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Dutch Ovens

11.07.2014

At the risk of sounding like an infomercial, let us celebrate the wonders of the cast aluminum Dutch oven for camp cooking: It boils! It bakes! It fries!

goTenna

11.07.2014

I love that feeling. So why is everyone making it so hard to leave my phone behind? First it was waterproof cases, then in-phone cameras good enough to replace the real thing. Next came waterproof VHF handsets like Cobra’s Marine HH500 that link via Bluetooth to your smartphone, so you can make voice-activated calls even when your phone is stowed.

Jackson Karma Unlimited

11.07.2014

The Destination Torngat expedition wasn’t your garden-variety whitewater mission. Here was a crew of paddlers exploring one of our planet’s last great wildernesses using canoe routes pioneered decades ago. Instead of portaging around the many cataracts and waterfalls, however, they were charging straight over them.

Wenonah Canoe Designer Mike Cichanowski

11.03.2014

  What was the first boat you built? It was a 17-foot Cedar-strip tripping canoe. I built it in my dad’s garage in high school. My friends and I mapped out a trip on some old Indian trade routes. We bought an old car, put two boats on the roof and drove up there. We […]

TRAK Kayaks Designer Nolin Veillard

11.03.2014

When did you start paddling? I grew up in Saskatchewan so I did some canoeing as a kid, but I really got the bug when I lived in San Francisco. Seeing the Golden Gate Bridge, Fisherman’s Wharf and the rest of the city from the water was such a unique vantage point. Now I paddle […]

Pakboats Designer Alv Elvestad

11.03.2014

How did you get started paddling? In 1977 a few friends and I bought canoes and went on a trip in the Lappland area of Norway and Finland. None of us had been on a canoe trip before, and we didn’t know anything about the route, except that there was a blue line on the […]

Pygmy Kayaks Designer John Lockwood

11.03.2014

How did you get started paddling? I took up kayaking after I broke my hip in 1967 and was on crutches for eight years. I had been a wilderness freak, and to get back in to the wild while on crutches, I decided to solo kayak 900 miles down the Yukon River. In 1972 I spent 13 months […]

Oru Kayaks Designer Anton Willis

11.03.2014

How did you get into paddling? I grew up canoeing coastal rivers in northern California with my parents. Ironically I got into paddling more when I moved to San Francisco. I was curious about the ocean and started sea kayaking, in the bay mostly. How did you end up designing boats? I’d never designed a […]

Old Town Designer Bob McDonough

11.03.2014

  Describe your design philosophy. I like building user-friendly yet still high-performance hulls that are dialed-in to the specific category. I’m driven to understand and achieve the best possible comfort and ergonomics in a kayak or canoe. What’s your favorite place to paddle? The Grand Canyon Do you have a favorite boat that you’ve designed? […]

Eddyline Kayaks Designer Tom Derrer

11.03.2014

How did you get into the kayak business? I fell in love with kayaking in the mid-60s. In those days, if you wanted a kayak you had to build your own, or beg someone to build one for you. I happened to like building them, and pretty soon people were begging me to build boats […]

Ian Crerar of ClearWater Design

11.03.2014

How did you start paddling? I’ve been on the water my whole life. My father and I built a canoe in our basement when I was a kid, and we took it on canoe-camping trips all over Ontario. I’m entirely self-taught in paddling, design and business. Everything I’ve learned comes from hands-on experience. Describe your […]

Guillemot Kayaks and Chesapeake Light Craft Designer Nick Schade

11.03.2014

How did you start paddling? In the early days I paddled mostly in canoes, with trips on the lakes of New England, the Adirondacks and Canada. I dabbled briefly in whitewater but found myself drawn to saltwater. I used an old whitewater kayak on the ocean, then designed and built my first sea kayak in […]

Epic Kayaks Designer Greg Barton

11.03.2014

How did you start paddling? My parents were marathon canoe racers, and my brother, sister and I all started at a young age. Very quickly we met Marcia Jones Smoke, who had won a Bronze medal in Olympic kayaking, and began flatwater sprint racing. I became an Olympian as well, winning four medals, including two […]

Hyperlite 2-Person Ultamid: Fast Shelter

10.23.2014

My experience . . . I don’t always have much time to get shelter over my head. No time to unpack and pitch a tent. No time to find trees and string a tarp. Or no trees. Most of those moments are driven by the undercurrent of desperation as violent squall or windstorm is approaching. […]

Brooks Range Tension 30: Lightweight Protection

10.14.2014

I admit I was dubious at first. The fabric is so lightweight, and the single-pole design seemed sketchy. Yes, it is seductively light (less than 2.5 lbs.) and very compact for a tent with 30 sq. ft. of floor space, but I worried how it would stand up to rough ground, wind, weather. Then I […]

Big Agnes Scout Plus: A Minimalist Treasure

10.14.2014

Looking for feather-weight, tiny stuff sack shelter? This might be it. At a trail weight under 2 lbs., this single-wall pup tent design is compelling for trips where compact, lightweight gear is a premium – think packraft expeditions or small-hatch kayak journeys.

Wave Sport Mobius Review

10.09.2014

Designed by math, made for excellence the Wave Sport Mobius a kayak in which both experts and novices could excel.

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