10 Pieces of Advice For 1st Time Paddlers

Giving some advice to a 1st time paddler.
Advice for 1st time paddler.

We asked our Facebook fans, “What’s one piece of advice you’d give to a 1st time paddler?” Some of the responses were serious and some were just downright funny. Here’s 10 of our favorites:

1. Don’t go without wearing your PFD. — Advice from Don P., JT L., Gary L., Lisa W., Billy M., Jonathan B., Travis A., Michael P., Laura B., David F., Alan D., Heath G., Erica H., Eric B., Robert R., Chuck B., Lee H., Bobby C., Robin L. and Randy V.

When 20 paddlers give the same advice, you gotta think it’s important, huh?

2. Relax, breath deeply, and enjoy the view. — Advice from Loretta H.

3. You are going to get wet. Plan on it. — Advice from Don I.

4. Just enjoy yourself! You will never forget it! — Advice from Cathie G.

5. Remember, however far you go, you have to go the same distance to get back. — Advice from JW E.

6. Buy from Austin Kayak. — Advice from John M. Have to agree with this one! :)

7. Bring a fishing pole and enough beer for you and your kayak buddies you’ll meet along the river! — Taylor S.

8. Paddle faster if you hear banjos! — Advice from Norman T.

9. Your paddle is just as important as your kayak. — Advice from David T.

10. Tie your gear down! — Advice from Carla M.

 Share your advice for 1st time paddlers by commenting below! The entire collection of responses can be found here.

6 Tips On Surf Launching For Offshore Kayak Fishing

From the Yak Gear / Railblaza Team

Paddling through the rough surf for an offshore kayak fishing adventure, more commonly referred to as surf launching, can be challenging depending on your specific location, the weather conditions, and the size of the swells you are battling!  Done properly, surf launching can be a painless hurdle on the path to large offshore fish waiting to be caught, photographed, and either cooked up or released to be caught another day!  However, there is some inherent danger involved.  How do I prevent flipping or “turtling?”  How do I keep my balance?  What if all my expensive gear falls out?

To help ease your worries about surf launching and get you on those big “beyond the breakers” fish, we have developed these 6 introductory tips for surf launching on your next kayak fishing adventure.

We understand, surf launching can be really rough! Those waves look ready to rob you of all of your gear, right? Not for long… Photo Credit: Andrew H
We understand, surf launching can be really rough! Those waves look ready to rob you of all of your gear, right? Not for long… Photo Credit: Andrew H

1) Leash All of Your Gear

Yeah, yeah.  You get it.  The paddle sport accessory company wrote a blog telling me to leash my gear.  How cliché!  Hang on! All sales pitches aside, everyone knows that the more expensive the pliers, tackle boxes, boga grips, or even reels are…the much faster they sink.  Leashing your gear is simply a built in safety net for the rough conditions you are admittedly going to face while beyond the breakers.  During a moment of confusion or while you are losing your balance, these leashes allow you to focus 100% on correcting your movements and staying afloat.  What if in this same moment you had to reach back for your expensive Penn reel and that new GoPro camera you just got for Christmas?  With your focus off of staying balanced and maneuvering through the waves, drinking saltwater is inevitable in your near future.

2) Timing, Timing, Timing!

In general, successful surf launching is heavily dependent on timing.  Without getting into the details that are far better explained by your local meteorologist, waves come in sets.  This makes the ideal time to launch fall in between the wave sets. These wave sets vary based on many variables, however, typically the last wave in the set is the largest.  Once this has passed and you are in between wave sets, there is a lull in the surf.  Now its “Go Time!”

3) Be Visible

Large swells can limit your visibility to others.  Having some sort of elevated safety flag during the day or 360 degree light after dark is highly recommended to ensure safety.  These visibility tools are also very helpful while out beyond the breakers where much larger boats may lose sight of you and your tiny kayak in the swells.

