The Vanguard 12.0 is the next generation of Dagger racing kayaks. Designed for the inspired whitewater paddler that desires unparalleled speed. Everything about the Vanguard's innovative hull design promotes speed and instills confidence in the motivated paddler. This barrier-breaking, high-performance long boat truly paddles like nothing else on the water!
Contour Ergo Outfitting system
At Dagger, we take pride in our innovative designs, particularly when they contribute to safer and more reliable kayaking experiences. Our world-class Contour Ergo Outfitting system achieves just that by offering unparalleled adjustability, patented technology, and cutting-edge safety innovations for whitewater kayaking. Since a kayak and paddle function as a single unit, the internal design is as crucial to performance as the hull design. We take great care to integrate advanced comfort and technical features seamlessly, and you'll appreciate the difference the moment you try Dagger's Contour Ergo Outfitting.
Roto-molded seating with leg lifter
The safest and most comfortable seat system we have designed. Our bomb-proof roto-molded seats have intuitive fore and aft adjustment controls and include an industry-first ratcheting leg lifter. This leg lifter allows 3” of elevation that allows the paddler to cinch into the kayak for efficient control and energy transfer from the paddler to the kayak. Quick-release, adjustable hip pads provide additional comfort and control. The highly adjustable backband offers support, comfort, and another pivotal point of contact for control. All this is wrapped in cushy cockpit padding…we have even included a seat booster for ultimate customization.
Precision adjustable thigh braces
Fine-tune your fit with Dagger's precision adjustable thigh braces. Shaped to allow easy entry and exit, our thigh braces offer 2" of fore and aft adjustment. With the ergonomic shape and soft padding, the thigh braces are next-level comfort. Simple. Secure. Dialed-in.
Safety step-out wall
At Dagger, safety is our top priority, which is why we've included our innovative safety step-out wall. This feature provides leverage for quick cockpit exits in emergency situations, while also adding structural support to the kayak. We've even cleverly designed it to double as an internal handle for easier portaging.
Contour adjustable bulkhead foot brace with foam padding
Another critical component of Dagger's safety priority is the adjustable bulkhead foot brace. This system includes reinforced rails for improved structural safety. The toe cup system can be adjusted to conform to the hull's shape to lessen the risk of foot entrapments. Optimum fit and control thanks to adjustable height and inseams. Includes customizable foot padding for incredible comfort and safety.
Safety is priority number one with Dagger, which is why we coined the phrase “Team Tested, Paddler Proven.” Our products go through rigorous testing by our professionals in various environments, so you know that you can trust our product.
Comfort and a customized fit are essential to the Dagger persona, allowing you to experience unique refinement as soon as you sit in its Contour Ergo Outfitting.
Dagger’s Vanguard is here to transport you into a new realm of whitewater performance. The rocker keeps you on the surface and agile. The slender, stable width and long water lines strike the perfect balance of speed and confidence. A narrow stern minimizes resistance and helps you turn efficiently.
Our kayaks are made from High-Density Polyethylene (HDPE) plastic for a longer-lasting, stiffer, and impact-resistant kayak.
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