I've been using VE paddles for around 3 years now and other competitors such as Werner, Select, Lettmann or AT seem inferior. I think VE have nailed the weight to surface area of the blades which allow you to transfer so much power into each stroke, making these paddles perfect for all disciplines of whitewater kayaking. I've never had any issues with durability either and would easily trust VE in any grade of whitewater. One of my favourite things about VE paddles is the fact that they are custom built to any feather, length or hand you could wish for(there's even a chart to tell you which size would be best for you depending on your height and discipline of paddling!) Also, there is an option to convert the paddles into either 2 or 4 way splits if need be. This is great if you're trying to space save for trips abroad or just as an emergency pair! Combinations of Carbon blades/shaft or Glass blades/shaft are available if you don't want to splash out on full carbon blades or want something a bit more durable.
I'm paddling the rivers arround the world since 2000 and I don't remember how many of those expensive sun glasses I lost during my paddling days. Finally I get my 1st Sea Specs in 2005, result perfect!! I simply love its polarized technologie. Its comfortable, safe and it stays on my face even on Class V big rapids! SeaSpecs is my lifetime bit of paddling equipment which I can use on and off the water.
I have been using Brewers since April 2013 and it was long enough to test tham in every situations. thay are the most compf shoes i have ever place my foot in. works perfectly in every action from sitting in a kayak to hard core portages or rescues. and just sticks on wet slippery rocks like octopus. also bec of the drain channels, thay dont keep the water in. gets dry almost as fast as sandals while protecting your toes during hikes or climbs. beside that, thay are also a super cool shoes for daily uses. by the way so far there is no signals of any abuse so also proofed that thay are gonna last looong. thank you Astral!
This is the paddle I use for white water kayaking; surfing and general paddling, it is perfect for me. VE paddles are great to use. My paddle is 197cm long and has a 15 degree feather and VE's white water blades for great all round performance. it has a straight carbon fibre shaft and fibre glass blades... why fibre glass? because carbon fibre is more expensive and you are more likely to damage it when you push off a rock. carbon fibre blades are more brittle fibre glass meaning they are more likely to chip. VE do a cranked shaft that is better for you wrists whilst paddling. and a split shaft for easy storage. If your wanting a paddle that is worth the money then I would definitely recommend this paddle. as it it made to your specification you will have to wait a few weeks.<br />
Why did I choose this paddle? I chose this brand of paddle because it is British taking into account for delivery, its well made, and I have tested the brand before buying.
Kokatat Gore-Tex drytops and drysuits have the quality and durability it takes to be on the water throughout the year year. Top-notch customer service and well-built gear provide the kind of value I look for in paddling gear.
I’ve been using Robson Fluid Carbon paddles now for a good few years. I think that they are a great set of blades for the paddler who wants to get as much power out of each stroke as possible. At 660cm2 the Fluid has one of the largest blades on the market. The slightly different dihedral shape that these paddles have really does make a difference when keeping the blades close to the sides of the boat which makes them excellent for playboating. <br />
Robson paddles also have very aggressive cranks on them which makes a significant change to many of the other paddles that I have tried and I find that they are the best angle for me. Robson also offer a range of paddles with similar designs made with Robson’s Fluidtech material which results in a nigh on indestructible blade but with a bit more flex for increased endurance. Overall a great paddle from a great brand!
The Pyranha Jed is the best freestyle kayak I have ever been in. The custom feel from the outfitting makes the kayak feel like an extension of my body and it will react to even the smallest adjustments I make. When surfing, the edges on the Jed will make the boat easy to carve and stay on the wave. Even the least smooth waves will seem easy to surf. <br />
Compared to most other freestyle kayaks, the Jed has sharper edges and is not as rounded which makes the boat really easy for any bow stall initiation move. Once the boat is in a bow stall it is incredibly stable, which makes any loop or macho man move that much easier.
ive had a lot off base layers over the years and this has to be one of the nicest as it drys quickly and keeps you warm when wet what seems to happen a lot, it has been nice in the winter and have even been using it a single later recently when doing flat water training.
The Serious Carving Utility Device...There ain’t nothing you can’t bomb with a SCUD!!!!!<br />
Some love it. Most hate it. The Bliss-Stick SCUD was designed with steep creeking in mind. Just like the original Short boat, the Topolino, the Serious Carving Utility Device was created to change the face of creeking. Sadly this plan failed and the SCUD was condemned to the graveyard as the boats slow speeds, short length and potato shape made the boat shocking and undesirable for most conditions and styles of rivers. <br />
Cons: slow, Sharp Rails, sucks on green wave, hole bait (you will get trashed in large hydraulics)<br />
pros: BOOFS EVERYTHING, catches EVERY eddy, spins on a dime and fits almost every paddler (upto 6'4 and 120kgs/265lbs) With plenty of foot room and finally volume (at 248 Litres or 66 Gallons the SCUD rockets back to the surface after drops and keeps you there!).<br />
Despite all the SCUDS flaws It is a blast to paddle and will leave you with a smile on your face when you see a drop, wave or hole. The SCUD was also in production during Bliss-Sticks best year of plastic quality. This means the boat's plastic is strong and the outfitting is comfiest outfitting of its day! These are the Reasons why the SCUD is at the top of my quiver when I'm paddling new steep whitewater.
When it comes to getting a helmet, it comes down to preference and fit. For me, I've found the wanderer to be a great fit and nice and adjustable as I struggle with a lot of other helmets to find the right size. Also its lovely and warm and has kept me from getting a brain freeze on more that one occasion over the years I have worn it...all in all a great helmet.
This boat is great for the paddler who wants to go hard. With a high profile, pronounced rocker this boat will be able to punch through all but the largest stoppers. <br />
With well distributed volume the Recon will also boof well, resurfacing quickly. The Recon is also shaped to shed water quickly which not only helps with resurfacing but also means that the back is much less likely to catch and cause the boat to back loop.<br />
The Recon comes with Wave Sports Core Whiteout outfitting which is possibly the most comfy on the market currently. Not only that, it allows for plenty of adjustment to cater for different paddling styles and comfort. There is also plenty of space for storage behind the seat and also underneath your legs which is handy.<br />
Although this outfitting along with thinker plastic at key points means that this boat is heavier than most, this weight is hardly felt on the water. As long as you boss this boat around in the way that is required of most high volume boats you will be rewarded with a fast, agile and stable boat. <br />
The Recon is a great creek boat complete with a wide range of features. It excels in grade 4-5 water which it was designed to do, though this does come at the cost of making everything else seem a little tame. If you have no plans of on paddling on big water then this may not be the right boat for you, but if you do then the Recon will not disappoint!
I don't buy fads. When I'm looking for quality gear, I'm looking for function and durability. Werner Paddles have proven those qualities to me and Werner is what I buy for whitewater and seakayaking; personal paddling or teaching.
I use Pyranha whitewater boats because of the performance and durability they offer. Whitewater is a demanding environment that will eat up poorly made boats. I like mine reliable. I like to use them for a long time.