Surf Launching4) Know your Weight Distribution

This is one of the tips that is often forgotten.  Paddlers in any boat, paddling any water must always be conscious of how the weight is proportioned on their kayak.  Paddling offshore for a kayak fishing trip is usually done on longer, wider kayaks.  Having a weight balance in the center of your kayak can cause a nose dive when a wave either a) breaks onto you or b) you hit the peak of a large swell.  Try to lean back and keep weight closer to the back of the kayak to maintain optimum balance.

5) Keep your Paddle in the Water!

Always remember, when encountering waves or other turbulent water, you and your boat are always more stable when your paddle is in the water.  Having your paddle in the water is crucial to maintaining balance because it acts as an easily controlled fulcrum point.  We know what you’re saying, “Oh, well I have Mirage Drive”, “Not me, I have the pedal drive system”, “I’ll just turn on my trolling motor!”  We understand.  This is why we aren’t advocating that you solely use the paddle for means of propulsion.  However, we are recommending that you keep the paddle in the water for added balance.  Those pedals can’t correct you from tipping, but your paddle can.

6) Practice Makes Perfect

If you are inexperienced, practice playing in the waves without any gear before you take all the expensive gear out on the water.  Some beaches even have lifeguards present to further provide safety while battling this learning curve.  While practicing, make sure there are not many people around.  Runaway kayaks can be dangerous to surrounding swimmers.  Here is a “How To” video showing how not to surf launch from a kayak.  Video courtesy of our buddy YakYakker.

Pack-It, The Revolutionary Way to Pack Your Luggage

by the Eagle Creek team

“How do I pack it all?”

packing-solutions-cubesThis is the challenge that nearly every type of traveler faces, whether planning for a quick overnight trip or an extended getaway. You’ve got clothes, toiletries, laptops, phones, digital cameras, itineraries, jackets, guide books and so much more.

So, how do you manage to fit it all into your bags before you depart?

Well, you can cram it all in, like most people do, but this will ultimately make your travel a lot more cumbersome than it needs to be.

  • Stuffing your bags to the brim will wrinkle your clothes, crush important documents and potentially damage your electronics too.
  • Not only that, you’ll be stuck with a giant, disorganized mess, making it difficult to find what you need upon arrival, and slowing you down at the worst possible time.

There’s a better way to pack and avoid these headaches – with the revolutionary Pack-It System from Eagle Creek.

What is the Eagle Creek Pack-It System?

Our Pack-It™ System is changing the way people travel and has been since.

It’s a simple system that eliminates several of the most common packing challenges, from organizational issues to limited packing space. With smartly designed packs, cubes and folders that divide your stuff into cleanly arranged sections within your larger luggage bags, the system makes it easier for you to find what you need, when you need it, and eliminate the clutter.

If you travel often, then you know that a little bit of organization goes a long way. Losing any item – whether it’s a favorite t-shirt or your passport – can cause an undue amount of stress during your travels. Did you leave it at home? Did it fall out of your bag? Did someone steal it?

Our packing system helps relieve these worries by organizing clean clothes and dirty laundry while making the most of your packing space, so you can put more in your bags.

Beyond solving the organizational and packing challenges, the system also addresses a number of other common packing issues, including:

  • Protecting your gear from moisture
  • Controlling odor
  • Keeping your clothes from getting wrinkled

Let’s take a look at some examples of optional system components and how they can make your life a lot easier when you’re traveling.

How to Pack It All – the Right Way

ACK carries a range of products from our Pack-It collection including Cubes, Folders, and Compression Sacs. Remember, you can always place a special order by contacting their customer service team if you want something from the collection not listed on their website.

Cubes
Our packing Cubes are perfect for clothes: tees, shorts, pajamas and much more. They come in a variety of sizes and options, including 2-sided versions that allow you to separate clean clothes from dirty clothes, as well as expandable cubes that let you fit even more when you need to. Like most of our bags and packs, our cubes are also water-resistant and designed to minimize wrinkles.

