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Kokatat Outercore Habanero Liner Review

wildwildwes wrote 9 days ago:


The best piece of cold gear I’ve used for my winter warmth!

Product website: https://kokatat.com/product/outercore-habanero-liner-inuhab

The Habanero is not your average onesie.  This new one-piece liner is full of technical paddling specific features to match up with all Kokatat dry suits and most other current dry suit designs, including Kokatat’s Switchzip suits.  I’ve also found great use of this liner as a mid-layer for alpine skiing.

You can use the liner as base-layer or mid-layer thanks to the high quality fabric construction.  The main fabric is a 4-way stretch 90% polyester 10% spandex with heavyweight recycled Polartec® PowerDry®.  The fabric of the underarms, cuffs, neck and ankles is a 4-way stretch 92% polyester 8% spandex with lighter weight Polartec® grid fleece ensures unrestricted movement at our pivot point while paddling.  The Velour back of the liner provides extra warmth and superior moisture transportation compared to other liners I have tried in the past.  This combination of fabrics makes for a nice breathable, but seriously warm suit!  I’m a warm natured big guy, so I don’t even think about putting on this liner unless it is at least in the 30’s.

The jersey face of the fabric enables smooth layering with other garment with its smooth finish.  The suit features flat-stitch seams throughout for comfort of wear.  The jersey face and flat-stitching make for a durable suit that can withstand the test of time and washing.

The liner has several great features in comparison to other onesies on the market:

The entire suit is contoured to fit your body better with the body mapped design.  This makes for a warm comfortable trim fit with no extra bulk.

The long front entry zipper is easy to get in and out of when dressing.  There is no need to ever worry about stretching out the neck with this suit entry system.

The second waist zipper acts as a drop seat for rear relief option.  There is also a flap fly for front relief option.  This relief system is compatible with all Kokatat dry suits (including SwithZip).  It also keeps you from having to remove your dry suit most the way off and freezing to death when having to go #2 in the wild.

The zippered chest pocket located on the left front of the liner is a handy for carrying small items.  You never have to worry about losing items in this pocket, since it has a zipper and typically under another layer.  I like to place my skull cap in it when there are days I’m not sure I’m going to have to wear it.

At the end of the wrist cuffs you will find a pair of thumb holes.  This feature help keep the sleeves in place when layering over the liner with your dry suit.  This also make the cuffs act as a toasty half mitt to keep you warm while at camp or loading your boat at the take-out.

Laundering the liner is super easy.  Wash it when it smells.  Throw it in a machine warm water wash all zipped up and hang dry.  Make sure not to use any fabric softener or bleach in the wash. Don’t iron it either… Really, who would do that anyway?

If you’re looking for the perfect liner suit to compliment you dry suite, look no further!  Kokatat has nailed it with this design.  It has superior warmth, does not limit any articulation and breaths well if you start to perspire in it.  I highly recommend checking it out at your local Kokatat dealer and try on your size.  I think you’ll see why it’s my new favorite piece of winter gear!



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Kokatat Gore-Tex Trinity Dry Top Southeast Field Test

wildwildwes wrote 133 days ago:


From freestyle to creeking, this shorty dry top gets the job done well in whitewater!

Nantahala “Horns of God” – Photo by: Rahul Subramanian

Product website: https://kokatat.com/product/gore-tex-trinity-dry-top-dtutrn 

I’ve been a whitewater kayaker for over 15 years now, so I’ve tried a lot of different brands and types of splash/semi/dry tops.  I’m a big warm natured type of guy that lives in the southeast, so I’ve learned over the years that I don’t have much use for splash or semi-dry tops.  I typically paddle on hot summer days either skin to the wind or with a light sun protection shirt if the water temperature is above 50 degrees.  However, I find great use in having a shorty dry top for many reasons starting in the spring and throughout till late autumn.

