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Yak Taurus PFD – Review

A brand new Yak Taurus PFD landed at Unsponsored HQ at the end of August 2019.  Since then it has seen a hundred hours of use.

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Yak Taurus PFD – Review

When it first landed I thought that it was one of the best looking PFDs I had seen in some time. It reminded me a great deal of some of the Lotus PFDs from the 1990s in both its shape and size.

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#WheresYakAt & #WheresYakAtTripleUp – Winners Announced!

This year Yak Adventure Equipment distributed thousands of orange Popsicle Yaks to the paddling community, with the aim of capturing as many images as possible of Yak out on his adventures. The winners have now been announced with the most adventurous Yak out there receiving £500 worth of Yak gear!

In addition, for the Yak addict who had collected both blue and green Yaks from the previous #WheresYakAt competitions as well as this year’s orange Yak, the #WheresYakAtTripleUp challenge also ran!

The winner of #WheresYakAtTripleUp receives a whopping £1,000 worth of Yak gear!

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The winners of both #WheresYakAt and #WheresYakAtTripleUp are as follows:

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Yak Equipment On Sportpursuit

Yak Equipment is now available on the sports gear website Sportpursuit.com. The new range from Yak contains some really sweet gear that is definitely worth checking out.

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#WheresYakAt

Yak Adventure Equipment is delighted to announce that following the success of last year’s #WheresYakAtcompetition, the mischievous Yaks are back and this time you decide the winner. Herds and herds of squishy Yaks inthis year’s colour… blue… are descending upon selected Yak retail outlets and Yak sponsored events across the globe and we want to see what they are up to!

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#WheresYakAt – Win £500 worth of Yak gear

Get into your local Yak retail outlet or Yak sponsored event where the herds have descended to get hold of your very own squishy Yak! Snap the best pic of your Yak going about its crazy business and post it on the Yak Adventure Equipment Facebook page with #WheresYakAt, to be in with a chance of winning.

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Yak Vanguard Drysuit – First Look

Yak are part of the Survitec Group, who provide high quality rescue and safety gear for the marine, offshore, defence and aviation sectors. As a result they have a huge wealth of knowledge on how to design and create highly effective gear.

I spent a fair bit of time with the guys from Yak at Paddle Expo this year. The number of well executed designs blew me away. If you still associate Yak with the lower end of the market or canoe clubs then you need to take another look.

Yak Vanguard

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Yak Equipment – Riwaka, Chinook, and Hallertau

Yak are the kayaking/canoeing side of the Crewsaver company. In the past Yak have catered for the middle to lower end of the market with some fantastic hardwearing kit for centre and club use. Although functional and hardwearing they didn’t have the same appeal as some of the more well known brands. Over the last few months I have been testing a few pieces of Yak gear including the Riwaka dry top, Chinook dry trousers and Hallertau PFD.

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Some of the colours used will put some off, there is no denying that the GREEN of the dry tops and PFD takes a little bit of getting used to.

Yak Riwaka Dry Top

The Yak Riwaka in a very loud GREEN has arrived at Unsponsored HQ. Now this is the third bit of gear from Yak that has landed here the HQ in as many weeks and once again Yak have made a really good impression (I need to find out who is designing this stuff!) – here’s why.

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Reader’s Rides 2015 – Tom Davies

Name: Tom Davies (http://tom-davi.es)

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Location: Manchester

Origin Story:

I first started paddling when I was 10, in Newport, South Wales.

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I kind of fell out of love with the sport for a bit, until I went to University in 2012, and joined Manchester University Canoe Club. Since then, I’ve rapidly grown from a full time student into a full time kayaker. I try and get away to a river every weekend, and sometimes I succeed.

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Reader’s Rides 2015 – Oliver Duggan

Name: Oliver Duggan

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Scouting the leven in tasty flows!

Location: Ambleside, Cumbria

YO! Originally from Limerick Ireland, now living, studying and paddling in the Lake District. I started paddling with the scouts when I was 16 and was hooked immediately. I learnt to paddle mainly in Ireland with a few welsh trips thrown in along the way. I realised paddling is the lifestyle for me and after and an Italian and Slovenian trip in the summer of 2014. I have been looking to paddle bigger water since then.

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Yak Launches New Partnership – CH Marine Ireland

Yak is excited to announce a new partnership with CH Marine, leading suppliers of Marine Safety Equipment in Ireland. CH Marine will be stocking the current Yak ranges covering Whitewater, Touring and Recreation Kit.

Ross Wilkinson, Managing Director for Crewsaver quotes “It is great that we are partnering with CH Marine to help move the Yak brand into Ireland and beyond. The Yak products fit well into their existing portfolio and we are really excited to be working on this with them”. Continue reading

Yak Riwaka Dry Top – First Look

The Yak Riwaka in a very loud GREEN has arrived at Unsponsored HQ. Now this is the third bit of gear from Yak that has landed here the HQ in as many weeks and once again Yak have made a really good impression (I need to find out who is designing this stuff!) – here’s why.

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Yak Hallertau PFD – First Look

Hot on the heals of the Yak Chinook dry pants is the new Hallertau PFD. The Hallertau is a top spec river running PFD with QR harness and all the storage options you could ever want. Yet it remains really low profile.

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Yak Chinook Dry Pants – First Look

Yak are the kayaking/canoeing side of the Crewsaver company. In the past Yak have catered for the middle to lower end of the market with some fantastic hardwearing kit for centre and club use. Although functional and hardwearing they didn’t have the same appeal as some of the more well known brands. However I think that this is about to change. Having seen quite a lot of the new Yak range over the last couple of weeks I can safely say that I think they have come up with some great looking designs that appear to be very well thought out.

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