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North East Kayaks – Nookie Octane

North East Kayaks have a  Nookie Octane womens dropseat drysuit. Looks pretty good.

Prototype Kayak

We have received these two leaked images of a composite prototype kayak that is currently being developed.

Prototype Kayak
Prototype Kayak
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Cold Hands?

I reckon cold hands are almost worse than cold feet. When my hands get cold they hurt and as they warm back up they really hurt.  If the air and water temperature isn’t too bad then I’ll go through the pain barrier as once my hands are warm they’ll stay warm.  

Cold Hands?
Cold Hands?

However if it is super cold then its hard to push through the pain barrier as it takes so much longer.  Cold hands will limit your ability to hold stuff. If you aren’t able to hold your paddle then you are pretty stuffed.

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Dagger Rewind – A Few Images

A few images of a couple of Dagger Rewinds from today.

Dagger Rewind - A Few Images
Dagger Rewind – A Few Images

Nice to see the Rewind lined up with a RPM. Seems quite fitting.

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9 Tips To Make Your Drysuit Last Longer

Adrian Mattern has 9 tips to make your drysuit last longer.

9 tips to make your drysuit last longer
9 tips to make your drysuit last longer

I have been abusing drysuits for so many years now that I figured out a few key points which- if you take SOME care about, will maximize the lifetime of your drysuit by a lot! I have realized that just by taking a few caretaking steps there is absolutely no need to get a new drysuit every single season or so.

Adrian Mattern
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Dagger Vanguard Prototype

Chris Gragtmans has this Dagger Vanguard prototype for the season. What do you think?

EJ and The Zen 3.0 Hit The Russell Fork River

EJ and The Zen 3.0 Hit The Russell Fork River
EJ and The Zen 3.0 Hit The Russell Fork River

Used around the world by leading whitewater schools as an amazing teaching tool, the Zen 3.0 takes the attributes that made prior generations of the Zen a top pick and improved on them. The Zen 3.0 stays on top of the water and the bow lifts over and clears things better than any previous design. It is a dry, confidence-inspiring ride, especially when the river gets steep and keeping your bow up is important. The hull combines an amazingly fun Zen feel, with carving, gliding, and surfing, while adding a new level of stability to the platform. The ease of staying right side up is incredible, while the confidence it provides is welcome on any river. It boofs, surfs, and plugs…. versatility doesn’t mean compromise! Your new favorite river runner will also be your new favorite creek boat. The high volume design doesn’t get grabbed in squirrelly situations, and it wants to stay horizontal. This is an amazing platform for teaching beginners, while the biggest whitewater begs for this type of forgiveness. Measurements are for Zen Medium. Coming November 2019.

Jackson Kayak
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Wavesport Recon – Review

Darren Clarkson-King gives us a run down of why he is back in the Recon. Having owned and paddled one for a number of years I know exactly where he is coming from.

Wavesport Recon - Review
Wavesport Recon – Review

Ok so before I start let’s make one thing clear, I do paddle for wavesport. I’ve paddled many other designs over my 30+ years of making splashes and running rivers. Some boats I have loved, some I have hated. I’ve been assisted by brands, and I’ve been an ardent denier that sponsorship as a good thing. I’m lucky I paddle boats I like, boats I would use and have used outside of any financial gain.

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Guigui Prod 2kg Saving

Guigui Prod have a carbon kit available that shaves 2kg off the weight of a boat.

The carbon based kit swaps out the plastic rail and seat for a carbon rail and foam seat.

The stiffer setup will not only allow for the drop in weight it should also improve the performance of the boat without compromising its strength.

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Nookie Hornet Throwline – Review

A throwline is a must have piece of equipment for all kayakers and canoeists. We have had a Nookie Hornet 18m Rescue Throwline 8mm (9kN) in for review at Unsponsored for quite a few months. We are pretty familiar with Nookie’s Throwlines having owned and used quite a few over the last 30+ years of paddling.

Nookie Hornet Throwline - Review
Nookie Hornet Throwline – Review
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Spade Kayaks – Queen Of Hearts

Spade Kayaks - Queen Of Hearts
Spade Kayaks – Queen Of Hearts

The “QUEEN OF HEARTS”

Coming soon!

A whitewater boat for paddlers between 30 to 60kg, with characteristics similar to our successful Black Jack. The Queen is closing the gap in the market for a modern whitewater boat ideal for smaller and lighter people. The boat will be light, slender and the cockpit is low enough, so that kids and lighter people can sit and paddle ergonomically correct without the boat getting in the way. The mold is already being milled and we expect to deliver the first Queen of Hearts in February!

250 x 62 | ca 230 Liter/litres

Spade Kayaks

Tile Sticker

Tile is probably best known for those little bluetooth key rings that help you locate lost keys. How about a waterproof version that you could stick to the inside of your boat?

Tile have announced the Tile Sticker, which is a waterproof, has a 150ft/46m bluetooth range and is pretty small with a 27mm diameter.

Tile Sticker
Tile Sticker

Could this help recover lost kayaks/canoes?

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