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Gear Review: Dagger Axiom Whitewater Kayak - Next Adventure

Gear Review: Dagger Axiom Whitewater Kayak

Value Rating: 10 Durability Rating: 10 Overall Rating: 10 Location of Test: Clackamas River, White Salmon River Duration of Test: 20 Miles Product Name: Axiom Product Brand: Dagger Best Use: Whitewater Rivers Sizes: 6.9 (kids) - 8.0 (small) - 8.5 (medium) - 9.0 (large) Dagger Axiom The Full Review: The axiom is one of my favorite downriver playboats. This boat has some nice rocker which skips over holes unlike its predecessor, the RPM. It also features some significant edge, so it snaps nicely in and out of eddies. The flat planing hull allows this boat to surf smoothly on waves without getting spun out easily. The Axiom features a low-volume "slicey" Stern which allows you to do stern squirts and very effective pivot turns. Overall this boat is very maneuverable and stable. The stability makes it a great boat for a beginner. There is a decent amount of volume packed in around the knees keeping you on top of the water. There are definitely people pushing the limits of this boat and taking it out on higher volume rivers and class 5 creeks without a problem. Dagger Axiom Dagger Axiom The Good Surfs like a dream Good amount of rocker Fun edges Playful stern Roomie cockpit Most comfortable outfitting in the industry Super stable The Bad: Slicey stern is great for play but not fun on challenging whitewater The Bottom Line: For those who are looking to challenge themselves a little bit, get some play out of their boat, or make a local run more interesting the Axiom is the boat for you. Check out some YouTube videos and come demo one at Next Adventure for free.
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