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Ok, i started a thread about this over on the last site.

I've just been to my local kayaking shop, and have seen some cracking gear (and friendly guys as you predicted Si.).

Current favourites are this . . . .

http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... aspian.htm (nice low viz colour)

and this . . .

http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... an-cag.htm (only downside is that they only had it in bright yellow)

and this . . . (in red, not the bright orange you see here) . .

http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... ursuit.htm

What are your thoughts on colour . . . other than just the personal preference angle, i tend to like low-viz colours for the 'stealth' factor, although i guess that these are high-visibility for the 'safety' factor ?

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Lewisman said:
Ok, i started a thread about this over on the last site.

I've just been to my local kayaking shop, and have seen some cracking gear (and friendly guys as you predicted Si.).

Current favourites are this . . . .

http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... aspian.htm (nice low viz colour)

and this . . .

http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... an-cag.htm (only downside is that they only had it in bright yellow)

and this . . . (in red, not the bright orange you see here) . .

http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... ursuit.htm

What are your thoughts on colour . . . other than just the personal preference angle, i tend to like low-viz colours for the 'stealth' factor, although i guess that these are high-visibility for the 'safety' factor ?

Si.
Personally, I like the first one - looks like a cracking piece of kit :D :D :D
 

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I tried that one on Vidar. It is very nice, and has velcro around the sleeves, waist, collar, etc .. so that it can be tightened up to stop water ingress. A couple of the others felt a little more substantial, but they were also more expensive. That one was also a nice low-viz colour.

Cracking gear though, and looks just the job for rock-hopping!! I just need to decide which one to go for.

As an additional point, some of the gloves & life-jackets (for Basswalker) in there looked good too !!

And . .. big selection of Kayak's & associated gear Iestyn !!
 

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Si, I can vouch for the caspian mate....its the dogs danglies and pretty good too....mine is in a plum type colour. I'm not sure that garment colour makes a big difference.....this year we've had fish while wearing some really bright clothing, remember the pic of JCMR and his orange lollipop man coat :lol: nice fish though!

Generally, the water is mucky when you've got your cag on, I've noticed that its only ever clear at the height of summer in the middle of a heat wave.

Word of warning:
You will sweat in the cag if you tromp around init, remember its not breathable, although GoreTex does not transfer moisture as fast as you produce it :!:
It'll rip if you fall over into the rocks down Gower......but these holes can be fixed easily, que Aquaseal :D
You'll bob around for a while if you fall into a rockpool or god forbid, the sea, until the water seeps in......I've seen it happen to JCMR and 'twas a very funny moment for me :lol: :lol: :lol:
They are the devil to get on, but once there.......remember its easier to sweat if the weather turns nice again ;)
The material weights, I think the caspian is 2.5 somethingorother, which is the lighter end, has never let me down yet.

Most of all.......you'll look da'bomb bra :ugeek:
 

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Softie, what was the red and white zip-collar one you showed me yesterday? That looked terrific, and I am seriously considering one if I am dumb enough to go out again in this weather!
 

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Softie, what was the red and white zip-collar one you showed me yesterday? That looked terrific, and I am seriously considering one if I am dumb enough to go out again in this weather!
You mean the plum coloured one Tim, or one of the other two in the back of ma van? I handed you the blue'yellow one for you to trial, but you threw it back in the van :roll: ......it's my standby one and you could've borrowed it no probs mate
 

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Si, must have been the plum coloured one. I liked the look of that more as it didn't have the sealed collar arrangement which I think would hold in too much heat (I know it's designed to keep water out!). The plum one looked the best design for fishing. I didn't mean to "throw" it back in the van - I appreciated the offer but the worst of the showers had passed once we got off the becach - typically!
 

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Sound, great bits of clothing mentioned here, suppose its a fine line between staying dry but cool also
 

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Rain wasnt 'too' bad today, but still the GRXi let water in to the usual places (up the sleeves), and the fabric absorbed water making it heavy again . . . . . so it's cag-time for me !!!

Also managed to get nailed nicely by a few waves - although not as badly as Steve at our last mark :lol: :lol: :lol: !!
 

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the GRXi let water in to the usual places (up the sleeves), and the fabric absorbed water making it heavy again Also managed to get nailed nicely by a few waves - although not as badly as Steve at our last mark :lol: :lol: :lol: !!
Hmm, maybe the jkt is rainproof but not waveproof Si...........but did you score any shirleys?
 

