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by cathalferris
Thu Mar 23, 2017 12:55 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thule Wing bar vs Whisp Bar
Replies: 9
Views: 6637

Re: Thule Wing bar vs Whisp Bar

I've got the Thule wing bars as well, permanently on, no noise, little if any mpg loss (its a q7 so already a fairly large cross sectional area though the Cd is pretty good) . I can't hear any extra noise from the bars when windows and sunroof are open, and I've tried motorway speeds to see.. I get ...
by cathalferris
Thu Mar 02, 2017 8:30 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Splits - If not why not?
Replies: 19
Views: 1726

Re: Splits - If not why not?

Given I generally paddle with intermediate level paddlers, I have always got a set of splits in the back of the creek boat, along with the bivvy bag, first aid kit, throwbag, and flask of hot Ribena. My pin kit is in the bouyancy aid. The splits I have are not that good with plastic blades and a 90/...
by cathalferris
Tue Jan 31, 2017 8:58 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: New emergency phone system for Glen Etive
Replies: 10
Views: 852

Re: New emergency phone system for Glen Etive

Blog link comes up as private

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by cathalferris
Wed Jan 25, 2017 6:31 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Whats the deal with the Zet Toro?!?!
Replies: 7
Views: 1099

Re: Whats the deal with the Zet Toro?!?!

The Toro is not a creek boat. It's a good race boat, but it does not have the get out of jail free cards that the Raptor and Director have. Myself, I'm between 95kg and 100kg kitted up, and I carry a full set of gear (splits, flask, first aid, pin kit, repair kit etc) so I'm definitely overweight fo...
by cathalferris
Tue Jan 03, 2017 8:46 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Possibly the best top ten list ever...
Replies: 26
Views: 2673

Re: Possibly the best top ten list ever...

Ah, an honourable mention should go to Kamp Lazar, at the end of the Otona section - the last of the useful runs on the Soča river. Fantastic beers and meat pancakes, river right just upstream of the Napoleon Bridge in Kobarid, Slovenia (http://lazar.si/en/)
by cathalferris
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:37 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: What shoes for kayaking?
Replies: 10
Views: 1143

Re: What shoes for kayaking?

Now that 5:10 are owned by Adidas, there are more shoes available with the Stealth rubber soles. Having used that stuff over the past few years, I'll use only that rubber compound for my paddling. My paddling group have found that the 5:10 build quality is reasonable. Took my water shoes three years...
by cathalferris
Wed Nov 16, 2016 8:32 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Choosing a playboat
Replies: 6
Views: 1172

Re: Choosing a playboat

I'm the same dimensions as you are, and I went with a large Jed three years ago. Happy enough with that decision. It performs fine on river waves, but a little over size for some flatwater stuff. It's adequate in ocean surf, but none of the current playboats are that good in ocean surf (I prefer a G...
by cathalferris
Fri Sep 02, 2016 2:57 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Best white water boat you have ever paddled
Replies: 12
Views: 1767

Re: Best white water boat you have ever paddled

Riot Glide.. I did most of the G3/G4 rivers in North Wales in this boat back in the late 90s with my college club. Certainly made things interesting, given the lack of get out of jail free cards that boat has! I chickened out of paddling Pont Cwyfyg in it though, transferring to a Redline.. Never ha...
by cathalferris
Sun Jul 17, 2016 11:54 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How much does paddling REALLY cost each trip?
Replies: 14
Views: 1397

Re: How much does paddling REALLY cost each trip?

I do kayaking, downhill and cross-country mountain biking, a little road biking and astronomy. Two boats, 4 bikes, 5 telescopes. I don't want to think about the capital costs, but I have easy access to exactly the bits I need to pursue my activities. To me, the cost is cheap for the mental and physi...
by cathalferris
Thu Jul 14, 2016 10:59 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Soca in August - advice and tips please
Replies: 22
Views: 2790

Re: Soca in August - advice and tips please

One of our lads had a trip through that particular one as well this June, no ill effects from the 20 second downtime. It was almost identical to this little video clip how it happened as well.
Great to know where it is as well.

