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.
Wow! What a great peace of kit. This is by far one of the comfortable prices of paddling gear I have ever worn and it just looks fantastic. The fabric on the outside is Polyester which is hydrophobic (resisting water) what more do you need. It's also shaped in a way that when you paddling down the river it never feels awkward or stretching across your back, it just fits like a well tailored suit. It comes in either a very bright blue (that's what I have) or light bright green. Both look great and it you do take a swim you will be easily spotted by your buddy's. <br />
These suits are also tough. I'm not great at looking after stuff and this drusuit is holding up really well. *THIS DOESN'T MEAN TRY AND RUIN IT. PLEASE REMEMBER TO ALWAYS LOOK AFTER YOUR GEAR AS BEST AS YOU CAN* Haha. <br />
The only thing I would say bad about it is that it isn't that 'breathable' so you can feel like it's starting to get abit hot. But seriously... I would rather it be almost completely waterproof and keep me dry, then be abit more 'breathable' and start leaking.
The IR Royale randed skirt has become my automatic go-to for creeking. It's both the dryest skirt I've ever used and the easiest randed skirt to get on the cockpit I've used. Immersion Research's pro deals for ACA instructors make this an obvious choice for pro paddlers.
Having spent Many Many hours of my life doing water sports i have always found it uncomfortable when you get water trapped in your shoes not with these bad boys. they are low profile, grippy and the water just flows out once you step out the water. great shoes and they don't look half bad either.
It's comfy and also its really good product design as I've had it nearly a year and it's still holding well and in the winter it keeps your head warm so you can still think straight when running a drop or falls, also it doesn't get in the way when you cartwheel or loop which is always good
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
My GoPro Hero4 Silver is a great piece of kit. Its exactly what you need if you want to get some great footage on such a small and robust camera.<br />
I'm a White Water kKayaker and have been saving my pennies for one of these for my recent trip to Croatia. I had a look at other possibilities but the GoPro Hero4 Silver was the obvious choice for me. With its variety of mount and ways to shoot and capture footage from almost any angle, the quality of the camera and the finished videos and picture where great! Plus having the touch screen on the back was very helpful when I was setting my camera up knowing its going to capture where I wanted it, and looking back at footage is super easy! Also as the GoPro have a wide angle setting when taking pictures and videos you can get alot in one shot from such a small camera,<br />
i would recomend this to anyone who need a good quality video camera that is light enough to mount to anything and not get in the way. Definateley if you participate in any sport and want to capture what your doing from any angle this is the camera for you.<br />
Check out my recent footage shot from my GoPro on my Facebook Page: Dom Whittaker Kayaking
Many people are immediately put off from buying a Recon as a result of their not insubstantial weight (22kg). <br />
Having paddled the Recon 70 for a full year, I have developed three clear reasons to explain why it’s worth the weight:<br />
Outfitting - The Core Whiteout Outfitting can be fully customised and has a ratchet leg lifter to offer incredible connectivity and comfort. This allows you to really crank the Recon up on its edge for aggressive carving and impressive control in big volume water. I’m also told that the leg lifter ‘cradles your genitals nicely’, which is always a bonus. <br />
It’s a whitewater boss - Once you find your confidence with the Recon’s speed and find your aggression with edging into turns, you’ll reap the rewards. It is very much at home in the steep creeking and big volume whitewater environments with a rocker that will have you effortlessly boofing waterfalls and gliding over hungry holes.<br />
Tanks are heavy for a reason - You’d be somewhat disappointed if you drove a tank into a rock and then immediately had to get your welding kit out. It’s for this reasons that tanks are made thick, heavy and strong. <br />
These factors combined mean that any sweating and back ache on the way to the river will be more than made up for once you’re on the water. If you have the confidence to boss the Recon about a bit, you will be rewarded with a comfortable, fast and controlled boat which leaves you feeling