I started using my new Kokatat Gore-Tex Trinity Dry Top in the late spring this year while creeking season was still in its prime.  The milder air and water temperatures during this time make it a bit uncomfortable for me to wear a full dry suit.  Having a shorty dry top as an option in my gear bag during this season always increases my comfort while keeping a much dryer core and creek boat.  I also like the safety aspect of having an extra piece of gear on to aid in rash protection in case of a manky creeking situation.

Laurel Fork of the Doe “Groove Tube” – Photo by: Matt Dalton

This year I was amazed at how much dryer both me and my boat were using the Trinity compared to other “dry” shorty tops I have owned in the past!  I typically layer under my shorty with a short sleeve thin rashguard.  Every time I took off my Trinity this spring and summer after creeks and river runs I found my rashguard completely dry of water.  My boat was also 100% dry as long as if I did not have to get out to scout or portage through the water on a run.  The seal the Trinity makes with my spray skirt is superb.  

I also like to use a shorty dry top when I playboat, because freestyle kayaking tends to keep you upside down and splashing around a lot.  Thus water can implode through your spray skirt tunnel without some sort of paddle jacket to aid in sealing.  The Trinity really shined in performance during summer playboat sessions!  It was by far the best dry top I’ve every worn while playboating.  I could go for a 1-2 hour play session with only a few drops in my boat after I was done flipping and tricking.  This was a very impressive finding in comparison to other tops I’ve used playboating!  The Gore-Tex coating not only helped keep me dry from whitewater in the feature, but it also help me from over perspiring inside the jacket on the warmer days.  This makes for a great balance of comfort all the way around! 

The only thing I thought was missing on the Trinity was some sort of small gear pocket.  I find a zip pocket to be a handy accessory some of the time.  As with any dry top the latex gaskets took some time to break-in (stretch) to fit well.  At first the gaskets were rather tight, but now they feel fine and are still bone dry.  Overall, I am extremely satisfied with this purchase and would highly recommend the Trinity Dry Top to any whitewater kayaker who does not has an allergy to latex.

Nantahala Cascades – Photo by: Rahul Subramanian



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Jackson Kayak Nirvana Reviews From J.A.W. Demos

wildwildwes wrote 177 days ago:


There is no doubt that the new JK Nirvana (http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/kayak/nirvana/) is getting a lot of hype right now.  It has been one of the most highly anticipated whitewater kayaks in 2017, since it’s announcement by JK back at Outdoor Retailer last year.  A beautiful Abyss colored 2017 JK Nirvana joined the Jackson Action Wagon fleet in late June and I can’t seem to keep it in the fleet long enough for me to give it a try…  I’ve had a waiting list of paddlers wanting to get a hold of the demo to check out what all the rave is about in this new design!  Give me a shout if you want to give this new design a GO!!

The JAW Nirvana has already seen a many runs by several different folks and I’m getting several great reviews on this boat.  Here are a couple of good non-biased reviews from non-sponsored paddlers I have received after a JAW demo:

Shaun Mullins’ Quick review of the new Jackson Kayaks Nirvana (medium)

Wesley R. Bradley was kind enough to let me be the first to demo the new Nirvana from the Jackson Action Wagon fleet. Below is my unprofessional kayaker thoughts about this exciting boat.

Pros:
It has really fast hull speed for a “short” boat. During the initial lake paddle, I was stunned at how fast it gets up to speed from a dead stop. Three strokes and you’re pretty much flying.

The speed downriver is unhindered by features that usually try to stall out other boats. Tremendous amount of lift from the bow/hull design at speed keeps you on top and mostly dry through all but the biggest waves and holes.

When the bow does go deep, it resurfaces very fast and stable – no unusual kicks to one side.

Really holds a line at speed – the faster you go, the more it seems to lock in. This should be great for downriver racing, as you will be less likely to get spun out or thrown off line as you encounter eddy lines and cross currents.

Turns easy though and holds a carve line with precision. Taking inside strokes on edge at speed results in controlled carving turns with a radius that is easily adjusted with just the slightest change in edging.

