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Month: October 2013 (Page 1 of 7)

Helmets And Fit

One of my pet hates is folk who do not wear their helmets correctly. That goes for cyclists, climbers, paddlers, whoever. The main purpose of any helmet is to prevent the wearer being severly injured if they hit their head. Helmets and fit is an important concept.

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Cwm Llan – Do It Before The Hydro Spoils It.

Cwm Llan, do it before the Hydro spoils it. from Liam Chambers on Vimeo.

Literally the tears of Snowdon. Bit of a walk to get up there, but as long as its wet enough its really good fun. Hydro project being built on it as we speak which will take water out above the usual get on and put back in well below the get out.

Team Tour Part 2 Tweak 2

Team Tour Part 2 tweek2 from Pyranha on Vimeo.

Green River In A Sea Kayak

So the Green race is Saturday at high noon. P & H, Pyranha’s sea kayak line made a shit running sea kayak this year called the Hammer. The Hammer is surely not the ideal kayak to race the Green in, but it’s all I got and I thought it would be cool to sea how it would handle.

Demshitz sea kayaking the Green River narrows from David Fusilli on Vimeo.

I think I will race this stout, but I’m just trying to survive out there. Good luck to all racers and thanks much to Keith Sprinkle for helping me with some lines on the river today. This video is just GoPro by the way. Cheers

Sandiline Extreme Drysuit – First Look

Sandiline are a Slovenian based company who specialise in high quality watersports kit including a huge range of dry kit. Sandiline kit has been available in the UK for a number of years via importers Squarerock. I’ve been interested in the Sandiline range for some time and this new Extreme DrySuit looks like it could be a winner.

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This particular suit has been picked up by SJ from North Shore Watersports. SJ will be reporting back on how well it performs over the course of the next few months. I’m also trying to source one in my size for review.


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Palm Impact Spraydeck – Review

I’ve been using Palm’s Impact spraydeck for a few months now and am ready to feedback on its performance to date. Thanks to Palm Equipment and Northshore Watersports (for piggy backing delivery) I have a Palm Impact that replaces the Extreme as Palm’s top end neoprene bungee deck. First impressions are good. The deck looks and feels solid. It is well made and the black/lime colour scheme is bang on trend!

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On the outside there is a protective 4mm Armortex reinforcement to increase the robustness of the deck. This should make the Impact of interest to those who put their decks through a rough time.

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Astral Rassler – First Look

I’ve been using my Five Ten Water Tennies for the last year + and really like them but also have a set of Astral Brewers which are great in my play boat. The Brewers dry much faster that the Water Tennies but don’t have the same level of protection or stiffness as the Water Tennies. The Rassler takes the Brewer and beefs it up for tougher walk ins/outs.

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Hells Kitchen 13

Nothing at all to do with Gordon Ramsey.

Hells Kitchen 13′ from Charge Productions on Vimeo.

Luckily for us, I have an addiction to checking the river gauges, here in California. Therefore, I caught early wind of an unscheduled Highland Creek release. We aren’t keen for Highland again, but Hell’s Kitchen, which is downstream, is definitely worth the effort. Thomas Moore, Nick Murphy, and myself lead the charge on a nice cool fall day. Didn’t film much, but I did capture Nick and Thomas running one stout in there. Enjoy the flick!

GoPro Hero 3 Plus Battery Performance

One of the biggest changes with the Hero3+ is a more powerful battery and some inner tweaks that allow the camera to run for longer. GoPro reckon that the Hero3+ has
a 30% longer battery life compared to HERO3: Black Edition with its new battery rated at 1180mAH, 3.7V, 4366mWh.

Battery Life

The chart below indicates the approximate continuous recording time (hr:min) you can expect when shooting in various video modes using a fully-charged battery. So far, in pretty mild conditions and using a 16GB Samsung Micro SD Card I have found the findings below to be fairly accurate.

The data below looks at GoPro Hero 3 Plus battery performance.

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Spiritual from Rogue Specimens on Vimeo.

There Is No Rushing A River

There is no rushing a river from Erik Garmo on Vimeo.

There is no rushing a river. When you go there, you go at the pace of the water and that pace ties you into a flow that is older than life on this planet. Acceptance of that pace, even for a day, changes us, reminds us of other rhythms beyond the sound of our own heartbeats. — Jeff Rennicke, River Days: Travels on Western Rivers

From Where?

I always find it interesting how/why folk end up visiting Unsponsored.

This link and description from Sheffield Uni caught my eye. I love it for a number of reasons.

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