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Spring sprung and now summer is here in the southeast, which means that the drysuits have been put away until next December.  It has been a great winter/spring of paddling and throughout it all my Double D drysuit kept me warm and dry.  For me, drysuit season started out in early December when I switched from paddling in my IR Comp drytop here in the Southeast to living in my Double D for two weeks in the Grand Canyon (see report here).  After a few weeks in the Grand Canyon, I headed south of the border for warmer waters (see report here), when I returned to southeast in January to found the entire region in a deep freeze. 

The following two months the core groups of local paddlers kept paddling straight through one of the coldest Januarys and February s on record.  Highlights included endless ice chandeliers on every run, beautiful snowy river banks, breaking through (and sometimes portaging) frozen pools on Little River Canyon and a few days dodging ice undercuts on the normally tame Tellico River.  Throughout it all I have been extremely pleased with the IR Double D and wanted to share my thoughts on the suit itself and the new improvements in the current model. 

From the beginning IR’s Double D drysuit featured built in booties, a relief zipper, and an entry zipper across the shoulder blades.  These are all great features that anyone should look for when looking for a drysuit, but several improvements to the newest version of the Double D have made it even better.  The new four-layer Entrant fabric is more durable, very waterproof, and still quite breathable. 

However, the best upgrade by far is the entry zipper.  I have always preferred drysuits that utilized a rear zipper entry because of ease of entry and how much drier my boat stays when compared to front entry suits.  IR’s new entry zipper is now longer which is great for big guys (like me) and the new zipper slides open and closed more freely than the old style zipper.  There also seems to be a little extra fabric around the entry area which makes it less tight around the shoulders and therefore easier for me to operate myself (not that I do a lot of solo paddling when its drysuit weather, but its nice to know I can do myself).

Conclusions?  Like most Immersion Research products, the Double “D” Drysuit is an extremely well thought out design.  A great example is the flap covering the rear entry zipper.  This simple addition protects the zipper and just as importantly, it allows me to pull my PFD down over my head easily (unlike designs where the zipper is exposed and the PFD snags).  This kind of attention to detail (and numerous other details on the DD and other IR products) continues to prove what we all know already… that IR was founded by real paddlers, with products designed by real paddler, for use by real paddlers.  The IR Double D Drysuit has all the top features anyone could want in a Drysuit.  With a price more than $100 less than other top-of-the-line drysuits, the Doulble D should be at the top of anyone’s shopping list who is looking to be warm and dry next winter.

For more photos from this past winter, click here.

Until Next Time…

Adam Goshorn

Summer Number One

I’ve been on the Ottawa since the start of the month and it’s really been a strange spring. Usually this time of year brings high water to the area as the snow melts up north and heavy rains fall. With little snow over the winter and no rain high water didn’t come this year. Instead summer came early both in levels and weather.

I haven’t spent a summer on the Ottawa for a few years but from what I’ve heard the last few haven’t brought low enough water to bring Garburator in at good flows. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem this year as it’s already been in for almost a month straight at the optimal level. On top of that the weather has been amazing for the past few weeks, the last few days the temperature has been between 34-38°C. I didn’t think I was going to get another summer on the Ottawa but with the levels and weather I’ve experienced it seems like I’m going to get the best of both worlds… an eastern and western summer!

My trip to the Ottawa was for more than just boating this time. I’ve been staying and paddling with Billy Harris shooting for my up coming movie Locals Only. Billy will be providing the ultimate Ottawa Valley experience in his own goofy and unique manner. It’s been a real treat to hang out with one of my best friends and super rewarding to shoot multiple locations with such a talented paddler… even if he is still trying to get rid of his Christmas pudge heh heh heh.

Summer number one complete, now onto summer two in BC! Enjoy the pics from Garb, special thanks to Neal Ross² for taking them!

Kelsey Thompson

Back Stab

Blunt

Helix

Flash Back

Pan Am

We call this the Screamer…

Summer Number One

I’ve been on the Ottawa since the start of the month and it’s really been a strange spring. Usually this time of year brings high water to the area as the snow melts up north and heavy rains fall. With little snow over the winter and no rain high water didn’t come this year. Instead summer came early both in levels and weather.

I haven’t spent a summer on the Ottawa for a few years but from what I’ve heard the last few haven’t brought low enough water to bring Garburator in at good flows. I don’t think that’s going to be a problem this year as it’s already been in for almost a month straight at the optimal level. On top of that the weather has been amazing for the past few weeks, the last few days the temperature has been between 34-38°C. I didn’t think I was going to get another summer on the Ottawa but with the levels and weather I’ve experienced it seems like I’m going to get the best of both worlds… an eastern and western summer!

My trip to the Ottawa was for more than just boating this time. I’ve been staying and paddling with Billy Harris shooting for my up coming movie Locals Only. Billy will be providing the ultimate Ottawa Valley experience in his own goofy and unique manner. It’s been a real treat to hang out with one of my best friends and super rewarding to shoot multiple locations with such a talented paddler… even if he is still trying to get rid of his Christmas pudge heh heh heh.

Summer number one complete, now onto summer two in BC! Enjoy the pics from Garb, special thanks to Neal Ross² for taking them!

Kelsey Thompson

Back Stab

Blunt

Helix

Flash Back

Pan Am

We call this the Screamer…

Take your sea kayaking skills to the next level. Visit The River Connection this weekend for the PowerUP Symposium. Join Karen Knight, Ben Lawry and Bob Foote in Hyde Park, NY for some of the best instruction in the country.

For more information of this event and The River Connection visit:

http://www.the-river-connection.com/instructional/symposium.powerup2010.php

Take your sea kayaking skills to the next level. Visit The River Connection this weekend for the PowerUP Symposium. Join Karen Knight, Ben Lawry and Bob Foote in Hyde Park, NY for some of the best instruction in the country.

For more information of this event and The River Connection visit:

http://www.the-river-connection.com/instructional/symposium.powerup2010.php

Luckily I was able to do this video without much “help” from Heehaw Jones.  He still claims to be completely responsible for it though.

Thanks,
Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc

Luckily I was able to do this video without much “help” from Heehaw Jones.  He still claims to be completely responsible for it though.

Thanks,
Spencer Cooke, Effort Inc

Visit Mountain Man in the beautiful Adirondack Mountains in New York this weekend to check out the latest IR gear and get a great deal!  They will have boat demo’s as well as our very own Jon Harmon to help you get set up with the right gear that you will need to make it through the season comfortably.  See more details HERE