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Review: Dagger Axiom July 18 2016

Dagger Axiom

Kayaking can be a lot of things to a broad spectrum of people and we all fall in to the habit of turning it in to something it’s not, usually for me anyway I have the unfortunate habit of turning it to a serious and regimented activity with a tick list or rivers, rapids and grades I must complete.

Paddling media doesn’t help this misconception either which the vast majority of popular edits showcasing carnage and big water excursions. I say misconception because as much as it can be dressed up to be this serious activity at the end of the day when you strip it down the reason we all paddle is because it’s FUN! Which leads me to nicely into our next boat review, the Dagger Axiom.

13 years ago dagger killed off a cult legend the dagger RPM, which to this day you still see on the water. The RPM was so popular due to its playful river cruising feel and many companies since then have tried to emulate the playboat/river runner crossover but have never quite captured the feeling of the RPM until now!

Dagger have resurrected the RPM under the guise of the Dagger Axiom. The Axiom manages to take all the brilliants traits of the RPM and inject it into a modern planning hull, designer Mark Robertson says it’s a “River Cruiser” that sits somewhere between the river running Mamba and the Agent playboat. What this gives us is a boat that paddles like a river runner on a diet and surfs like a playboat on steroids!

The Axioms bow takes its inspiration from the Mamba although it is noticeably slimmer it does provide enough volume for a dry and comfortable ride. The Tapered stern is where most of the volume loss is, which allows for easy back deck moves. The Axioms playful designs leans more towards waves and eddy moves as opposed to vertical hole play, this means surfing this boat is a dream and you will find it hard to resist stern squirting every eddy line it sight!

Once you’ve done all the playing and surfing you can muster the axiom relaxes itself back into a superior river runner with superb tracking and speed it makes eddy hoping a dream which means it is equally capable in the hands of beginners and established white-water racers.

We currently have a medium in stock which is aimed at mid sixed paddlers, call in and have a look!

Happy Paddling, Ollie.


DAGGER AXIOM SPECIFICATIONS
Contour Ergo Outfitting
Ratchet Adjustable Back band
Roto Molded Seating with Leg Lifter
Welded-In Seat Track
Contour Adjustable Bulkhead Foot Brace with Foam Padding
Precision Adjustable Thigh Braces
Multi-Adjustable, Contour Hip Pads and Security Grab Handles

LENGTH:
8' 6" / 259 cm
COCKPIT WIDTH:
19" / 48 cm
WIDTH:
25.5" / 65 cm
DECK HEIGHT:
13.5" / 34 cm
COCKPIT LENGTH:
34" / 86 cm
BOAT WEIGHT:
42 lbs. / 19 kg
VOLUME:
63 gal / 238 L

PADDLER WEIGHT:
130 - 210 lbs. / 59 - 95 kg


Review: New Dagger Nomad July 12 2016

What a wonderfully wet couple of weeks, I hope everyone’s been out taken advantage of some “summer” paddling. Exciting news! We have just taken delivery of the new, redefined 2016 Dagger Nomad (#Newmad).

Dagger Nomad 2016

A review by our Ollie

The Nomad has been a staple in daggers line-up for the last 12 years and 2016 sees the arrival of a redesigned boat. The nomad has always been renowned as a stable and forgiving creek boat that would deliver a predictable performance every time you were on the river. The 2016 model is no different and its feels familiar from the get go, however with the adjustments have brought the Nomad bang up to date. Adding more rocker to the bow allows the Nomad to keep to the surface which allows the boat to skip through holes. Lowering the stern rocker and flattening out through the tail effectively pushes the boat out from drops allowing you to power out and carry speed away from drops.
Full disclosure I had my reservations about the nomad when the new design was announced, I personally felt like it wasn’t moving in the right direction with paddlers demanding faster boats and lighter boats. These reservations were put to rest the minute I got the nomad on the water. Firstly, it is a lot more predictable then the new breed of race inspired creek boats, it also delivered the right amount of speed without it feeling like it was running away from me. Granted you’re not going to see it winning the Moriston or sick-line any time soon, but if you want a boat that’s going be predictable when your running tough white water then this boat is for you! Call in to the shop and have a look for yourself, currently we have a medium in a very striking orange (blaze) in stock.
Happy paddling, Ollie!

