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Old 03 July 2003, 06:07   #1
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Hi folks

A recent forray into a canoe & kayak shop proved very interesting.

Cannoeists by the very nature of things get rather wet (it is a watersport after all), so they need loads of 'keeping dry' kit and stuff. As canoes and kayaks only cost a fraction of ribs and sibs the prices for kit seem to be more reasonable than in a general chandlers. Market forces etc.

I found some great dry bags at reasonable prices.

I got 2 'nookie' drysacks, 80 ltrs and 25 ltrs at £34.00 and £19.00.

Both have the useful shoulder straps as well.

The 80 lts one is for my kit whilst on Cyanide and the 25 ltsr one is for use as my overnight bag whilst on the trip.

The 80 ltr bag also is great for storing my drysuit, helmet, goggles etc when not in use. The 25 ltr bag will be great when I am out on Quicksilver.

website: www.nookie.co.uk

Or pop into a canoe & kayak shop

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Nice one, Keith... I've been looking for something like this for a while. The Oetleib bags cost a fortune.

Have you taken delivery yet? If so do the bags look like they will stand up to some serious abuse?
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Yup, I went to the Canoe & Kayak Shop at Leamington Spa and sussed them out first. Having done so I happily parted with my cash.

They look good to me.

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If so do the bags look like they will stand up to some serious abuse?
The mind boggles, Richard.
Exactly what sort of serious abuse were you thinking of a 25l capacity, sausage shaped, rubberised bag?
I think we should be told.
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OMG! I've just picked myself up off the floor...

I've lapsed into my old habit of unintentionally posting potential double-entendres.

My worst one was a presentation on high-speed paper handling equipment - my colleague did the first bit about timing the paper length, and I then stepped up to do my bit about anti-skew and measuring the paper width. I opened with:

"John's demonstrated how we handle the width, I'll now show you how we handle the length"

- our audience was in stitches for nearly ten minutes, and I was stood there for several minutes before the penny dropped!

Erm, I was just wondering if they would stand up to being forced through hatches and chafing against anchor chains/warps/other stuff in the locker
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It doesn't help when the link in Keiths post is for a firm called "nookie"
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In my blissful innocence, I of course thought of Nookie Bear!!
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Now THAT'S the sort of banter I like...

Anyway they look as though they will stand up to some abuse (hmmm).

I'll certainly find out on our circumnavigation of the UK and Orkney Expedition.

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The Drytek ones are ok too, never had any problems. Two sizes are available, 11.5" x 19" come in at about £10 and the larger 12.5" x 28" are around £14 I think. I am unsure if they are any good for nookie mind you!!
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Dry Bags

Whilst on the subject of these bags - i can supply them from my shop if anyone would like one, in bright orange or black - they work well and the price's are from 6.99 - 11.99 for the biggest one + about £2 postage.
Sold a few on ebay, and use them myself --- if anyone wants one PM me or email and will get off in the post to you.

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Jizm and Pete - the drybags that you're talking about, do they have rucksack straps? 'cos if I go on a BIBOA cruise I always end up in the furthest hotel from the marina!
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The ones i have do not have straps am afraid - but they are quite easily carried with the top?? ( depends on how far your hotel is away - i do know that the rucksack ones are about £45 ( bought one for my motorbike years ago)
If you wanted one would send, and if you did not want it would send you your money back??
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Right I can speak from the experience of last weekend when Spidey, Manners, Ged and me tramped round Pwelliboot for an hour trying to find a bed(s) for the night.

GET ONE WITH SHOULDER STRAPS.

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(from Vivian Stanshall's Sir Henry in case anyone remembers that)

Pete - thanks for that. I definitely want the rucksack shoulder straps as I've suffered the same fate as Keith before now. And you don't 'arf feel jealous of the clever sods with their gear comfortably on their backs
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See what you mean -- give me a day and will see if i can find a supplier for some with straps.

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These work great

http://www.cascadedesigns.com/sealline/packs.asp

Many of us use these on our side of the pond. They are bomber. Take lots of abuse and have carrying straps.
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Keith, that's why you should have accepted the offer of staying at the caravan like I did! I was finally getting some sleep whilst you lot were trecking round Pwhelli looking for rooms! Great view over the bay too.

But yeah, backpack style straps are a must when there's any walking involved.

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Those "Canyoneering" ones sound good. Excellent name!
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I was also staying at the caravan but still ended up trecking round Pwllheli. The best drybag system for carrying I found was send the Mrs on ahead so she's there waiting when you turn up! Works well for me (but don't tell her I said so). The boot of the car saves the strain on the shoulders!
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Caravans? I'm starting to twitch... I hate caravans...
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