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Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.^

Post by Paul Barrett » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:11 pm

I would be interested to hear what people saw as their Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking/Expeditioning Kit.

1. Carbon Quest lv
2. Lendal Kinetic touring 215cm cc crank paddle
3. Jetboil
4. Otterbox
5. Sealskin socks
6. MSR 6l water carrier/bladder
7. Reed/Chillcheeter Spray Deck
8. Oceanpro Towline
9. Silva 70 deck mounted compass
10. Lomo purge valve triangle shaped drybag

I am upgrading and I would love to hear your thoughts
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Post by Mark R » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:28 pm

Small radio - will keep you company in the evening, and keep you sane when shore-bound for days. Also useful to leave on playing quietly, when you walk away from your tent.
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Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

Post by Curly67 » Sat Oct 22, 2011 7:46 pm

VHF Radio
Rockpool Taran

P&H Delphin 150

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Post by Oarsome » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:23 pm

My top ten (if we include the boat as in the first post):

1: Leo C1X coastal rowing boat
2: Dreher macon sculls with adjustable handles (will probably try the Apex-RE at some later date)
3: Carl Douglas seat - custom bum-bone holes
4: Good sunglasses with polaroid filter (mine are Blocs, but anything good will do)
5: Headsweat Race Hat
6: Beanie
7: Rain jacket - Marmot Hyper (it's excellent at wicking moisture)
8: Wet shoes - Adidas CC Lace
9: GPS - GPSMAP 62s
10: Watch/barometer - Suunto Core Sahara Yellow

I actually have at least ten more items I always take on overnighters which I consider equally essential and put a lot of effort into selecting (tent, sleeping bag, Downmat, yada, yada).

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Post by Voodoo » Sat Oct 22, 2011 8:23 pm

Mark R wrote:Small radio - Also useful to leave on playing quietly, when you walk away from your tent.

Thats a clever little top tip that one, I like it :-)
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Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

Post by GrahamKing » Sat Oct 22, 2011 11:11 pm

In no particular order:
  • Ortlieb waterproof compression sack for sleeping bag;
  • Sandals with Vibram soles, worn with Sealskin waterproof socks, are as good as hiking boots ashore and far less bulky to stow;
  • Small rectangle of closed-cell foam mat for sitting on;
  • Freya Hoffmeister trolley, if you can lay your hands on one - indestructible and packs away easily - worth a thread to itself;
  • Chillcheater coverall - it's an emergency extra layer afloat, a spare spraydeck, a one-man storm shelter, a cag ashore (if you have a high embarrassment threshold), and it's all you need if you have to leave the tent in a hurry...
  • A lanyard with a couple of corks on to preserve your expensive prescription spectacles. It's also a vital fashion accessory to go with the Chillcheater top;
  • A charity to support - worth doing for its own sake, but you'd be surprised how having a charitable objective smooths the way with folk who would otherwise be inclined to obstructiveness;
  • VHF and a PLB;
  • waterproof headtorch;
  • sand pegs for the tent - can double as a splint for a broken tent pole or paddle shaft.

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Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

Post by zec01 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 10:28 am

My crutches stowed away in front hatch, otherwise I have to roll up the beach!
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Post by geoffm » Sun Oct 23, 2011 12:20 pm

My coffee percolator.

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Post by sleepybubble » Sun Oct 23, 2011 3:41 pm

Big bucket of common sense...

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Post by zec01 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:28 pm

Where can I get a bucket of common sense?

I just looked in my bucket and there is a big hole in the bottom and all
my common sense has drained away!
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Post by MikeB » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:29 pm

Thermarest and chair kit for it!
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Post by tenboats1 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 4:58 pm

You were kidding about the Ocean Pro tow line, yes??

I have one: it is not fit for purpose. At All.

I'd add a camp oven to the list. Fresh bread every moring is a must for me.

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Post by sleepybubble » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:13 pm

zec01 wrote:Where can I get a bucket of common sense?

I just looked in my bucket and there is a big hole in the bottom and all
my common sense has drained away!
Oh I got mine from the big fella, he gave me a big pile of innovation and practicality too, which I see as a trade off for being ginger :)

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Post by Kayaks'N'Beer » Sun Oct 23, 2011 5:37 pm

4 Leg Folding Camp Bed, £14.99 from Argos (available much cheaper at camping shows and stuff) - Sure it's big but I don't care. It lives up behind my skeg box and I wouldn't leave home without one. Sleeping on the ground sucks so hard cows prefer to sleep standing up!

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tenboats1 wrote:You were kidding about the Ocean Pro tow line, yes??

I have one: it is not fit for purpose. At All.

I'd add a camp oven to the list. Fresh bread every moring is a must for me.

Just bought one myself. It's a nice piece of kit. I have my doubts about the nylon crab and will probably replace it with metal but even at that it's a sweet piece of kit for the price from where I'm sitting.

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Post by Skerry Packer » Sun Oct 23, 2011 6:29 pm

My top ten bits of kit does not include essentials but but I do like little luxuries.


1. My 12v electric shower and shower tent.
2. Long handled waffle maker for making toasties by an open fire.
3. Real coffee caffetiere.
4. 10l MSR Dromedary bag.
5. My wee folding table to keep things off the ground.
6. My Tilley hat.
7, Nice clear plastic wine glasses
8. Bottle ot two of wine.
9. Bottle of Malt Whisky.
10. My big down sleeping bag.
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Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

Post by tenboats1 » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:16 pm

tenboats1 wrote:You were kidding about the Ocean Pro tow line, yes??

