Cate's Kayak and Gear Reviews

Kayak and Gear Reviews from a Small Paddler's Perspective

Here's a list of kayaks and equipment that I have used personally and professionally.  If I haven't written a review about something on the list, feel free to contact me for my thoughts and recommendations.

I find that size and sizing does matter.  I write from my perspective - which is that of a 5' 4" and 120 pound woman who wears size 8 shoe.  I write from a professional kayak instructor's perspective - how does the gear perform for me but also how it works for those with developing skills.

Kayaks

Dagger Stratos 14.5S (sea kayak)- My current sea kayak for long boat rock gardening and surfing.

Sterling Progression (sea kayak)

P&H Hammer (sea kayak)

Dagger Alchemy S (sea kayak)

Valley Gemini SP (sea kayak)

Valley Gemini SP - poly (sea kayak)

Jackson Kayak 2 Fun (whitewater kayak) - My "playboat" for low volume river running and playing int he surf.

Jackson Kayak Zen Small (whitewater kayak) - My current whitewater river runner and top pick for small paddlers looking for a great all around whitewater kayak.

Jackson Zen 55 (whitewater kayak)

Jackson Zen 65 (whitewater kayak) - My current whitewater ocean rock gardening kayak.

Jackson Karma RG (whitewater expedition kayak) - My fishing and self support whitewater kayak

Liquid Logic Remix 59 (whitewater kayak)

Necky Jive (whitewater kayak) - Great kayak for learning to surf kayak

Mega Bullit Xs (high performance surf kayak) - My current hp surf kayak.

Gear

Immersion Research Spray Decks

Immersion Research Shawty Drytop

Immersion Research Nano Drytop

Astral Green Jacket (pfd/life jacket) - my go to life jacket for whitewater and rock gardening

Astral SeaWolf (pfd/life jacket)

Keen Gorgeous Boots

Astral Hiyak

Oneil Deluxe Mod 5/4 Wetsuit

Adventure Technology Samurai Paddle

Adventure Technology Hercules Paddle

WRSI Current Helmet

Kayak and Gear Picks for 2012


Books

"Rainy Day Reading"  (summary of several books)


3 comments:

  1. Thanx for reviews of Gemeni Rm & comparing with avocet, helps to make a decision. Wonder why Gemeni is so much cheaper ? ...

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  2. My condolences go to you and your family. Thank you for creating this blog. I too am 5"3 115 pds and small framed. After reading several Sea Kayaker magazines I became frustrated at the lack of kayak reviews reviewed by women. A few were reviewed by women but they were heavier/taller. I live in New Brunswick, Canada. Thinkin' of purchasing a sea kayak so I can accompany family. What do you think about the Perception "expression 14.5" for someone my size? It fits well and is comfortable with proper back support. Now I need to try it out on water to be sure it's for me.
    I also tried out a Wilderness Designs with skeg.

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    1. Hi Traveling Turquoise Tortoise, Thanks for checking out my blog. I wish that I had access to more kayaks to demo and review. I have not tried the Perception Expression but have a good friend that thinks it is a great day touring boat for smaller paddlers. The best advice that I can give is to try before you buy . Please let me know what you think of the Expression when you try it. Cheers, Cate

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