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    Anyone paddle in a wetsuit?

    More good replies—thanks again! I'd agree that a roll isn't 100%. But as some point out, much of the risk calculation is determined by your experience and ability...and how much you choose to push your envelope (if at all). As a whitewater slalom racer, my roll was good enough that I could...
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    Latest Apple phones - will they eat Spot’s lunch?

    Interesting thread. I wanted to express laid-back disagreement with the notion that modern smartphones aren't good for navigation. As an avid backcountry hiker/backpacker/skier, I've been using my iPhone exclusively for backcountry navigation for years—and it has never let me down, even in...
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    Anyone paddle in a wetsuit?

    Thanks for the replies everyone! What's interesting to me is nobody mentioned anything about having a bombproof roll. I don't have a bombproof roll yet, but plan to get one (going to pool sessions this winter). In whitewater kayaking, having a strong roll is pretty much considered mandatory. If...
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    Anyone paddle in a wetsuit?

    Looking to extend my paddling to year-round, I've been pondering whether to buy a wetsuit or drysuit. This might seem like a a "duh" kind of question, but I honestly don't know—does anyone paddle in a wetsuit? What I'm really wondering about wetsuits (having almost no experience with them) is...
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    Smartwatch for paddling?

    I picked up a Garmin Fenix 6X last year (Older model but still does 95% of what the newer Fenix's do at a lower cost). I find it works fine for paddling (I also use it for hiking and biking). So far it's been 100% waterproof (including saltwater). Garmin watch speed/distance measurements are...
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    Seeking input on a new paddle...

    Thanks for the input everyone—I'm still processing it all. :-) I didn't know Aqua Bound even made high-quality paddles. No insult to them intended—I just thought they only made cheap plastic paddles for the "Pelican and Lifetime" kayak market. Good to know! It's easy to get bogged down in...
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    Seeking input on a new paddle...

    Thanks John. My grip is pretty wide already (I actually measured and the outer edge of my hands is about 5.5-6" from the joint where the shaft and blade come together). And your point about sticking with the Camano is well-taken. I have hundreds of miles on mine and it's been great. I want to go...
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    Seeking input on a new paddle...

    Hi All: I'm a longtime user of a Werner Camano straight-shaft paddle (230cm). I'm a very fit, strong paddler (I paddle several times a week for fitness), and generally paddle at a high angle. The Camano is intended as a low-angle paddle, but I've found it doesn't slow me down at all using it at...
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    How likely are whales to overturn you in a kayak?

    Thanks Philip and cougarmeat—you confirmed my suspicions that whales aren't really a threat to kayakers. We don't have a lot of whales down here in Oregon, but do have a number of year-round resident gray whales that rove along the central coast. I've rarely seen them (from shore or while...
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    Pain or discomfort in the hip area?

    Thanks for the good replies all! And yes, I need to try to better understand the pain in my hip. As I mentioned, it only happens beyond 90mins of continuous paddling and gets worse after 2 hours. And in truth, I'm not sure how many sea kayakers regularly paddle nonstop (e.g. literally without...
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    How likely are whales to overturn you in a kayak?

    So while paddling off the Oregon Coast yesterday, I had my first semi-close encounter with a whale. I've seen them farther away, but in this case, I was startled when a gray whale (likely one of our resident whales who live off the central Oregon coast year-round) surfaced about 50 feet away...
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    Pain or discomfort in the hip area?

    Hi All: While doing an 8-mile, 2-hour paddle yesterday off the Oregon Coast, I noticed some muscular pain/discomfort in the area of my hips. It's not deep down (e.g. not a skeletal issue), more closer to the surface (indicating a muscular issue). It wasn't agonizing but definitely significant...
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    COVID and canoeing, sea kayaking continues decline...

    Don't even get me going on this topic, LOL. I've been an avid (some would say "hardcore") outdoor recreation junkie for decades. And I've spent a huge part of my life mastering and pursuing "fringe" outdoor sports (like hang gliding, hardboot snowboarding, whitewater slalom racing, motorcycle...
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    What do you wear on your feet?

    I dunno—I think there are serious pros and cons to a tight fit. All the techniques in that video have been common in whitewater for decades. I was a whitewater slalom canoeist for many years, and what some may not realize is we kneeling canoeists use thigh straps—pulled TIGHT—to lock us into the...
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    Crossing from the San Juans to Canadian islands?

    Thanks for the replies all! Lots of excellent information. I wasn't sure if the border was still closed. Sadly, with Covid case numbers on the rise (again) in the US (largely due to the Delta variant) that border closure may remain in place for some time. I have to say, it seems silly for ANY...
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