We’ve heard about the numerous health benefits of exercise, but have you also considered how getting fit can benefit the environment? When you start changing your lifestyle habits, take into consideration how they can also benefit the planet, then embark on your journey to become a more sustainable fitness fanatic.
We recently received a report of a paddler becoming temporarily snagged during a wet exit from a 9R II; the paddler believes their footwear became wedged between the top of the plastic step-out pillar and the inside of the kayak.
Although we have been unable to re-create the issue internally, and have had no reports of similar issues elsewhere, we are taking the steps described below as a precaution.
In the 9R II, the top of the step-out pillar is trimmed to match the internal shape of the boat at this point and prevent any concentrated areas of stress on either the deck or the hull of the kayak. Due to the nature of rotomoulding, there are some variations in the resultant gap between the top of the step-out pillar and the kayak; if this gap is large enough to fit the sole of your shoe in, this may present a risk of becoming snagged.
If you believe that the gap in your 9R II is large enough to present such a risk, please contact the dealer from which you purchased the kayak as soon as possible; a foam insert will be provided free of charge which can be installed simply to the existing step-out pillar by the dealer or end-user, filling the space and therefore reducing the potential risk.
Palm is celebrating its 40th birthday. In 1979, Andy Knight turned making kayaks as a hobby into a business – Palm Glass Fibre Moulding. From a small shed with a leaky tin roof on the Somerset coast with a single secondhand sewing machine to Palm Equipment International ltd, with world class rotomoulding facilities in the UK, its own garment factory in Vietnam and retailers across the globe.
Last year Unsponsored noticed on social media that Steve Backshall was kayaking in Bhutan within Darren Clarkson-King and Sal Montgomery. Freestyle kayaker James Bebbington is one of the camera operators.
Darren (Daz) has been exploring the Himalayas for over 20 years and with Sal’s amazing track record we just know that the forthcoming TV show will feature an Epic Himalayan back drop, great rapids and is sure to appeal to kayaks and adventure lovers.
With a little digging we have found out that the expediton was for a first descent and is one of a ten part series, all worlds firsts.
The series starts 21 July 8pm on Dave TV – Steve Backshall, EXPEDITON.
From the very first moment you sit in a boat you start to get “a feel for it”, how it fits and possibly even how it may perform. As beginners we start off in boats that may be used by many different size paddlers, which results in cockpits being kept clutter free. Loose, comfortable boats feel good on flat water, but they can make leaning and bracing difficult. Once the boat is padded to provide a close, body-hugging fit that still allows for quick and easy water exits, performance can dramatically improve.
This same rule applies to all levels of kayakers, whether they’re paddling easy whitewater, big water runs or creeks. Customised outfitting helps transfer every trace in the river’s current through the kayak’s hull to your body, helping you sense your surroundings, make critical maneuvers and maintain your balance, thus staying upright!
Since paddlers press against their boat’s inner hull with the small of their backs, butts, hips, thighs, knees and feet, it is these key areas that should be customised to match the shape and size of the paddler. To make this as easy as possible I am going to break the cockpit into a handful of sections and tailor each one to help you get the best control possible from your boat. Many boat manufacturers have really stepped up their game and are providing some excellent outfitting as standard in their kayaks. However these systems still need adapting in some way to ensure that they fit YOU correctly.