Author Archives: Chris S

Anfibio Fly ultralight paddle

Just been sent a 5-part Anfibio Fly paddle from the Packrafting Store to try out. Weighs in on our kitchen scales at just 451g and no longer than 50cm, packed. Length and feather adjustable between 178 and 210cm. The shaft … Continue reading

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A Packboat in your Car

  Overlanding with Packboats Expedition Portal / April, 2019 Packboat is my made-up word for easily portable boats that roll into a bag but deploy in minutes, in contrast with hardshell kayaks or canoes in aluminum, plastic, or composite. I’m here … Continue reading

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MRS Nomad S1 – a few mods

MRS Nomad Index Page After paddling around in the S1 I can see some ways of improving it. So I did. Replace the inflatable backrest with a plain foam backrest. The backrest which came with the boat had already been … Continue reading

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Olympus TG-5 camera for kayaking

I’ve been using Panasonic’s Lumix FT2 wet cameras for 13 years or more, a simple, slim, one-handed, all-weather P&S which didn’t have to be mollycoddled. In 2011 we even used them to make a packrafting movie. Later models seemed to lose … Continue reading

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Wandle: An Urban Packrafting Nightmare

See also: Kebab Death Weir Tunnel We had a good look, then shot this underground weir and were spat out the other end, grinning and alive. Years ago I recce’d South London’s Wandle ‘River’ from Merton Abbey Mills to the … Continue reading

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Packyaking in Whitianga (NZ)

At a Dive shop in Whitianga on the North Island’s Coromandel peninsula half a day from Auckland, I asked the teenage girl left at the till which way the tidal currents flowed around here. She smiled at me like I … Continue reading

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Packrafting the Wairoa River (NZ)

The MRS Nomad S1 I tested last summer in Scotland is my new packraft. Goodbye to my great little Alpacka Yak. Like the Yak before, it held its value and I sure got my money’s worth out of it over 4 … Continue reading

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Trying out SUP paddle boarding

iSUP: a new way to get in trouble at sea (worth reading) Finally I got to try some of this SUP-ing everyone’s so crazy about, on a recreational inlet in north Sydney. Ideally it should have been an iSUP to satisfy … Continue reading

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Preview: Decathlon Itiwit X500 D/S kayak

First Gumotex and now Europe-wide, French sports retail giant Decathlon have turned to drop-stich (D/S) technology in a bid to improve rigidity and so, performance of their inflatable kayaks. Only Decathlon have not just added a D/S floor to an existing … Continue reading

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