Marc's WhiteWater Gear Reviews


Safeman Locks

These are my go-to locks. The awesome Safeman-T and it’s little brother, the Safeman.

The Safeman-T

is a heavy duty 1.85 meter long plastic-sheathed steel cable with Ø 10 mm and is continuously adjustable. It allows the use of one or two two loops and thus the greatest possible flexibility for securing, connecting and lashing. Safeman-T locks automatically. You only need the key to unlock. It stows neatly around the lock body.
It is 17 cm in diameter, 530gram, 250kg breaking strength, plastic coated stainless steel cable, 185 cm length, 10mm diameter, two loop technology, cable.
I utilise the Safeman-T for the most obvious important locking tasks, such as securing my kayak to the trailer for transport, to a tree at night and to other solid points for general fixing situations. I have different colour versions in use.

I also use the Safeman-T for securing my trunk, containing all my photography- and filming gear, inside my car.

The Safeman

is very useful whenever you need a more flexible, smaller diameter, cable.
It is 7,5 cm in diameter, 130gram, 100kg breaking strength, plastic coated stainless steel cable, 75 cm length, 4mm diameter, two loop technology, cable.
Especially when securing your boat, paddle and other gear during trips. But I always carry these when I expect a need for securing rented gear or ski’s, bikes and such. It’s small enough to carry in your pocket.I have different colour versions in use.

Gold Claw Gold Pan Bundle

This Gold Pan Bundle contains a three sizes of pans and comes with a First Gold Experience Kit containing paydirt with real gold in it, a snuffer bottle and a vial.
The (smallest) Pocket Pan is a great option to carry in your backpack. The (medium sized) Original Pan is ideal to have at basecamp or in the car permanently, whilst the (biggest) Production Pan goes through loads of paydirt in a wimp. The pans are made from Tritan plastic, which makes it durable and virtually indestructible.
I use the Stainless Steel Folding Shovel as well. It’s not part of the bundle.
Wether you expect, hope or need to get rich quickly, or just want to have a relaxing time with a chance of finding some gold: this is a great set, to do it with.

Kayaking Watches

Left: The A-4T Aero Pilot # 13456 | Right: The A-4T Super Yankee #13477

These are my kayaking watches. The (left) ‘Bertucci A-4T Aero‘ is the WhiteWater Watch, taking all the beatings. The (right) ‘Bertucci A-4T Super Yankee‘ is my pride and joy and my Every Day Wear watch. What they have in common is:

  • 44 mm Matt Titanium housing, 10,6 mm high.
  • Weight 67 grams.
  • Water resistance up to a depth of 200 meters.
  • All metal 5 jewels Gold-plated mechanics.
  • Super Luminous hands and markers.
  • A low battery indicator.
  • Heavy Duty Webbing straps.
  • Design inspired by WWII U.S. Military watches.

The right one, the Super Yankee, costs a little more, due to having a 10 year Lithium battery (vs a 5 year battery), hardened Sapphire Crystal (vs hardened mineral crystal) and a Date indicator. Awesome watches!

FixPlus Straps

These FixPlus straps are the best ever for securing and bundling equipment. The one hand operating ties are an awesome solution to strap stuff to your backpack, into your boat, onto your boat, onto your helmet, whatever! All you do is lead the strap through the buckle hole, bend it backwards and hook it onto the to secure it. These come in loads of colours and lengths. I went for all black and have the 66, 46 and 35 cm versions, along with some (blue) strap keepers. The strap keepers are useful for keeping the ends tied in windy situations (e.g. roof rack) or if the ends could get stuck (e.g. bicycle spokes). FixPlus straps are tear resistant up to 90kg and are resistant to UV, Cold and Salt water.

RailBlaza Kayak Cart

Now here’s a great cart for off-roading your kayak to and from the river. An extremely simple and logical cart. The pads adapt to the angle of the boat, a strong strap is used to tie the boat onto the cart and it has a practical kickstand. It’s very easy to (dis)assemble and a very practical design.


So here is the new version of the SurfEars! Whether you have problems with getting water in your ears, or simply don’t like it to happen: this is te solution. I personally need to wear these in the pool while poloing for comfort and I like them when paddling very cold water. One of the unique features is that, while it keeps the water out, it let’s sound in!

SurfEars is one of these European companies that’s been around forever and keep improving their product continuously.

Umbrella’s by Euroschirm

A day out to town? Roasting a chicken in front of the tent? Rushing to the outhouse? Here are the umbrella’s I like best.

My Birdiepal Outdoor:

This is a nearly unbreakable umbrella, with some outstanding features, such as: a high-density fibreglass frame, double-stitching, wear-resistant safety tips, a ‘thick glove’ opening system, webbing loops to attach it to a backpack, an integrated floating compass, a mesh sleeve and it has (optional) reflective element on all tips.

My Light Trek Ultra:

A 175 grams umbrella! Ribs made of aluminium and real carbon. Flexible and corrosion resistant. It has lightweight but sturdy polyester fabric with Teflon-treatment and double stitched seams.
Whilst 27,5 cm small closed, it has a 98 cm diameter when opened.
My version has the silver outside canopy providing UV-protection factor of 50+.

Euroschirm is a family business developing speciality umbrellas. They utilise new techniques and materials for practical reasons. Exactly what we like. Have a look at their website and see how they can help you staying dry.

Handy Nice-to-haves by Coghlan’s

This is a true ‘multifarious’ post, as is Coghlan’s. Browsing through their products, I allways find practical and functional gear. This time, I ran into the following items:
The Bear Bell:
I only met a bear up close once. A Cantabrian brown bear, in the Spanish Pyrenees. This bell could have prevented that, by warning for my approach. It works on other scary animals as well ….
Organizer Bags:
These three bags have a large mesh part, which allows water to go in, and most importantly, get out. They are strong and light, and thus ideal to take items with you in the kayak.
Utility Cord:
Never underestimate the usefulness of a length of rope. Twenty meters of 4mm polypropylene cord. No rot. No mildew.

Call me crazy, but I think buckets are the best campsite waste bins. So I had a good day when I found this Collapsible Bucket made by Coghlans’s.

Fishing Gear

I normally use a spinning rod, but without the reel. Simply because these rods pack really small. I carried three setups to Scotland: A fly set for fishing Grayling and Trout. A Boily set for Salmon and bigger Grayling.
And a bobber set for fishing on lakes.