind numbing amounts of research and think I have narrowed it down to a dagger mamba or a Jackson zen. Any opinions on these boats or pointed in the direction of one I may not have considered would be appreciated. I'm 6'2 175lb
I recently purchased a shred ready full face helmet. Upon putting it on I realized the actual "full face" area seems to be angled relatively low. I have seen other full face models that seem to be designed the same way. Just curious as to the thinking/reason behind this. I am new to the sport but it seems to me the front of the helmet should be placed more across the front of my chin/mouth as apposed to below it.