Thursday, March 21, 2013

Bomber Gear fleece tops and bottoms now in stock.

Spring is an exciting time for paddling. The birds are coming home, flowers are starting to bloom and paddlers are dusting off the their paddling gear and hanging up the skis and snowboards. Spring paddling has a lot to offer here in BC but the weather can change rapidly and a BC spring day can often be on the Chilli side.

To help keep you safe and comfortable this spring WCK is now stocking a full line of Bomber Gear Fleece, Neoprene and Dry gear. Bomber Gear is one of our favourite paddling accessory lines here at WCK. Innovative products, great value and backed by what is arguably one of the stoutest warranties in the paddle sports business.  The are just some of the reason we love this line!

Here are a few items you can look forward this season form Bomber Gear,

Mens Halo 5 Top $59.99

Women's Halo 5 Top $69.99

THE HALO 5.0 THERMAL CREW IS WARM BY ITSELF on moderately cool days and ideal as a thermal inner layer.
Moisture management paneling in key areas wicks moisture away from the body, increases insulation, repels moisture and dries quickly. The Polartec Power Dry material with flat-seam, Performance Cut construction allows 4-way stretch for easy, unrestricted mobility and comfort – even under dry wear. The Halo 5.0 includes a reflective screen printed logo, SPF 40 protection, and is anti-microbial treated. 5.0 oz. per square yard.
"The Halo Top is awesome, I can use it for everything from skiing and snowboarding to whitewater or sea kayaking, best of all I can actually wear it to the pub after without looking like a goof!" - Ryan Bayes - WCK Paddle Team
Mens Halo Pant $54.99

Women's Halo pant $54.99
The Halo 5.0 Thermal Pants are comfortable and warm below deck on moderately cool days. Moisture management paneling in key areas wicks moisture away from the body, increases insulation, repels moisture and dries quickly. The Polartec Power Dry material with flat-seam, Performance Cut construction allows 4-way stretch for easy, unrestricted mobility and comfort – even under dry wear. The Halo 5.0 includes a reflective screen printed logo, SPF 40 protection, and is anti-microbial treated. 5.0 oz. per square yard.

Monday, March 18, 2013

Grand Canyon Report: WCK Pro Team - Steve Arns

WCK Whitewater Pro Team Member Steve Arns started off the 2013 paddling season with a trip down what is arguably one for the most classic whitewater destinations in North America, the Grand Canyon. Steve and his team did this classic trip without the usual support of a gear raft, doing kayak support trips presents some interesting challenges. Check out this short trip report and some awesome pictures form Steve.

 If you are any bit of a whitewater enthusiast, you've undoubtedly heard of the Grand Canyon.  The Colorado River, as it cuts deeply through layer upon layer of bedrock between the Glen Canyon Dam and Lake Mead creates this fantastic natural playground that makes a wonderful river trip, and so much more.  Needless to say, when I got a last minute invite for a 7 day self support trip in January, I jumped at the chance.

 My first order of business was getting my hands on a boat that would swallow all the equipment needed for a winter multiday trip.  Aside from all the usual items, you're required to carry a device that lets you carry out all your waste (all your waste, including poo) as well as a fire pan a and a few other mandatory items.  Thankfully WCK came to the rescue and had a Green Boat on hand - this trip was a great excuse to pick one up and now I have one to try out on some of the rivers in SW BC.  The Green Boat is well suited for a trip like this that requires carrying a lot of gear and paddling miles and miles of flat water.  It's notably faster then a normal creek boat, it's comfortable and most importantly handles well in rapids.  While paddling an extremely loaded boat is more akin to controlled drifting rather than paddling, it handled the challenge well and kept the whitewater (which is mostly class III) interesting and fun.

 All in all, the trip through the Canyon went well.  A 7 day trip is definitely an express visit, especially with the short amount of daylight in early January.  We still had time to visit some of the side hikes and enjoy the fantastic camping.  If you ever get the chance, it's a must-do trip for any river runner.  Here are some photos, which might better tell our story.