Surfs great! I was able to catch and surf fast green waves that I haven’t been able to catch in any other short boat. Plenty of rocker and bow lift kept the bow from pearling most of the time, even though this thing is 9′ long.

Boofing was nothing short of glorious thanks to that rocker profile, the ability to put the boat’s trajectory exactly on the line you want, and the speed.

The hull design lands a bit harder than other creek boats I’ve paddled, so that is something to consider on drops. This also means that the boat kind of has a “slappy” ride through rapids, although that is not really an issue.

Definitely one of the easiest boats to roll that I have experienced. I guess the narrow width and low deck height combine to make it a super easy roller. I know reviewers often say this, but this particular boat really surprised me.

One other surprising characteristic was that the boat was very stable through rapids and on features. Even though it is a “short race boat”, I never once felt like I was paddling an edgy, tippy specialty boat. It is very forgiving. Primary stability is good with the mostly flat hull profile, and secondary stability is good as well.

Cons:
On fast eddy out maneuvers, it has a great snappy turn-in, but about half way through the fast leaning carve, I noticed the wide, flat stern lift and the boat tended to want to straighten out. This resulted in blowing through a few smaller eddys. If I came in slower, this behavior was not an issue. But, at speed, it did this almost every time. I really had to pull a hard bow draw at the right instant to counter this and lock in to smaller eddys. But even then, compared to “standard” creek boats I’ve paddled, it was not as consistent in locking into position in small eddys. For me, this is a big deal for its creekability on really tight technical creeks like the ones in the Smokies where must make eddys are often micro-sized.

The Nirvana has an almost flat planing hull. This is a pro for high volume and most river running. But, it’s a con in my book for southeast creeking. This one is subjective I suppose, but in my experience, I much prefer displacement hull creekers. If I lived in the northwest or Cali, my opinion would be different. However, on the low volume, rock filled creeks in the southeast, I prefer a nice, smooth displacement hull with soft rounded edges (i.e. Jefe Grande, Newmad, Shiva).

Fit for me (6’2″ with 34″ inseam and size 14 shoes), was not ideal. The knee pockets are widely spaced and very low. I moved the seat around every way possible and could not get all the pressure off of the back of my thigh where it contacts the highest portion of the front of the seat. Also, foot room is barely adequate for me. I wore Astral’s Hi-Yak low profile booties and still had to jam my feet in there somewhat. Within 15 minutes, my legs were starting to get sleepy. I can sit in my other boats all day with no problem.

Verdict:
This boat will be a huge success for those wanting a short racing kayak, or a high flow speed creeking/river running machine. Dane and crew have already proven it’s ability in multiple events this year. It is also a killer boat for zipping around on big water and runs that don’t involve a lot of rock contact. Team Jackson has a winner on their hands for the right paddler on the right river.

But, for me at least, it won’t replace my Jefe Grande as a creek boat. Mainly because of overall comfort (leg position/footroom) and the Jefe’s ability to lock in to the most micro of eddys with relative ease, and to use rocks as just another way to get where you want to go with no surprises. And, the Jefe lands softer, boofs just as good, and handles steep boulder filled creeks with lots of rock contact with ease.

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Brian Vermillion’s Report on how the Jackson Kayak #JKNirvana compares to the Pyranha Kayaks #9r

On Saturday I had the chance to get a lap on the Upper Ocoee in Jackson’s newest creek/race boat, the Nirvana. I am a class 4/5 weekend boater, and for the last 2 years my go to creek boat has been the Pyranha 9r. So, the Nirvana seemed like a no brainer to test out.

The first thing I noticed about the Nirvana was the knee position…it’s low and wide. This is very different than what I am use to with my 9r, which sits with much higher and slightly narrower knee position. The Nirvana is 26.375” wide, while the 9r is 25.2” wide, thats only a 1.175” difference in width. Once on the water the knee position felt much better, and I didn’t really notice the extra width of the Jackson boat.

