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Day: 7 April 2013

Leptospirosis – Weils Disease

Leptospirosis is a nasty disease that is present in many parts of the world including the United Kingdom. As paddlers we spend a great deal of time in the same environment that the bacteria likes to live.

Leptospirosis is a zoonotic condition, which means it is spread to humans by animals. You can catch leptospirosis by touching soil or water contaminated with the urine of wild animals infected with the leptospira bacteria. Continue reading

Aquapac Noatak Wet & Drybag

Up until quite recently I had always thought that Aquapac only produced waterproof bags for gadgets. As it turns out the range covers so much more. Whilst checking out the Aquapac online store a couple of the products looked of particular interest. One of the products that caught my eye was the 60L Noatak wet/dry bag.


From Aquapac:

Our Noatak bags are extraordinarily adaptable to suit a wide range of different lifestyles, tasks and pursuits. If you’re going out walking, biking or paddling they make comfortable, lightweight daypacks. If you’re going sailing you can use them as stash bags, or as emergency grab bags.

The Noatak is a roll top dry bag with a couple of main differences. The bag is constructed from light but super tough ripstop waterproof nylon. The edges are bound and all stress points have been re-enforced. The bad itself is internally divided into two compartments that allows you to carry your wet/dry kit in the same bag without getting everything wet. Continue reading

Sweet Rocker

I have been using a Sweet Strutter on and off for the past 10 years. The Strutter is a M/L and fits great and I have on occasion tried on M/L Rockers when in a kayak store but have always found them a little bit too snug. Last year I tried on the new “plastic” Rocker in L/XL and bought it. The best helmet will always be the one that offers you the best protection and fit.

The new Rocker is made from a plastic outer with carbon fibre re-enforment at key points. The padding is similar to that found in bicycle helmets and is covered with a lightly padded fabric cover. Self adhesive shims are supplied with the rocker so you can customise the fit. Continue reading

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