With Christmas on the way once again, it can be quite difficult to find presents.
What to get who, how much to spend, making sure you get something they will like and use isn't easy.
Being a white water kayaker, I know exactly what I want or need at this time of year.
It's easy for us at Christmas. Having the chance to get out and feel the cold while putting kit to use, it soon becomes apparent what needs replacing, sorting out, or spending time repairing.
If you have someone on your list that is a keen white water kayaker like me, then here are a few ideas on what to get them that will not break the bank and will be appreciated.
Firstly, it's Winter. It's cold and nothing is worse than dipping into a river without the correct equipment. I'm not talking about buying a full dry suit, but thermal under layers are just as important. There really is a massive range when it comes to warm clothing and often people have certain one piece suits they like. However your really can't go wrong with a base layer top and thermal trousers. Whether they get used on or off the water I can guarantee they won't get thrown to the side.
It's all about Pogies. Pogies are just like gloves that attach to the paddle keeping your hands toasty. I'm a big whimp when it comes to the cold, so my Pogies come everywhere with me. I really like the PalmDescent Mitts as they have an anti-flush seal on the inside, and a tab to pull them on with your teeth.
Little things make a big difference.
If you notice the person who you're buying for drives around in their car with bit of foam duck taped to their roof racks then this is real simple... roof rack pads.
I've been there, done that, roof bar pads are the way forward!
Safety equipment is often a tricky one, but everyone should carry a throw line. If they don't, get them one! This is one of the most important bits of kit they can own in my opinion, and can really save lives.
As far as I'm concerned you can never have too many Karabiners either.
Palm do a great Safety Tape. It's 5 meters long, yellow, and has a loop at one end.
Or, another good option is the Snake Sling, which is red, 4 meters long, and has a loop at both ends.
If your still struggling then here are a few other options that go down well;
If you're interested at looking at anything on this list, head over to Escape Watersports who have the easiest website to use, the best prices, and offer fantastic customer service.
Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year!