Here are C&K’s picks for the top five new pieces of trend-setting paddling gear at this year’s Canoecopia trade show.
Sit-on-tops are the quintessential everyman kayak. The SOT is stable, comfortable, maneuverable, durable and cheap. It fits the bill for weekend paddlers, anglers and resort liveries alike.
After being asked by Nikon to make the movie “Why” using their new D4 DSLR camera (which is now at the top of the C&K wish-list, along with the remote control helicopter they used to film Dane Jackson hucking waterfalls in Veracruz, Mexico), adventure filmmaker Corey Rich also decided to capture what went on behind the scenes of the project.
Presenting a paddling gift under the tree is never easy. There’s no good box or bag to conceal a boat or a paddle—and picking the right size, fit, and outfitting is often is best left to the discerning user anyway. Let’s make this easy. Here’s our picks for the easily stuff-able, box-able and shippable paddling items that work for any single- or double-bladed paddler on your list.
BIG WATER. Anglers read these two words differently than other kayakers. For the fish-obsessed, the term elicits visions of powerful dynamos with turbocharged tails, ocean denizens such as yellowtail, striped bass, tuna and even marlin.
Get this straight right from the start: This is a new Marauder, a meaner machine than the predecessor that shared its name.
Is it wrong to love a boat for the seat? If it is, we’re in trouble.
South Africa’s Fluid Kayaks has launched the Bamba, its first purpose-built fishing kayak.
Built and bred for the ocean, Ocean Kayak’s own supremely well-equipped New Zealand import stands out.
This pedal-powered dynamo hit the ocean-going sweet spot from Day One.
The Tarpon name is a proud one reaching back to the early days of the modern kayak fishing movement.
Canoes have a problem: They’re not always floating. Sometimes you have to carry them. And that can be an issue, especially in the Adirondack region of upstate New York, the birthplace of John Rushton’s legendary pack canoe. We tested 5 pack canoes that can ease the pain of portaging.
As the name would suggest, Wenonah’s new Canak isn’t really a canoe or a kayak; it’s a blend of both.
An extremely practical little boat, the Old Town Pack is built for abuse, if not speed.
Made in Peter Hornbeck’s pine shed, the Blackjack carbon fiber canoe is simply the lightest pack canoe you’ll find anywhere. Featured in C&K magazine.
If you want an open-deck canoe that feels like a kayak, consider the Swift Pack 13.6, a pint-sized lightweight carbon/Kevlar trimmed solo canoe that paddles exactly like Swift’s popular Adirondack Kayak.
Touted by this Adirondack boat-crafter as “the most sophisticated pack canoe ever designed,” the handmade SpitFire is a modern remake of the classic Adirondack pack canoe—only longer, faster, and more stable than Rushton’s original.