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The Phantom is the latest high-performance model to join the ranks of the Mamba, The Green Boat and the Nomad, and has already won numerous short boat class podiums even before its launch. The Phantom stays high-and-dry on the water, yet still carries its speed through holes and away from drops, and achieves the perfect balance of tracking and manoeuvrability with the ability to rapidly change direction when on edge. The volume of the Phantom has been optimized for both performance and fit with sizing that can accommodate various paddler heights and sizes.
There was a period of time when this Phantom was not going to go into production – it started out as a team project that wasn’t necessarily meant to go to market. Thankfully, enough interest in this type of kayak has grown in the last few years.
The Dagger Phantom is a performance creek boat that has been designed to win the sub 9-foot class whitewater races that we see around the world. It is also designed to be a competent river runner.
Although I have two here at Unsponsored HQ, only one of them will be with me long-term. The Phantom joins my Dagger Jitsu and Spade Kayaks Ace of Spades in my gear storage facility. Both of the Phantoms shown here are full production models that have built at Dagger’s US facility.
The Phantom is a lot of boat. At 271cm (sub 9-foot) long it has a great water line and is fast. This the same length as the large Pyranha 9r and it also shares the same width (68cm) and weight (23kg). However, when paddled the kayaks feel very different. The Phantom has plenty of bow volume and rocker designed to keep it high in the water to break though stoppers. This combined with the flat hull and the flare in the bow allows for planing and pivoting in big water.