Gear Re­views SPE­CIAL Charles tests in Solomon Is­lands

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So you want to re­ally test a prod­uct in sur­round­ings that the man­u­fac­turer has claimed it works in: what could be more ex­treme than tak­ing the gear to the Solomon Is­lands on a SUP expedition? In this edi­tion, I have done all of the rel­e­vant gear re­views based on my ex­pe­ri­ence with the prod­uct dur­ing the Outer Edge Nggele Sule Is­land Pad­dle.

PALM LIGHT SLEEP­ING BAG

First im­pres­sion when re­ceiv­ing this sleep­ing bag was that it is so small and re­ally does fit in the palm of your hand. Be­ing as that we had to carry all our gear in or­der to be self-suf­fi­cient the Palm Lite ticked all the boxes. Packed eas­ily and with min­i­mal space into my dry bag, light weight and com­fort­able for some­one at 185cm. This bag was per­fect and kept me com­fort­able dur­ing sleep hours.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Tested to EN13537 Stan­dards

Outer Fab­ric: 40D/280T Ny­lon Di­a­mond Rip­stop

In­ner Fab­ric: SILK-TEX 75D/210T Mi­cro-weave Pongee

• Ul­tra com­pact pack-down size pro­vides ex­cel­lent weight to warmth ra­tio

• Fits in the palm of your hand! Ev­ery back­pack­ers ideal sleep­ing bag

• Ther­mas­pace Tech­nol­ogy is a thin, heat re­flec­tive layer that pro­vides su­pe­rior heat in­su­la­tion

• Semi-ta­pered shape for added warmth around feet and legs

• Full twin zip­per sys­tem al­lows bag to be opened fully

• Curved hood shape to al­low for com­plete clo­sure

• Zip 2 sim­i­lar mod­els to­gether to form a dou­ble

• Ad­di­tional fill around foot area for added in­su­la­tion

• High qual­ity SBS ® zip­pers and pullers with dou­ble anti-snag sys­tem

• Cap com­pres­sion bag for easy pack and carry

• Hid­den in­ner stor­age pocket

XSTREAM PRO SE­RIES XP135R

Ok so when the man­u­fac­turer claims that their prod­uct is built for harsh, de­mand­ing en­vi­ron­ments it s a big claim and some­thing that I love chal­leng­ing. Well what can I say about this head­lamp. It s wa­ter re­sis­tant and proven when I dropped it into the sea whilst com­ing into Rod­er­ick bay on night one, has great LED tech­nol­ogy, and to boot is re­ally com­fort­able when be­ing worn for long pe­ri­ods. Does it meet the man­u­fac­tur­ers claims A big yes from me.

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

• One su­per bright 1W Cree R2 LED

• Recharge­able

• De­liv­ers ul­tra-bright light­ing for up to 36 hours

• Two ul­tra- bright LEDS pro­vide wide an­gle close range flood­light

• USB charg­ing port

• Built in Lithium-ion recharge­able bat­tery

• Ex­cel­lent wa­ter re­sis­tance rating IP 5

• Mul­ti­ple bright­ness modes

• Piv­ot­ing head for di­rec­tional light­ing

• Ad­justable strap

• Stor­age bag in­cluded

Com­pan­ion PRO:NANO

We were for­tu­nate to get our hands on the new PRO:NANO gas can­is­ter stove to use on the expedition. First time we had the op­por­tu­nity to use it was on day 2 for lunch and sim­ple as­sem­bly, fired right up and boiled wa­ter in less than 3 min­utes, a huge bonus when you have been on the wa­ter for 4 hours… This prod­uct kick some se­ri­ous goals , great value for money, and will cer­tainly of­fer a great al­tern­tive to what is al­ready in the mar­ket place.

Com­pact de­sign – all com­po­nents pack away in­side the in­su­lated pot 3,700 BTU out­put An­odized alu­minium pot Piezo Ig­ni­tion Pot Trivet in­cluded Mesh stor­age Bag

SPEC­I­FI­CA­TIONS Height : 230mm Pot : 170mm x 120mm Pot Vol­ume: 1.2ltr Weight: 520g (Pot and Burner) Gas Con­sump­tion: 4.0MJ/Hr – 82g/HR In­jec­tor: 0.19mm

FU­SION STEREOACTIVE

Ok so an open wa­ter SUP ad­ven­ture with mu­sic and some­where easy to store my phone at the same time? Well that was cer­tainly pos­si­ble with the STEREOACTIVE and ACTIVESAFE strapped to our in­flat­able board. Truly amaz­ing to think that this floats, so I had peace of mind and it al­lowed those tunes to come forth when needed on a long day of pad­dling.

Prod­uct Spec­i­fi­ca­tions

Prod­uct Spec­i­fi­ca­tions Sources - Blue­tooth / USB / AM / FM / iPhone / An­droid Tuner - AM / FM (Ja­pan, Aus­trala­sia, Europe, USA) USB For­mat - FAT 32 USB Au­dio For­mat - MP3 Made for iPod and iPhone - Ap­ple IAP2 Light­ning Con­nec­tor Prod­ucts: iPhone 7/Plus, iPhone SE, iPhone 6s/Plus, iPhone 6/Plus, iPhone 5/5c/5s, iPod touch 5th/6th gen AOA An­droid Open Ac­ces­sory - An­droid Open Source Pro­to­col Bat­tery Up To 20 Hours - pro­vides up to 20 hours of use Charg­ing Re­quire­ments - 110~220 Volt AC wall charger (supplied) or 12vdc 2a car charger (op­tional ac­ces­sory) Wa­ter Re­sis­tance Rating - IPx7 / Floats FU­SION-Link Re­mote App - Blue­tooth - Con­trol via: Ap­ple (Light­ning Con­nec­tor prod­ucts) and An­droid Garmin Smart­watch App via ANT - Garmin Smart­watches (VivoAc­tive/HR , Fenix 3/HR, Tac­tix Bravo, Qu­atix 3, D2 bravo) - Re­quires FU­SION-LInk App via Garmin Con­nect IQ Store Voice Prompts 12 unique Multi-Lan­guage Voice Prompts Avail­able for Down­load. Lan­guages avail­able in English, French, Ger­man, Dutch, Ital­ian and Span­ish Mount­ing - Stan­dard FU­SION Puck Mount Supplied with Screw, Ad­he­sive Pad & Puck Pro­tec­tive Cover for use when the StereoActive is not at­tached Di­men­sions - 236mm X 82mm X 139mm Weight - 1.3 KG

