Cold feet are the curse of winter paddling. A couple of top tips on how to keep your tootsies toasty on the water.
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River Piddle - Wareham Channel - Arne Heath
One of the problems with A-B trips is the shuttle, dropping paddlers and boats at one end and making sure everyone and everything can be collected again from the other. This post describes a trip on the River Piddle and Poole Harbour with a novel approach to solving the problem of the shuttle.
Iford Bridge to Mudeford Quay - River Stour and Christchurch Harbour.
Distance - 4 miles ish
Time - 2 hours to all day
A short and easy but very satisfying trip for all sorts of craft - SUPS, kayaks but yesterday we did it in open canoes, mainly so we could take the dog along.
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Stuff you may not know we can get...
Over a couple of days last week two of us fatbiked and packrafted from Portland Bill to Old Harry down here in Dorset, with an overnight camp on the shores of Poole Harbour - a top adventure.
Bikes we don't do, packrafts not yet but expedition gear for canoeing and kayaking is something we can get and will be doing more of. On this journey in particular we used:
An Exped Scout Tarp Extreme for our bivvy. I've been using these for years; they're tough, light, well designed, packable and versatile. They're also my favourite tarp for canoe sailing with an A-Frame and rafted canoes - big enough for plenty of power, small enough to control: http://www.exped.com/international/en/product-category/tents/scout-tarp-ext
Wow, what a great 2018 it's been and we want to thank everyone for all of their support and help, we couldn't do it without you!
It's been a busy and exciting year and we've got lots of plans and ideas for 2019 which we look forward to sharing with you.
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The brand new 2019 Palm Zenith Cags are here and now available online and in-store. They've been updated for 2019 and are even more comfortable than before. They really are a cag that can do it all, whether you are surf kayaking, freestyling, canoeing, sit on top paddling or stand up paddleboarding.
Why should you wear a cag?
To keep you warm and comfortable on the water, we recommend wearing a cag, also known as a cagoule or spray jacket. It’ll keep you dry, reduce wind chill and also
So, winter is finally here, but that doesn’t mean your paddling adventures have to stop, you just need to make sure you’re dressed correctly for the changing conditions.
When out paddling in the winter months, it is important that you are as safe, warm and comfortable as possible, so we always recommend layering your clothes, it’s always better to be able to remove clothing if you get hot than feel cold and wish you were wearing more.
To help you, here’s our list of items that you should consider wearing while out paddling:
- A drysuit - In our opinion, a drysuit is the best option for anyone who wants to paddle through winter as t
While paddling, the correct footwear not only helps to keep your feet nice and warm but also help you to manoeuvre in and out of your kayak and scramble over rocks or along the river bed safely.
A boot that is back and better than ever is The Palm Gradient Boot. Having been revamped with tougher components, it's reinforced where it matters and now features a hydrogrip rubber Vibram sole giving you excellent traction in wet conditions. It also provides great ankle support thanks to their shape and are easy to put on with their low cut heel. The Gradient boots are also shaped to provide ankle support and are designed to accommodate your feet with or without a d
The Palm Atom Drysuit is ideal for wearing on winter paddling trips as it has been designed to give you maximum movement and comfort on and off the water. It's made from Palms high-performance XP 4 layer material and comes with fewer seams, better positioning to reduce wear and also heavy duty, double taped socks.
To give you an in-depth look at this drysuit, here's a review by our Team Paddler Jake Deakin:
I have been using this drysuit for a year now, mainly on the UK rivers last winter, and can’t wait to drag it back out from the cupboard for some more action this winter.
As soon as I got my hands on this suit I liked the feel of the fabric. It’s a very tough XP 4 layer fabric. It also has some nice rein