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River Elf

Sometimes a manufacturer creates a boat that just looks right. This one from River Elf looks awesome in this colour.

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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 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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Student Kayak Guide – Surviving Your First Club Trip

Surviving your first Uni Club trip is all about preparation.

Surviving Your First Club Trip
Surviving Your First Club Trip

Firstly do you have the right kit and/or access to the right kit? If not get the very basics sorted. It’s going to be a miserable trip if you get really cold. Make sure you have a dry set of kit to get changed into at the end of the trip, something nice and warm is always a great idea and include a hat. A large beach towel is good bit of kit to get hold of. You’ll need to put this kit into something and also be able to carry your wet kit home with you. Ikea bags and plastic “bags for life” are superb for this job.

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Winter’s Coming: Paddling Through Shorter Days And Frosty Mornings

After a turbulent year, we suddenly find ourselves on the cusp of winter and the endless combinations of cold, wet and windy days presented by the good old British weather. As we say farewell to our shortie cags and board shorts until next year, let’s remember to pack the essential clothing and kit which can make a cold day on the water more comfortable and reduce the risk of hypothermia, cold-water shock, frozen fingers and hours shivering misery!

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Dagger Nova

Adrienne has been paddling the Nova and posted this short clip on Instagram. Check it out.

The Nova will probably be too small for me but the Super Nova could be the slicey boat I have been waiting for.

Astral Green Jacket LE – Heron

Astral have a new limited edition Green Jacket for 2021 – 2022. In honour of the Green River this new LE PFD is called The Heron.

Astral Green Jacket LE - Heron
Astral Green Jacket LE – Heron
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Spade Kayaks Playboat

Spade have a new playboat out in the wild. This Carbon version of the “Hot Spot” looks really interesting.

A plastic version is due to follow.

Pyranha Problems – Drain Bung Leaks

Pyranha have identified an issue with the amount of sealant used on the drain bung area of boats produced since January 2021.

The fix is fairly straightforward.

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Dagger Nova And Super Nova

Dagger Nova And Super Nova
Dagger Nova And Super Nova

Dagger has two new full slice prototypes out in the wild and on show. Think a Dagger Medieval or Ego for 2021/22.

Check out Wade Harrison’s video of the these boats.

Dagger Code On The Green Narrows

Dagger Code On The Green Narrows

Bobby Miller unwraps the brand new Dagger Code and takes it down the Green Narrows. Check it out.

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Jackson Kayak – Bees Knees Thigh Hooks

New for 2021 from Jackson is the Bees Knees Thigh Hook System. It’s a tool free light weight addition to your Jackson Kayak outfitting that gives extra support to your knees.

Bees Knees Thigh Hooks
Bees Knees Thigh Hooks

The Bees Knees gives all Jackson Kayaks whitewater boats a more secure knee fit for a better feel. This addresses the #1 request for improvement from our customers, and follows the JK way of valuing innovation and simplicity. They require no tools to adjust, and are comfortable and lightweight. These should work with every whitewater boat we’ve ever made (with the exception of kids’ boats).

Jackson KAyak
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Lettmann Machete

Lettmann have a new half slice kayak about hit UK shores by the end of the summer. The new kayak named the Machete looks pretty sweet.

Lettmann Machete

With a significant amount of rocker and the volume pushed towards the bow the Machete looks like it will absolutely rip.

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