Olli Grau has put the following Black Jack detail together:
The Spade Kayaks Black Jack is a modern white water kayak that perfectly bridges the gap between a river runner and a creek boat. High volume and high rocker give him the dry line ability and bouancy that a full on creek boat needs. A flat bottom and a pronounced rail deliver dynamic reactivity even on mellower waters.
We are fortunate at Unsponsored to try some of the best kayaking and canoeing equipment available, but sometimes the weather can be too dry. Thankfully the Gods of rain smiled on the UK once again this summer, so testing and reviews have continued at a pace. The following review looks at the Ace of Spades kayak from Spade Kayaks. The boat has been tested over the last few months across the UK on various pieces of water from stone filled ditches, low volume/high volume burns in Scotland, some of the best whitewater in the glorious county of Yorkshire, whitewater parks and even out at sea.
Spade kayaks is a new kayak company formed in Europe by whitewater legends Hans Mayer, Oli Grau, Matze Brutzman, Jens Klatt, and Jan Haluszka.
The Ace of Spades is a blown molded displacement hull kayak. It has the features that you would expect to see in any whitewater boat – adjustable outfitting, full plate footrest, multiple grab handles, drain bung etc… but many have been executed in a creative/different way.
The Ace is designed as a river runner/creeker and is available in just the one size.
A quick run on the Store Ula waterfalls #1-5. It’s kinda easy to get sidetracked by # 4 but trust me # 5 is a bitch. It’s got a shallow lead in, the line doesn’t excatly send you out the right way and there’s quite a uncomfortable cave at the bottom… ah well, sometimes you’ll just have to eat it! Thanks for Olli and Jobst for pulling me outathere…
Spade kayaks are a new kayak paddler owned brand from Europe. They have taken the blow mould technology used by Prijon and Eskimo and have developed a brand new kayak – The Ace Of Spades. Continue reading