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Astral Abba PFD

07.14.2014

With a woman-specific fit and environmentally friendly design, the Astral Abba PFD demonstrates quality commensurate with the Grand Canyon quality of life.

NRS H2Core Silkweight Long-Sleeve Shirt

07.14.2014

The NRS H2Core Silkweight Long-Sleeve is a saving grace against the Grand Canyon sun and heat.

Zeal Ace Sunglasses

07.14.2014

The sun reflects hard on the Colorado River, and sunglasses are necessary during the day. No bright ray could go through or around the Zeal Ace sunglasses.

Astral Brewess Shoe

07.14.2014

The Astral Brewess shoe is the ultimate Grand Canyon shoe, just versatile beyond belief.

Field Tested: Canoe Portage Wheels

07.11.2014

When the water ends, your canoe can ride on your shoulders or one of these portage carts. Alan Kesselheim put five leading brands to the test.

Rides: Gordon Hommes’ Old Town Tripper

07.09.2014

Canoes have become ever lighter due to Kevlar and carbon, but Gordon Hommes will stick with Royalex. His beloved Old Town Tripper has served him well since 1985.

LifeProof Your iPhone

07.08.2014

An iPhone without a case if a fragile thing. Gear reviewer Helen Jane details how indestructible and waterproof the LifeProof Case actually is.

Three Ways to Protect Your Royalex Canoe

07.06.2014

If you’re lucky enough to own a Royalex canoe, fear not—your craft has many years ahead. Here are some ways to protect your investment well into the future.

Canoe Paddles for the Long Haul

06.30.2014

There’s nothing like the feeling of gripping a wooden canoe paddle as it glides smoothly through the water. These four are the best there are for flatwater performance.

Field Tested: The Astral Rassler Kayak Shoe

06.23.2014

C&K reviewer Ben Warf gives a final say on the Astral Rassler after five months including a stint on the Colorado in the Grand Canyon.

What’s in Helen Wilson’s Kayak Kit Bag?

06.19.2014

A well-organized kayak kit bag can make or break a day on the water, and it’s important to have a system. Here’s how globe-trotting paddling guru Helen Wilson does it.

The Princeton Tec Vizz Headlamp

06.16.2014

The Princeton Tec Vizz headlamp is compact, light, sturdy, and intuitively straight-forward.

WESTERN CANOE & KAYAK EXPEDITION CART

06.13.2014

WESTERN CANOE & KAYAK EXPEDITION CART MSRP: $250 www.westerncanoekayak.com This is the stoutest of the bunch. The expedition cart is beefy from the stainless-steel axle to the 16” wheels worthy of a compact car, built for the most remote and rugged conditions – rocky shorelines, bumpy tundra, big loads. This is your baby. The price […]

C-TUG TROLLEY

06.13.2014

C-TUG TROLLEY MSRP: $160 www.C-Tug.com Made in New Zealand, the C-tug breaks the mold for portage carts. Constructed out of molded plastic parts which snap and clip together in short order and with no loose pieces, it is relatively light, very compact, and trouble free over varied terrain. Broken down, it will fit inside a […]

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 CANOE CART BEACH

06.13.2014

WHEEL-EEZ CANOE CART BEACH 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 […]

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