Lifetime Employees Test Drive 2012 Kayak Line

Lifetime Employees Test Drive 2012 Kayak Line

Lifetime Employees Test Drive 2012 Kayak Line

1 sales kayaks 2012.jpgEvery year, the Lifetime sales and marketing team attends an internal Sales and Marketing Conference.  This year, things were a bit different. We had 30 kayaks and paddle boards to test paddle at Sand Hollow - one of the most scenic reservoirs in Utah. It is exhausting just to think about…..exhausting in a good way, of course!

To kick things off with our kayak training a few weeks ago, we began with a training clinic and question and answer period. Many of our employees are just like you -  they are a beginner or are just getting into the sport of kayaking.  Our more advanced staff members were excited to help out as well. This was exciting for me as I love to share my love of paddle sports with anyone who will listen…….or paddle. :)  I discussed paddle techniques, sitting in your kayak, and the differences in kayak styles.  As you can see in the photos, I had quite an attentive audience. 3 sales conference 2012.jpg

In previous posts, I have mentioned that this was our first season with a sit-inside kayak, the Lifetime Payette 116.  The Lifetime Payette quickly become one of the biggest talking points of our kayak test paddle.  At first, people were apprehensive to try out this new style of kayak.   I received lots of questions about the sit-inside model:  Is it as stable as a sit-on-top, what if I flip over, how do I get in?  After the first few paddle strokes, everyone was in love!  By the end, I had to sweet talk paddlers into coming ashore so someone else could give the Lifetime Payette a whirl. This kayak was being paddled continuously up until it was stashed away in the trailer. Many people expressed how surprised they were that they enjoyed a sit-inside model as much as they did. (Though they still love the sit-on-top designs, too.)

2 sales kayaks 2012.jpgIn the coming months, we will be posting video and information on basic paddling skills and activities similar to what we presented at our conference clinic.  So, keep your eyes peeled on the Water Sports page of www.lifetime.com. Also, if you are interested in test paddling a Lifetime Payette of your own, we are doing a Lifetime Payette 116 giveaway this week! Check out Jan's last blog post for details on how to enter for a chance to win!

 Until next time, Happy Paddling!
 

Candace

Candace

Candace_Weaver0006w.jpgName- Candace


Position at Lifetime Products- Watersports Marketing Manager for Lifetime and Emotion brand kayaks

How long at Lifetime Products- Since January 2012!  I came as a packaged deal with the acquisition of Emotion Kayaks where I’d been for over a year.


Topics I blog about- Events and news in water sports, places to kayak, and enjoying the outdoors with friends and family.

My favorite products from Lifetime- Any of the Kayaks and paddleboards.  One of these days I’ll get my hands on a Fold-up Trailer and a Camp and Tailgate Table!

On a Saturday afternoon you can find me- This question will always depend on the season!  When the weather outside is frightful, you can find me at one of the nearby ski resort enjoying the fresh snow and crisp air or snowshoeing through the mountains.  Once the sun is shinning and the birds are chirping, my Saturdays are spent outdoors hiking, backpacking, biking, paddle boarding or my most favorite activity of all, kayaking!  All while enjoying the company of good friends of course!

My favorite escape- Anything whitewater, whether it be kayaking or rafting.  A more relaxing escape would be taking my camera out into the wilderness to photograph everything from wildlife to serene landscapes.

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Michael P Taylor

5/23/2012 1:53:52 PM

I also see a Tamarack or two, Envy 11, Spitfire 9, Traverse Paddleboard, Rouge Youth paddleboard, and a Monterey. A good selection.

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Rich Sewell

7/30/2012 10:45:14 AM

Hi! Just purchased the Payette 116. New to kayaking. What type of paddle should I use? Also.. length? Thanks! Rich

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Candace

7/30/2012 10:48:08 AM

Hi Rich!  Glad to hear you have a Payette 116, it is a great kayak!   The Payette isn't a very wide kayak so you don't need anything too long.  I would try to stay with a paddle under 230cm in length(that length refers to the shaft).  Generally, people under 5'10" will use a 220cm and taller people will want a 230cm.   The best thing to do is hold the paddle in your hands to see what feels most comfortable.  You want your hands to be at a slightly less than 90 degree angle with the paddle when you are holding it.  You want to make sure that when you hold your paddle your arms aren't too spread out, this will take a lot of power and control out of your stroke.   As far as paddle blades go, you will have a few options.  If you need a price point paddle, you can get a standard symetrical blade with no cupping.  This means the padle doesn't have an up or down and the blades are flat.  These are basic and aren't as efficient as other paddles but they are generally less expensive.  Asymetrical blades give you more power and less flutter in the water.  These paddles have a top and bottom.  The top of the paddle blade will be slightly longer than the bottom.   It is also benefical to have a paddle blade with a "cup".  Think swimming, when you swim, if you cup your hands you get more power than if your hand is flat or your fingers are spread apart.  Paddle blades work similarly.   The most efficient type of paddle is an asymetrical bladed paddle with a cupped blade.

I would suggest the Lifetime Elite Sport paddle or the Adventure XL paddle, you can find it at Sports Authority.

 

 

If you need anymore information or any clarification, let me know!

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