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|In this report from OR 2007: Fluid, Dagger, Pyranha, Liquid Logic, H2O, WRSI, Shred Ready.|
This year we decided to get the new photos from SLC as fast as possible, and that means we created two galleries, one for whitewater products and one for flatwater products. Now that the show is over and things are calming down a little, we'll take the time to turn the info into real reports. This is the first report for the new whitewater products, covering the following brands:
One of the brighter spots of the show as far as whitewater is concerned this year is Fluid Kayaks of South Africa.
NEMESIS . The Nemesis line is being filled out with a small and a large size, prototypes for both of which were on the showroom floor. While the size changes stay true to the original design, slight modifications have been made to enhance or retain the overall feel and performance at the different volumes.
ELEMENT . Fluid's dedicated surfing kayak is taking on some interesting lines. Concave sidewalls, a clean release point at the stern and a low stern rocker profile promise a lot of speed on the wave comparable to the Drago Rossi Squashtail or the Necky Vibe. Should be interesting to see what Fluid's interpretation of the â€œriver surferâ€ will offer.
Dagger kayaks provided their own coverage this year.
While Pyranha didn't have any prototypes on the floor, a new playboat is in the works that will take the 4Twenty concept to the next level. We will provide more details and photos from the Kanumesse in Nuremberg in September.
Liquid Logic brings a new river-runner / instructional platform to the lineup, kid-sized versions of the Cross River and the Remix and size extentions on the Jefe. They've also made my job a lot easier by launching a new site on the eve of the OR show - www.liquidlogickayaks.com.
REMIX - The Remix, as Shane Benedict put it, is a return to old-school values and can be compared to the Perception Whiplash with modernized lines, a more stable volume distribution and more forgiving chines.
OUTFITTING . The new LL outfitting looks plush. Like a cross between a Barcalounger and a kayak seat, the monofilament padding has been borrowed from the automotive industry. Light, dry and adjustable, this will raise the bar considerably for other kayak manufacturers.
KID-SIZES - The Cross River and Remix will also be available in kids-sizes
JEFE GRANDE AND CHICO - Seen here with limited edition graphics (which are only available with white "pearl" plastic)
H20 has dropped the weight of their Team paddles by ¼ lb. while increasing strength by 20%, added an aluminized composite shaft and some new colors.
Peak has a new drytop this year with integrated armor padding. Impact rated to over 55 MPH, these flexible foam pads fit into pockets sewn into the top, but are shown outside here for illustration purposes. Also, a new rescue vest has been added to the lineup
WRSI has a new full-face helmet and an aerodynamic throwbag shaped like a football (stitches and all)
Shred Ready introduces a new line of helmets in standard, full and full face versions - all include a molded, multiple impact EPP foam liner. Also, limited and "ultra-limited" colors: snakeskin, wood, leather and desert camo.
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