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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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Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT – First Look

The newest addition to the flat pedal mountain bike range is the Five Ten Trail Cross LT. The version we have here is the LT version which is more trainer like that the Mid Pro we reviewed on the site a couple of months back.

Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT - First Look
Adidas Five Ten Trail Cross LT – First Look

Size wise I still think that these run a little large. I usually wear Five Ten or Salomon in a UK size 10 and did originally order a pair of Trail Cross Mid in that size. However I found that the shoe is super long. I sent them straight back and now have a pair of UK 9.5s which after my first ride out fit great. So these LT versions are also 9.5 and as expected fit well.

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Is Your Dry Gear Leaking?

I have owned numerous cags, semi-dry cags, dry cags and dry suits over the years. Neoprene seals, latex seals – all have been tried and tested for years and in reality none have ever been 100% dry.

Is Your Dry Gear Leaking

At the end of the day I believe that it’s all relative, if the cag fits right and the seals are constructed or even trimmed to give a good water tight seal you will only ever minimise the chance of water finding its way inside. In some cases the amount of water entering the cag is so small it is virtually dry, but will never be totally dry.

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Cold Hands?

I reckon cold hands are almost worse than cold feet. When my hands get cold they hurt and as they warm back up they really hurt.  If the air and water temperature isn’t too bad then I’ll go through the pain barrier as once my hands are warm they’ll stay warm.  

Cold Hands?
Cold Hands?

However if it is super cold then its hard to push through the pain barrier as it takes so much longer.  Cold hands will limit your ability to hold stuff. If you aren’t able to hold your paddle then you are pretty stuffed.

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Nookie Octane Women’s Drysuit

The UK made Nookie Octane Women’s Drysuit is due to be released shortly and will retail at just under £700.

Nookie Octane Women's Drysuit
Nookie Octane Women’s Drysuit
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Lomo Glacier Pogies – First Look

I know it’s not long turned Autumn and we have our first look at some cold weather gear the Glacier Pogies from Lomo.

Lomo Glacier Pogies - First Look
Lomo Glacier Pogies – First Look
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Student Kayaker Gear Guide 2019

Although this buyers guide is directed at students in reality it will apply to anyone thinking about taking up the sport. Over the next few weeks many students will be starting Uni and will be looking at joining a club.

National Student Rodeo - Rodeo Rabbit 2016 Student Kayaker Buyers Guide 2018
Bunny ears are optional

In most cases the Kayak/Canoe club in a university will be the best club to join. That can pretty much be guaranteed.

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Nookie Turbo Jacket – First Look

The Nookie Turbo jacket is designed to be a performance led premium whitewater kayak jacket utilising the same high quality materials as the Nookie Charger Drysuit. What makes this jacket stand out is that it is also made at Nookie’s HQ here in the UK.

Nookie Turbo Jacket - First Look
Nookie Turbo Jacket – First Look

As you would expect with a premium design the Nookie Turbo Jacket has double seals to create a full dry jacket. This includes twin neck and wrists with high quality latex inners, and neoprene outer seals for durability and an extra dry seal.

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Nookie Storm Jacket – First Look

The Nookie Storm Jacket is part of Nookie’s UK made dryer range. We’ve got one in for review at Unsponsored and will be giving it some use over the next few months. However, first impressions are good. This jacket looks and feels very well made. The EvoTX 4ply waterproof breathable fabric is fully taped and simply feels bomber.

Nookie Storm Jacket – First Look
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Nookie Board Shorts – First Look

Every paddler should have at least one pair of board shorts. The classic Nookie Board Shorts are knee length so give good protection when seated in a boat and are in a regular fit with plenty of pocket space. So not too tight or too baggy either.

Nookie Board Shorts
Nookie Board Shorts
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High Viz Camo Blue Jacket From Astral

Astral have created a one-of-a-kind BlueJacket PFD by using leftover scraps of their Realtree MAX-5® Camo material.

High Viz Camo Blue Jacket From Astral
Buck Fever Colour Scheme
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Yak Taurus PFD

The Yak Taurus PFD will be available spring 2019.

Yak Taurus PFD
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