gear

Timeless: Ammo Can

03.26.2013

Originally designed for the military, the ammo can has been the perfect boating gear, keeping paddlers’ essentials dry as they cruise down the rivers. Canoe & Kayak covered the ammo can in their 40th anniversary issue, and here’s what we had to say about it.

Fillo Camping Pillow

03.20.2013

Nemoequipment.com Fillo (camping pillow) MSRP: 49.95 nemoequipment.com Honestly, I took my five pound Tempur-Pedic pillow on my last kayak expedition; a good night’s sleep is that important to me. But I won’t have to do that again; next trip I’ll haul the Fillo (rthyms with pillow). Because it’s inflatable, it smooshes down to the size […]

Jetboil Sol Ti System

03.20.2013

JetBoil Sol Ti System: $149.95 Jetboil.com Jetboil Sol Titanium Premium Cooking System. If my buddy doesn’t bring me a cup, I brew my own cup of coffee while still in my bag, leaning out the front door and firing up the JetBoil. Some of us like to pre-empt (or obviate) the wait for camp coffee […]

Boat Camping Essentials

03.20.2013

By: Rob Lyon The two extreme styles of kayak camping are, of course: light and, not so much, and they both have their upsides. The corollary of light is easy traveling, while the corollary of heavy is comfort ashore. With that as a yardstick, the following are some gear items that can turn a camp […]

Petzl Ultra Rush

03.20.2013

Petzl Ultra Rush MSRP: $430 Petzl.com For kayak camping, particularly in critter country, it’s good to pack a lamp with punch, in case you need it. This baby sheds some serious bright at the turn of a knob and putting big light on a problem at night, be it storm tide, bear, raccoon or busted […]

ComPack Chair Kit

03.20.2013

ComPack Chair Kit: $49.95 Cascadesdesigns.com Now, Cascade Design recently introduced the ComPack Chair Kit, which is a redux of their bomber, Trekker Lounge. The ComPack came out recently with CD’s Neo-Air line that radically streamlined their inflatable tech, which is their expertise. You can run the chair kit with either the Neo Air pads or […]

Trekker Lounge Chair Kit

03.20.2013

Trekker Lounge Chair Kit: $49.95 If you’re out for any length of time a portable chair that doubles as your sleeping pad, is an awesome thing. Most of you are familiar with CD’s chair kits, but the Trekker Lounge knits them together. A pad cover cum conversion sleeve morphs the pad from sleep to sit […]

Motorola MS250R two-way radios

03.19.2013

Whether out in the ocean, down a whitewater gorge or through dense wilderness, having good communication among members is always important. Photo editor Aaron Schmidt and online editor Charli Kerns tested out the Motorola MS250R two-way radios to see what they were made of. The C&K rating, on a scale of 5: Durability— Function— Ease […]

Newest Kayak “in the Fold”

03.16.2013

When he moved to San Francisco four years ago, Anton Willis was dismayed by the realization that he’d have nowhere to store a hardshell sea kayak in his apartment. Then he read a magazine story about advances in origami and got an idea. Instead of buying a typical skin-on-frame folding kayak, he would design his own.

Best In Show: Canoecopia 2013

03.12.2013

Every March, more than 20,000 Midwestern paddlers make an annual pilgrimage to attend the Canoecopia consumer expo in Madison, Wis. Over the three-day event this weekend, paddling enthusiasts visited more than 200 exhibitors to check out the latest canoes, kayaks, paddles, apparel, gear and accessories. Here’s a handful of products highlighted for attracting the most attention at Canoecopia 2013.

LifeProof LifeJacket and Case

03.12.2013

Sometimes, having a cell phone while on the water is a nice thing to have. Some cases such as the Watershot offer both full-on water protection and the capability to take underwater photos/videos. For those who need something a little less sophisticated but still protective, the LifeProof LifeJacket and Case may be the perfect option. Photo editor Aaron Schmidt tested it out, and here’s what he had to say:

MSR: Carbon Reflex 3

03.07.2013

Same vertebral shape as the smaller Topaz 2, but much bigger. I ran a CR3 on the Owyhee recently and dropped my jaw when it set up. It is amazing how spacious a tent of this weight and packed size becomes. Design targets maximum livable space with few bells and whistles. Sets up easily, enters […]

The North Face: Topaz 2

03.05.2013

The North Face: Topaz 2 MSRP: $249 thenorthface.com Admittedly, a TNF fanboy here, the Topaz is another 2P/3S tent option and one I might actually consider for two. A half moon shape with a pole at front and back and two connecting strut poles sets up tight, suggestive of a vertebra as seen from the […]

Sierra Designs: Mojo 2

03.05.2013

Sierra Designs: Mojo 2 MSRP: $399.95 sierradesigns .com The Mojo is a hybrid, single/double wall structure that reminds me of a shirt tail sticking out below a sweater or two dogs humping, I’m not sure which, but the way the rear of the tent protrudes out from under the fly jars my aesthetic. Rant end. […]

Kelty: Vista 3P

03.05.2013

Kelty: Vista 3P MSRP: $349.95 Kelty.com Another good 3S, 3P choice with highly livable interior space. Excellent vestibule footage as well, front and rear, always a premium for storing dry bags and cooking a quick meal. It has average weight, with slightly more interior space and vestibulage than the much lighter Carbon Reflex 3. Fabric […]

Backcountry Tents: Take Two

03.05.2013

Having the right backcountry tent, tarp or even hammock really can allow the paddler to have a good night, sleep tight, and rest sure the bugs can’t bite.

Mountain Hardwear: Hoopla 4

03.05.2013

Hoopla 4 MSRP: $373 Mountainhardwear.com An interesting design and one that would work well for kayakers needing an emergency group shelter from rain and light winds. Storm winds might make a mess of it, but if well positioned, it might be a game saver. Covering 64 sq ft and weighing a hair over two pounds, […]

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