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Hyperlite 2-Person Ultamid: Fast Shelter

10.23.2014

My experience . . . I don’t always have much time to get shelter over my head. No time to unpack and pitch a tent. No time to find trees and string a tarp. Or no trees. Most of those moments are driven by the undercurrent of desperation as violent squall or windstorm is approaching. […]

Brooks Range Tension 30: Lightweight Protection

10.14.2014

I admit I was dubious at first. The fabric is so lightweight, and the single-pole design seemed sketchy. Yes, it is seductively light (less than 2.5 lbs.) and very compact for a tent with 30 sq. ft. of floor space, but I worried how it would stand up to rough ground, wind, weather. Then I […]

Big Agnes Scout Plus: A Minimalist Treasure

10.14.2014

Looking for feather-weight, tiny stuff sack shelter? This might be it. At a trail weight under 2 lbs., this single-wall pup tent design is compelling for trips where compact, lightweight gear is a premium – think packraft expeditions or small-hatch kayak journeys.

Wave Sport Mobius Review

10.09.2014

Designed by math, made for excellence the Wave Sport Mobius a kayak in which both experts and novices could excel.

Rides: A. Roy Curtis’ Current Designs Gulfstream

10.07.2014

I’m a passionate paddler, but I’m not a professional, expert paddler. The Gulfstream fits my life perfectly. It manages to be both fluid and solid. The designer said it dances, and it does.

GoPro Releases HERO4

09.29.2014

GoPro unveiled their newest line of cameras today, the HERO4, which boasts the highest quality video and audio recording capacity in GoPro’s family of products. The line comes in two models, the HERO4 Black and HER04 Silver. According to GoPro, “the HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality […]

Rides: Jerry Nowak’s Necky Manitou 14

09.19.2014

The Necky Manitou 14 might be a bit slower and get bounced around more than the longer boats, but it always feels stable and chugs steadily along.

Helen Wilson’s Guide to Painless Travel

09.11.2014

One of the most intimidating parts of planning a destination sea kayaking trip is just getting to the water. How will I navigate airports, taxis, and buses if I’m weighed down by my full suite of paddling gear?

Rides: Herbert Howe’s Alumacraft 18.6

09.08.2014

Big Al was like your parents’ Buick. The Alumacraft 18.6 turned well, was stable, took a bruising and just kept cruising.

Goods for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

08.26.2014

A look at C&K Editor-at-Large Alan Kesselheim’s packing list for his summer sojourn on the portage-studded 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail route from New York to Maine.

The Relaxation Station: Grand Trunk Double Hammock Kit

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: A rugged nylon hammock rated to 400 pounds, complete with tree-protecting sleeves

The Paddles: Bending Branches Cruiser Plus

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: a pair of paddles for die-hard fans of bent-shaft paddles

The Canoe: Wenonah Spirit II in Tuf-weave

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: Wenonah’s Tuf-weave fiberglass blend is durable, less expensive than Kevlar, and relatively light.

The Cook-Fire: Slatworx Firebox/Grill

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: a titanium slatgrill system that’s endlessly adaptable.

The Secret Weapons: Portage Wheels by Seattle Sports and Wike

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: Two progressive portage wheel systems for rugged or smooth long hauls.

The Packs: Hyperlite Mountain Gear Southwest Pack

08.25.2014

NFCT Gear: Superlight and rugged sailcloth packs to put up against any pack on the market.

Kokatat Gore-Tex Idol Drysuit

08.05.2014

Kokatat Gore-Tex Idol Drysuit Where has this idea been all our paddling lives? Kokatat finally solves a conundrum facing kayakers since endos were in: its new Gore-tex Idol drysuit actually converts into a dry top. A fully separating waterproof zipper system called SwitchZip technology separates the top from bottom at the waist, offering the versatility […]

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