Gear Reviews

As a guide or instructor, carrying and knowing how to use a stirrup rescue tool can be very helpful. It is a quick and easy assisting device to help and injured or weak paddler back into their boat. It is fairly simple to make your own by going out and purchasing some tubular webbing from your local climbing store. What ever material you purchase, make sure that it doesn't float as it will make your rescue considerably easier.

Hydro Skeg by Kari-Tek
Wednesday, 01 November 2006

This review of the Hydro Skeg was graciously donated by Scottish Sea Kayaking Photo Gallery. Ayrshire on Scotland's west coast is famous in sea kayaking circles not only for its spectacular sunsets behind the silhouette of Arran's "Sleeping Warrior" across the Firth of Clyde. It also supports two kayaking businesses that are renowned for their ingenious design skills. Alistair Wilson's Lendal Paddles is the longest established but I wish to draw your attention to Jeff Turner's Kari-tek.
Leading the way in warm weather sun protection, Kokatat Watersports Wear recently introduced their Destination Hand Covers which are designed to protect the back of your hands from the sun yet still leave your fingers and palms exposed to wrap around the paddle shaft for a positive grip.  The gloves are made from SPF 40+ rated material which provides effective sun protection without the need for sunscreen which can wear off throughout the day if you don’t reapply.

Bare Sunguard Long-Sleeved Shirt
Saturday, 12 August 2006

Looking for a paddling garment to help block the sun but it is way to hot to wear your dry top? Then the Bare Sunguard shirt should be the perfect fit.
Developed in Oakville, Ontario, Canada, Kliptek Inc. recently unveiled a line of high-end strobe lights for both recreational and professional users. The 12 low-drain LED's (Light Emitting Diode) creates an intense strobe that the manufactures claim will be seen for up to 7.2 kilometers and continuously flash for up to 10 days before needing to change the batteries.  The hidden secret to this otherwise innocent looking strobe is the technology packed onboard. Inside you will find a wear-free infrared reflective sensor encoder built into its low-drain onboard microprocessor. What does that mean? This unit has no physical on/off switch like other strobes but rather a sensor inside that can tell the position of the rotating head. Since nothing actually touches each other, nothing is going to wear out or break due to moving parts ensuring a reliable unit for a really long time.
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