Answers to Some Commonly Asked Questions:


   Updated May 21, 2012
How much does it weigh?
1lb. Keeping its weight as light as possible was a top priority in the design. Everyone who tested it felt the weight was negligible - particularly owing to the fact that the added weight is centered between the grip of your hands and thereby has little effect on the paddle stroke speed. If the weight were located on the ends of the paddles, the weight would be far more noticeable

Should the Hi-N-Dry be used as a replacement for learning proper form?

Learning correct rolling form is important. Use of poor form can lead to injury with or without the Hi-N-Dry. Learning proper form is always a top priority for any kayaker just as it is for anyone participating in any sport. Repeated use of poor form can cause muscle memory to set in with bad habits and this can be hard to break.

From an instructor's point of view, why is this a must have device?

We are confident that every instructor has observed fear in paddlers while they are learning to roll. This fear can interfere with their ability to process the flood of information the instructor is giving them and expecting them to execute on. A device that reduces fear and gives the student a sense of control and self-reliance will clear out their fear and allow them to listen and comprehend better. If all a student is thinking each time they go under is "I sure hope the instructor is paying attention for when I tap the bottom of my kayak signalling them to lift me out of the water after my failed roll attempt and I sure hope I don't have to wet exit UGH!" Then they aren't giving their full attention to the proper form and execution of the instruction being given! This device changes all of that and is a powerful tool for any instructor.

Does it interfere with paddle strokes or vision?

We have found that the Hi-N-Dry does not get in the way of our paddle strokes and we can see fine while using it.

How fast can I progress in kayaking with the help of the Hi-N-Dry?

Although the Hi-N-Dry is a great tool for boosting confidence, ability, and progression speed, river difficulty selection is still a serious and complicated matter that will vary from one person to the next. Learn more about river selection considerations.

How much buoyancy does it provide?

Its volume displaces over 854 cubic inches of water giving it a buoyancy of 30.8lb, the equivalent of two class 5 Astral Greenjacket PFDs.

Is there a kid-sized version?

Making a custom kid sized version is currently unavailable as an option.

How reliably does it fasten to the paddle shaft?

It is easy to attach via snapping it on and pulling it tightly shut with its 2 width x 17 length strip of industrial strength Velcro. A violent hole would be hard pressed to rip it off the paddle shaft.

How durable is it?

We feel the current version of the Hi-N-Dry is as durable and rugged as a class 5 pfd. It is designed to take a beating with its 1000 denier nylon fabric and tightly stitched seams.

How much shaft does it take up?

Its 17 width allows for paddlers with both narrow or wide grips to have plenty of room on their shaft.

What type of foam is used for its buoyancy?

Its buoyancy, like that of a PFD, comes from closed cell polyethylene foam which is flexible, has high shock absorption, is impervious to mildew, mold, rot, and bacteria, has superior chemical and grease resistance, has excellent buoyancy, is lightweight and is often used as flotation in nautical applications.

Does the Hi-N-Dry offer assistance for open boaters?

My father and I are confident that the Hi-N-Dry will work for open boaters as well as C1 boaters. There is no reason why the same principles that make this device effective for rolling a kayak would not apply to open boats and C1s. I hope to test this theory out soon and upload a video showing the results.

How do I go about carrying this product in my kayaking store?

We offer excellent wholesale pricing deals for kayaking stores. Please contact us if you are interested using our contact form.

 Updated May 21, 2012