Since I first posted this article, Jeff Allen’s throwtow is now being manufactured by HF and Jeff has recently released this video showing the throwtow in action and demonstrating the various modes of use – a very useful little video to anyone interested in the Throwtow system.
Jeff Allen’s Throwtow Rescue System has been receiving a lot of interest recently and was featured in issue 23 of Ocean Paddler Magazine. I’ve now got my hands on one and will be putting it through it’s paces with a view to producing a full review in due course.
BCU Level 5 (aspirant) Sea Kayak coach Jeff Allen is well known amongst the Sea Kayaking fraternity for both his Sea Kayak expeditions and for Sea Kayak Cornwall which he runs with Simon Osbourne. One of his courses, Incident Management – Sea, Safety and Rescue, has led to a number of magazine articles and the development of the Throwtow Rescue System, a combined towline and throw line system.
The Throwtow is an interesting piece of kit. First impressions are of a functional design which favours usability and durability over fancy design. It lacks the modern curves, shaping and fashionable colour schemes evident in some Sea kayaking equipment, however this is in no way a criticism. A recently published video (see below) demonstrates how the Throwtow is designed to be used and each part of the system appears to have been carefully thought out to be hard wearing, adaptable and allow flexibility of use.
Rather than try to describe the Throwtow, I will leave you with the video, presented by Jeff Allen himself and a handful of images I have taken before taking the Throwtow out and about. Once I have given the Throwtow some extended use I will post up the review with full details. Stay tuned!