Category Archives: Gear

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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 editorial work) Weight, Size & Volume Bag: 224g; straps 11g each (verified) 59cm wide, 43 cm long … 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 editorial work) Weight: 451g (verified); length: 178-210cm, shaft 24mm; blades 34cm x 15.5cm Where … 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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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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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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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

Updated February 2019 As mentioned here, wafting down the Tarn Gorge this summer with a Watershed 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 … 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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