Wednesday, 29 July 2009

Summer Kit Review: Lightweight cags

In this part of our summer kit review we'll take a quick look at what waterproof cags you could be wearing to help keep the wind off, the water out and the warmth in. We've split this section into two parts. Firstly we have cags that are designed for the more adventurous paddler who is looking for a short sleeved cag to keep the water out while surfing or paddling whitewater. And in the Second part we have lighter weight short and long sleeved cags designed for those who are doing some touring, canoeing, fishing or just generally enjoying being out on the water.


Yak Fusion short sleeved cag
The Yak Fusion is a superb lightweight short sleeved cag, suitable for all kinds of moving water paddling and surfing. Its made from light weight breathable ripstop fabric and features a high performance fit with seamless under arm technology, semi dry glideskin neoprene neck and bicep seals, a fully adjustable neoprene waist band and a large front pocket with laser cut drain holes.

Palm Sidewinder short sleeved cag.
The Palm Sidewinder is super tough whitewater short sleeved cag, for those who want to do some serious whitewater. Based on the range topping Sidewinder cag the short sleeved version features all the same great features, just without the sleeves! Made from super tough, super breathable three layer XP150 Fabric, and featuring Latex neck and biceps seals for dryness, and two chest pockets.

Palm Apex short sleeved cag.

Finally the Palm Apex short sleeved cag is a tough breathable semi dry cag, for paddlers who want comfort and great performance all in one. The Apex features tough, breathable 3 layer XP150 fabric, but with the comfort of glide skin neoprene neck and bicep seals, and a single chest pocket.

Short sleeved cags are great for whitewater paddlers who are heading off to sunny climes for a paddling adventure, or maybe making the most of a summer thunder storm on their local whitewater run. When it comes to summer whitewater, or foreign adventures most paddlers aren't necessarily looking to keep all the water out, it's more about keeping the wind chill to a minimum, or maybe even keeping the sunburn risk down! The cags featured above would be fine for any whitewater adventure where you think you don't need the protection of a full long sleeved cag.


Palm Newfoundland cag.

The Palm Newfoundland is a light weight cag ideal for touring, fishing and general paddling. It's made from Palms XP50 2 layer breathable ripstop fabric. It features a large front pocket, a storm hood, adjustable neoprene wrists and a drawcord waist for simple adjustment.

Delta Cirrus cag.

The Delta Cirrus is a super light weight packable cag. Made from ultra light weight ripstop, it features a large venting neck, soft, comfy and adjustable neck and wrists and the whole jacket neatly packs away into its own pocket, ideal for storing in your boat during a trip or when you’re trying to keep weight & bulk down when packing.

Peak UK Tourlite short sleeved cag

Peak UK Tourlite Long sleeved cag

Peak UK Tourlite Hoody

The Peak UK Tourlite range features three cags, all made from the same breathable, light weight, 2.5 layer fabric. There is a short sleeved version, ideal for warm trips, or as an emergency back up, a long sleeved version that is ideal for all sorts of paddling uses, and a hooded version ideal for keep the summer rain off of your head! They all features easy to adjust neoprene wrists and draw cord waists, and a large mesh front pocket. The hooded version also features zipped venting front, while the long and short sleeved versions features a comfy adjustable neoprene neck.
All of the cags featured above are ideal for summer paddling, offering water proof and breathable fabrics, and simple adjustments to stop too much water getting in round your wrists and neck. When worn in conjunction with a light weight summer thermal they offer enough protection to enable you to paddle not matter how miserable the forecast sounds. And if the sun does pop out, they feature enough ventilation to stop you over heating too quickly and they are light enough to pack up small enough to store away in you boat.
Or pop into the shop to try one on from our extensive range.