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  Staying Warm?
  Posted by: yaknuttz on Jan-20-10 10:05 AM (EST)

What does this article have to do with staying warm?
I do understand the value of Down (goose Down) and or Hydrofill coats but what does this have to do with any kind of paddling? I know about about paddling in the cold - I paddle year round here in Connecticut, in and out of the ice slush and flows in the New England rivers - ice, snow, sleet, rain - even a whiteout - done it all but this article had no value here.

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  staying warm
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-20-10 1:16 PM (EST)
I thought it would be neat to just write up a non-paddling winter article on how I'm keeping warm this winter. We don't do much paddling in Canada in the winter but lots of winter camping. That's what the basis of the story is about.
  Without criticism...
  Posted by: NotoriousB-O-B on Jan-21-10 8:25 PM (EST)
... Kevin. You haven't been paid, nor will you for that...correct? I certainly hope not. Is that a future goal and this is leading up to that? Or is it genuine? Or is it the only manufacturer tested? Be real.
  Fake articles/advertisements
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-21-10 10:04 PM (EST)
If this is all you can write, I'll make it a point to NOT read anything by you again, particularly your books. Spam is spam even when sold by another name.

Who am I to say this?

I've been paddleing several thousand days since 1968,(was a whitewater guide for 14 years and still paddle over 100 days per year) and have paddled as cold as minus 8F before dry suits, and have river camped as cold as 0F with an open canoe. I can and do help teach winter canoe camping for free now and wouldn't recommend your advertisement to anyone. Yes, I do recommend some gear that is worth every penny, but not as the focus of an supposed article, and not from any one vendor. When I do recommend gear when asked, I give alternatives over a price range for each item from Walmart (rashgards), tO Kokatat dry suits via eBay, to sponges for free (dead seat cushions from couches on side of road).

I do have a OR Seattle Sombrero which I like for paddleing, but when colder(and windy), I much prefer a Columbia goretex Ear flap hat, a Due North polypropylene fleece Balaclava (my heaviest out of 12 balaclavas), and a Serious Face mask, if I am not wearing a Bomber Beanie skull cap or my mysteryskin hoodie under a helmet. And I carry spares for my friends so no one gets in trouble. Easiest to rescue someone BEFORE they need rescueing and a lot lighter to handle than they would be.

Today that meant 3 pairs of gloves, 4 balacavas, and 2 goretex shells for 5 folks,(in addition to two tow lines, spare carbon fiber paddle, firstaid kit, 4 Chemical handwarmers, and three sets of pogies. Gloves, Pogies, balacavas, and a couple of hats were passed out to folks who found the wind and temperatures not what they heard predicted.

Go back to writing books that I won't buy or recommend.

  What story?
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-23-10 8:55 AM (EST)
There's no story here. Non paddling article (advertisement)on one single outdoor gear manufacturer?? Come on....
  Latest Advertisrments Column
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-21-10 8:37 AM (EST)
This is not the first, but many more of these and I won't be comming to Paddling Net for news and interesting articles.
  Holy Crap!
  Posted by: old_user on Jan-23-10 11:20 AM (EST)
I understand all your comments but, to be quite honest, it was just an article on stuff I got for myself to stay warm this winter. They were gifts to me, which was comical I thought. My family is always joking about how cold I get now in the winter. I kind of thought it was a funny piece with a bit if good info on gear I like added to it. I guess I won't be doing that again.


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