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WIKE WOODY CART

06.13.2014

WIKE WOODY CART MSRP: $100 www.wicycle.com If pavement is your game, these are your wheels. Wike specializes in bike and walk transport. This affordable cart can be towed efficiently behind a bicycle or by hand. 20” alloy wheels are a dream to pull, and they handle the demands of dirt or paved roads no problem. […]

SEATTLE SPORTS NEMO EXTREMO

06.13.2014

SEATTLE SPORTS NEMO EXTREMO MSRP: $135 www.seattlesportsco.com Far and away the easiest cart to put together, and the most lightweight and compact. The Nemo stows easily in a kayak hatch and weighs less than 10 lbs. The big advantage, beyond weight and size is the airless, puncture-proof tires, so you roll free of flat-tire worry. […]

WHEEL-EEZ BEACH CART

06.13.2014

WHEEL-EEZ BEACH CART MSRP $241 www.wheeleez.com This cart performs well on both rough ground and smooth trails or pavement. The low-pressure balloon tires made of polyurethane are very durable and perform well in soft sand and rocky trails. At the same time, I was surprised how easily they rolled on pavement. I tested a cart […]

Packraft Fleet

06.12.2014

The exploits of the packraft have become known and now they’re multiplying like bunnies and mutating like finches. Natural selection is at work as we review four of the latest models from Advanced Elements, NRS, Alpacka and Feathercraft.

Rides: Real People and the Boats They Love

06.10.2014

In the Rides series, C&K shares the stories of real paddlers and the classic kayaks and canoes they love.

Rides: Alvah Maloney’s Necky Looksha 17

06.09.2014

By Katie McKy You might think that a boyhood on a mountain would make a man a mountaineer or that coming of age on whitewater rafts would make a man prefer standing waves to the ocean’s waves. This hasn’t been the case for Alvah Maloney, who had an ordinary boyhood–for a boy born in the […]

Infallible Inflatable Kayaks

05.28.2014

Seven solo, self-bailing inflatable kayaks highlighted in our June 2014 issue and put to the test on high- and low-water runs down the Yampa, Green and Colorado rivers out West, featuring the latest from NRS, Hyside, AIRE, SOTAR, SOAR, Advanced Elements, and Innova.

One for the Flats: Innova Swing II

05.27.2014

Innova’s Swing II L: 13’2”; W: 33”; 31 lbs. ($799;innovakayak.com While most of the above companies also offer IKs for touring, none specialize in it as much as Innova, whose new Swing II has something most other IKs don’t: a deck to keep spray at bay. Measuring 13’2” and weighing 31 lbs, the tandem can […]

Advanced Elements’ Attack

05.27.2014

Advanced Elements Attack: Nimble and lean on the pricing as well, this whitewater-ready solo shooter handles pushy rapids with a PVC shell with adjustable seat and thigh braces.

SOTAR Liquid SL

05.27.2014

SOTAR Liquid SL: Fast, nimble and endlessly customizable with four solo length options, plus a solid urethane build with adjustable foot braces, thigh straps and backrest.

AIRE Force 1

05.27.2014

AIRE Force 1: The hole-blasting whitewater granddaddy of ‘em all has AIRE’s trademark PVC-shelled urethane bladders and boasts welcome adjustable thwarts.

Hyside Stinger

05.27.2014

Hyside Stinger: Big-water adventure awaits. Strap in your thighs to this sleek-tapered design with a beefy, rock bashing 2,520-denier Hypalon bottom chafer.

NRS Outlaw 1

05.27.2014

NRS Outlaw 1: Packs a punch for the price, this lightest-in-fleet kayak also punches holes with PVC-coated construction, generous 18 inches of rocker and a bomber drop-stitch floor.

Pelican ProGear Urban Elite U160

05.16.2014

  Pelican ProGear Urban Elite U160  MSRP: Around $200 (pelican.com) Review and Photos by Greg Fassett My passion is adventure photography, and I often find myself photographing ocean sports from small listing vessels crowded with people and gear. Last June, I documented a 3-day 100-mile canoe race on the Big Island of Hawaii. The seas, […]

Rides: Joe Pikul’s Cedar Strip Prospector

05.01.2014

By Katie McKy Here’s something that all fathers should know: Telling a kid “you can’t do that” is the best way to make sure he will do it. Even if it takes him 15 years. When Joe Pikul wanted to buy a canoe kit advertised in the back of Popular Mechanics, his dad said no—the […]

The Jeff Allen Throw Tow Rescue System

04.15.2014

The Jeff Allen Throw Tow Rescue System is as tough and versatile as its namesake. The perfect tool to have on any sea kayaking voyage.

Lowepro Dryzone 200

04.01.2014

The Lowepro Dryzone 200 is the go-to camera backpack for expert photographers for a reason: it keeps the moneymaker safer than any other product around.

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