First and foremost we owe the success of the expedition to our own determination, but also to our fear of failure. Another fact to take in to consideration was our equipment. Below I have highlighted the five things that we have praised the most on the trip.
(The keen observer will notice that three of the items mentioned, has been acquired trough sponsor deals, but that doesn’t mean our excitement isn’t genuine)
The five things that we praised the most on our trip.
1. Whirlpool Bibs. Of course our super Gore-Tex outfit from Kokatat made paddling safer a more comfortable – especially the Whirlpool Bibs stood out! Lots of people properly regard the legs as of secondary importance when shopping kayak clothes, at least I did. But those bibs meant that our legs, feet and butt would be warm and dry all day, and the relief Zipper made it easy to get rid of excess fluid. And the fact that you could walk out to waist deep without discomfort, made launches an landing a lot easier and if it rained on land you would just change your top and keep the bibs on until bedtime.
2. Under Deck Bag from North Water. We had both one installed. It was a great addition to the kayaks storage capacity, and its soft design allowed one to enter and exit the kayak easily. Plus the possibility of taking the bag out was really useful.
3. Adventurefood. We had been sponsored with 28 freeze dried meals from Adventurefood. Normally I prefer to cook a real meal when on tour, but we agreed that there wouldn’t be time for that, with all the paddling and filming going on. The dishes was delicious and dinnertime soon became highlight of the day.
4. Keeleazy. That’s right unless you got a PE kayak you want a keel-strip to protect your kayak! No doubt that, that 0,5 millimeter of plastic tape beneath your vessel saves it from a lot of harm. You instantly feel the tape working when pulling the kayak on land, especially on stone and pebble beaches you’ll notice how smooth your keel runs when pulling.
5. ThermArest. Last but not least would we like to recommend everybody to get a Thermarest NeoAir inflatable mattress. It’s without doubt the best investment an outdoors person can make. The thickness of the mattress allows one to sleep super comfortably on the most rugged surfaces, and it keeps you warm as well! After one night on a NeoAir you’ll laugh at the memories of all those miserable nights you have spend on foam mattresses and the self-inflatable counterparts.
Conclusion. Do you need all these things? Certainly not, but they would surly make your trip easier, and more comfortable. And maybe even more enjoyable?