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by Strad
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Video editing for GoPro
Replies: 10
Views: 439

Re: Video editing for GoPro

I love premiere elements, got it for a bargain price of £30. (that said I do have the full premiere pro but a very old version so was used to the workflows)
by Strad
Wed Sep 11, 2019 10:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1203

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

I guess that paddlers expect more from their boats these days. I think paddlers who haven't paddled in glass tend not to be quite as paranoid about rock avoidance, plus people now play the river a little differently (rock spins etc) which will be harder on boats. Expectation I think is set by the c...
by Strad
Tue Sep 10, 2019 9:27 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip
Replies: 16
Views: 864

Re: Kayak Paddle Length and width of grip

I would say once you've paddled enough to make the call you can decide on whether you want to go a little longer or shorter to decrease / increase stroke rate to what suits you. There's no precise fit other than what works for you

I use 204s on WW, 200s on surf, but I'm a 6'4" gorilla.
by Strad
Mon Sep 09, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: new kayak brands
Replies: 6
Views: 1007

Re: new kayak brands

haven't tried Titan, but Lettman and Zet have some great boats, and good reputations.
by Strad
Tue Aug 27, 2019 12:31 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Drip rings good or bad?
Replies: 11
Views: 1036

Re: Drip rings good or bad?

I hate them, but can give no reasonable answer as to why.
by Strad
Fri Aug 16, 2019 9:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Authorised personnel
Replies: 8
Views: 716

Re: Authorised personnel

Years ago had someone in EA clothing ask me for my licence telling me I should have my licence on my boat on the Medway (I'm thinking 1987 or so), I told them that was completely impractical as I had multiple boats, not been asked once since then.
by Strad
Fri Jun 21, 2019 1:13 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?
Replies: 6
Views: 1518

Re: Briancon Gorge power plant incident - what would you do?

garya wrote:
Fri Jun 21, 2019 12:43 pm

Is there a benefit to carrying a small waist mounted throwline on quick release belt ?

Yes, but you will get burnt at the stake by the 'run clean / it's a snag hazard brigade' - it's a marmite subject.
by Strad
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which wetsuit is warmer
Replies: 1
Views: 242

Re: Which wetsuit is warmer

My honest thought is depends on the manufacturer - I've had suits that are identical on paper from different companies and seen very different performance. I've grown to love the o'neill stuff - super stretchy and the heat pads make a huge difference - worth the extra cost IMHO.
by Strad
Wed May 08, 2019 9:12 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's
Replies: 3
Views: 470

Sea kayak for messing around in Loch's

Hi all, I'm a long term WW kayaker (almost 40 years) but haven't played much in these weird long boats you folks love (just a couple of day trips with more experienced folks). Having moved to Scotland a little over a year ago I'm thinking a point boat to play on Lochs would be good, I love the look ...
by Strad
Tue May 07, 2019 8:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 1176

Re: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?

What I'm trying to say is, surely 'creek boats' as we know them have reached the zenith of design, and until someone makes a radical change (eg twin hull or something), any tweaks are pretty immaterial and designed purely to shift new boats Think I've been hearing the 'pinnacle of design' line for ...
by Strad
Mon Apr 15, 2019 10:25 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1235

Re: White Water London HELP

Where in London? there are quite a few active clubs - Clapham and Meridian (based Bexley / Erith area) are ones I would recommend in the SE. Graham - Clapham CC is Canoe polo only and is in SW, (not SE!), London. Lots of clubs in London catering for all types of paddling. (e.g. Shepperton - slalom,...
by Strad
Thu Apr 04, 2019 3:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: White Water London HELP
Replies: 16
Views: 1235

Re: White Water London HELP

Where in London? there are quite a few active clubs - Clapham and Meridian (based Bexley / Erith area) are ones I would recommend in the SE.
by Strad
Thu Feb 28, 2019 5:09 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?
Replies: 7
Views: 679

Re: Expression 11 / Dagger Katana - Suitable for tall paddler?

Expression will be better for longer paddles, katana better all round boat. I fit okay in large version of both (6'4" 19 st). Also consider the Pyranha fusion as similar to the katana.
by Strad
Mon Feb 25, 2019 8:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Big lad Kayak
Replies: 9
Views: 750

Re: Big lad Kayak

stuart hardy wrote:
Fri Feb 22, 2019 7:26 pm
Cheers ..of the two how would you compare the Zet vs 9rL

Appreciate the comments

I found the 9r more comfortable, both paddle well, really need to try them so you can see which outfitting suits you better. For comparison purpose I', 6'4" and 19st.
by Strad
Mon Feb 11, 2019 9:20 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun

Hi Steve, freeride has a more comfortable knee position (note I'm quite tall) so better for a long day paddling, I also feel it carves better on a wave and is a little less tail happy than the fun. I find the tail on the fun (superfun in fact as I am lardy as well as tall) can be a bit of a pain to ...
by Strad
Fri Feb 08, 2019 5:12 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun
Replies: 7
Views: 514

Re: LL Freeride v Jackson Fun

I prefer the freeride, but I have an eclectic taste in boats.
by Strad
Fri Jan 25, 2019 3:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Church Beck
Replies: 17
Views: 1430

Re: Church Beck

StoneWeasel wrote:
Fri Jan 25, 2019 2:39 pm
The Gambler was definitely made by Eskimo and I hated it!

