Hello, new to the forum. Have canoed up to class three rivers for years but never been in a kayak. Looking to purchase one for whitewater and spend around a thousand to twelve hundred. Length is really the part I’m unsure about. I am 5’11, 180 pounds. I’ve been looking at the Dagger Nomad, Axiom and Katana and the Liquid Logic KP10 and XP9. Unfortunately, trying one on before I buy really isn’t an option. I don’t mind spending the money upfront and growing into the boat.
After reading and searching this forum it seems 10 foot and up boats are the most prevalent. Can anyone comment on length? I understand the correlation between length, speed and maneuverability but not sure what the best fit is for me and the type rivers I will be on. I plan to use this boat on rivers that are rarely pushing class three and eventually use it on strong class three maybe pushing class four as my skills improve.