Review: Dagger Axiom July 18 2016
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
8' 6" / 259 cm
19" / 48 cm
25.5" / 65 cm
13.5" / 34 cm
34" / 86 cm
42 lbs. / 19 kg
63 gal / 238 L
130 - 210 lbs. / 59 - 95 kg