Author: Tez

Fatyak Samos 10’ x 33” rotomoulded stand up paddle board review

Being a long-time collaborator brand of Sitons, and a company not to simply stick to staples, Fatyak have surprised us over the years with their various product offerings. From their Hono bodyboard to the Kaddy carry all Somerset based Fatyak have always promoted a broad list of toys. It therefore comes as no surprise that Fatyak recently introduced the Samos stand up paddle board to audiences. Now before everyone groans and calls the fact a SUP isn’t a sit on top, which we appreciate, we couldn’t not have a nose and see what’s what. Not least the fact the...

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North Coast Wetsuits leggings and thermal rashvest review

It hasn’t been the driest of weeks this last few in the UK. Although warm (ish) there’s been off kilter weather (pessimists would say typical) summery conditions that requires ample protection if going afloat for paddling antics. Even when sizzling temps hit being on the brine can still envelope kayakers in a chill – after all, this UK isn’t the tropics. So in almost all cases some degree of protection against the elements will be needed. We’ve used North Coast Westuits product in the past and appreciate the performance of each design. It was therefore welcome to lay hands...

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Dagger Kayaks Kaos Molten 10.2 review part 1

When we first clapped eyes on Dagger’s Kaos 10.2 (molten version) we fell in love instantly. Sleek, yet snarling lines, a vibrant colourway, impressive looking fixtures and fittings (set back support, thigh straps and thruster 2+1 fins); we knew this was going to be a fun sit on top to test. Sit on kayaks have struggled to shake the image of being anything other than family beach toys in years past. A few brands these days are pushing shapes designed to perform, however, and more paddlers are seeing the benefits. Dagger’s Kaos isn’t strictly a brand new boat but...

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Reach Lode – Wicken Fen, Cambridgeshire

This particular route is a ‘there and back’ style paddle that’s worth it for the novelty of being above the fields on either side during your trip. As the Fenland peat has dried out the fields have sunk which now gives this elevated paddling experience. Along the route are a few options for stop offs and refreshments – one of which is The Five Mile Inn at Wicken Lode. Burwell Lode is also easy to access but is notorious for being weedy so you may want to avoid it! After an hour or so of gentle paddling you will come across your destination point of Reach. Reach was a major medieval port and merchants who had travelled across the North Sea navigated their boats along these waters to access the many trade fairs that used to take place. Reach is also the area where you will find the Devil’s Dyke earthworks. These are Anglo Saxon in origin and were put in place to defend East Anglia against attack. You can also access the Wicken Fen Nature Reserve from Reach, which is the largest preserved piece of Fenland in Britain. After exploring the area and taking in the sites you make the return journey back the way you have come. These waters are extremely sheltered and offer the perfect combination of tranquil paddling and sightseeing. Some of the local wildlife...

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Palm Universal Kid’s PDF/BA

Toddler approved: Palm equipment’s Universal Kids BA Warm weather, along with the inevitable summer holiday period (incoming!), can bring to the surface a desire to get wet. Kids love a frolic in the water and without adverse conditions in the mix a renewed interest for mum/dad’s liquid pastime may come to the fore. If you’re going to get your offspring afloat, however, it’s wise to consider (and invest in) adequate safety equipment. For children of all ages a good quality, well made PFD/BA should be a priority. Our toddler model in this review can’t yet fully swim but is...

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