Tuesday, 10 January 2012

Gear Trippin'!

Trippin'! No, not psychedelics but moving your kit about. Sea to Summit are an Australian brand that have some really neat transportation solutions. Infact their canoe and kayak range is called Solution Gear.
Ewart has been testing the Gear Trip Deck bag and is loving it.

"So my trusty Nookie dry bag finally got binned. It was over 5 years old and was showing it. Thrown in the back of the van, dragged around Europe and kicked around Newbridge car park. It didn't get any love but it held up well. New kit bag time it was. The next in line was a very nice Ortlieb Rack pack. This now serves as my main kit bag. However I always have too many bits of extra kit in it. Spare thermals, socks, gloves etc.
Which is always handy to loan out if someone forgets something.  The only problem was I kept chucking my wet kit back in the bag with all the spare dry stuff. I needed help". (yes, we know that Ewart).

 Enter the Gear Trip from Sea to Summit. We first saw these last Autumn and thought they were good.
The idea is that you can store all your wet kit safely inside your kayak and it drains into your boat at the same time. The bag is made up of a nice ripstop nylon on the top and base with mesh sides for draining. A strong shock cord helps keep it on the cockpit rim and there is a nice big handle to pull it off and to carry it.

The gear trip fitted to a Wavesport Habitat 74 creek boat. You can see the handle at the front and the shock cord coming out the back. There is a slider on the shock cord to keep it tight around the boat.

Sea To Summit Gear Trip open

Here you can see the mesh sides to the bag that allow the drainage into your kayak.
A two way zip means you can open from either direction. There is plenty of room for every day paddling kit. Inside you can see Ewarts Palm Fuse cag in the LTD edition Harlequin colours and a Yak Descent pfd. Also inside are some Five-Ten Water Tennies, Yak Moray dry pants, Sweet Saviour thermal, Yak Toki thermal, Palm Ti soxs, Sweet Rocker helmet and a Playboat Pro team deck. Every thing Ewart needs for a day on the river. There is space for more as well. Then when you get home you can just chuck it in the bath, rinse off your kit and then carry it outside to hang up.

Over  all a great kit bag. £44.95, instock and ready to rock. Click to buy here.