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by Mark Mulrain
Tue Nov 12, 2019 12:01 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Backband replacements
Replies: 2
Views: 217

Re: Backband replacements

Pretty much all backband ratchet parts are made by Immersion Research. The only exceptions are Pyranha and maybe Dragorossi but I've interchanged parts without any issues.

I doubt you'll find them cheaper anywhere than from IR - https://immersionresearch.eu/collections/spare-parts
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Armchair boat
Replies: 13
Views: 851

Re: Armchair boat

Why don't you spend the money on some coaching to boost your skills and confidence instead?
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Nov 01, 2019 12:38 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Help choosing playboat for big guy
Replies: 3
Views: 383

Re: Help choosing playboat for big guy

I wouldn't touch the Molan. It's awful.
The Pyranha Jed is a much better design. It was designed by the same guy that did the Project X, so you can kind of consider it as the evolution of the Project X.

The usual 'demo, demo, demo' applies as always.
by Mark Mulrain
Mon Oct 28, 2019 4:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Outfitting??
Replies: 2
Views: 517

Re: Outfitting??

I think if you buy a new model then you won't get the choice. It's pretty much all stout with the up to date boats now. The new thigh braces and hip pads are brilliant. I used to swap the old hip pads out but no need for that, totally happy with the new ones. I would defintely consider the optional ...
by Mark Mulrain
Tue Oct 15, 2019 10:50 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1236

Re: Which Drysuit?

Adrian Cooper wrote:
Mon Oct 14, 2019 4:34 pm
most of these are sold 'off the peg'
Of course, but some suits will have a better cut than others. Especially the ones made by companies that are actually kayaking companies rather than shed operations or sailing companies.
by Mark Mulrain
Mon Oct 14, 2019 10:37 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1236

Re: Which Drysuit?

Sweet and kokatat stand out. Great fabric and manufacturing. IR are nice as well but less flexible than gore pro shell. palm is less flexible (probably the same as ir) than nrs but i really like the new zipper and the quality seems to be quite good as well. Sandiline is really sturdy but feels bulk...
by Mark Mulrain
Thu Oct 10, 2019 8:41 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Replacing ropes with ratchets
Replies: 10
Views: 642

Re: Replacing ropes with ratchets

I reckon a man of your learned status could manage this, Banzer.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=wDMox-JDeqY
by Mark Mulrain
Wed Oct 09, 2019 4:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1236

Re: Which Drysuit?

What's the best drysuit for masochists that like to do long (sweaty) walk-ins? Needs to be breathable I suppose, and well articulated for movement. Oh and a a massive lump of foam built into both shoulders..... :) EDIT Mark M.... are Sweet leaving the WW business? They are the market leaders in hel...
by Mark Mulrain
Wed Oct 09, 2019 9:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which Drysuit?
Replies: 18
Views: 1236

Re: Which Drysuit?

7 Figure from IR when the new ones are in the country I've been told mid to late November. If you go for a sweet suit, act quick. They won't be in the WW business for much longer. I had an IR Arch Rival suit before that I've just retired after 4 years. Zips had started to perish, it had been torn a...
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Sep 13, 2019 10:39 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Nepal- realistic itinerary?
Replies: 12
Views: 913

Re: Nepal- realistic itinerary?

Depending which section(s) of the Karnali, that looks pretty sensible.

Gotta love that faffy Nepali life...
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Sep 06, 2019 9:57 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats
Replies: 23
Views: 1421

Re: Lighter weight plastic whitewater boats

Pretty sure Pyranha can offer this. Talk to your local dealer perhaps?
by Mark Mulrain
Tue May 21, 2019 10:13 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tees Barrage June Closure!
Replies: 15
Views: 1830

Re: Tees Barrage June Closure!

I don't suppose you just tried phoning the course and asked for actual information before asking 'the internet'?
by Mark Mulrain
Fri May 10, 2019 10:44 pm
Forum: Dates and Events
Topic: Wet West Paddlefest 2019
Replies: 0
Views: 427

Wet West Paddlefest 2019

13th to 15th September https://www.facebook.com/events/321077771847445/ Fri night - Sign in in Fort William pub. Location TBC Saturday - Moriston release Saturday night - Ceilidh in the Nevis Centre, Fort William Sunday - Garry release Ticket purchasing info to follow. Pre-booking your ticket online...
by Mark Mulrain
Sun May 05, 2019 10:32 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyranha 9R '2' - what's the difference?
Replies: 6
Views: 1289

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

I think most changes are down to the way the original 9R was used. Pyranha did not expect people to take a boat that was primarily designed to go as fast in a straight line (as fast a sub 9 foot river design can go anyway) and push their limits with hard whitewater. With harder and harder race cours...
by Mark Mulrain
Thu May 02, 2019 12:24 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Wavesport transformer (T1)
Replies: 9
Views: 817

Re: Wavesport transformer (T1)

Very outdated boat. Wasn't a great design when it was released either.

If you are looking for an all out freestyle kayak for a reasonable price, go hunting for a 2nd hand;
  • Pyranha Jed
  • Jackson Allstar/Rockstar
  • Wavesport Project/Project X
  • Dagger Jitsu/Kingpin
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Mar 29, 2019 10:03 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak
Replies: 10
Views: 742

Re: Suitable Playboat/Freestyle kayak

If you are wanting it to be suited to mainly river running and you only need to do basic moves in it, then perhaps an out and out Freestyle kayak is not actually what you are looking for?

