When I got the Axiom on the water, it was one of those "wow!" moments. I regularly paddle a Jackson All Star and a Pyranha Burn. A knee injury currently prevents me from being comfortable in my tight-fitting play boat. And while I like the comfort, speed and stability of my Burn, I found myself watching in envy as friends play on squirt lines and stern-pivot in and out of eddies. With my Dagger Axiom, I will envy them no more! This boat is fast, light to carry, faster even than my Burn, and it tracks better. It felt slicey while still having great stability in bigger water. And....could it play! I laughed out loud when I did my first stern squirt with the Axiom.....it was easy to do, but the boat's longer length made it happen slower, so that the boat felt like it was hovering above the water. What fun! My local river is technical, with loads of eddies to catch, and attainment "problems" to solve. The Axiom made paddling my local even more of a blast, because it made me look for harder and harder moves to make. Eddy turns were snappy, and executing peel-outs was confidence-inspiring. I also really appreciated being able to wear a pair of river shoes with proper soles in this boat, instead of booties. While I have a snug fit at the hips and thighs for great boat control, there's lots of room at my feet, and being able to move them around a bit on long river days is a blessing. Most importantly, this boat is easy to roll. My rolls felt so smooth and relaxed, and that gave me even more confidence to surf and stern squirt to my heart's content. I'm not selling my other boats, but I can be happy paddling the Axiom every day, on any river I'd choose to paddle. It's comfortable like a river runner, handles like a play boat, but with lots more speed, and is light to carry for those long portages. Unless one wants to do bow stalls and cartwheels, I don't know why anyone would want another boat. Now, instead of envying my friends in their play boats, I tell them that they are missing out by not paddling the Axiom!