Winter Kayak Gear Test

It’s January 17, white and cold in Minneapolis. But I’ve got a race to prepare for. The Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race starts in three weeks. Today, I got out on an open stretch of the Minnesota River to paddle in Kokatat’s Gore-Tex Front Entry dry suit and to test out the Kinetik Wing paddle from Lendal.

My conclusions on the gear are still to come. For now, here are a couple shots from the training day action. —Stephen Regenold

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Learning to use the wing-blade paddle on the Minnesota River

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No leaks! An icy dip in the Kokatat dry suit

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Paddling alone on the river

Commenting on post : Winter Kayak Gear Test
Posted by Pat - 01/17/2010 06:45 PM

Awesome pics!

Posted by My Outdoor Review - 01/17/2010 10:04 PM

Great photos!!! Can’t wait to hear about the gear.

Posted by Bryan - 01/18/2010 09:46 AM

Looks fun. You should get up to Lake Superior before the race to get some training on rough water.

Posted by Me... - 01/23/2010 11:07 AM

Way too cold for me!

Posted by Kathryn - 01/27/2010 02:40 PM

Great shots of the day. I’ve been looking into that dry suit so I will be looking forward to that post.

Posted by Bruce - 01/29/2010 09:18 AM

good testing work, that dry suit will be your saviour for sure.
can’t wait for the race now, done with certificates, forms, details, just want to race!

Posted by Mike - 06/19/2010 08:10 PM

curious on how you liked the Lendal Kinetik, and more importantly, how did it perfrom from a durability standpoint over the length of the race? I have one, and personally love the paddles performance, concerned over durability after three 24 hour AR’s and training. Adventure Racing is so hard on gear….

Posted by Stephen Regenold - 06/21/2010 08:34 AM

Mike — The suit and paddle worked great. Durability not an issue with the paddle, though haven’t used it a ton outside Patagonia. The “wing” effect is subtle, but I think it works. The paddle is kind of heavy, which is bad if you have to race with it on a bike/trek (we did not).

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