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Kokatat Is 50

As part of Kokatat’s 50th year in the business they have releasing a number of special editions and new products.

Kokatat Is 50
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Aniol Serrasolses Joins Team Kokatat

Aniol Serrasolses has now become part of the Team Kokatat family.

Aniol Serrasolses Joins Team Kokatat
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Astral Green Jacket Vs Kokatat Hustle R

From L to R:
Astral Green Jacket, Palm Nevis, Kokatat Hustle R, and Yak Taurus PFD

When I’m at paddling events or on a river when I meet other paddlers it is pretty much guaranteed that someone will be wearing an Astral Green Jacket. After all it is a stand out design that works really well. However I have recently picked up a Kokatat Hustle R and wanted to take the opportunity of comparing the two in a little more detail.

The Astral Green Jacket and Kokatat Hustle R I have here are EU versions. For the European market the Green Jacket has a side entry feature where as the US version does not. The Kokatat Hustle R has some additional reflective SOLAS tape on the shoulder straps to meet newer ISO requirements in the EU.

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Kokatat Huck Throw Bag – First Look

We first made a post about Kokatat releasing a new throw bag way back in 2019. It has only been quite recently that the Huck began to appear in stores.

Kokatat Huck Throw Bag - First Look
Kokatat Huck Throw Bag – First Look

The Huck is a compact, mantis green coloured throw bag packed with 50 feet (15m) of ¼-inch floating polyethylene core rope with a maximum strength of 1,450 pounds. A 70 feet (21m) bag is also available.

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Kokatat Rescue Life Vests – Carson Lindsay

Carson Lindsay runs through is 3:2:1:1 rescue equipment carry and how he loads it in two different PFDs.

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Kokatat River Tow Tether

Kokatat have developed a new towing system for use with their PFDS called the River Tow Tether.

Kokatat River Tow Tether
Kokatat River Tow Tether

The Kokatat River Tow Tether is a five foot webbing cow tail/tow tether with adjustable length so that it fits snug against your rescue life vest to minimize snag hazard. This video will demonstrate how to install, adjust and pack the River Tow Tether .

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Paddlesports Retailer – Registration Now Live

MADISON, WISCONSIN, February 7, 2017 — Paddlesports Retailer is now open for registration for both buyers and vendors. To date, the number of Founding Exhibitors has grown to over 40 leading brands, with more exhibitors registering daily.

“We’re pleased that the paddlesports industry has been so supportive,” said Sutton Bacon, co-founder of Paddlesports Retailer. “In just 70 days we’ve gone from an idea to execution, and we’ve done so by providing an extremely good value for the exhibitors,” said Bacon.

Paddlesports Retailer will debut on August 29 – September 1, 2017 in Madison, Wisconsin utilizing the common format of an opening on-water demo followed by three days in the hall. Earlier in the month, a broad coalition of paddlesports brands formally endorsed Paddlesports Retailer as the industry’s official national tradeshow.

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Time For A New Personal Flotation Device

Many people are oblivious as to when their Personal Flotation Device (PFD) has reached the end of its functional life. An easy indication of when you ought to get a new Personal Flotation Device (PFD) is when you can’t read the label on the inside. When the label starts to deteriorate to the point you can’t read it, the flotation has probably started to deteriorate as well.

Time For A New Personal Flotation Device

To say I’m picky about my PFD, how it fits, and what I carry in it, would be a massive understatement. If you spend the number of years having fun on the water that I have, you will encounter your share of rescue situations. What you have on your chest will be the tools at your disposal to fix those situations.

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First Thoughts On The Kokatat Idol

Natty Cordon takes a look at the new Kokatat Idol drysuit/drytop.

Is it really possible to kill two birds with one stone? Well Kokatat have finally achieved it! Thanks to their innovative waist entry system, the new Kokatat Idol drysuit can be split in half and used as a dry cag for the summer months!

Kokatat Idol Review

Having faced some fairly intense scepticism, with even my closest friends believing that I would drown, I have gathered a few FAQs which I will now attempt to answer:

Kokatat Idol Review

What’s the waist entry system all about?

In stark contrast to the traditional front or rear entry drysuits, the Kokatat Idol has a flexible plastic zip which runs around the waist, separating the trousers from the top.

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Expedition Inception

Expedition Inception

Expedition Inception (EI) is a whitewater journey from South Africa to China. The team will follow the kayaking seasons through as many countries as possible on their way to the finishing point in the Tibetan province of China.

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Kokatat Warranty and Repair

Kokatat Warranty and Repair

Kokatat offers a full service and warranty facility to extend the life of your Kokatat product. Learn more at kokatat.com/warranty-repairs

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French Fries, Burgers and Whitewater

Seems a pretty good combination to me!

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Jonas Grünewald and Nils Dippon went kayaking in South-East. Continue reading

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