gear

The Sasquatch Awards

01.28.2013

The Retailer Winter Marketwas in full swing last week. During the event on Thursday, January 24, Kokatat recognized winners of the 2013 American Made Outdoor Gear Awards, offering hand-carved wooden Sasquatch statues to the producers of quality American-made products who presented the best “made in America” story.

2012 Gift Guide

12.13.2012

We’re inside the two-weeks-till Christmas mark. If you need a little last-minute gift-giving inspiration for that paddler on your list, look no further than a few of C&K’s favorite gear goodies in our annual Holiday Gift Guide.

Safe is Smooth

11.27.2012

Take a look at this six of this year’s best whitewater rescue-capable PFDs, and check out C&K Contributing Editor Joe Jackson putting these vests through the ringer in our exclusive, non-scientific, extra-qualitative carnage test video.

Storm Riders

11.07.2012

A C&K exclusive video looking inside the gear that British Columbia’s hard-charging Hurricane Riders crew has tailored for their specific paddling needs pushing the edge of sea kayak performance.

Field Tested: Top-Shelf Touring Paddles

08.23.2012

Two high-end touring blades reviewed in the Apostle Islands.

Best Tandem Kayaks of 2012

08.16.2012

C&K took out six of the sweetest— and cost-effective—models we could find, and put ‘em to the test. Here are our picks for best tandem kayaks of 2012.

Doggie Style

07.11.2012

Outfit your water dog in high style with our favorite dog PFD picks, plus a slew of worthy dog-paddling accessories.

Rescue for River Runners

06.04.2012

Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat badass Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide as well as R3: Rescue for River Runners—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com. Here in Episode Two, Coffey covers group dynamics.

Rescue for River Runners

05.03.2012

Canoe & Kayak has teamed up with open-boat badass Jim Coffey—founder of Quebec-based outfitter Esprit Whitewater Worldwide as well as R3: Rescue for River Runners—and Mike McKay from Five2Nine Productions for a series of whitewater rescue lesson videos debuting exclusively on CanoeKayak.com. Here in Episode One, Coffey covers the gear essentials you need to get started.

The 2012 Creekboat Review: Bombing Seattle

05.01.2012

C&K tests out the best of this year’s fleet of new creekboats.

Tripping Canoes

04.16.2012

C&K tests four tripping canoes with a family float test through the heart of Canyonlands National Park

Kayak Tents and Shelters

03.23.2012

Regardless of whether you’ve packed along a portable manse or a nylon tarp, when the rains hit the fan you’ll crawl inside or under whatever you’ve brought along and pray your long anticipated kayak trip doesn’t go from ecstasy to misery in short order.

Recreation Boating’s Best Kayaks

03.14.2012

We gather an enthusiastic crew of newbies to try out some of the best beginner-friendly kayaks you can buy on some of the most beginner-friendly backwaters you can float. A “rec” (recreational) kayak is the perfect craft in which to begin your paddling career.

Best In Show: Canoecopia 2012

03.13.2012

Here are C&K’s picks for the top five new pieces of trend-setting paddling gear at this year’s Canoecopia trade show.

How it’s Built:

03.05.2012

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.

The How of Why

03.01.2012

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.

C&K’s 2011 Holiday Gift Guide

12.03.2011

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.

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