I’ll second that. I’m amidst my first spring/summer w/ my new Katana 10.4; I have approximately 50 paddles w/ it. It seems that Dagger effectively diversified their crossover lineups as such:
The Katana, has a more traditional WW hull—albeit wider & longer—that can handle class lll-lV, w/ an incorporated drop down skep for the flats/gentle flowing class l–ll, & substantial gear storage for self-support, multi-day floats.
The Axis seems to be less focused on WW per say; w/ it’s more V-shaped hull. It would better flourish in the class l–ll rivers & also having that drop-down skeg, prove capable on a lake—even more so than the Katana, whose WW hull genetics essentially plows water @ the bow, when pushed for speed.
That said, the hull of the Axis has notable rocker, which should allow it to be serviceable in those borderline stretches where a class ll might become a lil’ wild class ll+ for a bit.
& although the Dagger site doesn’t list the hull volume—for gear storage—as it does the Katana (probably because it incorporates foot braces instead of the Katana’s WW inspired, removable bow bulkhead foot brace) I would think that you could successfully stow a stowfloat bag, bow & stern.