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The Best Inflatable Kayaks [2022]

Kayaks are very popular right now but do you really know your stuff? A common mistake people make is not knowing what to watch out for when on the lookout for a new piece of equipment. In this piece we’ll explain the key features to watch out for and which products we would recommend for you. Inflatable kayaks can be easier to transport, stow and store than traditional models. And, if you like the idea of taking your boat out on lakes or rivers, but want something lighter for exploring creeks and narrow ravines, an inflatable kayak is probably right […]

Whitewater River Kayak Group Test

Here at Paddler we have a love-hate thing going on with a doing a river running kayak test. Every few years when new models have hit the water and it’s time to run a test again we get really excited, as it is always one of the most fun group tests that we do. The reason for that is that river runners come in all shapes and sizes and most of them are a real hoot to paddle. But that’s also where the hate comes in. Once the paddling is over we have to write the damned thing up and […]

Why a Folding or Inflatable Canoe or Kayak Might Work For You!

“A modern inflatable boat certainly ticks a lot of boxes for those looking for a compact, easy to store and transport canoe or kayak.” Canoes and kayaks are not always the easiest things to store or transport and unless you live literally on the riverbank or shoreline then you’re probably going to need a vehicle with a roof rack, or a trailer, to get your boat to the water, so difficult if you don’t drive or have access to a car. And not everyone lives in a location with an outdoor, or garage storage space. If you live in a […]

Why Tandem Kayaking is a Great Idea – Perception Prodigy Tandem Kayak Review

“The brilliant thing about tandem kayaks is that you get to share the whole paddling experience with someone else.” It all started, as all kayaking adventures usually do, with a conversation over a cup of good coffee and a plate of biscuits.  On this occasion, our coffee-sipping companions were Matt Byham and André Goldsmith of Perception Kayaks. In between munching on bourbons and generally putting the kayaking world to rights, in general, the chaps asked us an interesting question, ‘why didn’t we feature two-person touring kayaks anymore?’  But we do don’t we? Or do we? After some chin scratching and […]

Carbon Pyranha Jed Freestyle Kayak Review

Paddler Verdict We didn’t need to paddle the carbon version of the Jed to know that it is a great design for a freestyle kayak: we were already well aware of that from our time paddling the plastic Pyranha Jed Eye and loving it. To be able to experience the exaggerated version of this loose, fast and aerially-inclined freestyle hull, though, has been an absolute pleasure, and it was clear to us that (in the right hands, of course) this kayak could very easily be the formidable world-beating competition machine that Pyranha intend it to be. It’s true that most […]

JetBoil Flash Cooking System Review

This system lights with the click of a button and in just over 2 minutes provides two cups of boiling water for cocoa, coffee, instant soup or a gourmet freeze-dried meal. The newly designed burner secures the igniter, protecting it from bumps along the road. Flash is designed to be one of the safest cooking solutions out there. The cooking cup clips onto the burner, preventing accidental spills, and the fuel canister tripod ensures overall stability. The insulating cosy has a color-changing heat indicator that signals when contents are hot. RRP: £69.95 More Info: www.jetboil.com Specifications Colour: Carbon Item Weight: 14 oz (400 […]

Liquidlogic Stomper Whitewater Kayak Review

There can be no denying that the Stomper, the new boat from American company Liquidlogic, is a fast boat: before it even went into production a prototype was paddled to victory in the Teva Mountain Games over there in the states, which would have required it to hold a line well through some very big water, as well has having the precision to make the fastest lines. We couldn’t wait to give one a go and see what we thought for ourselves; and by the sound of it we weren’t the only ones: we lost count of how many people […]

Peak UK Explorer One Piece Paddling DrySuit Review

Paddler Verdict The Explorer One piece certainly boasts some very nice features and styling. The build quality is top notch and it balances durability and robustness with comfort and performance. A paddling suit is a high ticket piece of kit and we want to see the attention to detail and well thought out design married to quality manufacturing and performance and comfort and we’re very pleased to report that the Explorer One Piece delivers on all fronts. Simply put this is an excellent suit! RRP: £599 More info: www.peakuk.com Features X4 mid-heavy weight nylon with 25m waterproofing Unique patented design […]