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The new Scierra Canyon Wading jacket did well on the first outing. No leaks! No bass either....
 

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The new Scierra Canyon Wading jacket did well on the first outing. No leaks! No bass either....
So the jacket worked, lures and tactics didn't !!! LOL.
 

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ONe out of three ain't bad, Steve. First time I have come high dry in a while!
 

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Lewisman said:
1) http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... aspian.htm (nice low viz colour)

and this . . .

2) http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... an-cag.htm (only downside is that they only had it in bright yellow)

and this . . . (in red, not the bright orange you see here) . .

3) http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... ursuit.htm
Just went and tried these bad-boys on.

The Caspian (1) is nice. It's more of an outer-shell, but nice fitting, and nice colour.

The Aleutian (2) is the dogs danglers . . . . it's got latex seals around the cuffs, so no water is going in there. It's got a nice seal around the neck and waist. It's got a couple of handy pockets (for mobile phone, etc..), and an absolutely belting hood - really nice. It feels like a harder wearing material than the Caspian, and is rated as 'more waterproof'.

I wasnt that fussed on number (3), and could'nt get the XL on, so it's obviously not designed for fat-boys !!

So, there would be an Aleutian in the boot of my car right now, other than i'm slightly put-off by the fact that it is bright yellow (not the light cream colour in the pic). Another bit of good news is that those guys are just kicking-off a 15% sale, so that's £30 off the Aleutian, which is better than a kick in the nuts !!

Dunno, dunno, dunno . . . . . . to endulge or not to endulge . . . . that is the dilemna !!!! Persuade me gents, persuade me !!!!
 

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Lewisman said:
Lewisman said:
1) http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... aspian.htm (nice low viz colour)

and this . . .

2) http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... an-cag.htm (only downside is that they only had it in bright yellow)

and this . . . (in red, not the bright orange you see here) . .

3) http://www.swansea-canoes.co.uk/clothin ... ursuit.htm
Just went and tried these bad-boys on.

The Caspian (1) is nice. It's more of an outer-shell, but nice fitting, and nice colour.

The Aleutian (2) is the dogs danglers . . . . it's got latex seals around the cuffs, so no water is going in there. It's got a nice seal around the neck and waist. It's got a couple of handy pockets (for mobile phone, etc..), and an absolutely belting hood - really nice. It feels like a harder wearing material than the Caspian, and is rated as 'more waterproof'.

I wasnt that fussed on number (3), and could'nt get the XL on, so it's obviously not designed for fat-boys !!

So, there would be an Aleutian in the boot of my car right now, other than i'm slightly put-off by the fact that it is bright yellow (not the light cream colour in the pic). Another bit of good news is that those guys are just kicking-off a 15% sale, so that's £30 off the Aleutian, which is better than a kick in the nuts !!

Dunno, dunno, dunno . . . . . . to endulge or not to endulge . . . . that is the dilemna !!!! Persuade me gents, persuade me !!!!
Some job you got mate......nipping into Morriston for a fit-out!
The caspian is waterproof, full stop, and I wonder how the aleutian is 'more' waterproof........maybe its more expensive too :?:

In honesty, the aleutian is the dogs droopy bits regardless of colour........but at a price. The caspian does the job that you'll need it for, the cuffs are good enough, the neck seal good enough, the hood is good enough to pull tight over a hat peak, you can wear something underneath if you don't like the feel of it next to your skin :shock: ......and its cheaper :D Why not go the full piglet and get the sidewinder :lol:
 

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Some job you got mate......nipping into Morriston for a fit-out!
The caspian is waterproof, full stop, and I wonder how the aleutian is 'more' waterproof........maybe its more expensive too :?:

In honesty, the aleutian is the dogs droopy bits regardless of colour........but at a price. The caspian does the job that you'll need it for, the cuffs are good enough, the neck seal good enough, the hood is good enough to pull tight over a hat peak, you can wear something underneath if you don't like the feel of it next to your skin :shock: ......and its cheaper :D Why not go the full piglet and get the sidewinder :lol:
It's only 2 miles from my factory, so, easy enough!!

The Aleutian has a higher waterproof rating (according to the guy in the shop), so in theory will keep you even dryer. & yes, is more expensive (£110 vs £200). I don't like wearing a hat to be honest, so i'd rather a decent hood.

But, a kayaking guy in there (a fellow punter) did try to talk me into getting a full dry-suit instead !!!! £400 custom build apparently . . . . . handy for bobbing around into those West Wales coves !!!
 
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