- The Specter Folder 18
Our packing folder 18 will fit up 12 shirts, pants, or other clothing items, keeping them compressed, neat and organized within your luggage while also providing wrinkle resistance.

- Caddies, Organizes, Pouches & More
Eagle Creek offers a wide range of additional packs to fit virtually everything you need for your trip. ACK carries our popular line of Pack-It Sacs, great for organizing small items like electronics, liquids, and more, as well as a wide range of other travel accessories.

Shop now to see how easy it is to pack and organize all your gear with the Eagle Creek Pack-It System.

6 Reasons to Get Your Kayak Lit Up with SuperNova LED Lights

SuperNova LED LightsWondering why you should invest in SuperNova LED Lights for your kayak?

The super bright LED strips from SuperNova offer the kayaker many advantages. Here’s 6 reasons to get your kayak lit with SuperNova:

1. Safety First: Increased visibility of SuperNova LED Lights gives you peace of mind that everyone else on the water knows you’re there. These things are extremely bright!

2. Long Lasting Durability: Not only will they get you seen, but SuperNova LED Light Kits they are durable, submersible and salt water ready.

3. Color Options: Blue strips…or green? Blue SuperNova LED lights are bright enough to light structures for casting at a distance and their UV qualities work well with fluorescent line. Green are a bit brighter and attract bait by the net full.

4. Light Up Your Work Space: Position them in the kayak’s cockpit or seating area as task or indirect lighting to help with tying line or bait selection. Blue is easier on your night vision but green is brighter and renders color best.

5. Storage Space Lighting: Place them in your rear tankwell or inside a hatch to make it easy to locate your tackle, rod or favorite frosty beverage. No more fumbling around in the dark!

6. Custom Solutions Available: If the kits at ACK.com aren’t exactly what you’re looking for, contact our customer service team at customer@austinkayak.com or 888-828-3828 and we’ll arrange a quote for your idea or specific need.

Shop SuperNova LED Lights now.

For the Coffee Lover: GSI Outdoors Coffee Products

For you, coffee is not merely black; it is not simply a beverage to be had with cream and sugar, no, coffee is a ritual, an affirmation of life, a warm embrace in the morning and a meditation on the flavor of the day to be savored with dessert. For you, only the finest beans, the most aromatic roast and the fullest flavor will do. Coffee is a world tour, a rich journey from Kona to Columbia and from Ethiopia to Java awakening you to new experiences and new ideas. For you, GSI Outdoors has created the coffee products needed to wake up to coffee now matter where you find yourself.

Shop GSI Outdoors Coffee Products now.

Gaiters: What Are They, And What Are Different Types For?

by the Outdoor Research Team

Outdoor Research Gaiters

Planning on tromping through frosted peaks after the Polar Vortex, heading out for a hike during this spring’s colossal snow melt or lacing up for an ultra-long trail run? The extra layer of protection from gaiters will help keep your outing a challenging adventure rather than a painful sufferfest.

While waterproof hiking boots or ski boots will provide a huge amount of protection, gaiters work in tandem with your boots to protect the little nooks and crannies that are vulnerable to being encroached by abrasive environments or sneaky drops of rain or snow – like the top of the boot.

Whether snow, rain or overgrown trails are the terrain du jour, there are different types of gaiters that excel for different activities, each with different features. But which kind of gaiter you need largely depends on what you’ll be doing. So how do you choose?

Rocky Mountain High Gaiter
Rocky Mountain High Gaiter

It all depends on your outing. But first, let’s dissect the construction of the gaiter. Gaiters typically run from the bottom of your foot to mid-calf and are made with sturdy weather-resistant materials. This design and fabrication works well to protect your foot and lower leg from deep snow, wet underbrush or debris that you can pick up while hiking, skiing or mountaineering. Low gaiters are about ankle high and are designed for less extreme conditions.

