Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club.
In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join. That can pretty much be guaranteed.
The Nookie Turbo jacket is designed to be a performance led premium whitewater kayak jacket utilising the same high quality materials as the Nookie Charger Drysuit. What makes this jacket stand out is that it is also made at Nookie’s HQ here in the UK.
As you would expect with a premium design the Nookie Turbo Jacket has double seals to create a full dry jacket. This includes twin neck and wrists with high quality latex inners, and neoprene outer seals for durability and an extra dry seal.
The Nookie Storm Jacket is part of Nookie’s UK made dryer range. We’ve got one in for review at Unsponsored and will be giving it some use over the next few months. However, first impressions are good. This jacket looks and feels very well made. The EvoTX 4ply waterproof breathable fabric is fully taped and simply feels bomber.
Every paddler should have at least one pair of board shorts. The classic Nookie Board Shorts are knee length so give good protection when seated in a boat and are in a regular fit with plenty of pocket space. So not too tight or too baggy either.
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. 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.
If you were to take a quick look at the new Gul Saco dry top you could mistake it to be from another well known manufacturer. This is definitely a good thing! Gul aren’t strangers to the world of watersports but dedicated high end kayaking gear has been missing over the years.
The Saco dry top in conjunction with a number of other other new designs is set to change this.
I had stumbled upon a post about Dewerstone’s campaign to raise funds to get the Dewerstone Life Shorts into production via Kickstarter. I had heard/seen a fair bit about Kickstarter but this was the first time that I was motivated to invest.
Palm Equipment have just launched the new range of Quantum neoprene gear. The range includes men’s, women’s and children’s long johns, men’s and women’s pants and finally some neoprene shorts. Check them out.
We’ve just about hit that time of the year in the UK when it gets darker earlier and earlier, the weather has begun to turn and the water is that little bit colder – Winter Is Coming. Last week on the water was very cold and today the rivers are up and snow has hit the UK.
Being cold is not just uncomfortable it can also be life threatening. Having the right gear for the right conditions is key at any time of the year but the margin for error during the colder seasons is much tighter.
It’s defintely a good time to start to look at your cold weather paddling gear and assess whether it is going to be up to the job.