I have been paddling my Roman kayaks Dynamic Evo for just over 12 months now and feel in good position to review it.
The first thing that you notice about this K1 is its striking looks. The hull shape is completley different to all the other major brands and popular K1's. The only other K1 that has this shape it the Kayak Centre Spectra.
The hull is a V shape that becomes flat at the stern. This shape makes the Dynamic have 2 characteristics that I like -stablity and good wash riding.
This was reason I bought this boat and I did buy it!, so I have zero incentive to make a biased review.
Stability: The Dynamic Evo offers great stability. 3/10 on the scale. I am super comfortable in it while I paddle in cold choppy or wavey water. The Evo gives a lot of confidence and that in turn allows you to paddle harder.
Wash riding: I haven't raced the Evo much but in training it sits on a wave very well and doesn't move around too much. Which is essential for marathon racing.
Build Quality: The build quality of Roman Kayaks is fantastic. The craftsmanship is clearly evident and the attention to detail too. I really like the foot rest as its rock solid and can accommodate two pull bars and hell plate. Also the fittings are standard so you can change between other brands like Nelo. I have an Elio seat in my as I have used it for several years and like it. The clear carbon finish on my K1 is amazing and a real eye catcher.
Speed and handling: The Dynamic Evo is a fats boat. It is put to great use by Swede Joakim Lindberg at senior world championship level. He is regularly at the point end of the main group and has posted solo 10km time trials of 39 minutes in the Evo!
The boat turns very well and is probably the best turning K1 I have paddled.
MessyWeekend are a Copenhagen based sunglass company with a cool social responsiblity program called Clean Oceans and a really cool selection of eyewear products from sunglasses to ski googles. I have been testing out a couple of the sunglasses over the last few weeks.
Euroman X MW
These sports sunglasses are great for days out MTBing or road cycling. I was really impressed how well ventialted they are and they do not steam up when working hard or climbing hills. The fit is really comforatable and they are super lightweight so you hardly notice you are wearing them.
They come with a spare set of smoke lenses for darker days when you still want to protect your eyes. I have been using them driving too and they really kill the glare from the winter sun on the road.
These offer a more casual style and were my choice for day to day wear. The polarization works well, and the fit is comforatble. I like the style of the reflective lenses and clear frames. They are very lightweight and this makes them feel a little plasticy at first but they seem robust enough so far and have stood up to my daily use and travel.
Like I mentioned earlier MessyWeekend have a great social responsibilty program called Clean Oceans. They aim to help remove 2kg of plastic from the Pacific and Caribbean oceans for every pair of glasses sold. They have partnered with NGO's in the region to affect this commitment. You can learn more HERE.
Obviously there are hundreds of sunglass brands out there. What I like ablut Messyweekend is thier fresh image, cool, minimal, funtional designs and their commitment to improving our envirnment along the way.
If you are considering some new shades for this summer I would highly recommend checking out thier website and rangfe of glasses.
One of the best kayaking related products money can buy. Once you have one you will wonder how you ever lived without it.
Brand: Aqua Bound
Material: Full Carbon
A very good quality paddle that is super light weight, robust and delivers power well without being too stiff.
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