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by cathalferris
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:34 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Advice on BA purchase
Replies: 13
Views: 1069

Re: Advice on BA purchase

I've certainly found that BA buoyancy does degrade over time. You can feel the foam shrink in Palm BAs around the edges, leaving plenty of material between the foam and the seams. For sure, we should all test our BAs at least once a year before our summer trips to ensure that we have adequate protec...
by cathalferris
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:29 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Road Access to Briancon
Replies: 11
Views: 1989

Re: Road Access to Briancon

The Grenoble-Briancon road is definitely open, with notices that it may be closed at any time, and a notice on a maximum weight as well. There is a chicane in the road on the Briancon side to prevent coaches and camper vans from accessing the newly-built road, as it really is not safe for any heavil...
by cathalferris
Thu Jun 09, 2016 3:25 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Thoughts on cowtails vs slings for flooded kayak management on rivers?
Replies: 10
Views: 1319

Thoughts on cowtails vs slings for flooded kayak management on rivers?

I had an interesting conversation with a UK paddler recently when out in the Durance valley regarding cowtails and slings as applied to moving boats on rivers especially flooded boats. Personally, I don't like the idea of a length of strong sling nearby or around me when I'm managing a boat on a riv...
by cathalferris
Wed Jun 08, 2016 7:04 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: French Alps River Levels
Replies: 10
Views: 3071

Re: French Alps River Levels

Another one to watch for, is the upper Ubaye, the section that ends in Jausiers. Seems that a debris flow down the torrent de rios sec (marker for the supposed easier get-on) has dropped loads of gravel and stones into the river. This took out the old new bridge and there's a temporary bridge in pla...
by cathalferris
Wed Jun 08, 2016 6:52 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Alps Italian/france boarder Parking
Replies: 7
Views: 957

Re: Alps Italian/france boarder Parking

The car hire companies will charge to pick up at one and drop off at another. There should be no restriction for driving a hired car between mainland EU countries. There are insurance restrictions in driving to the former Soviet bloc countries at least, but definitely nothing between Italy and Franc...
by cathalferris
Sat May 14, 2016 2:11 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: French Alps River Levels
Replies: 10
Views: 3071

Re: French Alps River Levels

Link here:
http://www.rivermap.ch/map.html#sprache ... 52&zoom=10

Extrapolates from level gauges in Vallouise (Onde), La Clapiere (Durance), Le Lauzet-Ubaye (Ubaye)
by cathalferris
Fri Apr 08, 2016 12:08 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Pyrenees dam releases in June
Replies: 6
Views: 1282

Re: Pyrenees dam releases in June

Take care on the slalom course, there may still be cables in the water, dependent on the water level. Though, it has been a few years since I was there and I would hope that the local crews would have cleared up the in-water tangles. You're not a million miles from the Salat and environs south of Sa...
by cathalferris
Sun Mar 20, 2016 1:27 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Briancon region river webcams?
Replies: 12
Views: 3502

Re: Briancon region river webcams?

Seems that all of the river-pointed webcams seem to be not online, or at least not generating any useful information. The server (http://video.hautes-alpes.net) that served the video clips from the Argentiere, Rabioux, and Queyras cams is operational. However it appears to have no video data to serv...
by cathalferris
Fri Mar 11, 2016 10:03 am
Forum: Sea Kayaking
Topic: Car camping
Replies: 15
Views: 1843

Re: Car camping

The "easy" versions of the Decathlon popup tents are significantly easier than previous versions to take down. I've a fancy 3 man popup with lights and vents, and it comes down by holding a strap inside the back of the tent, and walking out with that strap, clipping that once, clip two more clips, p...
by cathalferris
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:05 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question of the care of throwbags
Replies: 20
Views: 1807

