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Gear Talk / Re: Lets see your paddle quiver
« on: April 10, 2020, 06:28:51 PM »
I have three fancy paddles, all great in different ways.

KeNalu Mana 82 - The most idiot-proof. Great catch, works every time, even when you're tired and sloppy. I have the xTuf(s) shaft. The downside--and this is nitpicky--is the blade feels sticky on the exit compared to the others. It wants to stay in the water. Probably doesn't matter much in wild conditions but it does when I'm geeking out on technique. I attribute this to the pronounced scoop.

QB Trifecta Vector net 86 - A quieter exit than the Mana, a softer catch, and easier on my shoulders despite being slightly larger. It's a bit more technical...you have to set the blade more deliberately and focus more. It's perfect mid-stroke, when your power peaks. I do miss the strong catch, which felt so productive, but the GPS says it's just as fast if not faster than the Mana. If I were to buy it again I'd get the all carbon version. This is my go-to paddle.

BP Hydro 84.5 - This is 2 oz lighter than the other paddles, which is noticeable while paddling. Silly light. It has a more solid catch than the Trifecta and is effortless on the exit. The blade angle is 8d instead of 10d on the others, which maybe contributes to the catch feeling so solid. The shaft is the 29mm version and flexes more than the other paddles (I did some deflection testing) but doesn't feel like it on the water. It's a bit harsher on my shoulders than the QB Trifecta, despite the softer shaft. I haven't figured out which is faster. Still getting to know this paddle.


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The Shape Shack / Re: Leash points for 14 ft board
« on: March 30, 2020, 12:24:49 AM »
I agree with Burchas' comments about the advantages of a forward leash. Nothing underfoot when you step back.

My RS has a dedicated leash insert 10" forward of the center of the handle, and identical inserts for the tie-downs past that. I use the farthest tie-down insert, which is 19" from the handle, for my leash. Not its intended use, but less coiled junk under my feet.

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Good review. Thanks for posting this, Robon.

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Gear Talk / Re: Anyone try Black Project Texcarbon shaft?
« on: March 17, 2020, 09:13:56 PM »
Good timing for Black Project fans. They're having a 25% off sale thru March 22 to encourage people to stay healthy by paddling.

https://mailchi.mp/blackprojectsup.com/keep-paddling-and-save-25-off-storewide?e=ba39ae8184

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Looks good, Luc. Which board is it going on first?

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Gear Talk / Anyone try Black Project Texcarbon shaft?
« on: March 14, 2020, 07:48:58 PM »
Has anyone tried the Black Project texcarbon shaft? It's the silver one with the texture. Any problems with blisters during long paddles or the shaft not sliding well in your hand as you switch sides? 

I've been happy with smooth shafts, no desire to add wax or tape or anything like that. I did pick up a Texcarbon paddle once in a store and was surprised how prominent the texture is. Good, bad, indifferent?

Thanks!

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Similar to Bean...I used a heat gun on my epoxied handle, grabbed it with a rag, and twisted hard. Not as easy as hot glue, but it did pop free.

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General Discussion / Re: stocking stuffers for paddleboarders
« on: December 15, 2019, 10:14:29 AM »
  • Replacement Camelbak valves/hoses without the suspicious mold spots
  • PBW (brewer's wash) to keep the new Camelbak stuff from getting so funky

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General Discussion / Re: Cold water paddling
« on: November 30, 2019, 08:43:08 AM »
Winter paddling here is usually air temp in the 30s and 40s, water temp 45-50F...a tad cooler than OP. I'm always trying to find the balance between staying reasonably warm and sweating myself into dehydration. A 4/3 full would be too hot most days. I usually wear a 2mm farmer john wetsuit or 1.5mm neoprene pants with either cycling/climbing type gear up top (base layer + various jacket options) or a 1.5mm neoprene top, or all of it on sub-30F days.

Feet and hands:  7mm Rip Curl flash bomb booties and my feet still go numb sometimes. I bought them big and wear wool socks underneath if it's going to be cold. Avoid split toe booties if you want this option. Cycling gloves are great for hands. I have three pairs from thin basic layer to GoreTex gloves that could be used for skiing. Like Creek, I keep wetsuit gloves on board just in case.

I've ordered a SupSkin drysuit which might control sweat and temperatures better, but it's been months and months and I've given up hope of predicting when it might arrive.

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Gear Talk / Re: Fin Fit
« on: October 10, 2019, 02:58:40 PM »
Beasho...that slow-mo video made my day. Thanks.

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General Discussion / Re: Fins: stalling and broaching
« on: September 03, 2019, 05:22:18 PM »
Thanks, guys. Good explanations.

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General Discussion / Fins: stalling and broaching
« on: September 01, 2019, 03:36:22 PM »
I'm reading old zoner threads about fins and board behavior. The terms "broach" and "stall" keep coming up, but I can't figure out what they mean in the SUP world. Or maybe I can't imagine how a fin would cause what I'm thinking. A little help?

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Classifieds / Re: SIC RS 14x26 sup board
« on: August 26, 2019, 07:10:08 AM »
Have you not liked the Ace GT for touring? I would have guessed the extra length and glide would be a plus...

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Classifieds / SIC RS 14x26 sup board
« on: August 24, 2019, 07:27:13 PM »
1426″ SIC Single Carbon Composites (SCC) with Innegra rails/nose/tail, 27lbs, 315L, with an 8.3" SIC weedless fin. Just bought the same board in a narrower version. $1,350 anywhere between Olympia and Seattle.

[I get errors when I try to post photos. Happy to email them]

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Random / Re: Alt Meat
« on: August 01, 2019, 06:57:29 PM »
>exiled: Have we had a synthetic food replacement successfully usurp the original?

HFCS replaced sugar in many products
Artificial sweeteners replaced sugar in the rest
Artificial flavorings have replaced extracts or whole ingredients 
Low- or non-fat milk replaced delicious whole fat milk in many homes

Those might be ingredients more than foods, but the synthetic food industry still has some success stories.

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