Turtle Back HF


Kayak Carrying System

With the °hf Turtle Back a kayak can be carried comfortably like a big rucksack.

The °hf Turtle Back fits every modern kayak with a central pillar and rescue bars/handles behind the cockpit.

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When correctly set up your head should fit inside the cockpit, with the kayak on your back. To gain more ground clearance pull down the loose ends of the shoulder straps (black webbing) and lift the kayak further away from the ground. This is best done on one side then the other.

Make sure you spend some time to find the setting that works best for you. Ideally do this in your paddling equipment as you will be carrying your kayak whilst wearing your buoyancy aid and helmet.

When putting your kayak on your back it might help to rest your kayak against a solid structure (wall or large solid tree) or have someone holding the kayak.

When walking with the Turtleback make sure that you lean slighty for- ward, just like you would when carrying a heavy rucksack.

Look out for low hanging branches or other obstacles (Slalom wires etc) as you walk.

It is advisible that you remove your kayak from your back when en- tering dense woods or when walking on precarious paths where falling (into the river or onto rocks) is a possibility. 

Strap digging into the back of your neck/back.

Your red loop is too tight. Carefully lengthen it to find the most com- fortable setting.

Kayak topples backwards.

Your red loop is too long, pull it tighter.

Kicking the kayak when walking.

You need to lift the kayak up and shorten your shoulder straps. You may need to adjust the red loop to do this.

Safety notice

Practise with your Turtleback and make sure you can put your kayak on to your back and remove it alone.
All buckles are quick release. Press on the sides of the buckles and you can drop your kayak quickly. This should only be used in an emer- gency. Make sure that you are safe and the falling kayak will not hit your paddling partners or any members of the public.

To avoid entrapment always check that all of your straps are safely stored in the storage pouch before you start paddling. This is very important!
Paddle sports are dangerous. Participants recognise that whitewater kayaking can cause injury or death. Make sure you know how to cor- rectly use your equipment and always take all necessary precautions to avoid injury.