Author: Duncan

Liquid Logistics

Liquid Logistics offer courses and training in Canoeing and Kayaking, for complete beginners to the serious paddlers. Sea Kayaking courses starting with a 3 Hour Introduction to Sea Kayaking on the Beaulieu River Hampshire and Studland Bay Dorset, progressing from these to Sea Kayaking day trips along the Dorset and Hampshire Coast lines. BCU Star Courses offer training and the chance to gain nationally recognised Awards. With the One Star being ideal for those just getting into Canoeing and Kayaking, up to the Four Star awards to excel in your discipline. White Water Kayaking courses and trips available throughout the winter, with 3 hour introductions now available from August onwards. Private and mentored coaching available for one to one tuition with their highly qualified instructors. For more information or to book a course visit: www.liquidlogistics.co.uk or call: 01590 612377. Twitter users can follow Liquid Logistics at twitter.com/LiquidLogistics Liquid Logistics Queens Mead Dairy, Beaulieu, Hampshire. SO42...

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Originz Northwest Passage Paddle

An entry level Sea/Touring paddle, featuring a sraight glass fibre shaft and glass re-inforced nylon blades. The Originz Northwest Passage provides an alternative to more expensive offerings. Whilst there is no denying the quality and popularity of brands such as Lendal and Werner, for many the prices can be somewhat frightening. It may not have the features of these high end paddles, but the Northwest Passage from Originz may provide a solution. Although available in 2 pieces, with a quicklock connection, the set reviewed are one piece. They feature a set of Glass Reinforced Nylon blades on a Glass Fibre Shaft. The shaft provides reasonable flex to reduce fatigue and feels comfortable in the hand. The blades are mid sized, and appear toughly made. Although they lack the fancy construction and option of modified crank shafts at £74.99 for a set, they are a good purchase. Available in left and right hand set up at 215, 220 and 225 lengths they are worth a...

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Review Palm Axis Extrem Bouyancy Aid

Actually a high bouyancy yet low profile white water PFD but bought as a multi-purpose PFD to cater for river and sea paddling. Featuring easy adjustment and ample storage yet retaining a slim designthe Palm Axis Extrem bouyancy aid is now a prized addition to the gear bag. I wanted a lower profile bouyancy aid, which afforded a larger range of movement. Both my white water and sea bouyancy aids included padding/bouyancy over the shoulders and felt restrictive and bulky. It also needed to be dual purpose, and as such include features such as chest harness that are not normally found on Sea/touring pfd’s. I also wanted sufficient storage on the bouyancy aid for a compass, knife, whistle, chocolate and vhf radio. Was this going to be possible? The Palm Axis Extrem was actually one I discounted early on. George at the Woodmill shop highlighted it as one of their best sellers, however it looked too complicated with a range of straps. However, as I worked my way through the other possibilities the combination of features and price made it the ideal choice. It has a large amount of bouyancy (75n) yet remains low profile. The large pocket on the front easily swallows my VHF, as well as other small items and has d-rings and a removeable key clip. The shoulders have comfort padding that remains low profile and...

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Review Palm Aleutian Cag

A heavy weight, hooded, semi-dry top which sits at the top of Palm’s Sea/Touring range the Aleutian Cag is a nice looking bit of kit. Marketed as suitable for multi-day ocean/expedition, leadership and instructional use this is a serious paddle top with a high quality construction and to date has performed flawlessly. Pullover style, with a hood, high collar, drysuit wrist seals, double waist and fleece lined pockets this top has become a firm favourite. In cool, windy conditons I am warm, perhaps too warm, with just a short sleeved thermal underneath. When the temperature begins to drop and the wind picks up I begin to really enjoy the protection offered. The active cut means I do not feel restricted, even playing with cross-bow strokes. With the neck zip done up fully, you can feel somewhat clostrophobic but at the same time glad of the extra protection offered by the high neckline of the collar. A fleece lining prevents the zip rubbing your chin. One issue I encountered was the tightness of the neck with the hood stowed in the collar and zip done up. This was painfully tight for me. The simple solution is to release the hood from the collar if you intend/need to zip up the collar fully however a slight change to the design here could make a lot of difference. A large, volume adjustable,...

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