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A versatile boat for flat water and small whitewater runs.
Your tastes may politely pass as eclectic, but your family has other, more colorful ways of describing your wildly diverse interests. The Dagger Axis 10.5 Kayak adapts to your sporadic aquatic disposition, going from placid lakes to swift-moving rivers without skipping a paddle. Beginners will feel at home in this stable, planted boat, and intermediate paddlers with an appetite for whitewater will be able to push their boating boundaries on this versatile kayak.
Dagger took the best traits of whitewater boats then did a bit of genetic engineering by adding the preferred attributes from recreational boats to create the versatile Axis 10.5. The bow sheds water like a whitewater kayak, and the stern provides plenty of stability on rivers and lakes alike. The TruTrak adjustable skeg turns this boat into a floating bloodhound, allowing it to effortlessly track through water. When it's time to make some waves or push your paddling limits on a bit of whitewater, lift the skeg. A slight keel blurs into a slightly rounded bottom for steering ease when you're slipping down a slight drop along the river.
Comfort Fit Recreational Seating adjusts for a custom fit every time. The padded foam seat adjusts to accommodate your torso. If you're hitting the lakes on Saturday and running rivers on Sunday, the cockpit can be retrofitted with thigh braces. A mesh pocket attaches to the bow with bungees, and the stern hatch offers dry storage, though it's best to leave water-sensitive electronics at home or in the car. Soft-touch handles won't leave your palms raw when you're toting this boat to or from the put-in.
- Linear polyethylene
- CFS-R seating system
- SlideLock LX foot braces
- Dual density domed stern hatch
- Bow mesh deck cover
- Hull-stiffening beam
- TruTrak skeg system
- Dagger handle plate
- Soft touch handles
- Accepts spray skirt
- Accepts thigh braces
- Item #DAG000R
- Q & A
Versatile Recreational Boat
I've had this boat for a couple of years now. My whole family uses it mostly for touring around calm rivers, but we do have a big river we have to cross, to get out, that's got class II water. It handles really well. We all fight for this boat, because the exit across the river is so much easier with the Axis. We've taken other recreational boats that are not meant for much whitewater, through that same stretch, and they do not have near the control that the Axis does.
This boat has been wonderful to have. It quick and easy in the lakes and ponds. It's easy to adjust to all of us, from my husband to my small teenagers. It doesn't have any body damage yet, and my kids are really hard on gear, so that is saying a lot. It also doesn't have any sun damage. It's only out in the sun for a few consecutive days at a time, though.
This boat can definitely handle more whitewater than we use it for. I know it's a strong boat that can handle up to class II, take a skirt, add on thigh braces and be rolled. So, if you are looking for a mostly recreational boat, with some class I or II, this boat will be perfect.