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Peak UK River Wrap PFD

There have been a number of new PFDs on show at Paddle Expo 2018 and Peak UK have the new River Wrap PFD. This really stands out as a pretty innovative design.

Peak UK River Wrap PFD

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HF Little Fish Throwbag

HF have finally gone to clean line throwbags and have removed the plastic tubing. This can be seen on the newest bag the Little Fish.

Interestingly this bag steps aways from the usual cylindrical bags we normally see.

Clean PFD?

What are your thoughts on adding gear onto the outside of your PFD?

Clean PFD

Do you keep it clean?

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Palm Shuck Helmet – First Look

After a few years in development Palm Equipment has revealed the Shuck helmet. I tried out a 3D printed Shuck almost two years ago but was sworn to secrecy. It took a few days to print and was super heavy.

Palm Equipment Shuck - First Look

Roll on a couple of years and the Shuck has been released into the world.

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Astral Greenjacket Limted Edition 10 (LE10)

For the last nine years Astral have released a special (limited) edition of their Greenjacket PFD. 2018/19 is no exception.

Astral Greenjacket Limted Edition 10

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Shred Ready Zeta

It’s been a while since Shred Ready launched a new helmet for the paddlesport market. Over the last few days they have been showing parts of the new Shred Ready Zeta.

The Zeta is a peaked helmet that uses the BOA 3 retention system.

What do you think?

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Phil Miller’s Epic – Classic Foot Entrapment

I wanted to take a week before I wrote this, to gain some perspective, but last Saturday I barely survived a classic leg entrapment on my local run, my comfort river, on a Grade 3+ feature. Here is what happened.

Phil Miller's Epic - Classic Foot Entrapment

I’ve been paddling white water for 6 years and intensely for the last 4. I’m competent and confident and I’ve probably run that feature 200 times, and I haven’t swum it in over a year. It’s not a feature that I’m nervous about – it’s an everyday feature of the river for me and last Saturday I had run it 4 times before the entrapment happened on the 5th.

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River Signals

River Signals

River signals are key to good communication on the water. But it’s important that the whole crew use and understand the same set of signals.

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On the Brain – A Custom Hand Drawn Helmet By Adventurous Pencil

On The Brain

A one-of-a-kind hand drawn Shuck helmet by Amy Dunis (Adventurous Pencil) … putting an appreciation for the wild places we love down in pen and ink.

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Shuck Helmet From Palm Equipment

The Shuck helmet from Palm Equipment is now available. I got to try on a 3d printed prototype a few years ago and am looking forward to trying the real thing.

Shuck helmet from Palm Equipment

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Palm Equipment Meander Highback PFD

Designed for use with kayak/canoes with high backrests the Palm Equipment Meander Highback PFD looks very different to the PFDs we normally see.

Palm Equipment Meander Highback PFD

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Palm Equipment Bolt Throwline – Review

I’ve been using the small Palm Equipment Lightning throwline as my small carry on a belt throwline. The compact size of the bag makes it ideal for this purpose. To achieve this size, it only uses 18m of 8mm rope with a 8KN breaking strain.

In addition to a small bag I also like to have a larger burlier throwline in the boat. This is where the new Bolt throwline comes into to play. The Bolt takes many of the features of the Lightning and scales thing up. As a result it includes 20m of 11mm rope with a breaking strain of 10KN. This is strong enough to use as a haul line, but is still light enough for person to person rescues. The rope is really nice to handle even when under considerable load. A nice touch is that the two ends of the rope have been shrink wrapped.

Palm Equipment Bolt Throwline - First Look

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