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

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...

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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 Peyto Palm

The Palm Peyto is a well designed jacket style touring BA. 3 large pockets, handwarmers and soft comfortable foam make the Peyto a quality, all-season, PFD.

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Watersports Clothing Buoyancy-Aids Sea-and-Touring Peyto Women's Palm
Peyto Women's

The Palm Peyto Women's is a great PFD for sea kayaking. Featuring a ladies specific cut this buoyancy aid has plenty of storage. The foam that is used in this ladies PFD is soft and supple, this ensures that it...

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

A Zip front buoyancy aid that is ideal for sea kayaking, coastal touring and kayak fishing. It features two front pockets and a large rear poket There are adjustable shoudlers and also adjustable tensioning str...

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?

Sea and Touring buoyancy aids will tend to have front zip opening, jacket style entry, although vest styles are available. At the top end you'll generally be getting lots of pockets, helping to keep your items for a long day on the water compartmentalised, with the ability to hold VHF's, PLB's, flares, whistles and sweets among other items, as well as space for a drinking water reservoir. They should be comfortable for wearing all day, with a number of straps for adjustment. There will also be plenty of reflective detailing for those times when you are paddling at dusk/dark.

There are several other styles of buoyancy aid on offer and they are suitable for either white waterentry level recreational use, as well as the competitive disciplines. If you are looking for buoyancy aids for outdoor centre or group work we have a range of Centre Buoyancy Aids.


Freya Hoffmeister: How to be a Doer

World-renowned ocean kayaker, Freya Hoffmeister, is coming to Up and Under on the 13th February to give a talk on her adventures circumnavigating South America. We asked Freya what drives her to take on such daring challenges and how we can be inspired to do the same...
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Patagonia Sample Sale

Patagonia Sample Sale with all proceeds going to the Cam and Bear Fund for Adventure in memory of Up and Under and Patagonia staff member and friend Andrew Foster. Thursday 22nd February 2018 12:00-20:00. Providing huge savings on Patagonia Fall 2017 product and supporting a great charity.
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A very sad day for Up and Under

Please read the attached for our statement about the loss of our friend. Includes link to Cam and Bear Fund for Adventure in Andy Foster's memory.
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