In addition to the fabrication and design, most gaiter are also equipped with: a strap that fits over the instep of your boot or shoe or lace hook that holds the gaiter in place; a top closure that cinches or clips tight to seal the upper half of the gaiter; and some sort of entry system. Often the entry system is a closure like Velcro, but can also be a zipper. In the case of ultra minimalist gaiters, a tighter, stretchy design serves this purpose. Typically, our gaiters have a front entry – where the closure system runs down the length of your shin – which makes getting in and out of the gaiter on the trail or in the hills a hassle-free task.

Austin Kayak carriers two different types of Outdoor Research Gaiters: Alpine and Trail.

Alpine gaiters are crafted to protect your feet while hiking, snowshoeing or cross-country skiing, these gaiters are made with waterproof and breathable fabric uppers and also an abrasion-resistant lower to protect your ankles and lower legs from sticks, rocks and other trail debris. The Crocodile Gaiters™ are our time-tested classic with a fitted design and sturdy fabrication of GORE-TEX® upper and Cordura® lower. As at home in snowy environment as a dry and brushy trail, the Crocs (as they have come to be known) will fit well in your pack’s essentials kit and come in both Men’s Crocodiles and Women’s Crocodiles styles. See more about them in the video:

On the other hand, trail gaiters are lightweight and breathable and provide the most basic protection against wet terrain and the thick underbrush of trails. They pair with anything from cross-country ski boots to trail running shoes. Take, for example, our Ultra Trail Gaiter, a favorite for Outdoor Research athlete Chris dePolo – a ridiculously long distance hiker who has hiked over 8,000 miles and spent 487 days in the woods in the last four years.

“Anything that goes in my backpack or on my body has to be small, lightweight and dry quickly,” say dePolo, which is why the Ultra Trail Gaiters are perfect. These breathable, water-resistant gaiters are stretchy with a molded boot section to conform to the shoe and streamline the design. Designed with an endurance trail runner in mind, these gaiters help protect against the trail’s hazards when you don’t have time to avoid them.

Simply put, gaiters protect your feet and help keep you focused on your moving forward comfortably. “I’ve had zero blisters in my 8,000 miles,” says dePolo, “and it’s all about the gaiters keeping stuff out.”

Shop all Outdoor Research Gaiters here.

Find Energy Everywhere with the BioLite Camp Stove

BioLite Camp Stove
BioLite Camp Stove

Simultaneously cook food and charge electronics with the BioLite Camp Stove

As much as we want to escape electronics when we adventure outside, bringing along a mobile device can be a convenience as well as a safety measure. The question then becomes, how do I keep it charged? Enter the BioLite Camp Stove.

This new portable wood burning camp stove is unique in that it serves two purposes: cooking and charging electronics. Note that it will charge anything that hooks into a USB port, not just your mobile device. This means if you had say, a rechargeable USB headlamp, it’d do just fine with that. Here’s how it works:

Neat idea right? If you’re like me, you probably think it sounds too good to be true and there’s a good chance that your first impression of it probably is. This stove won’t turn a few twigs into a fully charged battery for your iPhone. However, it WILL provide a truly on-demand source of emergency power when you need it and, oh yeah, it makes a very effective cooking stove too.

Ditch the solar charger and liquid fuel

One of the biggest benefits of the BioLite Camp Stove is that it replaces two pieces of gear rather than just one, your fossil fuel powered camp stove and solar charger. Three, if you count the fuel and fuel canisters that you’re required to bring to power your typical camp stove. To me, this makes it’s price tag of $129.95, which is on par with a number of other fossil fuel powered stoves like the Jetboil Sol and MSR Dragonfly, very appealing.

BioLite Price Tag

It also excuses the weight of the BioLite. My first impression when I saw that it weighed a little over 2 lbs was that this thing is just too heavy for a stove! But this extra weight easily cancels out when you leave behind your liquid fuel, fuel canister and solar charging gear.