AD­INA AM­PHIB­IAN DIVE WATCH NK142 S2XB

Spec­i­fi­ca­tions So an expedition pad­dle with no GPS, use of maps and com­pass only, what’s bet­ter than go­ing old school and hav­ing an Aus­tralian as­sem­bled watch, that looks great and is func­tional at the same time.

Band: Ex­quis­ite feel­ing solid stamped stain­less steel bracelet. Glass: Sap­phire crys­tal promis­ing un­par­al­leled scratch re­sis­tance. Case: Cold stamped nickel-free all stain­less steel case, fea­tur­ing a dis­tinct black di­rec­tional turn­ing bezel. A clear back case sets off the au­to­matic move­ment. Move­ment: Swiss made ETA 2824-2 Au­to­matic move­ment. Wa­ter re­sis­tance: 20atm - swim­ming, show­er­ing and of course on ad­ven­tures of al­most a any kind. Dial: Pol­ished steel in­dexes, glow­ing su­pa­lu­mi­nova on black back­ground. Crown: Heav­ily pro­tected at the 3 o’clock po­si­tion is a steel, in­ter­nally threaded screw crown, of­fer­ing un­ri­valled wa­ter and dust pro­tec­tion. Di­am­e­ter/thick­ness: 39.24mm/12.94mm

Imag­ine Pad­dle Surf Com­pany

Dave Kalama and the crew at Imag­ine pro­vided us with 2 in­flat­able SUP’S. Se­ri­ously great boards, can be used in the surf, rivers or bays. If you are look­ing to make ad­ven­ture pad­dling part of your sta­ble of ac­tiv­i­ties, th­ese guys have all the gear.

The RAPID­FIRE DLX, in­cred­i­bly well con­structed, sta­ble as a fly fish­ing plat­form and great for the rivers and creeks en­coun­tered.

Fea­tures in­clude:

DOU­BLE SIDE-WALL RAILS - added stiff­ness and dura­bil­ity. CARGO BUNGEE - Stow your gear se­curely and eas­ily within reach. RAIL AND TAIL KICKS - Kick pads on the rail and tail sure up your foot­ing in rough wa­ters. DI­A­MOND GROOVE EVA DECK-PAD - Brushed eva pad pro­vides great trac­tion and a com­fort­able ride. AU­TO­MATIC RE­LIEF VALVE - Pro­tects your board from dam­age due to over-in­fla­tion KICK -UP SKEG - Nav­i­gate shal­low wa­ter­ways with­out get­ting hooked up. DI­MEN­SIONS - 9’6” x 36” x 6” 321 LTR

The ICON DLX , proved to be the work­horse of the expedition. Eas­ily car­ried and ad­di­tional 40kg of gear and still tracked in­cred­i­bly well. We even had it fit­ted with a mast base so we could use a wind­surfer sail if we had pre­vail­ing winds that did not hap­pen.

Fea­tures in­clude:

DOU­BLE SIDE-WALL RAILS - Pro­vide added stiff­ness and dura­bil­ity. CARGO BUNGEE - Stow your gear se­curely and eas­ily within reach. DI­A­MOND GROOVE EVA DECK-PAD - Brushed eva pad pro­vides great trac­tion and a com­fort­able ride. AU­TO­MATIC RE­LIEF VALVE - Pro­tects your board from dam­age due to over-in­fla­tion TOOL FREE FIN SYS­TEM - Tool-free fin sys­tem takes only sec­onds to in­stall. DI­MEN­SIONS - 11’ x 34” x 6” 356 LTR 10’2” x 32” x 6” 307 LTR

RADICOOL “We at Radicool Aus­tralia are ded­i­cated to the re­duc­tion of skin dam­age in­clud­ing skin can­cer caused by over ex­po­sure to UV ra­di­a­tion though sun pro­tec­tion cloth­ing.” What a great state­ment that is. In fact I have to say that the day I did not wear my leg­gings I got burnt re­ally badly… there is a le

We wore this gear as a pro­tec­tion layer from head to toe.All day ev­ery­day for 5 days. The cloth­ing took a pound­ing, 10 hrs in the wa­ter each day and stood the test.

They have a great range of hats, caps, tops and bot­toms to suit ev­ery­one - Men, Ladies and Kids.

Who would have thought that 100% pure Aus­tralian Merino lambs’ wool, un­treated and lano­lin rich could make hik­ing so much more en­joy­able.

Part of train­ing for the Solomon Is­land pad­dle in­cor­po­rated hik­ing at least 20km a week. I had suf­fered with hotspots and sore toes and the oc­ca­sional blis­ter.

From the first time I in­tro­duced this into my rou­tine all of the above has dis­ap­peared.

There are sun­glasses and then there are “sun­glasses”. Tonic Eyewear def­i­nitely fits the 2nd cat­e­gory. We had the RISE supplied to us for the expedition. Re­al­ity is that with the amount of time spent on the wa­ter and the glare all day th­ese were per­fect.

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