Thursday, March 19, 2009

Cool Weather Outfitting

by Wayner

Here on the Nanty, we've all got spring fever with this warm sunshine. But as spring goes, the weather can be unpredictable and mornings can be chilly. Make sure you're prepared for these mountain conditions with the proper outfitting for cool weather.

Start at the top. An insulated thermal cap can be your best friend on a cold day, helping to prevent heat loss through your head. Wear your skullcap under your helmet. A cap without a strap is best—competing chin straps can be uncomfortable. Try this one from Immersion Research.

Protect your digits. Having warm and comfortable hand gear is also at the top of our list. Neoprene paddling gloves provide maximum warmth on the coldest of days and help keep your grip. Insulated foot wear is a must, especially if you'll be doing a lot of scouting. Once your feet and hands get cold, its hard to warm them back up.

Go spaceman style. It's the ultimate in paddling warmth and protection, it's the drysuit. This keeps cold water and air away from the body, giving the paddler the highest level of comfort. Beneath the suit, make sure you layer-up with wickable shirts and pants. If you’re active, either in your boat or on shore, you're likely to sweat. Long underwear like capilene will wick this sweat away from your body, allowing you to stay relatively dry and comfy the entire day.

Being over prepared is always better than being under prepared. Paddle safe, paddle warm and I’ll see you on the water!

Friday, March 13, 2009

Testing the Z.One & Biscuit on the Nanty

by Robert Bone, NOC Boat Buyer

This week, the weather was too incredible to pass up a chance to test new boats we recently stocked in the store. Tommy Yon and I took out the new Pyranha Z.One, while the Store’s Daniel Dutton took the LiquidLogic Biscuit out for a run. Check out these pics!

“The Biscuit is a boat that plays every feature the river has to offer. Its user-friendly performance design puts you into the driver's seat to make play moves look like gravy. On big waves, small waves, in a hole or just flatwater paddling you’ll be comfortable at all times in this boat.”—Daniel Dutton

And we can’t get over Tommy’s sick loop in the 8.5-foot Z.One. Incredible!

Speaking of the Z.One, we've been having a REALLY fun time with this boat. It paddles like an old-school retro kayak, but it's really stable for surfing, spinning and river running in general. Plus, it has modern outfitting. The bow of the Z.One scoops the water for huge enders and pirouettes.

I think this boat is going to be a huge hit for those paddlers that like down river play but don’t want to sacrifice the speed of a traditional river runner.

See both of these boats in-person at NOC's Outfitter's Store, or check out the specs online.