Carbon fiber is the new material for anything fun these days!! It also has the lowest swing weight of the Aztek paddle line, making it the easiest to actually swing. Our blades can be swapped out in seconds, or removed completely for traveling. If you have any other questions about the Swings or the discontinued Helios kayaks, let us know. All of these aspects are discussed below separately — but collectively they add up to a product that performs excellently as a technical climbing belay parka or a mountaineering parka for fast and light trips. This is a unique design among the parkas in this review, with the exception of the. No, it will not delay the shipping of your paddle.
It is ideal for lake, ocean and calm river paddling and is perfect for traveling. All three of these parkas are intended to keep you as warm as possible while maintaining a total weight hovering around one pound. With the sail rig mounted up front including outriggers, the boat was fine with one person sitting in the rear cockpit. Secondly, the features on this jacket are kept to a minimum. The Helios however is intended to be lightweight, and the outer fabric reflects that design. We took the Hooded Helios ice climbing many times and found it to be plenty warm as a belay parka, even on cold days.
The Feathered Friends Hooded Helios has a great warmth-to-weight ratio. The Mountain Hardwear Chillwave Jacket for example, or the Feathered Friends Ice Fall Parka. First the good news: If you're using the Hooded Helios as a belay parka the short cut means that the jacket stays out of the way, resting just above your harness, allowing easy access to your belay device, ice screws, whatever. Features There are a few unique features on this jacket, all of which are done primarily to save weight and increase packability. See more ideas about Paddles, Paddleboarding and Instagram repost. Check us out online at www. Together with the Aztek Racquet Sports engineering team, they employed sophisticated computer modeling and materials to create a paddle that reduces vibration and arm fatigue.
See more ideas about Paddles, Paddleboarding and Instagram repost. The result is a paddle that acts as a single system — handle to blade tip — that is engineered and handcrafted just for that customer. Best Application The Feathered Friends Hooded Helios is best used as a climbing belay parka or as a light parka for other fast and light backcountry activities. Note: If you plan to do a multi-day trip and need to load in a lot of gear, you may find it a better option to have two solo Helios models as opposed to one tandem model as the solo models offer far more room for storing cargo and gear. Even at high speed, the hull is still well balanced thus giving you full traction.
There are no waist cinches, no cuff Velcro, no pocket zippers. Hooded Helios clamshell style pockets. It fits well over a helmet and when zipped up fully the jacket covers the neck well but does not offer a lot in terms of face protection relative to other burlier parkas. If you want maximum warmth, you will be adding ounces, and reducing packability. The however, our Top Pick, features more complete true-parka style face coverage while remaining very light and compact.
If you plan to load it down with gear, you may want to get the optional rudder to improve handling, but your skills as a paddler will be the most important factor. Key Features of the Helios Inflatable Kayak The Helios Inflatable Kayak has small uninflated dimensions and a weight of 36 lbs. You can purchase an optional foot-operated rudder for sea touring. And, easier transport by simply removing the blade. This keeps the weight down slightly but does make the Helios less warm than the larger box-baffled parkas in this review among the lighter parkas, only the offers box-baffling.
It is comparable in warmth to other light parkas reviewed here like the Rab Infinity, the Outdoor Research incandescent, and the Brooks Range Mojave. Each Aztek paddle is well — suited to platform tennis, paddle tennis, pop tennis and beach tennis players seeking a revolutionary new design to amp up their game! Although it is not a really big deal, it has been recommended by some to try adding a rubber or inflatable seat cushion to keep your bum of the floor and alleviate this issue. The short fit of the Hooded Helios keeps it out of your way and above your harness when used as a climbing belay parka. A typical backcountry ski day in New Hampshire: 60 mph gusts and cold as hell. Shock absorbing yet responsive enough for easy power.
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This product is currently out of stock and unavailable. For better tracking with this tandem model I would highly recommend purchasing the optional rudder — it makes a huge difference in keeping your kayak going straight and makes it easier to manoeuver turns, especially when sea kayaking. And finally, the cut of this parka is much shorter than the other products in this review. Given that each paddle is custom-made, Aztek paddles are not available in shops or stores — only online at www. If you're short this may be less of a problem. For this reason, we offer you a professional grip buildup option so that you can avoid messing around with layers of overgrips to enlarge the handle size. In fact setup and inflating takes 10 minutes on average.
The inflatable has a low profile which means it handles well in the wind without being tossed around; in fact, a Helios kayak averaged over 3 knots on a 40-mile course in the 1997 San Juan Challenge. New Features Innova decided to remove some of the Nitrylon rubber material from the inside of the kayak and replace it with Lite-Pack fabric, which cut down the weight of the kayak. The Hooded Helios is certainly not the warmest parka we tested. Among other places out west, primarily ice climbing in Montana, we used this jacket in -20 degree temperatures in New Hampshire and the Adirondacks. The only downside to the Helios is the fact that there is no real seat. It is best used as a ice or alpine belay parka, or on any trip to the backcountry where you intend to be moving most of the time and donning your parka during breaks. The Hooded Helios is a lighter weight parka overall and one aspect of this design is that it does not protect the face as well as heavier and larger parkas.