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  • Double fireplace
    (1 x)

    A double gusset on paddling jacket or dry pants provides a tight transition between this two-piece clothing option.
    In addition, the paddle jacket can be connected to the spray deck as tightly as possible, which is why the double chimney is standard in whitewater.

  • Simple life jacket
    (4 x)

    Life jackets with a simple cut for after-work training, hiking paddling or easy white water.

  • single fireplace
    (2 x)

    In contrast to the double chimney, maximum tightness at the transition to the spray deck cannot be achieved with a single chimney.

  • End of season sale
    (1 x)

    Bargain Alert!!

  • fin/skeg
    (2 x)

    The skeg, a small retractable fin in the back of the boat, keeps the boat running straight, especially if the boat has a lot of rocker, i.e. a banana shape. Long crossover, touring and sea kayaks with rocker are highly susceptible to side winds and waves. The skeg works wonders. The children's boats from Soul also have skegs.

    Some of the boats listed here have a skeg included, with others it is available as an accessory.

    A nasty classic is not to retract the skeg when landing. This happens regularly, even to experienced paddlers... Fortunately, it can be replaced on almost all boats 😉

    Very straight boats don't need a skeg because they just go straight anyway. a folding rudder is more appropriate here.

  • flat bottom
    (6 x)

    The flat bottom was introduced to achieve better maneuverability. If the boat does not have a pronounced keel that lies deeper in the water, then it takes less effort to turn, for example for eddying. Overall, however, the immersed surface is higher and thus also the frictional resistance. Flat bottoms can occur along the entire length of the boat, only in the maximum beam area, or only at the stern. All boat shapes that require high maneuverability are available with flat bottoms, play boats, creekers, crossovers for flat, narrow small rivers and even sea kayaks that have been optimized for surfing and playing in the surf zone are available with flat bottoms.

    – much more manoeuvrable depending on the length of the flat areas
    – the boat is a few centimeters less deep in the water at the deepest point

    - a little slower
    – a little heavier, because more material is needed to make flat floors stiff enough.

  • Fleece long sleeve
    (2 x)

    Finely warm underwear for the upper body.

  • Front entry (life jacket)
    (3 x)

    Life jacket with front entry.

    Similar to the side entry, you can open the vest with a zipper or snap closure to put the vest on more easily.

    The following applies to both models: they are more comfortable to handle, but have a higher risk of tearing if there is no continuous belt running around, when a swimmer is to be brought to safety on the shoulder belt.

  • fiberglass shaft
    (3 x)

    A fiberglass shaft (GRP) is less rigid than a carbon shaft (CRP) despite being heavier. This means a slightly more sluggish conversion of the power per paddle stroke with a little more energy loss due to the cushioning. In return, the force peaks on the wrists are lower.

    In addition, glass is heavier, but also less sensitive to scratches and also cheaper. For the vast majority of paddlers, GRP is the best value for money.

  • half slice
    (1 x)

    We call a new generation of Riverrunners the Halfslice, which combines the best features from different boat models.
    Put simply, creeker in the front, party in the back.
    On the one hand, there is the conspicuously curved tip of these boat models, the so-called "rocker", which makes boofing extremely easy, if not can even be described as a kind of "auto-boof function".
    On the other hand, in contrast to the creeker, a halfslice has a flat rear, which ensures the fun factor even in light white water. Because the tail can be submerged, the boof is often lighter than the creeker.
    Most models are also quite long compared to older riverrunners, which makes them very easy to accelerate. And in connection with the rocker explained above, you can also explore quite sporty levels of difficulty with this type of boat.

    Real all-rounders that are really fun! It's best to try it yourself, we also have many half-slice boats for testing.

  • Children's paddling jacket
    (3 x)

    Little paddling jackets for kids.

  • Children's life jacket
    (5 x)

    So that the very little ones are also safe in the boat.

  • Children's spraydeck
    (3 x)

    Spraydecks for the little ones.

  • Children's boat
    (10 x)

    Boats for children (all sizes and ages).

  • Children's paddle
    (3 x)

    Paddles for the little ones.

  • small shaft
    (1 x)

    A small shaft is good for paddlers with small hands to make it easier to grip.

  • knee strap
    (1 x)

    The knee strap is more important with neoprene than with nylon: then it could be that with pressure from the knee alone, from below, the material stretches so far that the blanket does not jump off. Especially if the blanket is very tight and the person has rather short legs or little strength.

    Of course there is still the front loop, but let's be honest: who hasn't accidentally stuck the front loop under the elastic. with knee belt you have a backup!

  • Hatches
    (1 x)

    These boats come with cargo hatches. You have to check whether the storage space is just enough for a muesli bar or expedition luggage based on the storage volume.

