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by lg18
Mon Apr 17, 2017 12:24 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options
Replies: 14
Views: 1807

Re: Peeing in women's drysuits, comparing the options

Hello, I have tried the She-Wee in conjunction with front zip (Reed suit and Lomo suit) - absolute disaster - what a mess. I've tried the Kokatat 2-piece dry-suit (new out last year) - very fiddly to do up the joining zip and plastic knob thing, and it leaked like a sieve and the suit had to go back...
by lg18
Wed Feb 01, 2017 3:21 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Valley Sirona
Replies: 9
Views: 2825

Re: Valley Sirona

I haven't paddled a Sirona, but a friend does and thought it a sort-of half way between a Pintail and an Avocet - great for playing, rock-hopping and surfing. Sounds great to me - I paddle a Pintail and it can be a bit of a pain when empty (I'm only 57kg), especially in flat water in even a gentle b...
by lg18
Sat Jul 30, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Broken Valley Etain Seat
Replies: 19
Views: 1848

Re: Broken Valley Etain Seat

I've had 2 of these seats break in exactly the same way (2 in 8 years!) in my Valley Pintail - they are shockingly thin brittle plastic, completely rubbish design. The 2nd one that broke I was just paddling along normally, very slow and relaxed, not much pressure at all, and I only weight 56 kg. Val...
by lg18
Sun Jul 03, 2016 3:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Searching for the Finmen
Replies: 20
Views: 4319

Re: Searching for the Finmen

The Finnmen journey is currently being replicated (sort of) by Olly Hicks and George Bullard ("Wake of the Finmen"), from Greenland to Scotland. They started out from Greenland on 1st July 2016 and are currently about to hit Iceland... https://www.gramwire.com/greenlandtoscotland http://www.ollyhick...
by lg18
Thu Jun 30, 2016 11:28 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Muckle Flugga
Replies: 9
Views: 1174

Re: Muckle Flugga

Info in Tom Smith's book is as follows for area between Muckle Flugga and Hermaness: 5kn springs E-going stream starts -0300 HW Lerwick W-going stream starts +0200 HW Lerwick I would assume flow between Muckle Flugga and Out Stack to be similar, but you could ask the boat guys if they are around. Lucy
by lg18
Tue Jun 14, 2016 11:40 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Loch morar restrictions
Replies: 13
Views: 3686

Re: Loch morar restrictions

In several places along the road by the side of the loch there are signs saying no wild camping is allowed along Loch Morar. This does not tally with the advice in the guide book. Is this a recent development and how does this fit with the Scottish Outdoor Access Code? See this on the Loch Morar fi...
by lg18
Sun Apr 24, 2016 6:47 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: de-brittling latex seals
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

Re: de-brittling latex seals

This is all really interesting... especially as I will be paddling in Greenland this coming July, and if my Kokatat seals went hard in a not-very-cold shed, then I'm going to have to be really careful in Greenland, presumably keeping the drysuit inside the tent at night with me and making sure the s...
by lg18
Thu Apr 21, 2016 12:40 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: de-brittling latex seals
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

Re: de-brittling latex seals

Hi, good point, Richard, I should have described/defined "brittle". There were no cracks, but the latex had gone hard, inflexible, unstretchy, and there is no way I would have risked putting my head through, as I'm sure it would have caused tearing and cracks if I'd forced it to stretch or bend. I t...
by lg18
Wed Apr 20, 2016 5:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: de-brittling latex seals
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

Re: de-brittling latex seals

Well ok Jim, I was clearly exaggerating very slightly by saying "NO" UV! But let's be honest, this winter it really has been as near as dammit zero UV all winter! (And by winter I don't mean April, where I HAVE burnt previously, when out for 10 hours in the hills in the snow with unbroken sunshine a...
by lg18
Tue Apr 19, 2016 11:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: de-brittling latex seals
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

Re: de-brittling latex seals

Many thanks for all your useful replies. I've ordered the McNett stuff and the 303 protectant in the hope that it can soften them again, and will endeavor to hang the drysuit in a wardrobe, not the garage in future. Someone else also suggested they may soften if kept in the warmth for while. I'll tr...
by lg18
Tue Apr 19, 2016 1:18 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: is this a record?
Replies: 14
Views: 1726

Re: is this a record?

I don't care how much cheaper the Lomo Renegade is compared to other "posher" brands - mine let water in from day 1, and not just a little trickle - it poured in, big time, through the zips mainly. Wondering if I'd some how done the zips up "wrong", I tried again, and again, and again (wet rescues e...
by lg18
Mon Apr 18, 2016 10:38 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: de-brittling latex seals
Replies: 26
Views: 2149

de-brittling latex seals

Hi everyone,

After a winter in the garage my drysuit latex seals have become hard and brittle (kokatat, only bought last summer), as I didn't treat them with anything before storage. What is the best way to restore them to their former flexible glory? Or are they doomed?!

thanks,
Lucy
by lg18
Wed Dec 09, 2015 10:47 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: kayak tragedy on chilean lake
Replies: 5
Views: 1976

kayak tragedy on chilean lake

Very sad news - a man has died after capsizing in southern Chile (he was the founder of North Face)...

http://news.yahoo.com/north-face-founde ... 57465.html
by lg18
Wed Nov 25, 2015 5:05 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Remember the Suilven?
Replies: 2
Views: 1871

Re: Remember the Suilven?

Oh no! RIP Suilven - lots of fond memories - I remember the excitement of the big new "steamer" (as my family still called Cal-Mac ferries back then!) when she took over from MV Clansman on the Stornoway crossing, and she showed me my first ever pod of pilot whales. Glad the crew were saved ok even ...
by lg18
Tue Oct 13, 2015 12:00 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Advice on Clubs on the East Coast of Scotland
Replies: 9
Views: 1703

Re: Advice on Clubs on the East Coast of Scotland

Most of NESKY's meets and sessions are N of Aberdeen, so might be a bit too much of a trek for you from Montrose of an evening? I can definitely recommend Integrate, I used to be a member - a lovely club.
Lucy
by lg18
Thu Sep 03, 2015 2:43 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: NE seal row
Replies: 17
Views: 4574

Re: NE seal row

More seal shooting in the news today. And the seal shooting winners are.... Shetland salmon farmers! http://www.shetnews.co.uk/news/11321-shetland-fish-farms-top-seal-shooting-list And it seems that killing wildilfe is not even the tip of the iceberg of environmental misadventure for salmon farming:...
by lg18
Tue Sep 01, 2015 1:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: New Valley Nordkapp Forti?^
Replies: 37
Views: 15494

Re: New Valley Nordkapp Forti?^

Having sat in someone's old Nordkapp HM at the weekend, it reminded me how gorgeous they are, so wondered if anyone has any updates/reviews on how the new Forti behaves? And am I right in assuming that, unladen for day trips, a Forti would be way too big for a 5' 5" slim (57kg) person?! I would love...
by lg18
Tue Jul 21, 2015 2:10 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Kayak for Girlfriend
Replies: 12
Views: 2449

Re: Kayak for Girlfriend

Hi there, sounds like she is only v slightly smaller than me. I paddle a Valley Pintail, which I actually wouldn't recommend as a first kayak (and anyway they don't make them anymore). As others have said, Avocets are excellent all-rounders and are confidence-inducing, although I personally find the...
by lg18
Tue Jul 14, 2015 3:03 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Orkney
Replies: 1
Views: 1071

Re: Orkney

Hi Andy, we'll be in Orkney at the same time as you (although only 4-5 days), arriving also on the 27th, from Shetland. Not sure how much paddling we'll have time for, though, as it's for work, but look out for our Skoda carrying Pintail + Tiderace on top. It is also the Orkney sea kayak symposium d...
by lg18
Tue Jun 23, 2015 6:34 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: CAMPING and TICKS
Replies: 31
Views: 6929

Re: CAMPING and TICKS

If you use tweezers or ( cover it in butter, vaseline etc., an old way in the highlands ) to remove a tick it's stomach contents can be forced out back into your body and if its infected then so are you This is why fine tweezers are needed so you get them by the mouthparts right next to your skin r...
by lg18
Sat Jun 20, 2015 5:11 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: CAMPING and TICKS
Replies: 31
Views: 6929

Re: CAMPING and TICKS

A warning about using Avon Skin So Soft - although I found it to work well due to midges sticking to it, I couldn't paddle after applying it as my oily hands just slipped so badly on the paddle shaft! I couldn't get the oil off, even after wiping on spraydeck, BA, hair, in the sea... So now I do a f...
by lg18
Wed May 06, 2015 3:07 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: OS maps - 1:25 or 1:50?^
Replies: 14
Views: 1886

Re: OS maps - 1:25 or 1:50?

Like Douglas, I use mainly laminated A4 1:50,000, but for complex areas, e.g. Shetland with lots of ins and outs, caves etc I laminate 1:25,000, and also laminate road map (1:250,000) for some areas in case there's a change of plan and we go off the map/emergency/need alternative route back to car e...
by lg18
Tue Apr 21, 2015 11:51 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Knowing when to turn back!
Replies: 13
Views: 3492

Re: Knowing when to turn back!

Well done you, very sensible indeed in my opinion! I am a great one for turning back - 3 times in the last 2 years. Once, like you, due to sudden fog, plus a bit of westerly swell plus weird tide movements after we'd rounded a headland in Shetland. No real concerns about being ploughed down by shipp...
by lg18
Wed Apr 15, 2015 4:08 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Expedition style drysuits^
Replies: 69
Views: 10420

Re: Expedition style drysuits^

More reviews of the new Kokatat Idol 2-piece drysuit: https://kayakjournal.wordpress.com/2014/11/18/kokatat-idol-drysuit-review/ http://cksblog.com/2015/03/kokatat-idol-drysuit-review/ Looks brilliant, I think I might have to splash out! (shame the female version doesn't come in yellow like the men'...
by lg18
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:49 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Expedition style drysuits^
Replies: 69
Views: 10420

Re: Expedition style drysuits^

Thanks Geoff and Matto - I've just read a review where it seems like the bum zip can get in the way of getting back intothe cockpit quickly e.g. after a swim, which sounds a bit of a faff and annoying and has put me off a little bit. But that Idol drysuit looks great with completely detachable top a...
by lg18
Mon Apr 13, 2015 6:33 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Hiring sea kayaks on Shetland
Replies: 4
Views: 1302

Re: Hiring sea kayaks on Shetland

If you can't/don't want to have a "guide", I wonder if you could join the Shetland Canoe Club as a fully paid up member and then go out with them as they have kayaks and trailer etc, or even perhaps go on your own as a member? I don't know if this is possible and might be a bit cheeky but worth find...
by lg18
Mon Apr 13, 2015 2:35 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking - Gear
Topic: Expedition style drysuits^
Replies: 69
Views: 10420

Re: Expedition style drysuits^

Fed up with wasting money on "dry" suits that are wetter than wet suits, I am considering taking the expensive plunge into Kokatat. I know the Expedition drysuits get an excellent write-up from almost everyone, but has anyone any experience of their Front Entry drysuit with Drop Seat? (thought it mi...
by lg18
Mon Mar 09, 2015 10:23 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My long way to the roll (and still going)
Replies: 82
Views: 9914

Re: My long way to the roll (and still going)

"...as soon I wanted to turn downwind Rubber Duckie was stubborn and it needed a lot of edging and sweep strokes to get it around. The skeg was working and fully down..." There was a thread on here some time ago that explained really nicely how using a stern rudder makes this much easier (anchoring ...
by lg18
Sun Feb 08, 2015 12:57 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: My long way to the roll (and still going)
Replies: 82
Views: 9914

Re: My long way to the roll (and still going)

Hi Kirsten, If your paddle is always immediately diving now, there could be one (or more) of several things going wrong in the process. Maybe try splitting the roll into its component parts and work on each separately, rather than trying trying trying the full roll and failing and losing confidence ...
by lg18
Mon Feb 02, 2015 8:32 pm
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Two paddlers - three kayak options - input appreciated!
Replies: 21
Views: 4047

Re: Two paddlers - three kayak options - input appreciated!

I was going to recommend the Tempest and then saw you are already considering it. A really great all-rounder and extremely comfortable for a range of people due to the highly alterable cock-pit - nicely thought out. They come in different sizes too, not just the 170. Has your girlfriend considered t...