I have never found any boat less controllable than the Gambler. It just seemed to do whatever it wanted, pretty much ignoring your input.
Why do you think got the name? gamble every time you paddled :-)
by Strad
Mon Jan 21, 2019 3:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: First River/Whitewater Kayak for novice
Replies: 3
Views: 454

Re: First River/Whitewater Kayak for novice

First suggestion from me would be join a club and try a few out.

That said, Dagger GT Max I would argue is a good starter boat, the large Karnali is also good for a first boat.

I fit in both (taller and heavier than you).
by Strad
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which boat to get.
Replies: 5
Views: 558

Re: Which boat to get.

Sounds cheesy - try a club, you'll get a load of help and usually some boats to try out and see what works for you. If you are only going for flat water don't discount SUPs,
by Strad
Mon Jan 14, 2019 1:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Campervan Scotland - where to stay
Replies: 9
Views: 742

Re: Campervan Scotland - where to stay

There is a lovely area to camp in the leadhills, B797 between Wanlockhead and Mennock, if you catch it empty it's magical, but sometimes can be a bit NED heavy. Puts you very close to the river Nith.
by Strad
Tue Jan 08, 2019 11:56 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which pfd ?
Replies: 4
Views: 556

Re: Which pfd ?

must admit I paddle pretty much every where in a palm helix, comfy and does the job - would want something like the Amp or the Extrem if I was going to start regularly pushing 4s or higher.
by Strad
Thu Dec 13, 2018 1:08 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Warm When Wet
Replies: 38
Views: 2472

Re: Warm When Wet

A fleece top isn't very useful for keeping you warm when it is wet. Water in contact with your skin conducts heat away from you at something like 25 times faster than air in contact with your skin. Fleece is warm mainly because it traps lots of against your skin and also inside the fleece material ...
by Strad
Wed Nov 21, 2018 1:06 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Xtremist (Shaun Baker on 4od)
Replies: 24
Views: 3989

Re: Xtremist (Shaun Baker on 4od)

I remember Shaun coming up to North Wales and pissing off the locals by bagging loads of stuff that they'd just always looked at. Swallow Falls, Town fall in Betws Traws Gorge, Llanberis waterfalls. He set the standard. He was really good at selling himself and even produced a 'brochure' as his CV....
by Strad
Wed Nov 21, 2018 12:49 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Your best cock-up (not carnage)
Replies: 32
Views: 2510

Re: Your best cock-up (not carnage)

clarky999 wrote:
Wed Nov 14, 2018 7:08 pm
Flew back to Scotland a couple of weeks back with a boat. Found out Edinburgh Airport car hire (having pre-paid) that my driving license expired over a year ago...
Did exactly the same thing heading to Canada - arrived at Ottawa airport, licence was a year out of date
by Strad
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither
Replies: 20
Views: 3086

Re: Loki or Axiom one boat for all dither

I quite like my juice for surf and play, but it's never going to match a proper surf boat on the waves. It's also maybe a bit short, and I think the fun suffers from that too.

Sent from my F8331 using Tapatalk

by Strad
Mon Sep 11, 2017 10:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: WAP any ideas on what has not been switched off
Replies: 3
Views: 602

Re: WAP any ideas on what has not been switched off

Haven't used wap for ages, buy a really cheap smart phone, a water proof bag and a bunch of silica gel sachets....

Sent from my F8331 using Tapatalk

by Strad
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access dispute stateside
Replies: 8
Views: 1158

Re: Access dispute stateside

Dave Manby wrote:I had a shotgun waived at me on the Usk years ago.
As did I, also a few shotgun enhanced 'get orf my land' moments when walking in the Brecons.

I also remember barbed wire stretched across the wye at head height. (thinking late 80s for most of this)
by Strad
Tue Oct 18, 2016 10:51 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Large playboats /riverplay
Replies: 2
Views: 450

Re: Large playboats /riverplay

If yo don't mind a little old school, Dagger Juice might be worth a thought. (I paddle a 7.1 6'4" and 105kgs - no footrest for me because I'm lanky).