There are already some great accessories available for the BioLite Camp Stove including a portable grill and combination kettle/pot. Check them out and let me know what you think about the new BioLite Camp Stove by commenting below!

How to Choose the Perfect SUP Paddle

by Danny Mongno, Werner Paddles Marketing Manager

As someone who’s paddling his SUP (Stand Up Paddle board) every chance I get, I’m here to tell you folks that investing in the best paddle you can afford is super important.  Every stand up paddler is unique, but we all share a common goal – paddling as efficiently as possible so we can spend more time on the water. Nicer paddles mean lighter swing weights and stiffer blades. These features lead to longer, better paddling sessions. Depending on your paddling style, that could mean more exercise, more fishing, more shoreline exploring, more wave surfing or more rapid running.

Jessica Cichra doing some SUP Yoga. Photo: Werner Paddles
Jessica Cichra doing some SUP Yoga. Photo: Werner Paddles

Try this simple test and you’ll see what I mean. Grab your household broom and a metal yard shovel. Now, stand on a chair and paddle with the broom. Use good technique, top hand directly over your bottom hand so that the shaft is totally vertical. Reach way out toward the bow of your imaginary board with the “blade,” then finish the stroke at your feet. Paddle five times on each side and then switch to the shovel. Feel the difference? Now imagine fighting that extra weight over the course of an hour-long paddle, or maybe a three-hour paddle.  Not fun!

Okay, we’re not paddling our SUPs with broom bristles or shovel blades. But when you upgrade from low-performance plastic blades and aluminum shafts to fiberglass or carbon fiber, you’ll feel the difference. Sure, lightweight materials cost more, but you’re in luck; since a SUP paddle has only one blade, it costs less! You can get a really nice fiberglass paddle for around $200.00, whereas a comparable kayak paddle is more like $275.00.

In addition to being lighter, higher-end blades are also stiffer. The inherent flexibility of most lower-quality blades diminishes the force in your stroke, whereas a stiffer high-quality blade transfers more of your paddling energy to the water. For the casual paddler, this means fewer strokes, less fatigue, and more time on the water. For the performance-minded paddler, it means more BOOM every time your blade digs in.

Fiberglass and carbon fiber are the lightest, stiffest materials available for constructing SUP paddle blades. But which is best for you?  Well, that depends on what kind of paddling you like most. For whitewater paddling, consider a rugged fiberglass blade. For longer distances and deep water paddling, lightweight carbon sure feels good after a long day.

The Werner Tonga SUP Paddle
The Werner Tonga SUP Paddle

Blade size and shape is also important. The early SUP paddle designs were derived from the wider, tear drop shaped outrigger canoe paddle. Although this shape has a place with the very recreational paddler, the more slender, rectangular blade shape is where the sport is heading, like the one on the Werner Tonga SUP Paddle. This shape is much easier on the body, for a shorter or all day paddle and allows room to go in performance as skills grow. Different blade sizes, from small to full help fit every paddler’s body size and strength.

Once you’ve found the right blade for your paddling style, you’ll need to consider paddle length. SUP paddles are sold in varying lengths to accommodate paddlers of different heights and with different styles. For touring, fishing or fitness paddling, look for a paddle that’s about 10” longer than you are tall.  If you do plan to head to the coast to play in the waves, a slightly shorter paddle works best – approximately 8” longer than your height.  A longer paddle provides a longer, stronger stroke for flatwater, while a shorter paddle enables the quicker, shorter strokes needed to navigate more challenging water. ACK offers several adjustable-length paddles that quickly adapt to fit multiple paddlers. They even stock the three-piece Fiji adjustable for easy breakdown and storage – perfect for travelling with inflatable boards.

With lots of paddles to choose from and lots of details to consider, finding the right SUP paddle can seem like a daunting task – but it’s not!  By following these easy tips and investing in a lighter, stiffer, better-performing paddle, you’ll be sure to get the most out of your SUP experience. And the experts at ACK are always there to help. SUP on!

