The Dagger Axis All Water Adventure Kayak

Hybrid Boats are gaining popularity, due to the versatility that they offer. The Dagger Axis is no exception. This boat is geared towards the recreational paddler, who is looking for a kayak that will allow them to paddle on flat-water as well as moving water and streams. Like the Liquid Logic Remix XP10, Pyranha Fusion and Jackson All Water; the Dagger Axis comes complete with a drop skeg, cargo hatch and roomy seating area. If it’s a comfortable day on the lake, with the ability to paddle some occasional whitewater that you are after; the Dagger Axis is a wise choice.

Specs:

Pros:

  • The Axis is a very fast, stable boat. After taking a couple of strokes to get it up to speed, it holds a line very well, and is very easy to keep at speed. You could paddle a few miles of flat water pretty easily.
  • There are 2 sizes (10.5 and 12). The 10.5 is a decent sized boat for most paddlers (up to 300 lbs) who want to do day trips. The 12 footer is a big boat (up to 350 lbs). Kevin Garnett could paddle this boat and not cramp his legs.
  • The storage hatch is large enough on the 10.5 for a light overnight trip. The 12 foot version has even more room. The cockpit area is almost big enough to sleep in in the 12.
  • Price. This boat offers a lot of bang for the buck.

Cons:

  • Of all the hybrid's on the market, the Axis is meant for more flat water paddling and not aggressive whitewater. If you want to paddle class III and beyond, look at the Liquid Logic Remix XP10 or Pyranha fusion. They have more aggressive outfitting and hull designs that are better for difficult whitewater.

The Verdict:

The Axis appeals to the person who wants a comfortable boat, that handles different types of water well. It would be the ideal kayak for someone who is looking for a boat to bring to the lake house in the summer. You can paddle it on flatwater, moving water and anything in between. At $795 it is one of the least expensive hybrids on the market, which is another great reason to look at this boat. Dagger has made quality kayaks for a long time, and the Axis is no exception.

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