George Fiske from Verus Kayaks takes a walkthrough of the Quantum kayak outfitting system.
The Bees Knees are designed to upgrade all Jackson Kayaks whitewater boats to provide 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.Continue reading
People typically think of needing a break down paddle (splits) when someone in the group breaks his or her paddle, but what if somebody just loses a paddle? We have all been on the river and seen someone swim. People are going all different ways chasing the swimmer, the boat, the dry bag that came out, but what about the paddle? The paddle is one of the hardest things to spot floating through a rapid and can be easily lost. Suppose it was you that lost or broke your paddle. “My friend has a break down,” you think to yourself feeling relieved. Then your friend hands you a paddle with a blade twice the size of what you normally use and it’s 10 cm longer with a 60 degree offset. Now what?
What Kind of Break Down Paddle Should You Get?
What kind of paddle do you normally use? Your break down paddle should be a 4 piece version of that same paddle.
For example if you use a Werner Shogun that’s 200 cm long with a 30 degree offset, your break down paddle should be a Powerhouse that’s 200 cm long with a 30 degree offset. (The Shogun is the foam core version of the Powerhouse and the Stikine is a foam core version of the Sherpa).
Kayak design has moved on so much since I started to paddle some 30+ years ago. The level or difficulty at which people paddle is owed in some part to the change in kayak design over the years.
I currently paddle a Dagger Phantom and despite it being used for pretty much the same stuff as my first plastic kayak – an Ace Swing, yet the technology and features are simply worlds apart.
So if you are looking for a kayak packed full of safety features what are you actually looking for?Continue reading
A common problem faced by paddlers each time they buy a new boat. Reasons for such problems can be placed in to one of two categories;
* The paddlers kit is letting the water in.
* The boat is really leaking.
If your paddling kit doesn’t fit correctly it will leak and yes the boat will fill with water. If it’s a simple case of ill fitting dry top or deck then the solution may be easy but expensive – get some kit that fits. On the other hand your kit may need a little TLC – check seals/seams and repair or replace as necessary.Continue reading
How can you make a fully carbon Pyranha Jed better?
Well Trevor Bouldin had an idea and called in some help from Jean-Luc Robichaux to make it happen.Continue reading
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.
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
Jackson Kayak Europe have been working on some new outfitting over the last few months to make boats that are lighter and stiffer.
The first shot shows a prototype seat sitting on a hull stiffening plate. This was then developed and refined until the final carbon version was created.Continue reading
Guigui Prod and Spade Kayaks have a colab developing.
Check out these carbon parts including a full plate footrest and seat frame.Continue reading
Guigui Prod have a carbon kit available that shaves 2kg off the weight of a boat.
The carbon based kit swaps out the plastic rail and seat for a carbon rail and foam seat.
The stiffer setup will not only allow for the drop in weight it should also improve the performance of the boat without compromising its strength.Continue reading
We love Ninja type plastics welding skills at Unsponsored and this example from Benjamin Ghertner is A1.
The kayak fell off a raft stack last year and got dragged on the freeway for a bit. I used a plastic soldering iron and a square of plastic from an old kayak to patch itBenjamin Ghertner
Getting your outfitting setup correctly is a crucial part of the paddling art. An ill fitting boat doesn’t help your paddling technique.
Team Pyranha’s Chris Brain shows us how to get the best paddling position in your Pyranha C4S or Stout Kayak by optimising your seat height.Continue reading