Pressurized Hydration Systems

Our product design is founded on two principles:

“DONT SUCK” - When your pushing every last breath to finish a race, go that extra mile, or just perform at your best, you don’t want to have to suck for water when you should be breathing instead. Simply bite and let the water stream to you. Biting has never had such good results!

STAY PRESSURIZED to the Last Drop – 1.75 Liters of hydration waiting and you don’t even have to suck to get it! Our quick fill pump refills the pressurized bladder in seconds and stays pressurized until the last drop has hydrated you!

KC Hoglan talks about Kona

Kona Testimonial

Meylin – the new training technique

When it comes to gaining an edge with new training techniques, people percolate over the multitude of approaches you can take.  Steve’s latest facination is with ‘deep practice’ – a phrase coined in Daniel Coyle’s The Talent Code.

Patterning perfect motion over and over, learning from your mistakes and making corrections is the way to build meylin connections in the brain so that automatically your body follows.

And so Steve has returned to his roots, to intentionally feel the muscle patterning setting in, and then putting it to use in a race.  He isn’t on a one man canoe, he’s on a surf ski, or ‘kayak’.  Not so long ago, it was the only independent training available out side of the six man canoe.

One perfect stroke after another, over and over again.  Not at speed, not in full conditions.  Slowly taking the perfect stroke rate up and noticing where things fall apart.  Making adjustments, and starting over.

Last week, he took his badly worn ski out to Kalapaki where the first race of the Kauai Hoe Wa’a season took place.  (His ski was salvaged from several he lost when Hurricane Iniki hit Kauai).  He hulied twice during the race – there’s no crutch (ama) to lean on when you are on the water.  It was difficult to stay focused in ‘deep practice’ mode, as all the competitors he was ahead of would pass him on the huli’s, but he did the best he could.  In the end, just after the finish, his boat sank.  No matter how well mentally prepared you are for a race, you have to have sea worthy equipment.

While the change up to a surf ski is mentally refreshing and stimulating, the Kole’Gear waistpack worked fine on the surfski.

2010 Molokai Hoe

Repeating as Senior Masters Molokai Hoe Champions, Mooloolba Outrigger won the race the second year running.
“It was a good race.  A little bit of a confusing ocean, but every once in awhile you’d get a good bump. Moolooloba had some very strong guys, so when I said let’s go, they would GO - we just parely knocked off Hui Nalu.”
As for the start, well Cole commented “Everone was lined up and the current was going down the coast.  All of a sudden everybody started, and you had guys right next to you catching waves, and your are side by side with all of these canoes.  It was a nightmare trying not to crash into anyone.  Guarenteed there were some cood crashed out there.”
“I’ve had a great time with the guys from Mooloolaba, they are good guys!”

Summer Time Camping

A thrilling tale acted…out by Steve Cole on early summer’s camping trip down the Napali Coast.  Access to locations only by boat…there are too many stories to tell!  Cole has 30 years of intimate knowledge of the Napali Coast.  It’s the downwind runs hugging the coast line that lead Cole to develope the pressurized hydration system which bares his nickname. 

This summer’s adventure required the camping trip to be made on two installments.  A wild trip down;outfitted with waistpacks, hand’s free hydration is the key to really enjoy the athleticism mother nature can drum  up and then a return trip over a week later.  The weather came up and equipment failures (an old rudder dicintegrated when landing at the final shore break aborting any chance of progress against returning in the rising head winds).  The retrieval trip was equipped with everything need to repair the missing rudder, but not much to replace the missing Hurricane seat from his girlfriend’s canoe.  After dark, on a moonless night, the two reached Ke’e  Beach  in just over two hours.  Their waistpacks had carried spare food, an emergency blanket, a flashlight and plenty of water in the hydration system to keeped them fuel had they had to spend the night out.

2010 Gold Coast Cup in Australia

The massive skyline of Austalia’s Gold Cost

Steve Cole took Kole’Gear downunder in April 2010 to dominate the Men’s 50′s division of the Australian National Title with a win at the Gold Coast Cup. 

