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Kayaking
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Paddle Vertical Element Aircore
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.
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Tennis
by rav
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During all the years that I played tennis, I have tried many different types of strings - synthetic gut, polyester, combination of both, etc. Most of the time the strings didn't feel right. And if they did feel right, they would break within 2 practice sessions. While I played competitively, I was never able to find that perfect string that provided feel, pop and was durable. Then the Babolat RPM was introduced and the game was changed. This is hands-down the best string I have ever used. Every ball you hit feels good, with just the right amount of pop. I can't imagine playing with any other string. It has changed the string game and thus has shaped the tennis world. Great string for individuals of all levels. Highly recommended.
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Snowboarding
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This thing is a beast. The review is in the name... It is not a warm jacket, but that is not the point, it keeps you DRY. You could shower in this thing. It's more water proof than an umbrella! Highly recommend any Burton AK gore tex gear for both performance and warranty.
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Snowboarding
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The best snowboards on the planet. I can't say enough about Bataleon. The feel the first time you ride one cannot be compared to any of the top brands. Simply the best with incomparable ability to carve and butter.
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Hiking
by mark
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This is my friends' camera, and I have to say the GoPro 3+ is absolutely incredible. It takes insane photos and videos, at extremely wide angles. The new wireless functionality allows you to connect to your phone so you can see and upload all your pics right on your smartphone. It's such a lightweight and sleek camera that you can take it basically anywhere. No matter what activity you do, this is the camera to have with you to capture any moment. I'm pretty sure the jump from the 2 to 3 was very big, so I definitely recommend at least going with the 3 or 3+. Regardless, this camera is 100% a must, you won't regret it.
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Skiing
by mark
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I've had this bag for a few years now, and honestly it's one of the best backpacks i've ever used. There is literally a compartment for everything, laptop, wallet, keys, change, yoga, wet, dry, everything. A bit of a higher end bag compared to others, but lulu gets it right with this one. My bag is still going strong, and no rips or tears. I personally use mine on the mountain all the time, and there has never been an issue. Not waterproof, but comes with a stowable water-resistant cover. If you're considering a good backpack for lots of activity use, this is a great choice.
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Hiking
by mark
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Some people would probably say I'm obsessed with these hats, owning multiples. They are very multi-purpose in use, everything from casually going out, to hiking. For me, its the style of the short brim, and flex fit for maximum comfort. It's the perfect hat for going out to do your thing and still want to look stylish without looking like you put much work in :)
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Hiking
by mark
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So I will be honest, I don't buy a lot of Lululemon clothing because it is arguably very overpriced. However, their clothes last for such a long time because the quality is actually so high. So as with anything, a lot of the time its worth spending a bit more because you will simply have it and enjoy it longer. This zip up I've had for years now, and it seriously still looks brand new. Great for any activity - I use it warming up for tennis, skiing on the mountain under my jacket and also every time I hike. I definitely recommend checking out anything on their men's line. Even if you just own one or two things from Lululemon, you'll be sure to have it for quite some time.
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Skiing
by mark
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So these pants I borrowed last season from my friend, and my goodness are they a great wear. The gore-tex material makes them last for a very long time, I think he's had them for almost 4 years now. They have zippers on both legs to open up and allow for airflow, and they have massive pockets for easy access to things like cell phones, mp3 players, all while being extremely protected from the snow. Burton usually throws down a fairly high quality product all around, and these are no different. Years ago I had a AK jacket as well, and it lasted about 8 years. Long story short, the AK line is worth every penny.
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Golf
by mark
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So after having this glove for many years, I can accurately say it works. Its great in the rain, and in sunny weather also. Its made with a very coarse material that allows you to get a great grip on the club. Over time the material does slowly start to rip, but nothing compared to other gloves on the market. This is easily one of the strongest gloves I've ever played with.
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Skiing
by mark
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I purchased these boots along with the beginner skis at the start of this season, so they fit fairly well together. It's a standard boot and got the job done, perfect for anyone learning to ski. I'm definitely upgrading next season to something more appropriate for my level. I've heard that it is almost better to spend more on the boots than it is on the actual skis. There is no substitute for how comfortable your feet are on that mountain, so definitely find a boot thats right for you.
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Skiing
by mark
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This helmet is amazing! It fits so well around my head, and the warmth is so good that there is no need to wear any tuques underneath either. The best part about his helmet is the SPEAKERS! Absolutely unreal to jam to on the mountain without worrying about taking earbuds in and out separately. It even has a volume control on the jack for easy access. Very classy helmet...I absolutely love it. Will never go without a speaker helmet ever again. Highly recommend this!
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Tennis
by mark
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I used the Ksix-One 95 all throughout college and its a fantastic frame. Its a great high performance racquet with a solid mix of control and power. Much more forgiving than the model Federer plays with seeing that its more stiff. I enjoy the larger string pattern over the 16x80 because it gives a larger sweet spot on your shots. This is also a very versatile racquet, allowing good pop on groundstrokes, control on volleys and accuracy on serves.
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