See ACK’s line-up of Werner SUP Paddles now. Plus, for a limited time, there are some great opportunities in the ACK Outlet to save on some high quality Werner SUP paddles…check them out!

The Design and Development of the Native Watercraft Slayer Propel Fishing Kayak

By Shane Benedict of Legacy Paddlesports (Liquid Logic & Native Watercraft), Reposted from Shane’s Logic with Permission.

Initial Drawings of the Slayer Propel 13
Initial Drawings of the Slayer Propel 13

The Development of the Slayer Propel 13 really started when Native Watercraft first developed the pedal drive Propel system in 2008.  I had just joined the Native Watercraft design team so I hadn’t had any input on the beginnings of this concept and design.  In the few times that I pedaled the Mariner Propel I could feel the potential and I got really excited about designing the newest addition to the Slayer line of fishing kayaks in 2013.  As we began to work on the Propel, we started to really understand that the advantages of using your legs were not limited to the power of larger muscle groups to do the work: pedaling also leaves your hands free to fish, and the more you fish the more you catch (well sometimes). Beyond that, we also found two more advantages of having a bike-like motion to drive the propeller. The motion itself is familiar and easy to maintain, as most of us have pedaled bikes.  By simply pedaling in reverse you can drive the boat backwards which plays a huge role in fishing. Pedaling facilitates actions that every angler needs to do, like approaching a structure, stopping, and pulling large fish out of tight areas and from under obstructions.

Native Watercraft Pro Staffer Philip Ruckart slaying 'em.
Native Watercraft Pro Staffer Philip Ruckart slaying ‘em.

We started initial conversations about the new Propel design with Native Watercraft guides and pro staff. It was agreed across the board that the traditional paddled Slayer kayak would be a good place to start. We even had folks on the Native Watercraft Facebook page asking for a propel driven Slayer before we were even really sure we were gonna do it! Everyone thought that the open floor plan, 360 degree accessory track coverage, superior stability, and efficient paddling hull of the Slayer would make for an ideal platform to install our Propel System. What we came to realize over time was that it wasn’t just a fishing kayak we now understand that it’s a great boat for cruising out on the water for any reason at all.

Another view of the Slayer Propel 13 and the seat slider attachment.
Another view of the Slayer Propel 13 and the seat slider attachment.

We focused first on hull design because the hull does have to be adjusted quite a bit to accept the propel drive unit. We spent a lot of time looking at how the water flowed across the hull and into and around the propeller. One of the challenges was getting the prop to engage completely and more efficiently with the water while keeping it tucked up against the hull to minimize the depth of water needed for the prop to run. After our first prototype, we had a bit of aeration during hard pedaling, so we did some old school plastic welding to form different curves to change the flow of water into the propel cavity. Not only did the changes create more power and speed, they also decreased water noise.

Welding in new hull curves.
Welding in new hull curves.

The rest of the hull design balances traits of efficiency and stability. Too wide and you start to really hinder speed and make more noise by having to push a wider hull through the water. Too narrow and the boat will become unstable when it loses buoyancy on either side of the paddler. So it is important to prioritize the desired performance characteristics. In the Slayer Propel, we wanted to create a boat stable enough to stand in easily, but that would still move through the water as smoothly and quietly as possible to take advantage of the speed of the Propel System and maintain the ability to paddle the boat as well. The Slayer Propel is 33″ wide, so by no means a sea kayak (which are sub 24 inches), but it is much more stealthy than other fishing-specific pedal-driven boats. We started at the bow with as sharp an entry as we could while still maintaining the large front storage tank. Smoothly curved, large pontoons drop down into the water through the mid section of the boat to provide a ton of stability and a quieter ride. Without the pedal-drive system, we have found that this hull paddles well with a kayak paddle. We feel as though we have come up with a confidence-inspiring hull design that complements the Propel system.

