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Month: September 2012 (Page 1 of 2)

Rain Halted Play

Had a quick run up to Low Force on the River Tees (UK) today. Met a few local boaters portaging Low Force. The river was on the rise and the tow back didn’t look great.

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Osprey Talon 22 Rucksack – Review

I have pretty much all of the Osprey Talon range. It started with a Talon 11 that I brought in from the States before they were available here in the UK. Soon after a 33 and then a 22 joined the team.

Osprey Talon 22 Rucksack - Review

Out of all of them the Talon 22 has been the most heavily used over recent times. Its size is great for a days walk or a winter mountain bike ride. My 22 was purchased from Cotswold Outdoor in Keswick. To be honest since getting the 22 the 33 hasn’t had a look in. I use the M/L back size and it has been adjusted via its super simple velcro adjustment system to fit my back.

I love the fact that the majority of my kit when packed within the 22 sits nice and low resulting in a low centre of gravity. The newest 22’s have a system for storing your cycle helmet and a store for your trekking poles, but mine pre-dates the tweak in design.

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Best GoPro SD Memory Card

One of the biggest areas that is overlooked when getting a video/camera setup for trips out is the speed of the your SD card. The GoPro HD Hero2 camera supports SD/SDHC cards up to 32GB (any SD card over 2GB is considered to be a SDHC card).

The new GoPro Hero 3 range – white, silver and black use Micro SD Cards.

Best GoPro SD Memory Card

The Speed Class Rating is the official unit of speed measurement for SD cards. Speed Class is a minimum speed based on a worst case scenario test and represents the minimum transfer rate of data that the card is capable of. Continue reading

Liquid Logic Stomper Review – An Update

I thought that now would be a good time to assess where I was at with the Stomper. My Stomper is going strong however out of the other five guys who also paddle Stompers three have had to deal with damage and issues with the seat rails. To be honest all of these kayaks have been driven hard and have performed each and every time. I have repaired one of them a couple of times (did a proper job the 2nd time) and it is still going strong.

I have tweaked the outfitting a little and have produced a custom foam hip pad that hooks the top of my thigh. Additional padding around the thigh brace/hull has really helped and I find that I am able to drive the boat much harder into turns and it now even easier to boof. So all contact points are A1.

I’m still on the search for an airbag to fit in front of the fullplate footrest. These things were fairly easy to get when Prijon/Eskimo were a stronger force in the WW world.

Despite all of this the Stomper remains the boat of choice. Shane has released a short video about the seat rail issue, which I think is great. LL have stepped up and are sorting it out. If you have a LL boat then new rail inserts are available from your local Liquid Logic dealer.

Future tweaks will include a quick rack system for clipping kit in. This will be added to the rear of the seat.

Youth Freestyle Series – Nottingham

Youth Freestyle series – Nottingham from on Vimeo.

Palm’s New FX PFD and Updated Fuse Cag

Palm’s New FX PFD and Fuse Cag! from James Bebbington on Vimeo.

Dagger Jitsu

The NEW Dagger Jitsu! from James Bebbington on Vimeo.

Paddle Expo – Palm Equipment Part II

Palms NEW Stikene/ Torrent suit & NEW Dry Pants… from James Bebbington on Vimeo.

Paddle Expo – Palm Equipment

New/updated PFDs, new thermals, tweaks to the fit and styling of cags, drysuits and trousers.

The newly updated FX PFD looks like it is going to be a winner.

Paddle Expo – Dragorossi 88 Creeker

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Paddle Expo

Paddle Expo starts this Tuesday.

Astral Willis PFD – Review

The Willis from Astral is a super slim PFD. The PFD has a number of features in common with the very popular green jacket.

Astral Willis PFD - Review

This includes a buckle system that allows side entry into the PFD, a front throw bag storage compartment, and a deep front pocket. A knife attachment point and reflective detailing complete the front of the PFD.

Astral Willis PFD - Review

The rear of the Willis is a no nonsense affair and has a very clean design.

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