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Merino Base Layers For Paddling

Since buying a couple of merino tops a few years back I am completely sold on the stuff. For years I had been using Helly Hanson Lifa or Sub Zero Factor 1 thermals. All of which developed that characteristic kayaking odor.

Up until very recently my thermal base layer of choice was the Howies merino surf thermal. The merino is thin, the arms are nice and long and also include thumb loops. These are superb when your putting on your drycag or dry suit as they help prevent the sleeves rolling up. The neck is a turle neck so you get a bit of protection from latex dry cag seals. Unfortunately they stop production of these quite a few years ago and I needed to make a change simply due to wear and tear.

Merino Base Layers For Paddling

Now not all Merino is made equal. There are different weights and depending on the quality of the wool and what it is mixed makes for some good and some bad merino gear.

As merino gear has become more wide spread and popular I think the overall quality has gone down. Some of the initial big players don’t seem to producing gear that lasts as long as I think it should.

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High Viz Camo Blue Jacket From Astral

Astral have created a one-of-a-kind BlueJacket PFD by using leftover scraps of their Realtree MAX-5® Camo material.

High Viz Camo Blue Jacket From Astral
Buck Fever Colour Scheme
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Yak Taurus PFD

The Yak Taurus PFD will be available spring 2019.

Yak Taurus PFD
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How To Quickly Adjust Your Pyranha C4S And Stout Seat Height

Getting your outfitting setup correctly is a crucial part of the paddling art. An ill fitting boat doesn’t help your paddling technique.

How to Quickly Adjust Your Pyranha C4S and Stout Seat Height

Team Pyranha’s Chris Brain shows us how to get the best paddling position in your Pyranha C4S or Stout Kayak by optimising your seat height.

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Rolling Your Straps

It turns out I’ve been doing this in completely the wrong way for the last 30+ years.

Have you been getting it wrong as well?

How do you go about Rolling Your Straps? Let us know in the comments section below.

Pack Your Bags

How do you pack yours?

Let us know in via the comments section below.

Waka Kayaks – Steeze

Source To Sea (S2S) have taken delivery of the new Steeze from Waka Kayaks. These great shots show the pod in situ and removed.

Waka Kayaks - Steeze
Waka Kayaks – Steeze
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Custom Agent

Silverbirch canoes have created this custom Agent for Travis Overstreet II.

Custom Agent

What do you reckon?

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Immersion Research – New Website

Immersion Research have revealed their new EU website.

The site also includes details of the updated gear for 2019. This red Devil’s Club dry suit looks great.

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Peak UK Throwline – Review

The PEAKUK throwline comes in 15m, 20m or 25m lengths.  The one we have here is the smallest 15m version.

Peak UK Throwline - Review

The throwline comes equipped with 15m of 9.5mm floating rope. Compared to the 18m of 7.5mm rope used in the HF weasel and 18m of 8mm line used within the Palm Equipment Lightning throw bags. So although it is very slightly shorter the thicker rope means that the system is much easier to handle when under load.

Peak UK Throwline - Review
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One Strap?

How many straps do you use to tie your boat on to the car? Are you a One Strap kind of paddler?

One Strap
One strap or two?
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Zet Kayaks – The Cross

Here we have the first images of the production Cross from Zet Kayaks.

Zet Kayaks - The Cross
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