Re: A question of the care of throwbags

Been well tempted to do just that sometimes.. At least the crew I do most of my paddling with, in the local Uni club, are in the habit of hanging up the ropes after every river trip.
by cathalferris
Mon Mar 07, 2016 2:04 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Sun cream
Replies: 8
Views: 1271

Re: Sun cream

Another vote for the P20 stuff. Put it on when you get out of your sleeping bag, before you get dressed up, and it should be chemically bonded to the skin at least ~30 min later, and then safe to put the cag seals on. Definitely do not get the P20 on your seals, and don't put on the cag until a dece...
by cathalferris
Sun Mar 06, 2016 7:02 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: A question of the care of throwbags
Replies: 20
Views: 1807

A question of the care of throwbags

Do many people on here know how to take proper care of their throwbags/throwropes? Do many people take their ropes and hang them up to properly dry after a day's paddling? This has the side effect of a lighter rope that's easier to pack up. Do you know to check your rope for grit ingress, and small ...
by cathalferris
Sat Feb 20, 2016 2:59 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Zet raptor vs Dagger mamba
Replies: 24
Views: 6759

Re: Zet raptor vs Dagger mamba

In the University club we've pretty much settled on Raptors and Mambas as the good club boats. The Zet outfitting is lasting longer under club use, and the general preference amongst the club paddlers is for the Raptor. Of course there are those that have personal preferences for the Dagger boats, b...
by cathalferris
Wed Oct 21, 2015 12:10 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go in January
Replies: 12
Views: 2136

Re: Where to go in January

Thanks for the reply. Why January? It's because there's a 3 week period in January where the majority of people that would go on this trip have no lectures. The college semester timetable finishes one semester before Christmas and the next semester starts in the last week in January. There's no east...
by cathalferris
Fri Oct 09, 2015 2:33 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Where to go in January
Replies: 12
Views: 2136

Re: Where to go in January

The expected grade to be paddled with this group would be 3/3+ in general with options on 4/4+ for the more experienced college paddlers. The upper limits paddled previously in Wales would have been the Ogwen, Pont Cywyfg and the rest of the Llugwy, Nantgywryd (spelling?), all with on - grade flows,...
by cathalferris
Thu Sep 17, 2015 10:44 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tuna or Burn?
Replies: 17
Views: 3764

Re: Tuna or Burn?

One of my paddling buddies over here, he runs a number of paddling courses, and he's on his 4th or 5th Tuna now. There's apparently a known issue with the first production run of boats with the quality of the plastic. Apparently there's a multi month backlog of warranty replacements. His advice? If ...
by cathalferris
Sun Aug 09, 2015 11:31 am
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: How do I use upright roof bars properly
Replies: 19
Views: 5791

Re: How do I use upright roof bars properly

At over 120kg, you're almost certainly overloading the roof. Roof bars are rated per roof, so in the case above of 75kg that means a total of 75kg, not a total of 150. My A4 estate has a manufacturer limit of 100kg, I've matched that with a set of Thule bars, and I'm careful enough not to overload. ...
by cathalferris
Wed Aug 05, 2015 1:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Kayaking shoes worth it
Replies: 41
Views: 6877

Re: Kayaking shoes worth it

If you have cheap trainers in a kayak, please make very sure that the heel on them is not an entrapment hazard if you need a speedy exit. We've had some rather close calls in our club over the years where people have gotten their footwear caught in the interior fittings while exiting, making for som...
by cathalferris
Thu Jul 30, 2015 7:58 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: And now for something completely different...
Replies: 5
Views: 1269

Re: And now for something completely different...

That's pretty good!

As for wezzit? Ubaye racecourse, Guil..
by cathalferris
Mon Jul 20, 2015 7:42 pm
Forum: Whitewater and Touring
Topic: Tighter fitting helmet
Replies: 5
Views: 795

Re: Tighter fitting helmet

Not as much the tightness of the strap, but more the direction and length of the straps coming from the helmet to the button that draws them together. Though it's also possible that your shape of head just isn't suited to the helmet. Another point, is the cradle at the back of the helmet extended fu...