    There are day tourers with one hatch and sea kayaks with up to 4 hatches.

    Prijon offers combined hatches that are closed with Neuprene covers and hard plastic covers.

    Most other manufacturers rely on rubber/PU/caoutchouc hatch covers. These can be perfectly tight as long as you don't get grains of sand under the sealing area and the bulkhead to the passenger compartment has been properly sealed.

    The latter is far too often a little leaky, unfortunately not that rare and almost independent of the manufacturer. It is best to check this immediately after purchase. If in doubt, ask us for a suitable sealant.

  • latex cuff
    (1 x)

    Latex cuff(s) at the neck or sleeves achieve maximum density on paddle jackets and dry suits.

    Some paddlers get skin irritations from the latex. You can counteract this by always diligently dusting the cuffs with baby powder (talcum powder) or carefully shaving the beard transition on the neck.

    If the latex becomes sticky, especially through perspiration, then please rinse with clear water and powder in new ones.

    If all that is not enough, or if a lack of comfort is the main argument, then a jacket / suit with neoprene cuffs is recommended. These are more comfortable and durable, less allergenic, but also noticeably less dense.

    Incidentally, we also have talc as an accessory: McNett Protalc talc care product for latex

  • neoprene pants
    (1 x)

    Long neoprene pants. Can be used as an undergarment or as a LongJohn alternative.

  • Neoprene shorts
    (1 x)

    Here are just the short neoprene shorts. More shorts can be found under “Shorts”.

  • Neoprene Long John
    (3 x)

    Legs long without sleeves. The standard wetsuit among paddlers.

  • Neoprene cuffs
    (2 x)

    Here we only list the jackets that only have neoprene cuffs, i.e. a Velcro closure, which makes them significantly less tight on the sleeves and neck.

    Freedom of movement is guaranteed.

  • Neoprene cuff
    (1 x)

    Neoprene cuffs are not quite as tight compared to latex cuffs. On the other hand, they are more robust and possibly more comfortable to wear.

    Especially for those who always get a skin rash from latex cuffs.

    Additional neoprene cuffs are fitted over many neoprene cuffs with Velcro, giving things a double seal and responsive to small wrists.

  • Neoprene shoes
    (1 x)

    Simple, tried and true neoprene shoes for any water activity.

  • Paddle shoe
    (1 x)

    Here are all the shoes that are suitable for the water.

  • ratchet straps
    (2 x)

    Ratchet straps are very common for adjusting the backrests in kayaks. So you can clamp yourself into the boat for optimal boat contact.

    The downside to the rope clamps now used by many retailers is wear and tear and possible susceptibility to sediment.
    Spare parts help with this shortcoming, the ratchets are usually interchangeable.

  • Relief zip
    (2 x)

    Helps you not to have to undress completely during the pee break.

  • River runner
    (5 x)

    River runner or half-slice boats combine small, playful playboats and large-volume creekers for heavy whitewater. This makes these boats perfect for learning how to kayak in a playful way. With a lot of volume in the bow and strong rocker, these boats can also be driven in heavy white water. A mostly flat tail allows playful elements like undercutting. Kayaks with a volume well below 300 liters are also often referred to as river runners.

  • round bottom
    (1 x)

    The circular cross-section has the smallest surface area of ​​a prismatic body. The smaller the surface, the lower the surface friction. So racing boats drive almost exclusively with the cross-sections of a gutter. Fast whitewater boats and touring boats for long, open routes also benefit from the round bottom. In most cases, however, the cross sections of these boats are not extremely round, because: The perfect circular cross section does not offer any form resistance to tilting. (Like a ball that spins forever in water, unlike a surfboard, which requires effort to tip.)

    Compared to the flat bottom, there is another advantage that can be easily illustrated with a sheet of paper: if you lift a flat sheet at one end, the sheet sags limply. A half-curled, round sheet remains stiff. So if you want a flat, stiff paper, you need much more material thickness.

    The round keel allows the boat to run straight ahead as if on rails. So if you spend a lot of time on small rivers, you will hate it.

    – Noticeably faster
    – Stiffer or lighter
    – Better tracking

    – Less maneuverability
    - More wobbly
    – The boat is a few centimeters lower in the water at the deepest point

  • Slip entry (life jacket)
    (1 x)

    Life jackets that can be easily slipped on from below.

    The risk of slipping off or accidentally opening during rescue is the lowest, especially in the case of the variants with all-round belts.

    Depending on the model and personal mobility, handling when changing clothes is only slightly more complex than with the variants with front or side entry.

