Author Archives: "Dave Costello"
I’ve been paddling in British Columbia for two months and the walled-in, log-choked, continuous and deceivingly powerful rivers here have humbled me every day. On the Ashlu a few weeks back, my friends and I spent a harrowing day racing the runoff from a storm much like this one. The river was running a pushy 700 cfs when we reached the takeout. Hours later, it spiked to 7,000.
A good, roomy dome tent. A true three person with a wonderfully livable interior space, something much appreciated when stuck in it for days on end. A little heaver and a little roomier than other 3Ps, but not a deal breaker for kayakers
North Face VE-25 ($569, thenorthface.com) 11 lbs., 48 sq ft, 3P/4S, Vestibule 16 sq ft This is my go-to tent for ocean kayaking. An elegant dome design with the highest quality of any tent I am personally aware of. If weather is a potential factor and you’re well away from civilization for a period of [...]
Nemo Pentalite ($370, nemoequipment.com) 5 lbs., 77sf, 3P/4P, Vestibule 20 sq ft A slightly different take on the nouveau teepee-style tent, the Pentalite has 5 sides and room for four and gear. Space to weight ratio is very high, weighing in just under 5 lbs. (with included pole). Center-pole can be subbed with paddles or [...]
The Noah’s Tarp comes in three sizes, with guy-out lines and reinforced grommets. It has a full perimeter seam around the waterproof nylon and is easily configurable. Adjustable poles sold separately, but paddles and/or driftwood found on site will work as well.
The Gunnison line has been a around several years and the 3.1 won an award for its all around value. The ’PRO’ version has some added features like a vented fly and mesh pockets. The added ventilation is a good thing with a tent that has difficulty keeping adequate air space between the body and fly. What I like about this model is three fold: the roominess, the ease of set up and the price point.
Steamer Lane is a jaw-dropping gorgeous point break in Santa Cruz, California. And like every such epic surf spot in Cali, it’s usually dominated by the local prone (lay-down) surfers. But for one weekend every year, for the past 26 years, a small miracle has happened here: it’s been taken over by kayak surfers-and this year, for the first time ever, SUPers too.