Last weekend, we hung out at the Bassmaster Classic. We met a lot of great people and got to try out some cool products. One that stands out is Simms gear.
Simms had a hurricane simulator set up. I put on Simms waders, booties, and a jacket (with hood). Then I stood in a booth that sprayed water and blew fans (simulating a hurricane…duh). I didn’t get a drop of water on my clothes or face! Incredible!
Based in Bozeman, Montana, Simms is gear made FOR outdoors-people BY outdoors-people. Some 20 years ago, their breathable waders were an innovative product with an innovative partnership (with the smart Gore-Tex people). Today, they still work to develop products that are new, needed, and comfortable (see their sun protection line).
We hope you don’t find yourself in a hurricane! But even in your regular paddling/fishing conditions, well-made gear can improve your experience. Simms gear is going to keep you dry…I have the [simulated] experience as proof!
We may be partial, but we truly believe Folbot is a beautiful kayak. The design is not only aesthetically pleasing but also leads to a long life for the kayak. We make kayaks that last a lifetime (and longer). You may need to repair/replace a part during your ownership, but you won’t replace your Folbot. Like the gentleman who blogged about his newest Folbot last week, you might even end up adding to your Folbot family!
A Folbot is an investment in a water craft, that when taken care of, can be passed down for generations. Just search the Folbot Forum for stories about receiving and restoring a Folbot from one’s grandfather and you’ll see that our kayaks are made to last. Let us know if you were gifted a Folbot from an older family member or plan on giving your Folbot to the next generation of paddlers. Or, please let us know if your family is ready to get started with your generations of adventure! You can email us (email@example.com) or write it on our FB page!
Did you know there’s a safe and easy way to purify your water on the go? Aquatabs is a tablet that dissolves clear within minutes and disinfects the water within 30 minutes. They are the world’s no.1 water purification tablets, used by all major aid and peacekeeping agencies, NATO and other armed services around the world. (All that to say, Aquatabs is legit!)
For the paddler/camper/traveler, Aquatabs is easily portable and a great way to protect yourself and stay hydrated.
We’d love to hear from you. What do you use to ensure clean water on your trips?
One of the most common mistakes involving anchors is using too little anchor line when trying to set the anchor. For boats, the golden rule of anchor lines is 7:1. That means for every 1 foot of water you are in, you will need 7 feet of anchor line. For example, if the water is 10 feet deep, you would need 70 feet of anchor line. For kayaks, 7:1 may be a little extreme, but it’s always better to have out too much line, rather than too little. The idea behind the golden rule of anchoring is that you do not want the anchor line to be straight up and down in the water. If it is, the anchor will not fall on its side and will not catch the bottom effectively. Too little anchor line will result in dragging. With a longer anchor line, the angle of the anchor line to the bottom will be much less, allowing the anchor to dig in to the bottom much more effectively.
Keep in mind that as the water level changes with tides and currents, you may need to adjust your anchor. When in doubt, always use more anchor line than you think you will use.
This week, instead of “Faces of Folbot”, we’re going to give you “voices of Folbot” from this weekend.
We met so many great people at the Southeastern Wildlife Expo. One great thing about a show/expo is introducing people to the idea of a foldable kayak. We really do mean it when we say “You CAN take it with you!”
Here are snippets from a couple of actual conversations we had…no excuses!!
A young woman from the College of Charleston walked by the Folbot tent.
Woman: I love to kayak. I wish I had my kayak here.
Folbot: Why don’t you?
Woman: It’s too big to keep in my apartment here, so it’s at [my parent’s] home in Tennessee.
Folbot: What if you’re kayak fit into this backpack?
A married couple walked by the Folbot tent.
Husband: Oh! Let’s go look at these kayaks!
Wife: No, you already have plenty of toys taking up space in the garage.
Folbot: What if the kayak fit into this backpack?
Are size, storage, weight, travel needs keeping you from buying a kayak? No excuses! Folbot can go anywhere you go. In a car, RV, on a plane, in your apartment, in your garage….we invite you to unfold new adventures with a Folbot!
How do we love YETI Coolers…let us count the ways. (We’re feeling the Valentine’s love around here!)
First, YETI redefined an industry. Who would’ve ever thought you’d buy one cooler that would last…well, probably the rest of your life and beyond? I’ve already gone through 5 or 6 cheap coolers in the last 10 years! Like a Folbot, a YETI is built to last.
Second, it seems the YETI engineers took everything that annoys me about a regular cooler and fixed it. From lid latches to non-slip feet to strap guides (to securely strap down your cooler during transport), they’ve thought of it all.
And third, it works. As in, it keeps cold things cold. The walls have TWO inches of insulation and a freezer-quality seal around the lid to minimize air flow. You can ice your cooler in the morning, and it will still be iced in the evening.