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Go Kayaking Scotland’s Team Member Kat’s Kit Review

Words by GoKayakingAdmin

on 30/01/2014 13:46:00

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I have been doing quite a bit of sea kayaking for the last couple of years so most of the kit I own and use has been for sea kayaking.

The item that I own and probably use the most is the Peak thermal rash top that I wear for everything from rolling practice in the swimming pool to using as my main layer under my cag or drysuit.

The thermal rash top works really well in keeping me warm whether it is wet or dry and fits really well.

On the warmer evenings I just wear that top with my BA which is a women specific touring PFD the Palm Halo which fits my shape extremely well and has lots of storage space at the front to keep all my bits and bobs in.

I own two touring cags, a Peak tourlite hoody and a Palm Thalassa cag which cover all weathers and situations quite well I feel.

For the nice sunny, warm days the tourlite cag keeps the spray, wind and sun off while being very lightweight to stop me from overheating while paddling.

It has a hood to keep me warm and dry if the weather takes a turn for the worse or when I stop for lunch etc and the adjustable neoprene wrists do a great job of keeping the water out.

When I need something a little more substantial in the winter months I use the Palm Thalassa cag which is a heavier material compared to the Peak Tourlite hoody and is a lot drier with latex seal wrists and a double neck system.

The Thalassa cag keeps me warm and dry in most conditions all I do is adjust what I wear underneath the cag to suit to the situation.

The diagonal zip and fleece lined collar and mouth area is amazing protection when there is a head on wind or you stop for a break and start to feel the chill.

I have been paddling the P&H Scorpio LV for most of the year with a Werner Shuna paddle and have been getting on great with both, the Scorpio LV fits me perfect with the adjustable outfitting and is versatile enough for me to use it on the longer and shorter trips I go on.

I really like its initial stability you get when the kayak is both empty and full of kit. The skeg system is easy to use and the extra fourth hatch that sits just in front of you is great for putting your hat, gloves or a little snack in.

The Werner Shuna paddle I use is a straight shaft with glass blades and 210cm in length; it fits me and the boats I use perfect.

A nice midsized blade and high angle paddling suit my style of paddling so I can go out all day without feeling like I am losing power or performance in my stroke.

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