Much like the 9r, the Nirvana felt fast! Just a few strokes and the boat was up to full speed. The boat stayed at speed even through waves and eddy lines. Both boats are 8’ 11” long which is key to both boats speed. The 9r does feel a bit sportier and nimbler while zig zagging through the waves and rocks.

At Alien Boof the Nirvana lived up the hype and boofed like a champ. You can build so much speed before the lip that the boat just flies off the drop. Again, like my 9r the speed you build before the drop was carried out of the drop with ease. Both boats sterns load up well coming off drops and push you out like a watermelon seed.

Once in the Olympic section the Nirvana felt at home. It was stable and held a line with no issues. The 9r feels just as much at home in the big water as the Nirvana did. The extreme bow rocker of the 9r felt like it stayed on top of the water better than the Nirvana when driving through big waves.

When it comes down to it the Pyranha 9r and the Jackson Nirvana they felt very much the same. The boats preformed similar on both big water and on a few creek moves. The knee position and outfitting of the Jackson vs the Pyranha are the biggest differences for me between the 2 boats. Picking which boat is for you will be up to preference more than performance. But for me the higher knee position and narrower boat win out…..the Pyranha 9r will still be my go to boat.



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JK Antix Large Initial Thoughts as a Big Guy

wildwildwes wrote 345 days ago:


I got to paddle the new JK Antix L for the first time at our local pool session on the evening of 2/7/17.  Here are my first thoughts after paddling this new design:

Fit – At my 6’-4” height, 235lbs, 38” waist, 36” inseam, and size 12 shoes I fit quite comfortably in the boat.  My hips are a bit snug for my wide frame, but not as snug as in my JK ROCKSTAR Lg for sure.  This is the only fit issue I have with the boat.  I’ve got room to spare in all other areas. 

The knee position feels to be around what I consider mid height and a bit more narrow than my JK Zen Lg.  Overall I really like how my knees fit. 

Seat height feels good in comparison to the parting line in the water and the sidewall reach over sits at about the same distance as my JK Zen Lg, which I like that position.  The 4Fun seems to have a bit more reach over than both these boats due to the taller sidewalls.   

I placed the seat in the rear position to see how much leg and foot room I have to play with and I can paddle the boat in the rear position and one hole forward from the rear with the stock 1.5” foam on the bulk head.  I can comfortably wear my Astral Loyak or Hiyak in the boat in either seat position.  Not sure if I could wear my Chaco Tedinho in the boat with its bulkier sole?

Float – I float surprisingly well in the boat.  I initially thought I would be maxing out the boat at my weight, but I have about 1.5” between the parting line and waterline at the cockpit area of the boat.

With the seat position in the rear the boat trims out a bit stern heavy and the bow trim is high, but the deck still floats above the water line when sitting flat.   When I have the boat in motion and lean back I can get part of the stern to dip down under water.

 With the seat position one up from the rear the boat trims out closer to level from bow to stern, but I’m still floating bow high.

I plan to try out both positions to see which works best on the river.

Stability – This was the area in the new boat design that shocked me!  The boat has very solid initial stability both sitting and paddling the boat around the pool.  This instantly gave me confidence for its river running/creeking abilities.  The secondary stability is a fine line for sure on edge.  The Antix has a short sidewall, compared to other JK designs, so naturally there is not as much secondary stability.   

Performance – The boat gets up to speed quick with only a couple of strokes and is quick, but it is not Zen or 9R fast for sure.  The boat is super zippy in the turns.  When you activate the edges in a turn the Antix responses!  There is plenty of volume up front to keep you riding high at speed and the slicey edges in the back act like a slalom boat in the turns!  The ride is incredible overall!!

Rolling – It’s a Jackson Kayak, so you know careful consideration went into this design on this aspect.  I found no major issue in rolling the boat.  The lesser sidewall reach made it easy for me to setup and execute the maneuver with ease.

