Author Archives: Chris S

Drop-stich Gumotex Thaya IK

The award-winning  Gumotex Thaya is basically a 4.1-m Solar 3 with some added width and a drop stitch (d/s) floor, like some Sea Eagles, Advanced Elements and Aqua Glides. Drop stitch fabric tech seems to have moved on enough to make … Continue reading

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Book review: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France

See also Packboating in Southern France Back in print after 16 years, Rivers Publishing have updated their 2002 White Water Massif Central canoe guide, now less scarily titled: Best Canoe Trips in the South of France. Packboats aren’t mentioned, but what’s doable in a … Continue reading

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MYOG: TiZip Pakbag

As mentioned here, wafting down the Tarn Gorge this summer with a Chattooga drybag jammed under my knees gave me plenty of time to configure what kind of ‘deckbag’ I felt would better fit my needs. Peli cases were too … Continue reading

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Deckbags for packboats

Whether on day trips or overnighters, how do you organise easy access to regularly used items and valuables, including stuff you want to carry when away from your packboat? I’m talking something capable of handling less than flat water, rated at least … Continue reading

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Kayaking and packrafting the Allier (France)

See also: • Chassezac • Ardeche • Packboating in southern France • Tarn In 2005 the Dordogne and nearby Vezere were my first multi-day rivers in a Sunny IK, all helped by the discovery of the inspiring White Water Massif Central guidebook. The Dordogne … Continue reading

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Six Packrafting Essentials

The basic gear you need for packrafting adventures. For general camping kit (sleeping, eating, washing, etc) you’ll find lists all over the internet and beyond. I prefer a 1-kilo down bag, a roomy tent, a thick, full-length air mat and … Continue reading

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Kayaking Hayling Island

Time to knock out a long-planned circumnavigation of Hayling Island near Portsmouth while this amazing summer lasts! P-Day came along and by chance the weather and tides lined up: high 20s °C with a 3-m neap  and a calm morning before … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Tarn Gorge

See also: • Chassezac • Ardeche • Packboating in southern France • Allier guide Just back from Tarn Gorge with the Yakraft, All the way from Florac to Millau; about 86km. Amazed the beating this boat takes, scrapping through the shallows … Continue reading

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Tested: MRS Nomad S1 packraft review [video]

The application of what has proved to be durable, light and compact packraft fabric and reliable construction methods into slimmer, kayak-like forms was bound to happen. MRS’s 2.9-metre Nomad S1 is among the first solo examples, co-designed with Germany’s Anfibio Packrafting … Continue reading

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