Ergonomics provided a key focus in this design as well. We knew we had to integrate our First Class seat. Not only did we want people to be more comfortable while pedaling, we wanted them to be able to pedal for longer durations and be more efficient while doing it. We tested many different people’s leg lengths, weights, heights, and pedaling styles, and found that sitting up higher in the Slayer with the head of the femur at the same height or higher than the crank spindle (the axle that goes through the top of the unit) allowed pedalers to relax and sit more upright. We created a sliding rail system that adjusts by simply loosening two thumbscrews and sliding down the rails to the desired position to adjust to different leg lengths and pedaling postures.

Testing different crank arms, pedals, and seat heights.
Testing different crank arms, pedals, and seat heights.

Another aspect of the pedaling ergonomics that we tested extensively was the length of the crank arm (what the pedals attach to). Normal upright bikes use something around 175mm crank arms. In our older propel models we had used 165mm crank arms but in our testing were getting an uneven pressure during the rotation of the pedals. We found that the 155mm cranks evened out the rotation pressure, eliminated the feeling that our knees were in our chest, and still gave us plenty of leverage to drive the prop. During tests, I did several long pedals ranging from 2 to 10 miles. Once we switched to the shorter cranks I found that I could maintain 3 – 3.5 miles an hour for extended periods and still have plenty of energy to get the boat up to 4.5 or even 5 miles an hour and hold it for 5 to 10 minute durations.

Propel Testing Tank
Propel Testing Tank

Last but not least the Propel drive unit has gone through extensive testing and transformation over the past couple years.  We brought in house a former bicycle industry designer and engineer to focus on the continued improvement of the Propel drive.  We have put the unit through long hours of submersion testing at our facility and the resident gear heads put together a motor and linkage to drive the unit constantly for days of wear testing.  It has been a fun project to not only design the boat but to also make improvements to the drive unit itself.

The longer the testing went on the more excited we all got. The Native Pro Staff and endorsed Guides did a great job advising us on features they wanted to see. What I found during the time I was on the water experimenting with this boat was that I wanted it not only for fishing but to just get out and enjoy the water. During my longer pedals the feeling I was getting was that of going on a bike ride, or a cruise in one of our touring kayaks. Everyone who takes it out for a test pedal falls in love with the way the speed and ease of pedaling lets you explore a huge territory and maybe get a little exercise.

Out for a sunset cruise with Betsy.
Out for a sunset cruise with Betsy.

 

Here is a link to a bunch of photos from the Development of the Slayer Propel
See you on the water.
Shane

 

p.s. Here is a little video I did of the first day pedaling the production Slayer Propel.


The First Pedal of the Slayer Propel from Shaneslogic on Vimeo.

Lose the Zippers with Sierra Design’s Backcountry Bed

Backcountry Bed Presents New Sleeping Option for Campers

The Backcountry Bed
The Backcountry Bed

Sierra Designs has steered away from the timeless sleeping bag design to create a completely new way for campers to tackle backcountry sleeping with their Backcounrty Bed. Unlike the mummy style sleeping bags, the Backcountry Bed is intended to perform like a traditional bed at home. It has a simple design with a very large opening in the middle section to enter with an attached comforter can be pulled around the user which seals the opening once inside.

Backcountry Bed Sleeping OptionsWhat makes this new sleeping option so great is that it offers a wide range of sleeping positions compared to a normal bag. Prefer to sleep on your side? Not a problem! Starting to get too warm? Just fling the blanket off a little to cool down. It also has a foot vent that allows you to slip your feet out of the bottom of the bag on those warm nights.

The reason Sierra Designs has named it the Backcountry Bed (in addition to the built in comforter functioning just like the comforter on your real bed) is that it has an sleeping pad sleeve on the bottom. This allows you to secure your sleeping pad to the bag to give you the experience of a fully integrated bed.

Watch the video below to see more about it:

So what do you think of the Backcountry Bed? Let us know by commenting below!