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Delsyk Nifty 430 – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Family friendly fun kayak DELSYK NIFTY 430 ($1,249 w/skeg, $1,299 w/rudder, in roto-molded polyethylene, delsyk.com) L: 14″; W: 24″; 58 lbs., also in a smaller 385 model The Nifty’s ultra-stable double-chine hull and extra-large cockpit are perfect for beginners, and an absolute blast for advanced paddlers. That doesn’t mean it can’t perform in the rough […]

P&H Delphin 155 RM – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Ocean playboat P&H DELPHIN 155 RM ($1,799 in roto-molded polyethylene, phseakayaks.com) L: 15.5′; W: 22.5″; 58 lbs. The British design philosophy: You need speed to play. This tenet rings true for the Brit-made Delphin, the popular new plastic cousin to P&H’s composite Aires. “We wanted this boat to handle like a traditional sea kayak on […]

Delta 15.5 Expedition – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Rocking touring boat DELTA 15.5 Expedition ($2,300 in thermoformed plastic, deltakayaks.com) L: 15’6″; W: 24.5″; 54 lbs., also in a smaller Sport model Delta is known for producing user-friendly sea kayaks. So, we took one of their 15.5s, what Delta calls the “mini-van” of its fleet, into the meat of the surf break. The tested […]

Prijon Motion – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Maneuverable touring kayak PRIJON MOTION ($1,650 in blow-molded HTP, wildnet.com) L: 14’11″; W: 23″; 57 lbs. Prijon’s low-profile Motion, which is formed from the same blow-molded plastic the German company uses in its famously durable whitewater boats, comes out of the wrapping ready to hit the rock gardens. Literally. “It’s got everything,” one tester said, […]

BorealDesign P2 Baffin – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

Classic Greenland ride BOREALDESIGN P2 BAFFIN ($1,839 in roto-molded polyethylene, borealdesign.com) L: 17′; W: 22.25″; 59 lbs., also in smaller P1 and larger P3 models Canada’s Baffin Island is one of the most inhospitable places to paddle on the planet. Any boat bearing its name should be ready to get beat up. So that’s exactly […]

North Shore Aspect RM – Rock-Hoppers

06.17.2011

All-around Greenland-style rock-hopper NORTH SHORE ASPECT RM ($1,299 in roto-molded polyethylene, northshoreseakayaks.com) L: 14’9″; W: 23.5″; 50 lbs. Since the early ‘80s North Shore has been making British-style sea kayaks known for being practical, affordable, and able to take abuse. The Aspect is all of these things, but in a wonderfully condensed package. Picture the […]

2011 Alden Rowing Accessories

05.13.2011

Alden Rowing Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Beluga Accessories

05.13.2011

Beluga Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 NRS Accessories

05.13.2011

NRS Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Outdoor Research Accessories

05.13.2011

Outdoor Research Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Seattle Sports Accessories

05.12.2011

Seattle Sports Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Sea to Summit Accessories

05.12.2011

Sea to Summit Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

2011 Seal Line Accessories

05.12.2011

Seal Line Accessories featured in the 2011 Accessory Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

The Ultimate Canyon Kit

05.09.2011

JESSE COOMBS IS TELLING ME WHAT HE DID LAST SUMMER. “Imagine a 14-hour jungle portage with 90 pounds of gear and multiple rappels over un-runable 100-foot, 300-foot and 600-foot falls,” the expedition paddler says, describing just one of the four days he spent last August in Mexico’s Barranca de Piaxtla, potentially the deepest river canyon in North America.

To Save a Wooden Canoe: Part 4

04.21.2011

“So you’re starting to see what I mean about all the sanding?” says Ron Pellinen, my wooden canoe-building mentor, when I walk into his shop on a brisk March morning in Northern Ontario. Perched on an office chair in his workshop garage, Pellinen has just cut the power to the orbital sander he was using to smooth the contours of a thwart, one of the ash crosspieces that adds strength and structure to a canoe.

PFD or Manbag?

04.10.2011

Camera. Energy bar. Eye drops. Deflated beach ball. Film canister filled with a “mystery item.” Somewhere in the large pocket of my PFD is the goal of all this rummaging around: a simple tube of lip balm. Sometimes I wonder if my PFD is like a “manbag” where I bring something for every conceivable situation and can’t find any of it when I actually need it.

2011 Accent Paddles

03.15.2011

Accent Paddles featured in the 2011 Paddle Guide brought to you by Canoe & Kayak Magazine

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