The Agent is a Verb, It's What You Do
Sep 11, 2010 (Updated Oct 15, 2010)
Review by riskinit
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Does well surfing in the hole
Outfitting is superb
Cons:It is tough to initiate flat water tricks.
The Bottom Line:
I would recommend this boat to anyone who likes to surf on the river, and enjoys recreating outdoors. It makes for a great ride.
Air: In my opinion this is definitely the boats greatest feature. The Agent 6.2 has been designed with lots of extra volume in the nose that will help you to serve up some massive air and loops. This also makes this boat one of the best flat water trick kayaks in the industry. The best part is that with all of the added volume in the bow, when I am in a stall the boat doesn’t give up any stability.
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Slicey: This is probably my only complaint with this boat. I have found that it’s a little bit harder to throw the nose down, since I am dragging so much volume under the water. Trust me though, it can be done and if you are in the higher end of the weight range for this boat then it will still be very fluid and easy. I don’t have any complaint with the tail end of the boat it will slice through the water just fine; therefore, I have no worries about the second end of my cartwheels.
Wave Handling: No complaints here; I’ve tried a large variety of waves and wave sizes. This boat will glide down the face of the wave and perform some smooth surfing and carving without fail. It is also a very loose boat, so it is easy to break my edges free to spin and blunt just like the pros.
Hole Handling: The Agent is redefining how you can play in the hole. There are no limits to how many tricks you can link inside of a hole when you’re in the Agent. Cartwheels, Split wheels, phoenix monkeys, and the legendary loop are all within reach when you get inside this boat (with a little bit of practice).
Outfitting: Dagger is hands down my favorite company for outfitting. They have amazingly comfortable yet snug hip pads, thigh braces and an easily adjustable seat and back strap (controlled by simple flip switches that makes getting in and out of any river quick and easy). You are also given a foam bulkhead that takes less than ten simple minutes to pack in by your feet, so you have a perfect fit for your boating style. I’ve used this boat daily for several summers, it has endured countless seal starts, rock splats, being dragged underneath a trailer wheel, and long hours of boating. The boat still looks and feels brand new inside and out. There is no structural damage thanks to the D-Bone welded in the seat track and tough plastic.
Cost: I ordered my kayak from Dagger for $950.00. You can order from local outdoor sporting good store if you would like. The price is pretty comparable where ever you look. It is possible to find something used for around $400.00 to $900.00, I looked in papers close to areas that offer whitewater rafting such as Jackson Hole Wyoming, Idaho Falls Idaho, Salt Lake City, Utah.
Wrap Up: I would describe this boat as an all around boat and user friendly. It isn’t necessarily the best boat in any one area, except for its unbeatable loops, but it is definitely not the worst boat in any area. The weight range for the 6.2 is 125-190 lbs. and height really isn’t an issue. I would suggest that if you aren’t over 135 lbs to possibly consider going with the 6.0 just because it will make doing flat water cartwheels a simple task instead of trying to muscle the bow’s volume underwater, however, I am a very lightweight boater and I can still handle the extra volume which rewards me with how much air I catch when the volume launches me in the air for massive loops.
If you’re a beginner then realize this is a play boat, which means it is unstable, edgy, and a little bit harder to roll up, which is necessary to be doing the big tricks out on the river. Like I said though, with some practice none of those factors will even be an issue. Don’t forget to buy a paddle, helmet, lifejacket and spray skirt, which are all necessary to whitewater kayaking. I’ve used this boat to run smaller waterfalls and big rivers even though a play boat’s purpose is to park and play. It all depends on your style but if surfing is your thing then this is the boat for you.
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