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Watersports Competition Topdecks-and-Canoe-Cags Topdecks Racer ST Long Peak UK
Racer ST Long

£237.44 (inc Vat)
Watersports Competition Topdecks-and-Canoe-Cags Topdecks Racer ST Short Peak UK
Racer ST Short

£153.40 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Greenburg Yak
Greenburg

The Yak Greenburg is a top end touring and sea kayaking buoyancy aid, with many pockets for carrying all your essential equipment such as whistle, VHF, PLB and flares, as well as a large rear hydration reservoi...

£151.94 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem Palm
Extrem

The Palm Extrem is a top end PFD that is ideal for white water kayaking. The design of the Extrem is based around a 3D cut and it is easily accessed through the front opening system. Palm have packed the extram...

£151.94 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Extrem Womens Palm
Extrem Womens

The Palm Extrem Womens is a high specification womens white water PFD from the Palm Equipment 'Gear for Women' Range. It features a velcro front opening that's held together by four 25mm buckles, making it easy...

£150.54 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Hallertau Yak
Hallertau

The Yak Hallertau, a top end whitewater buoyancy aid that's packed with lots of features. Yak has designed the Hallertau to be easy to get on and off. The access is via a zip front. The PFD offers good levels o...

£134.58 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water Amp Palm
Amp

The Palm Amp is a top specification PFD that is ideal for white water kayaking. It is based around an over the head design. The main design feature of the amp is the 3 dimensional cut for an enhanced fit. The o...

£120.32 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water River Guide Peak UK
River Guide

The Peak UK River Guide is a great PFD for white water kayaking. With a design heritage that goes back to the London 2012 Olympic games, this has a great performance cut. This PFD is easily put on over the head...

£112.87 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water FXr Palm
FXr

The Palm FXr is a PFD for white water kayaking. This kayaking PFD is particularly well suited towards white water and also water rescue. The Palm FXr features an over the head design. When on the paddlers torso...

£111.67 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Explorer Zip Peak UK
Explorer Zip

The Peak UK Explorer Zip is a PFD for Sea Kayaking. This kayak touring PFD features the same design platform, that was used by the UK athletes in the London 2012 Olympics Canoe Slalom Team. The Explorer Zip is ...

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Kaikoura Palm
Kaikoura

A high specification buoyancy aid that is ideal for expedition touring and sea kayaking. Access to this is through a zip front and it is then fully loaded with lots of features such as multiple zip pockets anch...

£103.01 (inc Vat)
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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids White-Water River Runner Peak UK
River Runner

The Peak UK River Runner is a great white water kayaking buoyancy aid. With a design heritage that dates to the London Olympics in 2012, this has the same design platform as the kayak slalom PFDs that were used...

Buoyancy Aid or Life Jacket?

What's the difference between a life jacket and a buoyancy aid? Both are PFD's (Personal Flotation Devices), but a life jacket will turn an unconscious swimmer on their back to keep their mouth and nose out of the water. The downside is that a life jacket makes it much harder for a  conscious swimmer to swim on their front. A buoyancy aid will not turn the wearer face up, but its primary purpose is to support a conscious swimmer and make it easy for the wearer to swim in a normal and powerful fashion when required (like when you've really got to make that eddy!). They also provide some welcome body armour on certain trips!

We do stock a range of life jackets, which we recommend for use by people who may have trouble swimming. They are also suitable for sailing, and we have models for children and babies.

For those of you who would like to take your four legged friends out on the water, check out our range of Pet Buoyancy Aids.

Which Buoyancy Aid?

This is answered by the type of paddling that you are doing, features you are looking for, and budget.

Some buoyancy aids come with a zip down the front, while others are pulled on over the head. Features to look for include pockets, knife/lash tabs, and adjustment straps for a perfect fit. More advanced paddlers will also want to consider chest harnesses.

For newcomers to the sport, who want a basic entry level buoyancy aid with a zip front for easy entry and release, we suggest looking at the Recreation category.

Whitewater paddlers tend to be split between competition and whitewater BA's, with the competition vests being streamlined and having a high degree of freedom of movement, but with little in the way of frills such as pockets and harnesses, freestyle kayakers will appreciate this unrestricted freedom, but there's no space for chocolate; while whitewater PFDs tend to be thicker to protect the user, and pockets to store rescue paraphernalia such as slings and carabiners. All these tend to be Vest style over the head entry, meaning less can go wrong in an emergency. Having said that, you can find front opening river BA's, generally designed with no Zips, and which can be easier to put on with rear entry drysuits.

There are several styles of buoyancy aid on offer that are suitable for sea and touring use. They all tend to be front opening, jacket style, and as you pay more you get more pockets, pockets within pockets, hand warming areas, reflective detailing; and hydration pouch capabilities.

Check out our range of buoyancy aid-compatible hydration systems, although some of the more traditional reservoir systems can fit too.

For polo players we have the Peak UK Polo Vest, which we can get made to order in your team colours.

If you are looking for buoyancy aids for outdoor centre or group work we have a range of Centre Buoyancy Aids. Centre Spec buoyancy aids need to be durable and easy to adjust. They all have clean simple lines, do not offer options of pockets and also come in bright colours for easy recognition and safety.

Up and Under WATERSPORTS BLOG

February Staff Newsletter

February was a busy month in the shop. As well as a number of reps coming to see us, and a number of visits to make, we also attended the Run, Walk, Crawl Brecon to Cardiff Ultra, and hosted a climbing shoe demo with Tenaya at local bouldering wall Spot Climbing. We still managed to get out, and members of Team Up and Under could be found in many parts of the UK; including in the Brecon Beacons, the Lakes, South Downs, Scotland, as well as further afield in Chamonix and George L still in Thailand.
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January Staff Newsletter

January saw us starting to get into the swing of things again. A little snow saw many of the team in the Beacons, as well as further afield with trips to the Peak District, Cheddar Gorge and Pembrokeshire all squeezed in. New Years day allowed few of us to get out (even if the weather wasn't great in South Wales) but a number were in still Snowdonia and elsewhere where it was a little nicer.
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Palm FX Video Review

The Palm FX is a low profile PFD designed for primarily river use and freestyle kayaking, but is equally at home on the sea and kayak surfing. Check out our video highlighting the features of this great BA here.
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