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Kokatat Outercore Habanero Liner Review

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!

#SURFBETSY Elizabethton Whitewater Park Presentation

Things are progressing even better than anticipated to launch the #SURFBETSY whitewater project in my hometown of Elizabethton,TN!

We need a great show of support from the paddling community at this meeting on February 17, so please make every effort to attend and be a part of it.

When: Saturday, February 17 at 2:00 P.M. – 5:00 P.M.

Where: Bonnie Kate Theatre, 115 S. Sycamore, Elizabethton, TN

What: this will be a presentation on the benefits of bringing a Whitewater Feature to Elizabethton. Guest speakers will begin the discussion to be followed by a presentation by the consultants from River Restoration from Carbondale, Colorado. We will also be showing videos of local whitewater kayaking runs.

 

Event website: http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2018/01/05/elizabethton-whitewater-park-presentation/

 

To get the latest updates on the project check out this post:

http://regions.worldkayak.com/tri-cities/2017/12/14/support-elizabethton-whitewater-park-in-the-works/

Wesley’s 2017 Rain Gauge Report

The link below is to a spread sheet for my rain gauge I have installed at my house in Elizabethton, TN.  It’s a really nice rain gauge and it measures precipitation to the nearest 1/100th of an inch.  2017 was an average year since I started recording daily rain amounts.  Click the link below to view the spread sheet:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/files/2018/01/2017-Rain-Gauge-Report.pdf

JK Nirvana Large is Here!

Big guys get pumped! A new bluegrass colored Jackson Kayak Nirvana Large has join the J.A.W. fleet just in time for race season!! #JKNirvana

Give the J.A.W. a shout if you want to try out a free demo.

Kokatat Gore-Tex Trinity Dry Top Southeast Field Test

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

2017 J.A.W. End of Season SALE!

The Jackson Action Wagon has had another great paddling season with free demos & spreading the fun of kayaking.  It is now time to sell most of the current demo boat fleet to make room for next year’s 2018 fleet!

Check out the link below for current stock and prices:

http://worldkayakblogs.com/wildwildwes/the-jaw/

All J.A.W. boat purchases include the original outfitting, warranty & swag that come with a new Jackson Kayak purchase.  The boats were primarily used in a pool for instruction and river trip demos.  The boats are in like new to very good condition.  I will be happy to send current photos of any boat if requested.

I will be at Gauley Fest & GAF to deliver boats to those locations.  I can also help arrange shipping through Greyhound, Forward Air or FedEx if you desire to pay for that service.  Please do not hesitate to contact me if you are interested in a boat purchase from the J.A.W. fleet.  All boats are sold on a first come, first served basis.

Wesley R. Bradley – 423-647-1321

New Jackson Kayak Mixmaster

James McBeath gives us a sneak peek of a new prototype from Jackson Kayak.  Does double the slice = double the fun?  We shall see soon…

Introducing the new Jackson Kayak MIXMASTER coming in 2018.

Rapid Magazine Video Report for more details: https://www.facebook.com/RapidMagazine/videos/10155057222617123/

JK Nirvana Promo Video

Both the Medium and Large sizes of Jackson Kayak’s newest creeker are now rolling off the assembly line at the JK factory in good ole’ Sparta, TN!

If that does not increase your stoke level enough check out Rush Sturges’ full promo video to check out how hot this new design is with our JK Team…

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Rahul’s Noli Gorge Antix

Rahul Subramanian is a local paddler in the Tri-Cities area in Tennessee and a member of the Appalachian Paddling Enthusiasts club.  He started kayaking whitewater this past January and has come a long way in eight months.  His determination to progress safely while getting out on the river as much as possible is inspiring to many of the local paddlers in our area.  He was recently honored with the “APE’s Rookie of the Year” award for his many personal first descents and paddling progression throughout this paddling season.

I’ve had the pleasure to make several river trips with him this year.  We recently made a Nolichucky Gorge run together and he got to try out the Jackson Kayak Antix M from the Jackson Action Wagon on the run.  He had a blast surfing Jaws, running creek lines, rock spins, boofing, combat rolls, and rock grinds. #JKAntix

I’ll let his video highlight all the fun we had on this run…

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2017 JK Antix Small Joins the JAW Fleet

The small paddlers asked for an Antix they could fit in well and JK answered with this new awesome design to round out all the sizing for the hottest new kayak design in 2017!

A brand new 2017 Abyss Jackson Kayak Antix Small has now joined the JAW fleet for FREE demo!! :-)

Give me a shout if you want to give this new design a go.  #JKAntix