Palm Gear for Paddlers

by Rod

in Equipment

Gear for Paddlers – Palm Gear

I am very happy to let you know Kayaksnthings can now supply Palm Gear here in Mackay and North Queensland. As their slogan says “Gear for Paddlers.” Some of the products Palm make are: Personal floatation Jackets, Pants and shorts, Drysuits, Neoprene wetsuits, Base & midlayer Footwear, Gloves & mitts, Helmets & headwear, Spraydecks, Safety and rescue, Transport Packs & bags, Paddles, Parts & spares, Accessories

Palm PFDPalm Personal Flotation Device

Palm Equipment International Ltd is based in Somerset, England. From there they supply the Palm apparel brand, kayaks from Dagger, Islander and Wilderness Systems, canoes from Mad River Canoe, and Infinity inflatables.

The business of Palm started in 1979. The location: the Somerset coast. Started inside a small shed with a leaky tin roof There stood Andy Knight, working hard and covered in a fine layer of glass fiber dust. A man who wanted some better gear to take paddling, and had decided to make it himself. The sign on the door read ‘Palm Glass Fiber Mouldings Ltd’.

Andy Knight first tried kayaking at school in a glass fiber craft of questionable seaworthiness that he built himself. He soon began to compete in slalom competitions, paddling in Division 2 kayak, and Division 1 two-man Canadian. At the same time he became a kayak surf addict, and living in the South West allowed him plenty of opportunity to go on surf missions. At sixteen Andy became the South West Junior Kayak Surfing Champion, then UK Junior Champion the following year, and later on in 1984, the UK Men’s Champion. It was not only the competitive element that drew Andy in, he was also an instructor for a time. Andy’s true passion revealed itself before too long; it was only a matter of time before his education in engineering, combined with ideas about how boats and gear could be improved drove him inevitably to start making them himself.

Palm has always been a paddler driven company, they are fortunate enough to have been involved in some truly landmark events in kayaking history. From remote expeditions such as the 1994 Waghi Kayak Expedition and the 2001 European Stikine Expedition, down to the introduction of the Dagger RPM to the UK, Palm is proud to have contributed to the development of the sport. Peter ‘Green Slime’ Knowles was amongst the first to explore and document the rivers of Nepal by in the 90s, then a largely undiscovered but soon to be popular country for kayaking.

Palm and their associated brands are available through a worldwide network of shops, activity centres and distributors. Palm products are designed in-house and made by those who share their values.

Today Palm is still based in our factory in Clevedon, and still on a mission to push kayaking forward.

 

Check out the Palm Gear available from Kayaksnthings here.

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