Kit Review: Sandiline Shorty Dry Cagdeck (Pete)

One thing I love about kayaking is being on the water in the sun. Everything just feels a lot better and way more relaxed, none of the annoying shivering, brain freeze or having to keep moving to try stay warm, but best of all, you get to wear a shorty cag!

For some reason I always feel I paddle better in a short sleeve cag, whether that down to the cag, I’m less restricted as I don’t have material all down my arms, or if it’s some physiological thing, I have no idea, but I just seem to paddler better and feel better, and I love it!

I have a Sandiline long sleeve cagdeck and I really like it, and ideally want to stick to a cagdeck if possible, I find them so much better, not having the tight feeling around your waist where you deck is normally. So when the chance for me to get myself a Sandiline short sleeve cag deck came around, I thought I’d jump and the chance and get one. I went for the green, black and white option.

My Tuesday night club session was happening and it had been a nice hot day, so thought I’d try my new purchase and do some flat water freestyle. Just like the long sleeve version, it felt really comfortable to wear, with the latex neck seal keeping my dry and neoprene arm seals which are really easy to get on/off, and still hold the water out. Not once did I feel any water seep in, and I had a great evening on the water, and I will definitely be wearing this throughout the summer.

I’m really happy with this cagdeck, so if you’re on the lookout for a short sleeve cag, I do recommend you give Sandiline a try!

Check out the Video below of my session in my new cag!

See you on the water,

Pete

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Kit Review: Sandiline Semi-dry Cagdeck (Alex Read)

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So I have recently got a new cagdeck for the summer the Sandiline Semi-dry cagdeck this is a great cag for the summer and if you dislike uncomfortable latex neck seals then this is the product for you.

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The upper garment is a 4 layer breathable fabric, available in green, blue or pink. With twin neoprene cone shaped Neck seals. Latex inner wrist seal with outer neoprene seal protection.

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The cut of this cag deck is based on the Slightly closer fitting Slalom winter combo I have gone up a size as my Sandiline dry cag deck is a medium but in this cag I have gone for a large. The deck on the cag deck is a more durable whitewater spray deck than the one on the winter slalom combo. The deck is available in Keyhole or big deck with a latex inner coating.

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I have only been using this cag for a week and it is perfect for summer freestyle session on whitewater and flatwater. I have been using it in our sea pool and it’s great as the pool is salt water and due to the twin neoprene neck I do not get any rubbing on my neck. As I use this cag more I will keep you posted on how it is going

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This cag deck is Available here for only £199.00 and if you need more information checkout www.squarerock.co.uk

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See you on the water,

Alex

Square rock demo day

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On Saturday I got a phone call from Alex, telling me he was going down to Lee valley, for a team Squarerock day/Demo day, on Sunday and asked me to come along.

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As it was meant to be a really nice hot day, and I hadn’t been in a play boat on whitewater in ages, I decided I’d head over Saturday night and stop in Alex’s van at Aaron Dempsey’s house, to then load my kit into the SquareRock van and all travel down in that together with Aaron.

We started the day well with a maccies breakfast, like true athletes.

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We got to the course at about half 10, and unloaded the van of all of the demo Jackson boats for people to try out, as well as a range of demo ophion

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Lots of other team SquareRock paddlers turned up to help out and paddle, which was really good, and was great to see some people we both hadn’t seenin a while!

I’d only been to Lee Valley once before (about 3 or 4 years ago!) And only paddled the legacy course for a youth freestyle competition, so I was excited to get back on the water, and try out the Olympic course I’d heard so much about.

Alex and I jumped on the water as soon as we could, starting on the legacy.

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It had been a long time for us both being in playboats, so we were excited to get back into a hole and try throwing down some moves, seeing what we can remember!

We found the first main hole really fun, and really rewarding when you hit the sweet spot for aerial moves, giving you some pretty big air!

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We were also lucky enough to have ago at hydrospeeding,which is basically going down the legacy course wearing flippers and lying on a piece of foam, it was great fun!

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11406589_969410479776868_3841698410452974099_o 11418932_969413513109898_6584514488694797244_oLater on we jumped in some Jackson Zens and took them into the Olympic course. Was great fun trying out the speed and agility of the Zen on this course, with its swirly eddies, and big holes and drops.

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You think just because it’s a man made course, it will be nice and easy, but it does actually tire you out more than you think!

Jumping in the Dynamic Duo with Alex was definitely one of the highlights, trying not to cause carnage, and keep ourselves upright. Being in a massive boat didn’t stop us laying down the moves, with us managing flat spins in the bottom hole on the Legacy.

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Big thanks to Aaron and the SquareRock paddlers for making it a brilliant day on the water. I think it’s fair to say everyone had a really good time, with the sun staying out all day adding to the great atmosphere.

(Photos by Rhona Dempsey Pete Bridgeford and Daniel McGaley)

See you on the water,

Pete

2014 Scotland White Water Kayaking with the New Sandiline Drysuit

Scotland2014So last week it was that time of year again to make the long journey from Cornwall to Scotland for some creek boating. This was going to be the first real test of my new Sandiline dry suit. I have been using my previous Sandiline drysuit for the last 4 years and it was finally time for a new one. There have been some nice new touches to this year’s drysuit. First of all is the colours, I have gone for the black, white and red which I think looks smart but still stands out with the non-matching sleeves patterns.

They have also upgraded the waist adjustments, the new tab system runs through the whole waist so once you pull it tight it locks around the spray deck. It also works nicely in holding the dry suit up when you have the top down.

Alex Waterfall Scotland  We had a great week in Scotland paddling lots of rivers in different flows. Scotland is a great place to test out a drysuit as most of the rivers we were running had long walks in, which tested the breathability of the suit. I found it worked really well, and as I spent most of the day in the suit paddling and walking around the river bed at the end of the day I was still dry.

Another feature that I found useful was the new pocket on the leg, this was a great place for the key once it was in an Aquapac. It keep in safe and out of the way.

Scotland is such a nice place to be as it has amazing scenery with some great rivers that have technical sections and some big drops. All in all it was a successful trip and definitely well worth the visit.

The drysuit held up really well on the trip and was comfortable even after wearing it for 7 days in a row. I will keep you posted on how it’s doing after a winters boating in the South West.

Alex

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