FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

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FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by simon64 » Mon Aug 12, 2019 5:56 pm

Approx 2 years old, usual scratches etc, very agile and playful kayak, good for rockhopping, day trips, surf, rivers, a great kayak.
£450
Brecon. S Wales
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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by Arthur » Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:18 pm

Someone is going to get a really nice kayak at that price. I thought you loved it Simon... or did you love it so much, you had two of them?

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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by thoma83 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:33 pm

Out of interest what are your dimensions? I'm trying to decide between the large and the small.
I'm 185cm tall 87kg
Thanks.

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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by simon64 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:45 pm

Arthur wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 12:18 pm
Someone is going to get a really nice kayak at that price. I thought you loved it Simon... or did you love it so much, you had two of them?
I tried the P&H Virgo and liked that more, it addressed some of the Stratos weak points, but only slightly!

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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by simon64 » Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:46 pm

thoma83 wrote:
Tue Aug 13, 2019 1:33 pm
Out of interest what are your dimensions? I'm trying to decide between the large and the small.
I'm 185cm tall 87kg
Thanks.
About the same as you, would guess the large would be a little too roomy ?

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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by Steve46 » Wed Aug 14, 2019 8:28 pm

Hi Simon. I can't see scratches on your photos. Is there much on the hull? Skeg working well? Any leakage around the bulkheads? Thanks, Steve

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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by simon64 » Thu Aug 15, 2019 4:29 pm

Theres quite a few minor scrapes, nothing deep.
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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by O2b » Thu Aug 22, 2019 7:34 pm

I tried the P&H Virgo and liked that more, it addressed some of the Stratos weak points, but only slightly!
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I would really like to know how you feel they compared. I'm getting close to buying either the stratos, the Hydra or the Virgo. I would appreciate any advice - I will be trying them myself, but as a relative novice, any heads up on things I might not recognise could only be good news.
many thanks,

Jim

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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by simon64 » Thu Aug 22, 2019 8:30 pm

The Stratos is a great, relatively cheap, agile and fun kayak, 2 sizes mean you will probably fit well in one of them, I have loved mine and will be sorry to see it go, downsides are hatch covers that aren’t great, the rear cover on stratos is a loose fit, the Stratos isn’t the easiest kayak to paddle in a straight line for long, and if you want to do longer trips without exploring the nooks and crannies you would be better off with something else, but its a great boat to surf and play in and good for easy rivers.
I tried the Hydra once and it did nothing for me at all, felt dull, heavy and slow, cockpit area is huge and is only available in one size, has same hatch covers as the Stratos, but with a better fit on the rear one.
The Virgo addressed all the things I don’t like about the Stratos, it goes straight more easily, but is still very agile, stability was lovely, and the Hatch covers are proper kayaksport ones, the kayak felt more like how a real sea kayak should feel. Its only available in one size but i suspect will fit a wide range of paddlers, has options on type of plastic, either tougher or lighter, depending what you want, and has option on a useful little pod in front of cockpit.

I have not tried any of these kayaks with a load, and they are all designed as day kayaks rather than gear haulers.

Whatever you end up with, comfort and fit are very important, have fun trying them all.

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Re: FS Dagger Stratos 14.5 S

Post by O2b » Thu Aug 22, 2019 11:33 pm

Thank you Simon64.

I am not lazy about doing background research, but that was very useful.
thank you, happy paddling.

Jim

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