Cole, steered the 9 man change race iron, using one and a half bladders during the race.  The first he wore in a waistpack, and the second he had stowed in the ‘bento box’ zippered compartment of the canvas.  A quick change of the drink tube from one bladder to the next left Steve able to focus on the race and ever changing conditions of the longest change race in Australia. 
Steve paddled with Moloolaba 50′s crew – who he’d steered to victory in the 40′s and 50′s division of the 2009 Molokai Hoe.
Kole’Gear pressurized hydration system is popular with Australian Outrigger Paddlers due in large part to the hard work of Andrew Wheatley and his wife Amanda at www.paddleshop.com

Steve Cole wins master mens NAMOLOKAMA OC1 RACE

Kalihiwai to Hanalei 1st annual race. Great race, although no wind & waves. Good food too.

Nearly 40 canoes participated in Namolokama Canoe Club’s first Annual OC1 race on Sunday…

Overall top finishers: Brian Carter of Wailua, Tyrus Siale of Kapa‘a, Steve Cole of Hanalei, Kristin Foster of Wainiha with Tiger Lily of Hanalei and Mark Frazier, Kilauea.

[EXCERPT] The course from Kalihiwai to Hanalei was particularly tough in the hot, windless conditions, unusual for Kauai’s North Shore. Brett Deblin of Namolokama muscled it out for first overall and Hanalei’s Laura Anderson proved unbeatable in the women’s division. Five OC2 canoes battled down the coast with the strong team of Laurie and Ken Denton reigning victorious. Complete results follow. The race venue began with a gathering and pule in Kalihiwai. Three escort boats followed competitors down the rocky coastline and the race ended by the pier in Hanalei. The competition was followed by an award ceremony and lunch at the Hanalei Pavilion with enjoyable time had by all. Paddlers of one and two person outrigger canoes typically favor conditions with brisk winds and waves to ride. Without the North Shore’s usual trade winds and North East bumps on Sunday, Namolokama’s race proved to be a competition of strength and paddling technique. Along with many of Kauai’s one-man racing circuit veterans, several new paddlers also joined the competition, adding to the burgeoning
sport of OC1 and OC2 canoeing. This sport not only growing in Hawaii but competitions are popping up throughout the world as seen by the international participants at Kauai?s World Challenge in April. As competitors and friends sat down to the onolicious lunch following the race, the Hokule’a sailed into Hanalei Bay – a poignant reminder of the roots of Polynesian outrigger canoeing.

Next on Kauai’s outrigger race schedule is Niumalu Canoe Club’s six man canoe race along the same beautiful coastline next Saturday, June 14th, starting at 9:00 AM in Hanalei Bay. All canoe clubs are welcome to join in the competition and spectators should enjoy the festivities.

RESULTS FOR NAMOLOKAMA OC1 RACE, June 8th

OPEN MEN OPEN WOMEN

1st Bret Deblin, Namolokama 52:08 1st Laura Anderson, Hanalei 59:54

2nd Mark Frazier, Namolokama 52:18 2nd Christine Bandsma, Niumalu 101:39

3rd Luke Evslin, Kaioloa 54:04 3rd Sara Deblin, Namolokama 103:43

MASTER MEN MASTER WOMEN

1st Steve Cole, Namolokama 52:17 1st Midge Horwood, Puuwai 100:37

2nd Marshall MacCreddy, Kaiola 53:15 2nd Katy Otsuji, Kaiola 101:40

3rd Tom Grubbe, Niumalu 57:01 3rd Marcia King, Hanalei 103: 44

SENIOR MASTER MEN SENIOR MASTER WOMEN

1st Lance Laney, Namolokama 54:24 1st Mary Bartlett, Namolokama 101:23

2nd Gene Lopez, Namolokama 54:42 2nd Laola Lake, Namolokama 108: 02

3rd Mick Callahan, Namolokama 55:53 3rd Joy Chow, Namolokama 108:37

1st OC2 MIX

Laurie & Ken Denton Koloa 51:25

1st OC2 MEN

Men Joe & Bill Evslin Kaiola 58:33

1st OC2 WOMEN

Dawn Gates & Franny Acoba Kaiola 56:58