There is more initial resistance in breaking the surface tension when initiating the roll.  I think this is due to the spoon shape design of the stern.  The lesser secondary stability also makes you stay on point with your follow through also.   

Summary – This Anitx is truly unique from anything JK has ever produced!  I thought the Fun Runner might be comparable, but they are nothing alike.  I am overall happy with the general fit and float of the boat at my size.  I can’t wait to get it out on some flow to see what I can do with it there to truly try out the stability and performance.  Could it be the best Watauga Gorge playboat ever?!  We soon will see…



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Long Term Review of Kokatat Maximus Centurion PFD & Comparison with Astral Green Jacket

wildwildwes wrote 683 days ago:


Photo by: Brian Vermillion

Product Websites:

https://kokatat.com/product/maximus-centurion-lvumxc 

https://www.astraldesigns.com/shop/paddlesports/pfds/greenjacket

I have been using the Maximus Centurion for nearly a year now and it has served me well thus far.  The only problem I have had with it is one broken plastic webbing cinch on one of the side straps to tighten down the jacket.  This can happen on any PFD though from general wear and tear.

I came from wearing both generations of the Astral Green Jacket previously.  I love the low profile clam shell design (2nd Generation) of the new Astral Green Jacket, so the Centurion had some great expectations to fill.

Being a “big guy” the Centurion definitely floats me higher than the Green Jacket.  I discovered this well in all the swimming I do in our APE Clubs SWR courses we teach during the summer (and to be honest from a few swims I endured through the season in some kayaking trips).

There are lots of storage options in the Centurion with all the pockets and pouches.  I can carry my entire pin kit, knife, CPR breathing mask, whistle, and a point and shoot waterproof camera inside it with room to spare for snacks, etc…  I can carry all this stuff in the Green Jacket clam shell design too with room to spare.  I also love the Tactic Pack that you can attach to the back of the Maximus Centurion.  I use this for a hydration bladder for longer river runs and races.  You can retro fit this Tactic Pack to almost any PFD that has waist and shoulder webbing on the jacket.

I did find the extra bulk higher up on my chest on the Centurion (compared to the Green Jacket) to be something different to get use too; but I have discovered that is where a lot of the extra buoyance comes from to make sure you get rolled over on your back, if you were to get knocked unconscious in the water.  This is an important safety feature that I’m not sure the Green Jacket does well for me with its lower floatation.

I’m still not a fan of the Kokatat Tow Tether system that you can add to the jacket.  I have one of these on my Centurion and the extra accessory pouch of the tether system hanging loose on the side seems to me that it would be easier for it to snag on something, but I have yet to have issue with it.  The system seems to work well when I deploy it from the quick release webbing cinch.  However I have also had  a couple of incidents where the pouch/carbineer has come unintentionally loose from the quick release webbing cinch from hitting a solid hydraulic or pool after a big rapid or slide/waterfall.  Thankfully there is also a velcro strap through the carbineer on the pouch side, so the whole tether does not deploy out when this occurs and I’m not dangling 6′ of webbing out for it to snag on something (only the length of the pouch instead – about 14″).  I still prefer the easy to use side zip pocket of the Green Jacket for a tether application.

I also miss the belay loop that is on the front of the Green Jacket.  The Centurion does not have any type anchor point in the front and I have used the one on the Green Jacket before to set up munter hitches for lowering boats and/or gear during sketchy portages or hiking in/out of rivers.

I am a size 42″ chest and the M/L Centurion fits me well wrapping all the way around my sides with plenty of lap.  I wear a M/L in the Astral Green Jacket also.

At the end of the day both these PFDs are top products in their field of use and I would recommend either of them!  The main use of a PFD is to keep you floating in the water and the Kokatat wins in that purpose.  The accessory use of a Type V rescue jacket goes to the Astral.  You can’t go wrong in choosing either of these PFDs if you are in the market for a Type V whitewater rescue PFD.

