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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.

Rides: A. Roy Curtis’ Current Designs Gulfstream

10.07.2014

I’m a passionate paddler, but I’m not a professional, expert paddler. The Gulfstream fits my life perfectly. It manages to be both fluid and solid. The designer said it dances, and it does.

GoPro Releases HERO4

09.29.2014

GoPro unveiled their newest line of cameras today, the HERO4, which boasts the highest quality video and audio recording capacity in GoPro’s family of products. The line comes in two models, the HERO4 Black and HER04 Silver. According to GoPro, “the HERO4 Black delivers 2x the performance of its best-selling predecessor and now captures cinema-quality […]

Rides: Jerry Nowak’s Necky Manitou 14

09.19.2014

The Necky Manitou 14 might be a bit slower and get bounced around more than the longer boats, but it always feels stable and chugs steadily along.

Helen Wilson’s Guide to Painless Travel

09.11.2014

One of the most intimidating parts of planning a destination sea kayaking trip is just getting to the water. How will I navigate airports, taxis, and buses if I’m weighed down by my full suite of paddling gear?

Rides: Herbert Howe’s Alumacraft 18.6

09.08.2014

Big Al was like your parents’ Buick. The Alumacraft 18.6 turned well, was stable, took a bruising and just kept cruising.

Goods for the Northern Forest Canoe Trail

08.26.2014

A look at C&K Editor-at-Large Alan Kesselheim’s packing list for his summer sojourn on the portage-studded 740-mile Northern Forest Canoe Trail route from New York to Maine.

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