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Immersion Research 7Figure Drysuit – Review

The nights are drawing in. The temperature is dropping, and the rain is falling. I should be excited; the Scottish paddling season is kicking off. Months of blustery days, where the heavens open and you go paddling almost every weekend.

Immersion Research 7Figure Drysuit – Review

This year however my drysuit is stranded in Canada. Summer boating plans got kiboshed due to the pandemic and I’m back in Scotland without my trusted latex companion. The long john wetsuit drafted in as a reserve haunts my hallway. It was great in the summer. Warm weather days, and a laugh at the retro styling meant I was happy in it. Now it hangs in the hallway, dripping, like a form of psychological torture. Reminding me of what lies ahead. Cold. Wet. Miserable. 

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Kokatat Rogue Dry Top – First Look

Joining the Kokatat HustleR in the Unsponsored kit bag is the Kokatat Rogue Dry Top.

Kokatat Rogue Dry Top - First Look
Kokatat Rogue Dry Top – First Look

The Kokatat GORE-TEX® Rogue is the industry benchmark for performance paddling dry tops. Backed by Kokatat’s limited lifetime warranty.

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Spade Kayaks – Joker and Bliss More Images

Spade have release more computer generated images of their new 2021 kayaks the Joker and Bliss.

Spade Kayaks – Joker and Bliss More Images

The designs are off to the mould maker. Production kayaks will be available in early 2021.

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Duo Kayaks

Duo Kayaks or Tandem Kayaks are super fun, and are a great way to get non-paddling friends on the water. There are a number of Duo kayaks available that are suitable for both flatwater and whitewater use.

All of the Duo kayaks shown here can accommodate two adults.

Duo Kayaks
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Palm River Trek 100L Drybag – First Look

As we are heading firmly into the grips of the winter more gear comes oalong on each and every trip. For 2020 into 2021 we have a Palm River Trek 100L drybag

Palm River Trek 100L Drybag - First Look
Palm River Trek 100L Drybag – First Look
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Zet Chili Vs Titan Nymph Vs Dagger Rewind Vs Jackson Antix 2.0

How do the new breed of river running slicey boats compare to one another? We compare the Zet Chili, Titan Nymph, Dagger Rewind (medium) and Jackson Antix 2.0.

A number of these kayaks are available in different sizes but we have selected the data for the sizes that are closely matched to the kayaks that are produced in one size only.

Zet Kayaks – Chili

Zet Kayaks – Chili

Length: 273 cm
Width: 63 cm
Volume: 233 l
Paddler weight: 60-90kg

UK Cost: Based upon other models estimated to be around £900 when available.

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Spade Kayaks – 3D Printed Kayaks

Spade Kayaks have a 3D printed pair of kayaks out in the wild for final prototype testing.

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Zet Kayaks – Chili

Zet Kayaks have released details of there new river running play boat, The Zet Chili.

Zet Kayaks – Chili
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Guigui Prod Spade Kayaks Colab

Guigui Prod and Spade Kayaks have a colab developing.

Guigui Prod Spade Kayaks Colab

Check out these carbon parts including a full plate footrest and seat frame.

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Immersion Research K2 Union Suit – Review

Way back in 2013 Mark Mulrain kindly sent one of the new IR K2 Union Suits to try out along with the Royale spraydeck. As I get ready for some cold weather paddling tomorrow (Oct 2020) it is still the thermal I go to first if I am planning on wearing a drysuit.

Immersion Research K2 Union Suit - Review
Immersion Research K2 Union Suit – Review

The K2 Union suit is till part of the Immersion Research range. This is what I said about the K2 Union suit a few years back.

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What Memory Card For The GoPro Hero9?

One of the biggest areas that is overlooked when getting a video/camera setup for trips out is the speed of your  Micro SD card.

What Memory Card For The GoPro Hero9?
What Memory Card For The GoPro Hero9?

If you get an error with the camera it will probably be down to the memory card that is being used.

The GoPro Hero9 has a memory card capacity of up to 256GB. Due to the increase in performance of the GoPro Hero9 I would suggest using cards that are 64GB or above.

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Old School Boats For New School Boaters Part II

Welcome to Part II of looking at old schools boats for new school boaters. We had a great deal of interest in the first part we released a while back. You can check out Part I here.

Old School Boats For New School Boaters Part II
Old School Boats For New School Boaters Part II

Just to make it clear old school is relative, for some of you out there it may be a blast all the way back to 2010! As a reminder for this journey back in time we are going back to the 1990s and early 2000s.

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