Tuesday, 13 May 2014

Get the legs out!

Summer is fast approaching. The warm winter and very mild spring we are having makes us think we are going to have a scorcher of a summer!

Good job there is some awesome new leg wear about.

The Palm Horizon Shorts replace the Gradient shorts. Not a direct replacement as they have a stretchy fleece lining not neoprene. The general consensus is that the stretchy fleece lining is more comfortable in warmer weather and when wearing for longer durations. Its not as clammy and allows the skin to breath.

The waterproof outer shorts keep the worst of the wind/ spray/ waves off and keeps the wind chill to a minimum. A nice high and soft neoprene waist band with tie up closure keeps the shorts from falling down.
The below the knee fit keeps things styling nicely. Available in Aqua Blue or Jet Grey at a reasonable price of £54.95

If shorts aren't your bag or you just want a closer fit and a bit more warmth then the new Palm Kaituna and Wairoa Neoflex pants are just the thing. 

Both of these pants are a 0.5mm 4 way stretch with a thermospan liner. The fit is 3/4 length and comes to just below the knee. 
These pants are ace, so stretchy and soft to wear. If worn in combo with the Kaituna or Wairoa top (short or longsleeve) they make a great alternative to a summer wetsuit. 
They have so many applications. Stand Up paddle boarding, board surfing, sit on top paddling, summer white water, open canoeing, sea paddling, in fact we can't think of an activity that involves water (of a slightly warmer type) that these pants wouldn't work for. Both of the Palm Neo Flex 3/4 pants are £59.95.
Don't forget they do short and long sleeve tops as well: 

Palm Wiaroa

Palm Kaituna

Its not just Palm on the leg wear frontier! 
The Sweet Shambala Shorts have been selling really fast. Why? Because they are awesome of course!
They have had some updates for this year. The neoprene inner short is now just below the knee and a nice snug fit at the cuff. This stops water jetting up the leg even if you take a swim. The fast drying outer has a really nice cut and is a good length, it comes to below the knee for that cool look. A pocket on the leg can house your car keys (no more hiding them under the wheel arch). The waist band is comfy and holds the shorts up well. These are perfect for board surfing as well.

So that's the newer stuff. We of course still have a good selection of neoprene shorts, 3/4 length neo pants and full length neo pants from Peak UK. All of these are perfect summer leg wear. Come into the store and see what fits you. 

 Check out the full range here: Peak Neoprene

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Monday, 12 May 2014

Kokatat Meridian Gore Tex Drysuit review

We have had a good review back in from Nick Pearce on his Gore Tex Meridian Drysuit from Kokatat.
No surprises, He's loving it.
See what he has to say below:

So for the last 6 months I have been using the very well tried and tested Kokatat Meridian GoreTex dry suit. Before this suit I used a range of dry suits from the likes of Palm and Level 6.

The fabric: Now I have to say the first thing that you notice with this suit is when you get off the water you are dry. Not a little damp from sweat, but bone dry like I have never been before. The suit is just simply superb at keeping you dry and getting rid of all the sweat that built up inside, wicking it away out of the fabric.

The Cut: Before I got this suit I had only worn suits with zips along the back and so was a little sceptical whether I would get on with the over the shoulder zip but no such problem. I don’t even know it is there, If anything it is less intrusive than the back zip on my last suit. This also gives the up side of being able to get in and out of the suit on your own making changing a whole lot better. The rest of the cut offers you a full range of movement with very little to no restriction, the suit feels light and supple. 

The features: Compared to some of the suits on the market this dry suit may look a bit old school and simple, but in my eyes it does what it needs to very well and no more, I like this kind of simplicity. Why have loads of things that you don’t need? There is one small pocket on the chest this is the perfect size for a car key,  then there are simple neoprene neck and wrist cuffs with no tags and Velcro to catch, the Velcro flaps on the waist and ankles are simple flaps with big patches to grip to and to finish it off with a relief zip. 

The durability: I have only been wearing the suit for 6 months but I can say that it has been put through its paces and still looks like new, so ok its not beading up any more but the quality is outstanding. With having been in the rafting industry for the last 5 years I've seen loads of gear come and go but for the whole of that time Kokatat have been making this suit and it is still the leading suit for quality on the market. One final thing to keep in mind: One of my work colleagues sent his suit back in to Kokatat this winter for a service and this suit has seen 5 years of hard rafting abuse and they pressure tested it then patched the suit for him replacing the seals and socks. A few days ago we're there out on the water he said to me it is just like having a brand new dry suit again. Now if that's not service I don’t know what is.

To sum up I don’t think I can come up with anything bad about this suit, I think tried and tested and now trusted sums it up best.

You can follow Nicks progress raft guiding in Norway this summer (his adopted home) by checking out his blog: http://nickpearcekayakingblog.wordpress.com/