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Post by Mark R »

What's the latest not-entirely-essential gadget you've bought for paddling trips?

I have a non-essential item coming in the post right now...


PS Bonus prize to anyone who can actually suggest a piece of gear that Kevin Francis doesn't own yet...
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Thermarest Chair Kit - I have one of those!

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Bet you don't use a Peli Case exclusively as a lunch box! ;)

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My New Ipod water tight case! Very cool but not much use in the boat

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I went to buy a new knife from my local dive shop and ended up with a new knife and trauma shears.

My flatmates were delighted and I now have a kitchen littered with "will it cut this? Oh yes!" test drives.

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Post by Mrk B »

I bought one of those banana cases two years ago from the outdoor show....Stops your bananas going mushy in your kit, does what it says on the tin.

I have noticed some outdoor shops have started stocking them eg Blacks.



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I would class a Thermarest chair kit as entirely essential.
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Dave Thomas wrote:I would class a Thermarest chair kit as entirely essential.
So would I. My latest toy is an ipod kit for the car.

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Post by Tildmeister (Mr. T) »

Trauma Shears Dave? Presumably for removing things like slings on shoulders right?? ;)


I own a battery back up pack for my i-pod - essential for tunes long after the battery in the ipod has died....

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Dave Thomas wrote:I would class a Thermarest chair kit as entirely essential.
I have one and its awesome! Like I have said in a previous post the carbon rod broke on one and Thermarest just sent 2 out to us from America, no charge, no fuss.

However, you need to be good at getting the air levels right, too little and you feel the rods while sleeping, too much and like any of those air mats its like sleeping on wooden boards.

Non essential item for me would be my camera and pelicase, non essential because that camera goes in the back of the boat for when i'm on the bank doing decent shots, a second smaller one in a diving housing is between my legs in the drink holder for those eddy shots.

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GPS for the car. Fed up of having to pull over to look at maps :)
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Post by Helen M »

Has Kevin got one of these?

http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/grilliput/index.html

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ps - Our latest gadget is this:

http://www.umic.co.uk/about_umic/news.php?id=43

Not tried it yet!

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It's got to be a decent van conversion with a fridge for cold beer and a ccoker and bed and everything close at hand. It makes life so much more pleasant than camping in a tent.

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Helen M wrote:Has Kevin got one of these?

http://www.iwantoneofthose.com/grilliput/index.html

H - x

ps - Our latest gadget is this:

http://www.umic.co.uk/about_umic/news.php?id=43

Not tried it yet!

I have both of the above - :-)

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Post by JIM HEPPY »

A Therm-a-Rest chair kit is definetly an essential item. I bought one way back in 1994 for my fisrt paddling trip to Nepal. Loads of room for kit in the back of a Free Fall LT! It was excellent then and is still going strong, a brilliant bit of kit! Enjoy

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Post by rockhopper »

Not so much a gadget for me but damn handy for my girlfriend when kayaking, camping or going to summer festivals...

http://www.travelmateinfo.com/page002.html

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Alpkit Carbonlite trekking poles. Handy for walking and trekking, and also doubled up as an impromptu tent pole under an orange survival bag (first outing, messing about to see what I could do with 'em!)

The other one is a french press insulated mug (3.99 in TK Maxx!!) so I can have proper coffee on camping trips.

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Pyro wrote:The other one is a french press insulated mug (3.99 in TK Maxx!!) so I can have proper coffee on camping trips.
I have one of these insulated cafetière mug jobbie me bobbies, they are great! I reccomend anyone that likes coffee to get one.

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I'd also recommend the cafetière mugs. It certainly makes things easier than the mini percolator that I occasionally take on trips.

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Skip wrote:I'd also recommend the cafetière mugs. It certainly makes things easier than the mini percolator that I occasionally take on trips.
Or you can use the Kayaktaiwan Original Filter Expedition Edition (KOFEE). The proprietary method is:

1. Filter your coffee through a sock
2. Drink it

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You took socks? That's not a proper expedition!

I'll have to try that one, I can imagine that the essence of foot can only add to the experience of an early morning coffee.

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My latest bit of kit, is a petzl E+Lite. Its basically an emergency head torch in its own little water proof container. The torch itself has long battery life, LED lights in either 1,2, or 3 LED options, flash, and a red LED. You can even clip it to your hat!
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I got myself one of these to transfer all images from my a digital camera to my Ipod:

http://catalog.belkin.com/IWCatProductP ... _Id=173207

I can start each day paddling with an empty camera, Especially if i have taken video, just need to learn how to get better shots from it now!

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James Hartley wrote:My latest bit of kit, is a petzl E+Lite. Its basically an emergency head torch in its own little water proof container. The torch itself has long battery life, LED lights in either 1,2, or 3 LED options, flash, and a red LED. You can even clip it to your hat!
Mine is threaded onto the backband in my boat, perfect for those December paddles when you waste half the day driving round looking for a river with water in it.

edit: BTW, the container isn't waterproof, but the torch is. Enjoy. :)

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Reusable hand warmers for after paddling!



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Post by pete.self »

12v sandwich toaster, I will be ordering one shortly so I can come off the water and have a toastie.
http://www.sailgb.com/c/12v_kettles_cooker/

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Post by Rich C »

How about a small pocket GPS system to synchronise with you digital pictures and tell you exactly where those pesky pictures were taken?

Sony Camera GPS companion

Not actually got one of these but they look fun, allowing you to combine it with something like google earth to make virtual rivers of pictures... interesting idea
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Post by Helen M »

pete.self wrote:12v sandwich toaster, I will be ordering one shortly so I can come off the water and have a toastie.
http://www.sailgb.com/c/12v_kettles_cooker/
This one is good too - just hold it over the stove. We use it quite a bit when sea kayaking.

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I suspect Kevin will have already have one!

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I've got one of these.
Mmm, totally waterproof, including the earphones!

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Reusable hand warmers for after paddling!
No pogies with little pockets on the inside to fit reusable handwarmers in, keep you hands tosty ALL day!
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