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by Strad
Sun Feb 09, 2020 10:07 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Waterproof smartwatches?
Replies: 9
Views: 381

Re: Waterproof smartwatches?

Fitbit Ionic - works okay. Linked to endomondo account via the phone, but happily stores a day's data. Tracks GPS,heart rate, but I don't have anything as hand sounding as Seawolf's home made app.
by Strad
Thu Feb 06, 2020 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 915

Re: A boat to start off with

Hope you enjoy the boat.

Sent from my H8216 using Tapatalk

by Strad
Wed Feb 05, 2020 4:35 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 915

Re: A boat to start off with

Looks like an early GT series you need to get him to measure the length tip to tip where abouts are you based Maybe be a honcho (or whatever the smaller one was called) , not a bad boat, but you led want to check the size. Sent from my H8216 using Tapatalk He just got back and said he made it 2470m...
by Strad
Wed Feb 05, 2020 2:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 915

Re: A boat to start off with

G7AFM wrote:Looks like an early GT series you need to get him to measure the length tip to tip

where abouts are you based
Maybe be a honcho (or whatever the smaller one was called) , not a bad boat, but you led want to check the size.

Sent from my H8216 using Tapatalk

by Strad
Mon Feb 03, 2020 3:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A boat to start off with
Replies: 37
Views: 915

Re: A boat to start off with

I would add the dagger GT series to your list, not too aggressive in terms of edge, but enough to be a good learning platform. Low cost as well. There are 4 versions so worth working out weight including kit and deciding which will fit you. (I'm 6'4" 19 stone and liked the GT Max when I reviewed it)...
by Strad
Fri Jan 24, 2020 11:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Vids
Replies: 18
Views: 1740

Re: Vids

In still have waterfall kayak on a VHS, along with the BCU Squirt one, both worthy of a real nostalgia trip.
by Strad
Tue Jan 21, 2020 10:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 1543

Re: EJ resigns

inflation calculator I used suggested a current price of around £1200 for a boat in current prices - so I would take it that so many are sold below that line (a Dagger GT or Axiom can be found at £600) That feels under-priced not that I'm moaning as I'll happily buy something like that as they are g...
by Strad
Mon Jan 20, 2020 12:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: EJ resigns
Replies: 18
Views: 1543

Re: EJ resigns

Lots of talk in the US about the WW kayaking industry being in crisis--and EJ's resignation is seen to be part of that. Jackson, Dagger, Liquidlogic are all in trouble, it seems. The WW side of thing is not making enough money. The EU retaliatory tax against Trump at 25% can't be helping any of the...
by Strad
Mon Jan 06, 2020 1:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?
Replies: 75
Views: 9147

Re: Upper Dart – Why is it infamous?

What Mike said! if you ever paddled it in the days of using glass slalom boats as your main WW boat it was always "interesting" to run
by Strad
Mon Sep 30, 2019 1:38 pm
Forum: Products and Media
Topic: Video editing for GoPro
Replies: 13
Views: 1837

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: 1737

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: 1479

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: 1281

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: 1402

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: 880

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: 1849

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: 362

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: 513

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: 12
Views: 1852

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: 1653

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: 1653

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: 889

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: 986

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: 581

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: 581

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: 1753

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: 493

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: 586

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: 792

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.