Photo by: Nikki Winkler Malatin



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Field Testing the New Kokatat Idol Dry Suit in CO

wildwildwes wrote 895 days ago:


This past June Brian Vermillion, Jamison Evans and I loaded up for a road trip to southern Colorado for a week long whitewater kayaking and mountain biking adventure.  In preparation for the trip both Brain and I decided to purchase the new Kokatat Idol Dry Suit, because we knew we were going to be facing snow melt water temperatures in our paddling adventures while in state.  The new Idol design looked like it could be the perfect versatile immersion protection outerwear garment we needed for our paddling trips in CO.

The new suits arrived a few weeks before our trip and I was instantly impressed with the quality and design upon unpacking the Idol from the package.  I ordered my Idol in the standard XL size to fit my body size of: 6’-4” height, 230lbs, 40” waist, 36” inseam and size 12 foot.  The size and trim of the XL suit is a great fit on me and it does not constrict any range of motion I would need for paddling or portaging. 

Here is the link to my photo essay I posted about my new Idol with some details about the product:

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153461369128205.1073741882.552848204&type=1&l=8cff1f40c4

Here is a link to a very thorough initial review that was posted on the BoaterTalk Forum by dersu:

http://boatertalk.com/forum/BoaterTalk/1052518375

I agree with most of dersu’s observations and thoughts in his review for my initial opinions on the new Idol Dry Suit also.  Another initial observation I had about the new Idol was the paradigm shift in replacing the standard over-the-shoulder zip or cross chest zip with a fully separating waist zipper.  Kokatat has created a versatile dry suit with the new Idol design.  The Idol can be worn as a dry suit when full immersion protection is needed, or it can be layered down to a drytop or paddling pants.   I will reiterate dersu’s point that the zipper system takes a bit of practice to master, but since it’s the physical equivalent of belting up your pants, it’s easy to get on and off with some practice, and eliminates the bulky drop seat for the ladies.

After a few practices changing in and out of my Idol at home, I packed the dry suit to travel to Colorado.  While packing the two piece dry suit I realized one of the first advantages of the new Idol was the reduced bulk by being able to fold each garment separately.  My folded pants and top could be placed side by side reducing the overall bulk my normal one piece dry suit takes up in my Shred Ready Gear Bag.

We arrived in Colorado to find BIG water from the combination of late season heavy snow and rain.  The first 3 days of our paddling trip was spent on the Arkansas River.  We enjoyed some huge flows on Royal Gorge, Pine Creek Rapid, the Numbers and Brown’s Canyon.  Despite the big water flows and sunny temperatures in the 80’s we still needed to wear dry suits, because water temperatures were still in the low 40’s with the heavy snow melt.  My new Idol performed flawlessly dry each day in the big water, even with giant lateral and breaking waves crashing over my head relentlessly.  There was not one single drop of river water in my dry suit throughout the whole week long trip. 

Midweek during the trip we headed west over Cottonwood Pass and down to Crested Butte to change the paddling pace with some creek boating on Daisy Creek and Upper East.  The water temperatures on these runs were literally near freezing in the mid 30’s.  The Idol kept me feeling nice and warm with my IR K2 Union Suit as an under layer in these colder waters. 

However, Colorado in June is a double edge sword with cold water and hot dry air temperatures during the day.  The light weight material of the Idol with the Cordura-reinforced Gore-Tex fabric makes the suit exceptionally breathable.  The Idol’s breathable fabric kept my perspiration in the dry suit to a minimum while paddling and hiking to the river with my Jackson Kayak Karma on my shoulder. 

I discovered that hiking in the Idol has several advantages.  Being able to wear only the pants with the integrated socks of the dry suit keeps me cooler hiking on hot days with my boat, because I don’t have to wear the dry top and deal with the bulk of having to tie it around my waist.  I can also stuff the dry top of the Idol into my boat while hiking which reduces the possibility of snags and tears of the suit with tree branches.  Wearing only the Idol pants also lets me cross creeks with dry feet and have hiking gaiter protection from brush/undergrowth.