I have one: it is not fit for purpose. At All.

I'd add a camp oven to the list. Fresh bread every moring is a must for me.

Just bought one myself. It's a nice piece of kit. I have my doubts about the nylon crab and will probably replace it with metal but even at that it's a sweet piece of kit for the price from where I'm sitting.[/quote]


I know what you mean, it does look good when sitting at home. Try repacking that on the water in rough conditions though. And you need to fix the clip without a knot. The belt part is quite nice though. Maybe cut off the tiny bag that is too small and difficult to pack and fit a bigger one in its place. Use a different clip and different method of fixing too :)
Obviously not designed by a sea kayaker.......................

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Post by tpage » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:20 pm

No expedition os complete without Baarbra!
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Post by Kayaks'N'Beer » Sun Oct 23, 2011 7:40 pm

tenboats1 wrote: I know what you mean, it does look good when sitting at home. Try repacking that on the water in rough conditions though. And you need to fix the clip without a knot. The belt part is quite nice though. Maybe cut off the tiny bag that is too small and difficult to pack and fit a bigger one in its place. Use a different clip and different method of fixing too :)
Obviously not designed by a sea kayaker.......................
I never found a problem with the bag size. I've daisy chained the rope into the middle from both ends and left a loop I can tie onto the steel ring for a short, calm weather tow, hanging out the bottom of the bag. There's plenty room to stuff the last half in the main pocket and the first half in the front pocket. I've heard the argument about having to put rope back in bag in rough conditions but I really don't go with that since the whole idea of towing in the first place is to get someone away from rough conditions and into somewhere more sheltered or shore. I'll rechain it and stuff it back together in a couple of minutes anyway.

I'm planning on testing it hard next year before I make a final decision on the nylon clip. There is something cool about not needing a float on there.

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Post by immunogirl » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:47 am

Probably not exhaustive and I'm leaving off the functional stuff that I have & use which I don't really have strong feelings for or against... (like my vhf radio or pfd, they merely exist, yet they're always in use)

1. p&h vela
2. epic small mid-wing
3. black diamond orbit lantern
4. palm dry pants
5. kokatat tec-tour anorak
6. mion water sandals
7. kindle
8. patagonia micropuff pants & jacket
9. montrail Bivouac PrimaLoft Bootie
10. primaloft pillow
11. cliff bar shot bloks w/caffeine
12. spyderco salt series knives
13. big agnes sand mountain sleeping pad

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Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

Post by Tastim » Mon Oct 24, 2011 6:17 am

Second the thermarest chair!

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Post by Paddle Lochaber » Mon Oct 24, 2011 1:15 pm

Another vote for the Thermarest chair!

We like our Kelly Kettle too!

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Post by Jim » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:10 pm

I guess No's 1 and 2 have to be:
1) some kind of boat
2) some kind of paddle

Apart from that the main constant on all my overnght trips is my thermarest. Tents and sleeping bags change with season and purpose, but the good old thermarest is the key to a good nights sleep assuming you have some kind of shelter and bedding. The chair kit makes it multifunctional which is always a bonus.

Radio is good, you will often have to listen to R4 long wave in remote spots, eventually you will get the hang of it but it can be off-putting for beginners.

A book, fictional or biographical, is often worthwhile too. You can while away some time reading pilots and re-checking charts and tidal details but if you're weather bound for long you will need something with a story to keep you sane.

Companions are also useful, they can in part replace the radio and book, or at least augment them.

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Post by TechnoEngineer » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:15 pm

No-one's mentioned Gaffer tape yet ;)
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Post by Oarsome » Mon Oct 24, 2011 3:18 pm

TechnoEngineer wrote:No-one's mentioned Gaffer tape yet ;)
Don't carry it. I have a small roll of mylar tape.

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Re: Top Ten pieces of Sea kayaking and Expeditioning Kit.

Post by David A » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:29 pm

Most of the main pieces of kit have been mentioned. However, what about:

• Midge head net for summer use
• Telescopic fishing rod
• A good book
• Camera and journal for a record of the trip
• Most important, good company.

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Post by Kayaks'N'Beer » Mon Oct 24, 2011 8:52 pm

David A wrote: • Midge head net for summer use

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Winner! How could I have forgotten my trusty midge net. I have the jacket and hood version so I can tuck my hands up inside the sleeves if it's really bad.

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Post by Daker » Tue Oct 25, 2011 12:44 pm

tenboats1 wrote:I'd add a camp oven to the list. Fresh bread every moring is a must for me.
You must get up really early to manage that !
However, as a fan of home made bread Im curious so do you have a make for one youd recommend and I'll look it up ?

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Post by The Shiner » Tue Oct 25, 2011 2:48 pm

tpage wrote:No expedition os complete without Baarbra!
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For those cold lonely night I suppose??? Lol

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Post by tg » Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:23 pm

Whilst we linger, say,
On lingerie,
How' bout underwear,
That's fun t' wear.

Take two pants into the shower? Not on your nellie. I just wash and Buffalo...

Buffalo pertex boxers. (Dry in seconds and good under wet gear).

I think everything else got covered :-)
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Post by Jim » Tue Oct 25, 2011 4:44 pm

tg wrote:Buffalo pertex boxers. (Dry in seconds and good under wet gear).

I think everything else got covered :-)
Don't you find that sparks from the fire melt straight through Buffalo leaving things less than covered?

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