Figure 1: The proper setup for the HeadHunter Showstopper slip tip, in our opinion.
As previously discussed on The Stoke Exchange, the HeadHunter Showstopper slip tip is an awesome piece of gear that is almost perfect. In our opinion, the way the slip tip comes rigged from the factory is absolutely atrocious with giant cables and loops and crimps all over the place. Not only is it a mess, but it slows the spear, it can snag underwater, it tears up your fish, and it's just plain ugly. At the Stoke Exchange, we re-rig the Showstopper to make it our favorite piece of pole spear gear. Read on for complete instructions.
Figure 1: HeadHunter Showstopper Slip Tip
Introduction: Two of the most popular pole spear slip tips out there are the Sea Stinger and the HeadHunter ShowStopper. These slip tips are both of the highest quality and very similar in some ways. However, they do have very distinct differences, and at The Stoke Exchange, differences are what we're interested in pointing out. Read on to figure out which is right for you.
Figure 1: Sea Stinger Pelagic pole spear
Introduction: There are myriad pole spears out there to choose from - metal, carbon, fiberglass - but If you're looking for a fast spear, chances are you've stumbled across these. The Riffe is the better known of the two. It sports the brand name, endorsements from Cameron Kirconnel, boatloads of advertising, and will set you back over $400. Given all this, it must be the clear winner, right? Not so fast, my friend. The Stoke Exchange puts these spears head to head with no bias for price or designer status.
Figure 1: The Mana and the Konihi. Two of the best paddles out there that will set you back $500 each
Introduction: We concluded previously that KeNalu is really at the top of the pile in the paddle world right now. But since we're addicted to detail here at The Stoke Exchange, let's take it 1 step further. I'm talking the best of the best. The KeNalu Konihi vs the brand new KeNalu Mana. I got my hands on one of the very first Mana blades, and it's time to put them head to head.
Figure 1: A true classic, the Quickblade Kanaha, and the new kid on the block, the Ke Nalu Mana.
Introduction: Here at The Stoke Exchange, we like to test gear. Really, really good gear. In this review, we have two of the best brands in SUP: Quickblade and Ke Nalu. The Quickblade is a classic; a quintessential SUP paddle. I have used these paddles for years, and they have served me well. Ke Nalu is making a real push to be crowned king of the paddles, however. Ke Nalu's new line includes blades that can be described as nothing other than the brainchildren of physics. They look like nothing else out there. ...and I have so say, they paddle like nothing else out there too. I've been using various Ke Nalu paddles for approximately 2 years now, and they have become a vital part of my quiver. I just received a few new Ke Nalu blades, so lets put them to the test.