Wondering what sort of gear Justine uses on and off the water?
|I use a variety of Valley sea kayaks & Northshore Kayaks. The Northshore Atlantic LV is a fun, responsive yet stable kayak for surfing and playing in tidal races. On expeditions I have used both the Nordkapp and the Etain 17.5.
|I have been part of the Kokatat team for 8 years & am always impressed with the comfort, fit & design of their gear. Kokatat’s dry suit with a drop seat is brilliant and keeps me dry and warm. I recently came back from a day of rescue training with bone dry thermals which is fantastic. The new 50% merino wool thermals are my new favourite thermals – comfy, lightweight and warm.When it’s hot, I often wear the kokatat sealskin trousers, shorts, and innercore layers.|
|Mitchell Blades are made in Chester, UK. They are lightweight but tough and beautifully made paddles. I use the Atlantis or Bombora blades with a crank shaft.|
|Esquif sponsors “This is Canoeing” DVD. They make quality, high performance touring, whitewater and slalom open canoes.|
|Hilleberg sponsored our expedition to kayak around “Isla Grande”, Tierra del Fuego in 2011. The fantastic Tarra tent held up to the strong and gusty winds that Patagonia is famous for. Justine and Sarah are taking the same tent to the Aleutian islands. Justine also uses a one-person Soulo tent when alone, which is lightweight and well designed. It kept her safe in Antarctica in 2014. She also uses a Tarp 10 UL & windsock.|
|Berghaus are providing Justine and Sarah with warm, functional and stylish clothing for the Aleutian islands journey. The Mirgin La II goretex jacket is fantastic, as are their water-repellant down jackets.|
|Reed make comfortable, light, waterproof kayak clothing & toasty warm thermals. They also have great accessories including emergency spare hatch covers. Reed thermals and warm and comfortable. I use a Reed spraydeck and cockpit cover as they are light and dry quickly.|
|What sleeping bag do you take when space in your kayak is at a premium, it’s cold and wet!? The Exped water bloc sleeping bags solve that problem by being down (and therefore toasty warm) AND waterproof. Justine smugly took one to Antarctica and will take it to the Aleutians. Exped down mats are also fantastically comfortable and warm & they make a good range of dry bags.|
|I love ortlieb dry bags for their combination of flexibility and durability. Bulky & big dry bags take up a lot of space in a kayak, making it harder to pack. Ortlieb dry bags come from as small as 3 litres. My favourite bags are the aqua cam, which I carry all my valuable electronics in & the duffel bag for carrying all my luggage when travelling. I’m sponsored by Ortlieb, Petzl, Exped, Aquapac, Light my Fire, Optimus and Julbo via Lyon Outdoor, the UK distributors.|
|We used an Optimus Nova Plus stove circumnavigating Ireland in 2013. In 2014 we’ll take one to the Aleutian islands. The stove can simmer or cook on full power. With safety in mind, it has a thick fuel pipe and the jet can be unclogged simply by waving a magnet underneath it. I love the optimus pan set and kettle. The neoprene pan cover means you can keep one pan warm while the other one is in use.|
|Julbo sunglasses are great quality. I use polarised sunglasses on the sea and chameleon-lenses on land. These change density providing more protection from the suns rays when it’s brighter. These are distributed by Lyon Outdoor in the UK.|
|Karel Visel from Israel, supports kayak expeditions worldwide via sms / text message with most up-to-date possible weather. Twice daily sms / text messages are sent to help the kayaker decide whether to continue the journey or seek shelter.|
|Natural Balance Foods are a little young British company devoted to increasing world happiness with healthier snacks, humour and helpfulness. Their Nakd & Trek bars are full of all natural ingredients, no sugary syrups or additives. Each bar is one of your ‘five a day’. Their high protein content gives you sustained energy & of course, they are yummy!|
|Icebreaker make stylish, merino wool clothing. Not only are they warm and comfortable, they don’t smell anywhere near as bad as synthetic thermals so if we meet anyone on our trips, they will also be very thankful to Icebreaker! They provided kit for Tierra Del Fuego & the Aleutian islands.|