The Idol also makes shuttling much more convenient and courtesy to the driver.  After coming out of my dependably dry Jackson Kayak and IR Royale Spray Skirt off the river (if I don’t swim!), I can zip the dry top off from the pants, throw the top with all the other wet gear and jump in the vehicle’s seat with dry pants to run up to catch another lap.  That’s a win for both dryer and faster!

Relieving yourself in the Idol has its pros and cons depending on your gender.  If you’re a female the SwithZip System is far superior to deal with than the traditional drop seat zipper.  I have had to help my wife a few times zip the drop seat and understand the awkward nature of that action.  If you are a male the SwithZip System is going to a few seconds longer to gain access to go #1 than the traditional dry suit relief zipper.  However going #2 with the Idol is way easier for us guys than a traditional dry suits.  Unless you have a men’s union suit on as a base layer…  These are real world struggles!

The Idol’s two piece design also cuts down on the time needed to hang dry after a day on the water.  I found that hanging each garment separately on my cloth’s line allowed for better ventilation of the pants and top, which allowed for perspiration to evaporate more quickly out of the suit.  Thus I never had to put on a damp and stinky dry suit the next day!

The last day of our trip, before heading home, we paddled the Taylor River at a 30 year record high flow.  The extremely cold water on this run once again was no match for the warmth and protection the Idol provided me.  When we got to the take-out I packed up my Kokatat for the long journey back home.  My expectations for the Idol had been far exceeded by its performance and changeability during our trip.  I look forward to using this dry suit again in the fall and winter here in the southeast with all of its adaptability to different climate and water temps.  If you are in the market for the best dry suit currently offered, make sure you check out the new Kokatat Idol!



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Orion Coolers Help Keep Things “Frozen”

wildwildwes wrote 966 days ago:


My niece celebrated her 4th birthday this past Saturday and we had a “Frozen” themed birthday party to celebrate.  So of course the new Orion Coolers were the perfect product to use to keep all the stuff we needed “Frozen”!

 

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First Look: Kokatat Maximus Centurion PFD

wildwildwes wrote 983 days ago:


I received my new Kokatat PFD and got to try it out on a Noli Gorge run this past Sunday.  This new PFD has several great features, pockets and it meets all my high expectations/needs as a river guide with the available accessories.  The Centurion is really comfortable and I found the M/L fits me well!  I am looking forward to putting it to real tests in our SWR class I will be helping to instruct in June!

For more info on this new PFD check out the product website at http://kokatat.com/products/pfd/maximus-centurion.html

Check out more photos of this new PFD and accessories in my photo essay at

https://www.facebook.com/media/set/?set=a.10153300129738205.1073741875.552848204&type=1&l=d3370d26b0  



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Jackson Kayak’s New 2016 ROCKSTAR

wildwildwes wrote 984 days ago:


The tease is over for new 2016 Jackson Kayak  ROCKSTAR.  Here are some good views of the new 2016 ROCKSTAR coming soon to a dealer near you!

Canoe & Kayak Magazine gives us a first look at this new design with this link:

http://www.canoekayak.com/gear/first-look-jackson-kayaks-2016-rock-star/

 



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Orion Cooler 25 Initial Review

wildwildwes wrote 991 days ago:


I received my new Orion Cooler 25 in the Forest Camo color this week and my first impression is I’m impressed!  The specs for this prouct per my approximate measurements are:

Overall Size – 20.5″ length X 16.5″ wide X 17″ height

Inside Storage Area Size – 12.5″ length X 9.5″ wide X 12″ height

Storage Tray Size – 7″ length X 9″ wide X 4″ height

Dry Weight = 22.5 pounds

Check out my complete review in my photo essay at

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Can’t wait to get this thing out on my next adventures! :-)



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