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Eskimo rolling inflatable kayak videos


It can be done with thigh straps and technique. A calm pool helps too. Here are a few vids I dug up years ago. Some look pretty ancient; perhaps the mastery of IK rolling has become a lost art.
Of course the fact is most IKs are usually so wide that falling out takes some effort (left). Getting back in to an IK is usually as easy as crawling drunk onto a sofa. But that’s not so entertaining to watch.

First up. The IK in the old video below from theboatpeople is a self bailing Aire Lynx (right); 32lbs (14.5kg), and no less than 37 inches wide (94cm).

Here’s another. Don’t know what it is but it looks even wider – perhaps a small raft? The guy gives it a go but eventually separates from the boat. Nul point. As the lone youtube comment says: “Nice briefs, bro”.

One more? A Gumotex Safari with a long lever roll. At 28 inches wide it’s narrow for an IK and probably the easiest one to roll (not that I’ve ever done it, mind).

And another. Tahiti is a Sevylor IK, I do believe. Nice execution.

Another Aire – looks like a 36-inch Force river runner. He gets there in the end.

More pixels here than Disney, but no long levering required in a vintage Spreu Boote Guppy. What is it with these European IK names?

And finally the Packmaster, Roman Dial and chums demonstrating packraft rolling with and without skirts. There are plenty more packrolls like this on youtube.

Adios to the Sunny ~ check out the Solar 410C

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After nearly six years of splashing about, this week I gave my sun-faded Gumotex Sunny away to a mate and his kids. It was probably only worth £100. Coincidentally, Gumotex confirmed they’ve stopped selling the Sunny in Europe while introducing the new and near-identical Solar 410C.

Nine years later he gave it back!

In North America Innova (Gumotex importers) continue to sell the Sunny, although theboatpeople in California have taken it upon themselves to import the 410C direct from Gumotex alongside the slightly cheaper Sunny. There are stats on that model right here and a comparison with vaguely similar IKs here.
I can confidently say I got my £220-worth out of my Sunny Gumboat since I bought it in 2006. It has at least as many years of use left in it and never failed in any way other than filling with water when the going got too rough. It’s a tough old boat and like your first decent car or motorbike, I’ll always have a soft spot for the Sunny for introducing me to packboat touring.

My only regret is I didn’t get a chance to try it out with my home made sail. Or keep it long enough to try out the hull-stiffening rods to see if they made any difference whatsoever. It’s an idea that may need doing on a Solar 410C. The Incept K40 is notably stiffer and in the pics and vid doesn’t appear to sag at all with me in it.
Much of what I liked and disliked about my old Mk1 Sunny or the much-improved final Mk3 Sunny, will apply to the new Solar 410C. Be warned though, at 4.1m it might sag if you’re a solo bloater like me. The hull is covered in ‘Max 0.2 bar’ stamps but you can try giving it 5psi/0.3bar (50% more than recommended) to make it stiffer.


In 2013 I sold the Incept and went back to basics with a discontinued Grabner Amigo (above). Like the Incept, it’s rated at 5psi, but comes with no rudder, deck, PRVs, footrests or even seats to speak of. It’s what you might call a high-pressure (super rigid) Sunny or 410C.