Author Archives: Chris S

Urban Packrafting: London’s Regent’s Canal

See also: Wandle: An Urban Packrafting Nightmare Urban Packrafting: Kebab Death Weir Tunnel Kayaking through London Urban canals have long been rediscovered as quaint, idiosyncratic backwaters for boat dwellers, joggers and cycle commuters, or have seen adjacent industrial wasteland redeveloped into glitzy … Continue reading

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Packraft sailing; MRS Nomad S1 + WindPaddle II

MRS Nomad Index Page I’ve been waiting for the right kind of wind to have a proper go at WindPaddling my MRS Nomad. Sunday was not that day with SW gusts up to 25mph. Yesterday was more like it: direct … Continue reading

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Tested: Anfibio DeckPack

See also: Packraft Deckbags In a Line Easily fitted, low-profile 22-litre bag with waterproof zip Cost: 99 euro from Anfibio Packrafting Store  (supplied free for review) Weight & Size Bag: 224g; straps 11g each (verified) 59cm wide, 43 cm long and ~15 … Continue reading

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Tested: Anfibio Fly ultralight paddle

In a line: Cheap, light and fully adjustable but may have too much flex for heavier paddlers/ boats or against headwinds Cost: 99 euro from Anfibio Packrafting Store (Supplied free for review) Weight: 451g (verified); length: 178-210cm Where tested: Sardinia sea and lake kayaking; … 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)

MRS Nomad Index Page 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 … Continue reading

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