Author Archives: Chris S

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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Pumps for inflatable kayaks

Inflation valves and PRVs are here Suited to low pressure Gumotex IKs and the like, the cheap and popular Bravo foot pump initially looks a bit crap, but I found lasted well and was fairly travel-compact. Occasionally the yellow tube splits near either … Continue reading

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