Jacob Cruser's Gear Review: HydroBomb Dry Top, K-Bomb Sprayskirt, & Hydrogen Neoprene Pants
Thursday, Nov 08, 2012
Bomber sent me a lot of gear this Spring and I have been very excited to try out all the new gear they have been creating as a part of a campaign aimed at exposing their new line to the kayaking world. I have been very happy with all the gear and have had a good chance to wear it in.
Drytop: I have the blue Hydrobomb long sleeve dry top. This is a very cool product that is versatile in its ability to mesh well with other Bomber products. The tunnel system combined with the K-bomb skirt produces the driest seal I have ever had while kayaking. The system is just as simple for the user as a normal drytop, but the outer band keeps even more water out. Combined with the Hydrobomb dry pants, a virtual drysuit can be created using the connecting fabric as demonstrated in this video. This works really well and I have yet to have any water break through the seal.
Spray Skirt: I use the K-Bomb spray skirt and reviewed that product here. The point is this is the driest skirt I have used, and is highly resistant to implosion. It can be difficult to get on at first, but this issue is mitigated by storing it stretched for a couple weeks or having a friend help at the put in (once wet there is no issue getting it on).
Contour Camera: The Roam camera is similar in concept to the GoPro. The differences are the Roam is slide on slide off, so no fussing with the buttons before every shot, no shot of you looking confused into the camera, and no need to ever take your helmet off. The lens is flat as opposed to fish eyed, so long distance features show up well along with close up objects and features.
Teva Cherry Bombs: These booties are awesome. I had given up hope on booties, switching over to hiking shoes because the booties couldn't hold up to the abuse I was putting them through. The Cherry Bombs are designed for long hikes and grip. There is just enough sole to be able to feel the ground beneath you and contour to the terrain, but thick enough that your feet are completely protected. The strong, but low profile design allows a paddler to fit comfortably in the boat.