Marc's WhiteWater Gear Reviews


Western Rise Evolution Pants

The must be the most deceivingly inconspicuous pants around. Untill you put them on! Western Rise Evolution Pant is super lightweight, ultra breathable, stretchy, moisture wicking: The ultimate summer pant! Stronger, softer, stain-proof and packed full of features:

  • High-denier, air-texturized Nylon twill
  • 96% Nylon, 4% Elastane
  • 173 grams
  • Sustainable C6 durable water repellent (DWR) treatment
  • Abrasion-resistant, anti-pilling woven twill fabric
  • 6 pockets
  • Front right media pocket
  • Hidden back right zipper security/passport pocket
  • YKK zippers
  • Ergonomic 3″ gusset
  • Reverse yoke for added mobility
  • Permacore high-tenacity thread (40% more durable than standard spun Polyester thread)
  • Stainless Steel components
  • Blue Sign approved fabric (sustainability) made in Sweden
  • A portion of the proceeds from this item support Western Rivers Conservancy and 1% For The Planet.

Western Rise Limitless Merino Shirt

Western Rise claim that their Limitless Merino Shirt is an outdoor shirt. And it is. But it looks really sophisticated and luxury. This shirt is a joy to wear, being odour resistant, moisture wicking, temperature regulating, wrinkle resistant, and stretches in every direction to move with your body. Wear day-in and day-out, no matter the weather, occasion, or location and WASH LESS! This knit fabric blends 53% Australian Merino wool and 47% polyester making it soft and machine washable. It weighs 330 grams.
On my north European backpacking trips, this shirt is the only shirt I have with me, all year around.
A portion of the proceeds from this item support Western Rivers Conservancy and 1% For The Planet.

On Running Waterproof Anorak

on running anorak

Now this is the ultimate stowaway wind- and rainproof jacket. The On Running Waterproof Anorak, at a mere 216 grams, this will keep you dry and comfortable while active. As you’d expect form On Running, the anorak is packed with cool features and technical solutions, like the hydrophilic elements in the lining transport moisture from the body and expand as they work. Which means the more you sweat, the more breathable the anorak becomes. It has an elasticated tie to pull the hood out of the way, there are hidden vents for increased airflow and the anorak packs into its own inner pocket.

On Running Waterproof Trail Shoes

on running cloudrock
My Cloudrock boots.

We found them. The ideal trail running shoes. Ultra lightweight, strong, durable and super grippy! The On Running Cloudrock Waterproof and Cloudventure Waterproof boots. The rubber used gives loads of traction to these shoes and the lugs provide all the grip you want. Especially downhill, these boots make the difference. The natural roll off and the cushioning are really comfortable and secure. A 100% waterproof breathable membrane keeps your feet dry. A minor but nice detail are elastic loops on the tongue to keep your lace ends from hanging loose.

on running cloudventure
My wife’s Cloudventures.

On Running is one of Europe’s most innovative companies. Every little detail of their products is well thought through. You can’t go wrong with their gear.

DexShell Waterproof Wading Socks

My DexShell Waterproof Wading Socks knee length socks have an in-cuff seal. This makes them the ideal companion for wading through rivers and streams. On my walks in the Scottish Highlands with it’s many ‘Burns’ (I crossed up to 16 streams per day) they were a must-have.

Merino Beanie by On Running

My On Running Merino Beanie. The lightweight, temperature-regulating Beanie that I wear all 3 seasons long.

Rooster Combi Gloves

The Rooster Combi Gloves are the warmest gloves I have ever owned! The combination of an all weather neoprene glove, with an aquafleece (polyurethane outer layer with a fleece inner layer) mitten against windchill, makes the ideal winter glove. The use of Amara (an synthetic leather) on the palms gives loads of grip when wet and is durable enough to withstand a lot of paddling. The mitten can be tucked away neatly into a handy pocket on the top of the glove when not in use. The pocket can also double up as a storage pocket for heat pouches. Water is kept out by Velcro secured neoprene cuffs. I use them both on and off the water.

Photo montage of the two usage options.

Rooster Sailing is a European company with a real good sense for innovation and quality. Visiting their website, you’ll notice they’ll trick you into thinking they are all about sailing (and they are), but Rooster has loads of kayaking-friendly gear if you have an eye for it.