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Gaylon L's Passions

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Gaylon L's Bio

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Holmes wrote a review of on September 21, 2013

Extraordinarily versatile
5 5

Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I've been paddling a Zephyr155 for two years now. Bought primarily as a day tripping river boat. Its been a blast in the canyon reservoirs of the Rocky mtn region and on the North Platte river. Its excellent maneuvrability makes it a fun kayak to play in but also lends itself well to rough and stormy waters. It tracks nicely if you have a decent forward stroke and the boat responds to skeg deployment very well, often just a bit of blade deployment will keep you on the straight and narrow. The Zephyr may feel tippy at first due to its rounded hull but even a novice will quickly grow comfortable in the boat. Advanced paddlers can make this kayak dance.

I've recently returned from a backcountry trip in the Yellowstone and Teton area and used this boat because the weather was simply too bad to take a canoe. I was able to pack for 5 days with the judicious use of compression sacks and good modern backpacking gear. Total kit weighed about 55# and I weigh 170#. The Zephyr had no troubles at all in the rough waters. I also own a Valley Nordkapp and paddled Tempests for many years thus my comparisons are against some of the finest touring boats available.

The Zephyr gave me the advantage of one boat to do it all this time in the Tetons. It handled Leigh and Jackson lakes with aplomb and then followed up with a nice Snake river run. Hard to beat that kind of versatility, especially when the boat is just so much fun to paddle.

When I return to the Tetons and Yellowstone for next year's adventure it will certainly be in the WS Zephyr 155 again - it has earned its place as my primary boat.

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Holmes wrote a review of on July 10, 2012

5 5

Like Gnarlydog I've spent the last several years wearing an MsFit Tour. That vest treated me very well but I like this OutFit Tour even better. The forward pocket placement and the larger arm openings offer excellent mobility and comfort. The slightly longer body does not hamper me in any way as compared to the MsFit. The OutFit Tour better distributes the weight of the Kokatat hydration system I wear during the heat season, an aspect this old man's back appreciates.

The new pocket design is sweet, excellent cargo space and easy access. The new hood over the chest lash tab is another super touch that shows Kokatat is continually looking for ways to improve their equipment and they're listening to those who use these vests in the real world.

Give your new Kokatat PFD a nice liberal dose of 303 fabric care before you put it into service and then follow up at intervals appropriate to your use and region. Your vest will last a long time and look great.

Thanks to Backcountry and Kokatat for great products and service.

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Holmes wrote a review of on August 9, 2006

5 5

I use these socks primarily for kayaking. Worn inside various low profile kayaking footwear, often neoprene, these socks are performing nicely. They keep my feet from drowning in perspiration when out of the water and keep the chill off when in the water. Fit well and don't bunch up when swimming. While in the backcountry, these socks are easily and quickly washed and dried.

I expect I'll be adding more of these to my sock drawer!

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Holmes wrote a review of on August 17, 2005

4 5

I confess to being a big fan of Werner paddles and the Corryvrecken has not changed that opinion.

It’s a big blade but not, as often claimed, only for the muscle bound paddler. (I'm a 50-year-old, 6'2" skinny dude!) It’s a great blade for steering and corrective strokes when paddling rockered sea kayaks that are not hard trackers.

My boats are 16-18' long and 20-21.5" at the beam. Both are playful short trippers that require mild correction to maintain a straight path. The Corryvrecken achieves this admirably. Rough water is where this paddle really shines. Bracing strokes offer a lot of support with the big blades.

The big blade is also nice for a paddler that has a slower cadence when tripping as it moves a lot of water. Wind can be an issue with any blade having this much surface area but then the wind also gives us such wonderfully textured waters to play in, eh?!

For river use, the Corryvrecken is great as the big blades give a nice grip for directional changes in the currents.

The adjustable ferrule is well done. Mine was a bit tight at first but quickly broke in and functions very well.

All in all, the Corryvrecken is a very nice paddle for all around use in a variety of kayaks for the reasonably fit paddler.

Service was excellent as usual. The first Corryvrecken I ordered was too short and I experienced no difficulties with their return process.
Good products from a good supplier.

Pleasant waters to ya.
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