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by Strad
Mon Jun 10, 2019 3:24 pm
Forum: Surf Kayaking
Topic: Which wetsuit is warmer
Replies: 1
Views: 103

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: 300

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: 670

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: 7
Views: 661

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: 7
Views: 661

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: 6
Views: 336

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: 564

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: 391

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: 391

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: 1141

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: 400

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: 483

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: 633

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: 492

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: 2095

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: 23
Views: 3627

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: 28
Views: 1706

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: 2940

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: 577

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....

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by Strad
Tue Feb 07, 2017 1:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access dispute stateside
Replies: 8
Views: 1121

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: 433

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).
by Strad
Mon Jul 25, 2016 8:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stuck deep into summer deviation
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: Stuck deep into summer deviation

I think I missed the first one
by Strad
Fri Jul 15, 2016 6:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Stuck deep into summer deviation
Replies: 5
Views: 781

Re: Stuck deep into summer deviation

Bristol Harbour is beautiful at points, that's for sure.
by Strad
Thu May 26, 2016 2:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Living on the edge leaflet Page 29
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Re: Living on the edge leaflet Page 29

Many of those questions will get posted back, I really want EA to get away from this 'generally held legal view' BS, it basically means 'this is how we would like the world to be but have no evidence it like that'.
by Strad
Thu May 26, 2016 12:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Living on the edge leaflet Page 29
Replies: 9
Views: 1136

Living on the edge leaflet Page 29

We have been made aware of a content error in the text under the heading Navigation on page 29 of the digital PDF copy (version 5) of this booklet on Gov.uk. The text will be amended to read: “ The tidal reaches of many rivers, where the sea flows in and out of the mouth of the river, have public r...
by Strad
Fri May 20, 2016 12:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: waterproof head torch
Replies: 8
Views: 937

Re: waterproof head torch

I have paddled with my duo, but prefer no light other than ambient if I can. If you want to preserve night vision as Adrian suggests there is a petzl tactical unit - designed for forces helmet rails it also complies with tac lighting rules - haven't used one myself, but friends have recommended them...
by Strad
Thu May 19, 2016 2:28 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: waterproof head torch
Replies: 8
Views: 937

Re: waterproof head torch

Can't beat proper petzl stuff - but premium price, I have a Duo (can't remember which version). Was about £80 but worth every penny.
by Strad
Fri May 06, 2016 9:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whitewater paddle feather
Replies: 9
Views: 1344

Re: Whitewater paddle feather

I still use 90 - old and a Luddite, at some point I'll buy some 45s once the current paddles die (or I get bored of them which is more likely to happen).
by Strad
Thu May 05, 2016 3:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: National Trust Activity Licence scheme
Replies: 7
Views: 1134

Re: National Trust Activity Licence scheme

There are a whole host of issues around the idea, but I would observe I like the BMCs idea of a badge scheme that will contribute back into the work they do.