Stohlquist Re-Traxt Twelve Footer, 12' tow line

Stohlquist Re-Traxt Twelve Footer, 12' tow line

Stohlquist Re-Traxt Twelve Footer, 12' tow line

$ 79.95 USD

Brief Description

Stohlquist Re-Traxt Twelve Footer, is a versatile sea kayak short tow system. As the name implies, the Re-Traxt Twelve Footer is a 12 foot tow-line (for PFD's with quick release belt/towing harness). But by leaving the squeeze lock buckle on the rope bag fastened around the carabiner, you can effectively shorten the Re-Traxt Twelve Footer to about 1' long for contact towing situations. So you get two systems in one, and the Re-Traxt 12 footer comes with a Kong Paddle-biner which is big enough to fit around most sea kayak handles as well as any kayak paddle shaft - so it also works for towing paddles when someone looses theirs during a wet-exit.

Detailed Description

The Re-Traxt Twelve Footer's tow line is actually 1" tubular webbing with an elastic band inside which gives a little cush and speeds up retracting the line when you are done. But unlike most tow systems with a bungee spring, the elastic in this system is very soft (like the elastic in the waist band of your undershorts') so it won't store much energy when stretched out, and there are no external knots like many tow systems with a bungee spring have which tend to get fouled up on your kayak when you try to release. These details make the Retraxt 12 Footer a safer tow system in waves than tow systems with stiff bungee cord springs and external knots (the bungee in such systems is often mistakenly referred to as a shock absorber, but they are not a shock, a stiff bungee is a spring which can help the kayak being towed catch a wave and surf into you from behind).

By itself, this 12' tow line isn't long enough for towing a sea kayak any distance or in much wind, but it can be handy for short distance towing such as BCU lessons or to extract a kayak from a sticky situation while rock garden paddling. Some sea kayakers wear the Re-Traxt 12' on one side of their PFD (for contact towing, anchor towing, instructing, and extraction towing) and a separate 50' tow system on the other side (for distance towing and towing in wind). Another alternative is to daisy chain the Re-Traxt with a longer line (i.e. a 50' throw rope bag plus a second carabiner) for towing a sea kayak in wind etc. That way one system works for a variety of situations. (Note all the above pieces are sold separately.)