gear

Shred Ready Shaggy Fire Helmet

04.18.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K caught up with Tom Sherberne with Shred Ready at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Shaggy Fire Helmet.

For All Walks

04.17.2013

Ski Yak class, groin pulls and banging your head on rocks.

NRS Zen Rescue PFD

04.17.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K recently caught up with Jacob Boling with NRS at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Zen Rescue PFD.

Kokatat Maximus Prime

04.15.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K recently caught up with Matt Porter with Kokatat at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Maximum Prime

Wind Paddle Bimini Sun Shade

04.12.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk, C&K recently caught up with Nick Wiltz with Wind Paddle at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new product, the Bimini Sun Shade.

Pakboat Quest

04.11.2013

In this installment of Trade Talk C&K recently caught up with Alv Elvestad at the 2013 Canoecopia expo to talk about their new Pakboat, the Quest.

Canoecopia 2013 Trade Talk Series

04.10.2013

C&K staff also made their way to Canoecopia and filmed the products they thought were especially quirky, new or innovative. Check out the products they viewed in the series, Trade Talks.

Top 10 Pieces of Gear for a Wilderness Trip

04.09.2013

When I first started going on these trips, it was a matter of what gear I could make, scrounge, borrow, substitute or do without. Now my dilemma is more often picking from several different models of pot sets or sleeping mats that are in my basement. I thought that I’d share my top 10 pieces of gear (in no particular order) that I would take on a whitewater canoe trip to say the Hood, Nahanni or Bonnet Plume Rivers in the Canadian Arctic.

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.

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