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.
One of the pieces of gear I am really keen to review is the Vanguard dry suit. It’s been built specifically for the paddling market with all of the key features you would expect to see.
It has three layer fully taped and breathable fabric that feels pretty robust. It has a shoulder entry zip and a relief zip up front. There is a mimumn of seams used and they are kept away from problem areas such as under the arms.
It also has a fully adjustable double waist for your spray skirt.
Additional protection at the seat and knees is provided by 500d panels. Now the Vanguard come with latex seals and latex socks. However they are also provided with a lycra over sock for additional protection. Some will love this some will hate but I am keen to try the system out.
At less than £400 the Vanguard is bang on for the money.