Whether it is grade I and II tandem paddling or grade V steep-creeking, we provide everything needed from basic setups to outfitting some of the world’s most skilled paddlers. Proper outfitting provides a safer, and more secure and comfortable fit which is vital for effective boat control.
Outfitting allows the use of body weight transitions to greatly enhance paddle strokes and to take advantage of the current and its effect on the hull. The results are dramatic. Turns are faster and more precise; weight transfers are instantaneous and suddenly the term "micro eddy" has meaning.
Choosing the right thigh straps
Thigh straps are to a canoeist what ski boots and bindings are to a skier. Without them a paddler is not connected to the their boat and has very little control. Manoeuvring a canoe effectively is a combination of three elements: current, paddle power and body positioning. Properly fitting thigh straps and toe blocks physically link these elements together, allow for greater control and a more acute understanding of the role each of them plays.
When choosing thigh straps consider the following:
1) type of water to be paddled
2) boat to be used
3) paddling style
4) seat set up (eg: paddling position)
5) whether rolling the canoe will be important
6) potential variety of boat users
No one boat is suited to all types of paddling and one type of thigh strap is not suited to every paddler. If upper body and weight transitions are utilized as well as rolling, a system that will provide some mobility is recommended. If the object is to trash around in big holes, a system which firmly plants a paddler on the seat is important. With a standard sit-down seat being able to remove feet from underneath the seat in the event of a capsize is imperative.