- Steve Arns, WCK WW Team Captain

A small Toyota with 2 sea kayaks and a Green Boat.  It's only a 5800 km round trip from Vancouver.

  At the put in, wondering how we can fit all that gear into our boats.
Lunch on the first day.  We only travelled 10 miles on day 1 and 20 miles on day 2, leaving us to paddle 4 45 mile days through the middle of the trip.

A great campsite in a cave that protected us from some snow that fell on our first night on the river.
A great campsite in a cave that protected us from some snow that fell on our first night on the river.
Fantastic camping at Hance Rapid.
A random rapid above Phantom Ranch.  It was very cold this day.
Rolling the Green Boat in to Hermit Rapid.  Photo by Ric Moxon.
Truck and trailer at Lava Falls.
Being on an express trip, we passed many groups that were on longer schedules.  This is a group scouting Lava Falls.
The only downside to the trip: coldest recorded tempeatures in many years.  This was typical.  We figured it didn't get much above -10 on the coldest day.
The crew - L to R:  Tom Janney, Louis Geltman, Steve Arns, Ric Moxon.
A classic Grand Canyon side trip - Havasu Creek.

Wednesday, March 13, 2013

Bomber Gear Dry Suits now at WCK!

The highly anticipated Bomber Gear Dry Suits have arrived! We now have stock in both The Bomb Dry Suit and The Hydro Bomb Suits.

When you’re consistently pushing limits, you require a little extra armor (and then some). That’s why our high-end, 4-layer Bomb Dry Suit features reinforced shoulder panels, abrasion-resistant oxford nylon on the seat, knees, shins and elbows. And because staying dry and warm isn’t so bad either, we’ve incorporated the same highly durable Bomber Gear gaskets, our unique double-stitched, taped and patched seams and the same breathable Toray 4-ply Entrant HB fabric as what is used on the revered Bomb Dry Top. Other unique features include a hidden emergency whistle, glass bead reflective piping, a sleeve pocket with a drain, a reflective screen printed logo, 4-layer Toray socks with reinforced bottoms and a dual-adjustable overskirt with rubber closer flaps. Also includes TiZip zippers across the shoulders for entry and in the front for relief zip. Best of all, the Bomb Dry Suit is designed in Bomber Gear’s signature Performance Cut fashion, so you know it’s made with an intimate knowledge of how paddlers sit below deck. Guaranteed to keep you dry, comfortable, and begging for more.

This Bomb Dry Suit $899.00

The Hydrobomb Dry Suit is ideal for those wanting full-body, all-day comfort through Bomber Gear’s unique performance-driven construction at a value. Key features include our Bombtech 2.5-ply breathable fabric, abrasion resistant oxford nylon on the seat, knees and shins, and 2-layer socks with reinforced bottoms. Like the Hydrobomb Dry Top, the dry suite includes the volcanic neck system with 4-way stretch, Slickskin neoprene, minimal cone-shaped signature cuffs and fused (not glued) latex neck and wrist gaskets for an ergonomic, performance-driven fit. Other features include a reflective screen printed logo and a draw-string waist. And with our signature double-stitched, taped and patched seams with waterproof front entry and relief TiZip™ zippers, you can count on staying dry.

The Hydrobomb Dry Suit $599.00

Thursday, March 7, 2013

WCK and Jackson Kayaks Invade Vancouver Island

Vancouver Island is one of the great remaining frontiers of whitewater kayaking. The small but extremely active paddling community on Vancouver Island notches multiple First Decent's every year and is always adding to the growing list of Island Classics.

This year WCK is donating a Jackson Kayaks Villain for the always popular Puntledge River Festival. You can check out Fraser Valley White Water Trip Report from last years festival here.

A very happy Dave Prothero packing up to head back to the Island with his new Jackson Rockstar and Jackson Karma as well as the Jackson Villain being donated by WCK for the festival!

For more information on the Puntledge River Festival or paddling on Vancouver Island check out the Vancouver Island Whitewater Paddling Society , or check their Facebook page.

Happy paddling from WCK!