condition: like new make / manufacturer: Expedition Essentials model name / number: Kayak Tow Belt size / dimensions: 30'
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I have an Expedition Essentials Kayak Tow Belt in like-new condition. It was only worn a handful of times and never used to tow. It has 30' of line. I'm asking $40 firm.
Tow Belt Review from Sea Kayak Carolina:
We chose to carry Expedition's excellent tow belt.
Expedition Essentials chose to produce their first tow system as a waist level, belt style. This is because chest mounted systems put too much stress on your abdominal muscles during a long haul, and because boat mounted systems require that all boats you use be modified to accept them.
Expedition Essentials chose to use large, lightweight, fully anodized aluminum carabineers because they've seen large, heavy stainless steel carabineers flying toward paddlers during rough water releases, or small ones that were too difficult to handle. They use fully anodized carabineers because they are so much more corrosion resistant than standard aluminum.Tow Bag series
They use two carabineers, one inside the pouch, so you can short-line the tow without a daisy chain (just a quick figure eight), the other with a climber's quick draw to make finding and handling much easier, and to make sure the carabineer never comes off the line by accident. These carabineers have smooth gate openings, so they won't hang-up on deck lines when you are trying to release.
They chose a big, articulated pouch so you can easily stuff a large handful of line into it and be on your way, no entanglement, no daisy chain dragging in the water. It is the polar opposite of a whitewater throw bag that requires barrel loading, a slow, awareness-consuming task (In 12 years of rough water sea kayaking, none of their paddlers ever used a throw rope for anything but a clothes line anyway). The pouch has lots of extra hook-and-loop so it's easy to close and it stays closed until you need it. The bottom has a mesh panel that keeps the bag from holding water in your lap and makes it easy to rinse out when you get home.
They chose NOT to put a float on the line, because it adds unnecessary weight, bulk and expense and because it can interfere with tow hook-ups and releases. The floating poly line and the rubber in the quick-draw keep the lightweight carabineer pretty close to the surface anyway. They chose NOT to incorporate a shock cord because it adds unnecessary weight, bulk and expense, and because they didn't like the sling shot effect it creates when towing in a following sea.
NDK, Nigel Dennis Kayaks, Sea Kayaking UK, Sea Kayaking USA, Valley Sea Kayaks, BCU, ACA
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