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BAs and some other bits

Postby Paddy F » Wed Jun 22, 2011 2:40 pm

so on getting back to the midlands I've discovered some mates have had a pyranha kayak sitting in their back garden getting slowly covered in bird crap, and my aunt is getting a sea kayak out of her divorce, theyve both said i can have these cheap if I'll make use of them, having not properly seen either of them I don't actually know what make/models they are. Once I've found that stuff out I'll be looking to know how much theyre probably worth so I know what to pay them.

More relevant, I'm looking to get a BA, seeing as I'd like to do student safety next year one with a quick release strap for livebaiting is ideal, can anyone give any advice one different styles of BA to go for?
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Postby Dárragh » Wed Jun 22, 2011 5:57 pm

Pretty much anything cheap with a quick release strap...
(not really old/tattered though, you want it to float!)

no need to spend much over £100 on one. Try different BA's to see what's comfy etc... but it's not something to stay awake over really.

People in the club in rough order of price have:
Yak Descent (Bryn)
Palm Extreme - older version (Club has one, Merriman and Luke has one for sale I think http://luucc.liquidsatisfaction.com/for ... php?t=4556)
Nookie rivermonster (Jake)
Peak River Vest (Harry)
Palm Amp (Me, Dan...)
Palm Extreme Newer version (Charley, Rob B - of PGL fame, tons more people)
Astral Greenjacket (DamX Mark, Carrick, Dave Hepworth)

There's plenty more to melt your head with including this http://www.whitewater-safety.com/the-full-on-vest
Haha!

I'd go for Luke's one, if he still has it! Bargain!
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Postby LeeE » Fri Jul 01, 2011 6:33 pm

A few notes just from having mine (Palm Symbiant) for a while:

Mine was about £60-70 when I got it. Works perfectly fine on everything I've done so far so no complaints there and it fits nicely and stays in place.

Mine didn't come with a quick release strap as standard but you could buy one to go with it.

When I replace it I think the key things I'll be looking at are:

A side-entry BA as it can be a pain to get on when you have a lot of thermals on.

I'd also quite like more than one large pocket/places to attach things, would be handy to have space for a strap, karabiners, knife, cow-tail and some food and the one pocket on the Symbiant just isn't that big.
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