For I am 5,11 and I fit this boat great. The axiom is truly a boat that can run any thing and everything. This boat is a little squirrely at first, if you dont know how to use the edge,but no matter what you will learn to use it. The axiom rolls nice for beginners and in general. Love this boat, people say you have to be short with a 8.5 foot size which is wrong my foot is 11.5 and I fit perfectly.
Amazing boat, its my favourite at the moment. I'm a 5'1" paddler and weigh 58kg. It's effortless to roll, quick and responsive. But a word of warning : don't lean back in large features! The back catches on everything, and at first I found it hard to control. Being a smaller boat you definitely feel more in the river than on it, and more power is required to drive it through to where you want it. But the edging is smooth and it's got a great flat bottom for surfing.
In short, a wonderful boat once you learn to tame it with a lot of potential for developing your paddling skills.
I'm short, 5'8" ish, so I actually fit in this boat. Got it from a friend who owed me some money. Used it a few times, mostly just to tool around, rolling and spinning in the pool and at the lake. Three stars because most people won;t fit into this boat.
I will leave a true performance review to someone who can dazzle you with tales of what this boat is best at. It's better at everything WW than I am. Very stable, fast, fun, but a very tight fit, requiring a break every once in a while to stretch the knees/hips/ankles. My inseam is 30" and I have the bulkhead jammed as far forward as possible, and the seat as far back as it will go, and still a wet exit requires some yoga moves to vacate the boat. Sit in one before you buy. I weigh 135, so an 8.5 was not an option. My old boat was a Response, which is luxuriously roomy/comfy if a comparison is fair. Which it isn't,cuz this boat can do so much more. Amazing and fun beyond words.