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Dominic Ansell
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Kayaking for 10 years

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17, UK, Whitewater Kayaker since 2011. See you on the river!

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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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The Palm FXr has got to be the best PFD I've ever used. I have had tried on and worn quite a few PFDs such as Astral's Green Jacket or the Rivermonster from Nookie and have never really got on with them for various reasons. However if you're looking for style, comfort or functionality, the FXr will tick all of those boxes. <br /> The low cut of the jacket gives you loads of room to do anything kayak related. It is so easy to adjust for a perfect fit and all of the straps tuck away really nicely to make sure there aren't any major snag hazards. <br /> The anti ride-up waist system works a treat. If you're in the water because you've taken a swim or you're just practising a live bait rescue, the FXr will stay in place a keep you out of the water thanks to its 60 -70N of buoyancy. <br /> I was also impressed by the durability of the PFD. It's made of 500D Cordura which makes it really hard wearing and allows you to chuck it your kit bag and not worry about anything tearing. The pocket size is surprisingly large too. It doesn't look that big but I can easily fit a sling, 4 krabs and a roll of gaffa tape in it as well as some earplugs which can be kept in an inner mesh pocket to keep them from damage. I also really like the knife slot just above the main pocket. It's beg enough to fit Palm's new river knife in it and closes with a simple pod stud which makes it super easy to get out if you ever get into a rescue situation. <br /> In my opinion, this is the only PFD y
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At this moment in time, I think the Fluid Bazooka is one of the best creek boats on the market. <br /> <br /> I've been paddling it for around 6 months and have been very impressed. It's so easy to throw in and out of the smallest eddys and nail those boofs you were struggling on last season thanks to the new edgy stern, rail design and more aggressive rocker that keeps the bow dry.<br /> <br /> I also really like the new Mod5 outfitting. I found it extremely easy to get the perfect fit and didn't feel at all constricted by the aggressive thigh grips. The material Fluid uses for their outfitting are a much better alternative to other brands for example Liquidlogic's Badass outfitting. It doesn't absorb water which keeps you warmer if you happen to take a swim and you don't have to worry about drying everything out at the end of a session. <br /> <br /> The boat itself is quite short and wide in comparison to boats such as the new Burn or Shiva from Pyranha, however I found it to be a very fast boat, allowing me to beat a Jackson Karma and Liquidlogic Remix in a Boater X style race. <br /> <br /> It isn't just built for hucking massive waterfalls or charging through some gnarly grade 5 rivers. It's very agile and responsive - allowing you to make the tightest eddys before a big drop. These features will help beginners to progress very quickly and gain confidence as they will feel in control at all times. All in all, this is a fantastic creeker for any caliber of pad
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