 

View the Dagger nomad in our on-line shop here

Dagger Nomad Features

Roto-moulded tank seat for added durability.
Multiple gear loops with quick clip access.
Contour ergo creek outfitting.
Adjustable ratchet back-band and thigh braces

7.5cm of seat adjustment.
Adjustable quick release hip pads.
Seat padding with additional seat booster insert.
Ratchet leg lifter for increase comfort and contact.
Auto adjusting bulkhead footrest.


Specifications

 

Length

Width

Weight

Nomad Small 8.2

251cm

65cm

20kg

Nomad Medium 8.6

259cm

66cm

22kg

Nomad Large 9.0

274cm

69cm

23kg


New products May 17 2016

New buoyancy aids from Palm Equipment

Peyto £99.95

We love these new all season touring buoyancy aids from Palm not only because they are top quality but they are packed with really useful features including:

Hidden fleece lined hand warmers
Good sized front pockets
Rear pocket to fit hydration bladder
Men's and women's fit and colours
               
For more information and to buy this product click here:-

FX £89.95

The new FX is comfy and cool in looks with plenty of storage.  We have a choice of colours and sizes.  In particular, if you are instructing on flat water you will love this product.
     
For more information on his product click here

Hydro £79.95

The Hydro has a classic shape with front zip.  It has a large rear pocket (option to fit hydration bladder) as well as two ample front pockets with additional clips inside.
For more info please click here.
          

A taster of our new Robson paddle range April 26 2016

 

A taster of our new Robson paddle range

We have just received a great selection of new paddles from Robson.  Robson paddles are well made and well liked by our staff.  Here is a taster of our new range.

NB: When selecting a new paddle you will need to consider the paddle length, what materials are used and most importantly the shape of the blade.  Here we focus on the different blades available in our Robson range.

White water paddles

We keep a variety of White Water specific paddles in stock. Two of these, the Pogo (3&6) and the Haida (2) from Robson can be seen in this picture.

The Haida, with it's "Downturned" blade and funky design uses a "Flow Tech" material which is lighter and more durable than the more traditional glass fibre blades making it ideal for the more expert / technical white water paddler. £204.99

If you are looking for a more intermediate white water paddle, take a look at the Pogo which we chose for its very strong glass blade and excellent price £175.99 making it ideal for intermediate white water use.

Touring paddles

The other 5 paddles in this picture are what we refer to as "touring" paddles.  Their blades are ergonomically designed for longer distance, flat water paddling on lakes or the sea.  Our touring paddles here have two types of blade:-

Low angle blades - these blades are longer and have a narrower profile.  Ideal for those of you with a more relaxed paddling style or who are looking for comfort on longer distances.

High angle blades - these blades improve power and acceleration when using high angle strokes.  More suitable for those of you who are focussed on improving your technique and want a higher performance blade.

Low angle blades:

The Zephyr low angle blades are gentle on the joints yet provide a well balanced, power stroke when needed. 

The Zephyr fibreglass (4) is priced at £179.99 and the high performance Zephyr Carbon (8) which is lighter and stiffer than the fibreglass option, costs £269.99

High angle blades: 

Our Synergy high angle blades are designed for performance paddlers looking to manoeuvre the blade quickly.  The Synergy comes in two options - Synergy fibreglass (5) £179.99 or Synergy carbon (1) £269.99 which is lighter and stiffer for improved comfort & performance.

The high angle Chlorophyll (7) with "FlowTech Foam Core Technology" is lighter than the Synergy with improved buoyancy meaning a less fatiguing stroke. £204.99

Other paddles in our range

We also keep more entry level white water paddles at a lower price point in stock for those keen on getting into the sport without having to break the bank. 

For greater shaft adjustability, we have 2 piece variations for the Synergy, Zephyr Carbon and Chlorophyll models.

We also have a range of more specialist ex-demo paddles with carbon fibre shafts and / or blades.


Tahe Marine Kickstarts The Season March 11 2015

 

Fancy getting yourself some Tahe Marine kit? Give us a call on 015394 44451 or email us at office@windermerecanoekayak.com.