  • Sea kayak
    (1 x)
  • Sea kayak paddling jacket
    (1 x)
  • rope clamps
    (1 x)

    Cable clamps as a way to adjust the backrest quickly and individually offer an alternative to the ratchets that were almost exclusively used in the past.

    Initially celebrated as an innovative, less wear-resistant system than conventional ratchets, disadvantages have now also become noticeable here.

    Anyone who has ever slipped their rope out of the cleat while boofing has already helped with their boat with other ropes or knots.
    Manufacturers have remedied with less slippery metal clamps instead of the plastic clamps.

    Thus, as with everything, there is no permanent perfection with frequent use. But here, too, if something breaks, the rope and clamps can be replaced.

  • Side entry (life jacket)
    (1 x)

    Life jacket with side entry.

    Similar to the front entry, you can open the vest with a zipper or snap closure to put the vest on more easily.

    The following applies to both models: they are more comfortable to handle, but have a higher risk of tearing if there is no continuous belt running around, when a swimmer is to be brought to safety on the shoulder belt.

  • Semidry
    (3 x)

    We call the whitewater paddle jackets Semidry, which (in part) do without latex cuffs.
    There are versions with latex cuffs on the sleeves and neoprene cuffs on the neck, as well as jackets that only have neoprene cuffs.

    The density is not quite as good as latex, hence the term “semidry”
    The advantages: less prone to wear and tear, less constricting feeling on the neck and usually a lower price.

    Some dry pants are also listed here in their simple version with neoprene cuffs instead of socks.

  • Shorts
    (1 x)

    Here you will find all shorts. Whether neoprene or boaters shorts.

  • Play boat
    (1 x)

    Here is a selection of River Runners that are slightly shorter than the Halfslice models.

  • Control system can be retrofitted
    (1 x)

    A steering system can be retrofitted on these boats. You can find these in the corresponding accessories category.

  • divisible paddle
    (2 x)

    A divisible paddle can be broken down into 2, 3 or even 4 parts. This makes transport easier, for example. Eg across in the trunk or to take with you on the plane. When ordering online with parcel service delivery, divisible paddles are cheaper, because from 2m forward shipping may come into play.

    With many two-piece paddles, it is also possible to vary the length and twist of the paddle.

    3- or even 4-piece paddles are particularly suitable as replacement paddles for abandoned paddling expeditions, which can be easily stowed in the rear of the kayak.

  • touring kayak
    (1 x)
  • Touring jacket
    (1 x)
  • Touring dry pants
    (1 x)
  • adjustable paddle
    (2 x)

    All adjustable paddles. More differentiation via extended keyword search (touring, white water,...)

  • Whitewater paddle jacket
    (3 x)

    Here you will find all paddling jackets suitable for whitewater. Filter according to Semidry or the corresponding cuffs for more differentiation.

  • Whitewater life jacket
    (2 x)

    Life jackets suitable for white water.

  • Whitewater dry pants
    (1 x)
  • Adjustable angle & length
    (1 x)

    Mechanisms to adjust the angle and length of paddles:

    • – Snaps in the aluminum shaft with different holes
    • – Bayonet locks
    • - Screw connections ala broomstick (almost only with SUP paddles)
    • – Werner Vario division with 15° increments of snap-in and push button
    • – Clamping lever made of aluminum or plastic

    The latter solution has prevailed, it is used by numerous manufacturers, because it allows a relatively effortless operation even on the water (in contrast to the push button of the aluminum paddle and the broomstick connections). In addition, the clamp lever connections are also adjustable in length, 10-15cm, in contrast to the vario clamp and the button connection.

    How useful is the adjustability?

    • When paddling long distances, it can make sense to vary the length from time to time in order to put a different strain on the muscles. Or when different paddlers share a spare paddle. Or when they are used with boats of different widths. Length adjustability makes only limited sense, for example with ergo shafts, because the grip position also moves apart.
    • Ovalized shafts are glued to the blades. So you not only turn the position of the blade, but also the ovalization. Therefore, a variation of the rotation is usually only pleasantly usable by a maximum of +/- 20° to the "design angle".
  • Additional handles on the coaming
    (2 x)

    Normally, almost all kayaks intended for whitewater have up to three additional handles near the Sülrand in addition to the two handles at the bow and stern.

    On the one hand, this makes it easier to salvage the boats in white water. But it is also good for getting out quickly in difficult terrain, you can thread the ready-to-hand sling through a handle within reach to secure it.
    Also, recently, boats that don't have these handles have been banned from participating in some whitewater races.

    Since some manufacturers do without these handles, which we believe are quite advantageous, on some of their River Runners, we have introduced this keyword to you.