What do you consider as a basic move?
by Mark Mulrain
Wed Mar 20, 2019 10:28 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

I was thinking of applying a seam "extension", sticking-plaster style. I think this stuff would probably be better - https://www.amazon.co.uk/Mcnett-Gore-Tex-Repair-Patches/dp/B005T19RQ8/ref=asc_df_B005T19RQ8/?tag=googshopuk-21&linkCode=df0&hvadid=205188093108&hvpos=1o2&hvnetw=g&hvrand=624194699267...
by Mark Mulrain
Tue Mar 19, 2019 10:35 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?
Replies: 15
Views: 1219

Re: Drysuit tape - is it worth buying your own?

I just come off the water with a damp patch on my outer thermals around my lower back. I don't even need to capsize to feel the water coming through. If you are getting wet without even capsizing, perhaps you have worn through the fabric rather than the seams themselves leaking. I had just hoped th...
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Mar 08, 2019 1:41 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?
Replies: 2
Views: 370

Re: Which spray deck for a Jackson Monstar?

The IR XXL cockpits will work well.

Due to the decks being SO big, it might be an idea to get a rand style deck rather than a bungee. This massive cockpit can be fairly subsceptible to implosions in rougher water.
by Mark Mulrain
Thu Jan 17, 2019 1:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sweet Protection drysuits
Replies: 5
Views: 836

Re: Sweet Protection drysuits

The Chuckster wrote:
Thu Jan 17, 2019 12:14 pm
Scottish mountain Gear as they are a certified Goretex repair centre
They don't do suits anymore sadly.
by Mark Mulrain
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Spraydecks & Macno's
Replies: 8
Views: 915

Re: Spraydecks & Macno's

The large Machno is pretty big. Have a look at the IR Klingon in an XL cockpit - https://immersionresearch.eu/store/spray-decks/whitewater-bungee-decks/2018-klingon-bungee-spray-skirt/ . Much stretchier than the rand models (and most people do not need a rand) and super high performance. I can fit t...
by Mark Mulrain
Wed Dec 12, 2018 6:40 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dagger Nomad deck advice
Replies: 4
Views: 466

Re: Dagger Nomad deck advice

The IR klingon is probably the driest deck going - https://immersionresearch.eu/store/spra ... ray-skirt/

i wouldn't rule out the fact that it is just your bolts in the boat leaking. Try and seal them up and see if that makes a difference.
by Mark Mulrain
Mon Mar 26, 2018 8:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Dry cag
Replies: 1
Views: 454

Re: Dry cag

Have a look at IR. Really good quality stuff and direct online sales so it's cheaper in the UK/EU than anywhere else in the world. https://www.immersionresearch.eu/store/product-category/mens-dry-tops/ People seem to be liking the drysuits too - https://www.ukriversguidebook.co.uk/forum/viewtopic.ph...
by Mark Mulrain
Thu Feb 22, 2018 8:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Creek Boat Advice
Replies: 4
Views: 759

Re: Creek Boat Advice

The raptor caused a storm on UKRGB when it came out. With many people saying how different it was from the current boat offerings. I don't think it would be very accurate to say an older boat was similar to it. Before the likes of the 9R/Tuna were turning heads and making people think differently ab...
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Feb 09, 2018 4:40 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Immersion Research drysuits

https://www.immersionresearch.eu/store/ ... dry-suits/

https://www.immersionresearch.eu/store/ ... dry-suits/

New suits were made available to buy today!

2017 colours will be phased out, I was wrong. So don't delay if you are a 2017 colour fan.
by Mark Mulrain
Thu Feb 01, 2018 1:17 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)

sm wrote:
Thu Feb 01, 2018 9:13 am
Do the folk that have actual experience of a medium Machno have any view on seat position?
The widest part of Pyranha boats tend to be behind the seat these days. I would suggest a neutral seat position or perhaps slightly back.
Basically, anything but forwards.
by Mark Mulrain
Mon Jan 29, 2018 2:00 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)
Replies: 10
Views: 1403

Re: Small or Medium Machno????? (or Zet Five)

Surprised the 9R isn't on your list. That's in the same ball park as the new Zet. I do have a comparison between the 9R and Machno - http://scottishwhitewater.blogspot.com/2017/10/9r-vs-machno.html I agree with Dave though, it is going to be tough to find one boat that is perfect for everything you ...
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Immersion Research drysuits

SimonMW wrote:
Fri Jan 26, 2018 9:19 am
aside from the Peak cagdecks
IR will do a cagdeck too! It's done on a on demand basis so you need to email them to get the ball rolling.
The deck and top are glued together rather than stitched and taped (which you'll see on cheaper cagdecks), this should keep everything watertight for longer.
by Mark Mulrain
Fri Jan 26, 2018 7:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Immersion Research drysuits

New colours should be additional colours to the line up. 2017 colours will be staying for 2018. I think...
by Mark Mulrain
Sun Jan 14, 2018 10:23 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Immersion Research drysuits
Replies: 9
Views: 1678

Re: Immersion Research drysuits

I understand the former is made with polyester (which apparently is less likely to wet out when the DWR wears off) and the latter with nylon, but is the 7Figure notably lighter This is all correct. Not sure if it would give a massive difference in freedom of movement. The cut of the suit is more im...