If you were boating in the late 1990s or early 2000s you were probably paddling a full-slice kayak. The reality is many of us have continued to paddle full-slices long after they were being made. But as with most things if you hold on long enough a design will come back around with an update.

Enter the Nova, the younger sibling of the Super Nova, boasting a design that promises top-tier performance and unforgettable adventures. Drawing inspiration from the full-slice models of yesteryear, this high-performance playboat incorporates a host of modern features that only Dagger can deliver with finesse.

Dagger Nova - First Impressions
Dagger Nova – First Impressions


  • High density polyethylene
  • Contour Ergo Creeker seat
  • Contour Ergo seat pad
  • Contour Ergo hip pads
  • Leg lifter
  • Contour Ergo adjustable backrest
  • Thigh brace mounted backrest ratchets
  • Precision adjustable thigh brace
  • Padded foam foot brace system
  • 2 anodised aluminium grab handles
  • Safety step out wall
  • Minicell foam pillar buoyancy
  • Bottle holder
  • Outfitting kit with booster seat pad
Dagger Nova Specifications:
Length223 cm
Width63.5 cm
Boat Weight16.0 kg
Paddler Weight45-82 kg
Volume174 L

The Nova would be a like a squirt boat for me so I am unable to test this one personally. Although I am waiting on the larger Super Nova to land.

I reckon it looks really good in Snowy white, a great nod to its designer.

Matthew Brook has a Dagger Nova and has taken it for a bit of a spin. Check out his first impressions here: