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by SimonMW
Wed Aug 29, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Access reaches radio 4
Replies: 3
Views: 508

Re: Access reaches radio 4

So Mr Maynard reckons 100 canoes an hour go down the river? That's only just over one canoe every second. I'd imagine Wye Canoes must be doing very well financially if they are hiring out that many boats! They must have Dagger and Pyranha on speed dial for extra boats to complete an unbroken line of...
by SimonMW
Mon Aug 27, 2018 4:07 pm
Forum: Competition Gear For Sale
Topic: Wanted K1 Cagdeck
Replies: 1
Views: 83

Re: Wanted K1 Cagdeck

I’ve got a white PeakUK K1 topdeck/cagdeck if that’s any help? Size small. Very good condition.
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 11:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 1543

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

I've mentioned it before - get on a WWS&R course where you can try these things out in a safer environment. I have, many times thank you, and I have raised this specific question with the coaches who have run them. If you've got your throwline krabbed into the boat for security and a situation aris...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 10:14 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is it true that.........?
Replies: 13
Views: 1410

Re: Is it true that.........?

Pyranha, Zet, Lettman, Waka, Exo, Prijon, Kober, VE etc. I think we can live without US kayaking products pretty well. So I don't think the policy will move production outside the US - because nobody in the US will be able to afford kayaks made outside it. Franky, it already has meant this. Corran ...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 9:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Is it true that.........?
Replies: 13
Views: 1410

Re: Is it true that.........?

The £1600 thing isn't a rumour. It's already happening AFAIK. I'm told by some industry insiders that some US kayaking firms have had European orders cancelled as a result of the tariff situation. This is not a good situation for such a small industry. All it will serve to do it move production outs...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 24, 2018 8:43 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Krab on a Throwline?
Replies: 26
Views: 1543

Re: Krab on a Throwline?

They will be wearing helmets. The slight risk of a cut eye is probably more preferable to swimming off down a G4-5 rapid. If your bag is krabbed into the boat for security you may not have time to faff around removing it. If I was in the water I'd prefer someone to just throw the damn thing rather t...
by SimonMW
Thu Jul 19, 2018 12:21 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Ripper Small?
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

My review. https://kayakjournal.wordpress.com/2018/07/19/the-pyranha-ripper-puts-the-zing-back-into-kayaking/ While I own the boat in the review, I demoed the Ripper a number of times before I bought one, so my review isn't this positive just because I bought one! It was a fairly big decision for me...
by SimonMW
Tue Jul 17, 2018 8:15 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

Don't think that seems fair, Simon is floating his idea and findings out there for discussion so not sure why you needed to post this comment Thanks for the back up Chris. An interesting note for others who are disagreeing with my view on things. Recently a world renowned freestyle kayaker had a go...
by SimonMW
Mon Jul 16, 2018 12:48 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Remix or Mamba?
Replies: 3
Views: 402

Re: Remix or Mamba?

Could try a Ripper and have the best of both worlds. I love mine and I don't think I'll ever buy another creek boat. Move fast on a Remix (if you are buying new) since the tariffs on imports thanks to the humpalump in Washington are starting to bite (£1600 for the Rockstar 4.0, ouch!) Few others to ...
by SimonMW
Fri Jul 13, 2018 12:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha Ripper Small?
Replies: 11
Views: 885

Re: Pyranha Ripper Small?

I've demoed one a few times, and now I own one. Also demoed the medium, but went for the small. From various reports of who is paddling the different sizes it would appear that the Ripper will actually deal with a much higher paddler weight than the paper specs say. Frankly I think it's one of the b...
by SimonMW
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:52 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2075

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

roofbars would count as accessories surely?
Unfortunately not. Well, at least by a large percentage of insurers. It's worth phoning yours to check. They won't generally charge you any extra for having roof bars, but they want to know that you have them.
by SimonMW
Sat Jun 02, 2018 9:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2075

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

Really??? Yes, generally anything that you add afterwards is considered a modification. Some insurers may have exceptions, but most of them these days consider a roof rack to be an after market modification, unless you bought the car from new with an official OEM roof rack fitted at the factory. It...
by SimonMW
Thu May 31, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Re: Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green

Sorry, now sold.
by SimonMW
Thu May 31, 2018 5:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?
Replies: 31
Views: 2075

Re: Roof bars. Have you checked yours?

On a separate note, how many people realise that they need to tell their insurance company that they use roof bars because they are classed as a modification? If you have an accident and the other party takes photos and your car has roof bars on and you haven't told the insurance company, your insur...
by SimonMW
Sun May 06, 2018 3:36 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

I don't think anyone's suggesting that if you hold a kayak upside-down, the backband alone will prevent the paddler from falling out. Some people are very much suggesting that. When I posited the same question on Facebook one of the first responses was "because it is what keeps you in your boat ups...
by SimonMW
Sat May 05, 2018 10:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

one of the things that keep you locked into your seat How? It's attached with flexible cord and straps. It will move as far as your body is free to when upside down until your thigh grips stop you. It doesn't stop you falling out in any way shape or form. It's a myth. To be fair, I think he's actua...
by SimonMW
Sat May 05, 2018 10:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring Kayaks For Sale
Topic: Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green
Replies: 2
Views: 326

Zet Veloc for sale - Lime green

For Sale, one very sexy looking Zet Veloc, suitable for paddlers from 45-85kg. Awesome boat, but I fancy a change. It's in the best, and fastest colour, Zet lime green, and it will instantly make you look like the expert paddler that resides inside you! People will croon as you paddle past looking a...
by SimonMW
Thu May 03, 2018 6:20 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

Sorry Simon but I totally disagree. For me the back support is just as, if not more appropriate in my kayak than my car. I certainly won't be taking it out any time soon!! D i understand why you are saying that. But then you are coming from the position of using a backband in a boat that has the ma...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

As a canoeist, I need to be a little more imaginative with the concept of connectivity. I kneel on the floor and perch on the seat or thwart yet I am able to control the boat by weight shift and friction. I may not be connected like mechanically attached or adhered but a connection there must surel...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 12:16 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

thigh hooks that grip more of your legs If you had no need for a backband then the thigh hooks could form around the legs more because you wouldn't have the backband inhibiting escaped when you straighten your legs and push out. I think a lot of the evidence you are giving of boats that don't need ...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

But it's comfortable, makes me feel connected to the car rather than perched on top of it & useful to brace against if needed. A car is a bit different to a kayak. Well completely different. If you want the backband for comfort, that's fine, but it doesn't address what it's really there for, or whe...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:54 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

Also the back band doesn't stop you escaping your kayak when inverted, because to escape the kayak you bring the knees together thus unhooking the thighs. The traditional escape is to straighten the legs and push out with your arse coming out first followed by the legs. I didn't say it stopped you ...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 10:26 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

Please explain why that is nonsensical Because kayakers are constantly contradicting themselves. One moment the back band shouldn't even be touching your back when paddling, the next it's there to keep you in the boat when upside down. None of those two scenarios are compatible with each other. The...
by SimonMW
Mon Apr 30, 2018 9:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Re: Do you need a backband?

I could be wrong (since I haven't been in a sprint kayak), but I would imagine they have much more 'bucket' shaped seats (I think as well, but could be wrong, that sprint kayak seats are on a pivot and actually rotate). Because you are sat in a recess it is very hard to slide backwards out of it, mu...
by SimonMW
Sun Apr 29, 2018 1:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Do you need a backband?
Replies: 58
Views: 2798

Do you need a backband?

I’ll start this off by saying I have removed the backband from my playboat as part of this lightening exercise. https://kayakjournal.wordpress.com/2018/04/18/diy-sos-the-bodgers-guide-to-lightening-a-dagger-jitsu/ With the band removed the boat now weighs 12.1kg with the airbags and JK Thruster. It ...
by SimonMW
Mon Mar 26, 2018 5:39 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zet Five
Replies: 5
Views: 993

Re: Zet Five

I say all of this with the cheat that one persons great boat is another hateful boat! With that said, I tried the Five with a potential mind to replacing my Veloc with one. Sitting in the Five on land felt like a great fit. However once I got on the water it was a different story. Even though the Fi...
by SimonMW
Thu Mar 08, 2018 5:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?
Replies: 36
Views: 2052

Re: Are you better at kayaking if you do other adventure sports?

You can work on all the technique and physical suff in the World, but if your head ain't there, you are onto closer before you start. Indeed. So odd how it works, too. I don't mind low volume technical, but big volume scares me. My partner whoops down big/huge volume, but she struggles to do someth...
by SimonMW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling from the Back
Replies: 8
Views: 775

Re: Paddling from the Back

I would imagine that Swede form would lead to bad trim in WW.
And bad indigestion if too much is eaten.
by SimonMW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 7:53 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 3354

Re: Paddling into your thirties

I agree Dave, but if you've been out of the game and are now swimming on G3 as the OP posted, then surely he needs to get back out on G2-3 and practice more and just have fun before he starts going on the higher grades again?
by SimonMW
Wed Feb 21, 2018 6:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Paddling into your thirties
Replies: 53
Views: 3354

Re: Paddling into your thirties

I started kayaking in my mid-30's and had only just learnt to swim. Just get out there, and stop obsessing about G4-5. Just have fun. Even in London there's easy access to WW courses even if you can only get there for an hour or so. No WW or WW courses nearby? Get a playboat and learn some flat wate...