We got a sneak preview of the new Yak paddling equipment safety and rescue lines last week. These are a massive improvement on the current throwlines from Yak and even at their higher than most price will be a hit.
Why are they so good?
Here's why: A completely new bag, a much larger opening at the top with some very easy to grab handles. Perfect for quick repacking or just grabbing and filling with water for a re-throw. (much more likely with a throwline, if you miss first time its unlikely you will have time to re-pack.)
A much fatter 10mm floating line. The smaller bags only have 8mm flat floating. This stuff has a core so it doesn't pull thin with the strain of a swimmer or boat on it. Its also much easier for a swimmer to hold on to with cold hands, runs through pulleys better and will last longer.
As you can see in the picture strong styling and wording let you know this is a safety and rescue device. It says that it is one on the bag, it also lets you know how long it is, perfect for when you have a long throw, you know you will have enough rope to use. Having the length on the bag also helps persons who haven't used the line before know how long it is.
The loop at the bottom is sewn webbing which attaches to the line inside the bag. Much stronger than using the line for the loop and prevents hands getting stuck in the loop.
The bag can be worn around the waist with a quick release belt if that is what you prefer.
Personally I think this is the most innovative part, the bag has a pocket on it. Not some thing I have seen before. The pocket means you can get essential equipment to those who need it. As seen in the picture it could be a mobile phone, more rescue equipment such as pulleys, krabs or slings. Hopefully some one will chuck me a Snickers or some food if I'm stuck on a rock or just the the side of the river.
The bags are available very soon in 15 mtr, 20mtr and 25mtr. With prices £49.95, £54.95 and £59.95 respectively.