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Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slam Review

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Merrell built their early reputation on comfortable footwear straight out of the box.  I have had my eye on a pair of Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slams for some time and the offer by Fitness Footwear for me to review a pair on Hard Light was very timely.

I have no connection with Fitness Footwear or it's employees, this is an independent and impartial review.

I have wide, bony feet as is typical of our national characteristic in the UK.  In comparison with other makes of outdoor shoe on the retailer's rack, Merrell Chameleon Wrap Slams are very obviously wider than most others.  For me, the shape is very appealing.  If my feet are cramped in narrow footwear, they will ache and the Wraps are wide enough for me in the right areas.

  Fitness Footwear obviously take care with their packaging and mail order business.  The box arrived by courier within 24 hours of placing my order, in a heavyweight polythene bag. 

First impressions on opening the box is that the shoes are beautifully mad…

Perception Five-0 Surf Kayak Review

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Travel north or south on the M5 at this time of year and it seems that every other vehicle has a sit-on-top kayak strapped to the roof.  I sometimes wonder why anyone would want to buy one these odd-looking craft.  Looking at the majority of hull-shapes, most of them don't seem to have much going for them as far as any worthwhile performance goes. Watching the attempts at paddling by some of those holidaymakers who do take them off their roof racks and actually get them wet, I'm even more convinced that the majority of sit-on-tops are on an evolutionary par with a common house-brick, in nautical terms.

As a paddler of over 45 years year's experience and with a good bit of that time spent playing in the surf, it's all too easy to make fun of something, which for most users, will provide little more than a passing interest.  The upside, of course, is that a certain percentage of those who break their paddling teeth on their odd-shaped first toys will progress to more ser…