2014 Holiday Gift Guide

We’re well 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.

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Astral Rassler


Astral Rassler [MSRP $120] Best know for its PFDs, Astral Designs was founded in 2002. A decade later, the Asheville, N.C.-based company started producing footwear with the debut of the Brewer, which utilized Five Ten’s famed Stealth rubber sole. The Rassler built upon that popular platform, and for 2015 it takes a step forward with […]

Vasque Lotic Water Shoe


Vasque Lotic [MSRP $100] Vasque’s Lotic model is a performance hiking shoe designed to excel in wet environments like creek or river crossings and portages. It uses Vibram rubber, known better for its durability than traction, though we were surprised to find in testing that the rubber had better-than-average traction on slick granite and deep […]

Salomon Gecko


Salomon Gecko [MSRP $120] Salomon is another huge Euro-rooted multinational that makes footwear for just about every activity. The incredibly light Gecko is Salomon’s river entry, though it closely resembles a standard sports shoe. Arch support is outstanding and the sole is stiff, making the Gecko ideal for extended hikes, and of all the shoes […]

Five Ten Water Tennie


Five Ten Water Tennie [MSRP $120] Started as a climbing shoe company in California, Five Ten is no stranger to granite, and the Water Tennie is a well-known staple of the whitewater world. The shoe is above average for traction on slickrock and granite, but below average for loose dirt due to the tread pattern. […]

Chaco Z/2 Pro


Chaco Z2 Pro [MSRP $ 110] Chacos have been loved by raft guides since they were first developed 25 years ago in Paonia, Colorado. Being sandals, the toe-looping Z/2 Pros are different from the other standard shoes in the test. It’s no surprise that they are the fastest drying by a large margin. These are […]

Adidas JawPaw II


Adidas JawPaw II [MSRP $60] You may have heard of Adidas. While it is no newcomer to the shoe game, the German multinational giant only recently started branching into adventure sports. The Jawpaw II benefits from many generations of shoe design, clawing its way into our test as the fastest-draining shoe of the crop. Credit […]

Paddle to D.C. Dispatches VI: Paddling through a Superfund Site


Dave and Amy Freeman finish their 2,000-mile route from Minnesota to Washington to raise awareness for the sulfide ore-mining threat to the Boundary Waters, looking back at their paddling experience on the Champlain Canal into the Hudson River, “because it’s not every day you paddle through one of the nation’s larges Superfund sites.”

Cannonball Runners: The Adirondacks’ Outlaw 90-miler Declassified


For those who attempt this feat, there are only two rules: the trip must be completed within 24 hours, and the boat must pass the cedar tree near the boat launch on Lake Flower in Saranac Lake, which also marks the finish of the 90-Miler.

Gerber’s River Shorty Knife


What I like about the River Shorty comes down to two things. First, it is stout to the point of indestructibility, from the sheath and the easy-to-grab glass handle down to the stainless-steel blade. Second, it works.

Ask Eddy: Let ‘er Ride?


This piece originally appeared in the August 2014 issue of C&K magazine. Any chance the wind will peel the rack off my car? That’s a good question, and it’s on Eddy’s mind every time he loads Mother’s Taurus for another trip North. But, not to worry. The worst-case scenario, says Yakima’s Chris Sautter, is passing […]

Behind the Lens: Darin McQuoid


Both of these images are from the Alseseca River in Veracruz, Mexico. We had a lot of rain and as a result, lots of water. Tension was high both days, hiking in we didn’t even know if it was possible to run the section, and the Silencio waterfall caused unpleasant swims 1/3 of the time.

Faces of Rey del Rio


In Mountain Mind Collective’s following Quick Flick, competitor Todd Wells captures a few of the colorful characters (and highlights) from the 2014 Rey del Rio Waterfall World Championships’ talented international roster of 18 invitees.

Eagle Creek: The Long Way


Inside Jacob Cruser and Matt King’s vertical (re-)exploration of Oregon’s Eagle Creek, becoming the first paddlers to link every previously run waterfall in a single trip.

Pat Keller claims ‘Rey del Rio’ title


Photos from Chiapas, Mexico’s innovative three-event waterfall world championship and result rundown from the ‘Rey del Rio.’

Week in Review: November 21, 2014


Monkeys attack kayaker! **language** Somebody should have told him not to feed (and swear at) the animals. LP the Wolf and Benny Marr get a nice beatdown on Class V (very) big water. Proof that rapids always look less gnarly on the GoPro You never know when your canoe will fall 100 feet onto concrete. […]

Paddle Assisted: The 2014 Davenport Paddle Surf Classic


Photos and text by Bryon Dorr Another Davenport Paddle Surf Classic is in the books. The event, hosted each fall in Davenport Landing, Calif., has been growing for over 12 years, and 2014 saw the largest competitor turnout yet with 55 paddle surfers. Many competitors surfed in multiple categories, making for a packed schedule consisting […]

What happens when you throw a Nova Craft Tuff Stuff canoe off a 100-foot building?


Thirty-five years ago, when Royalex was a new and unproven canoe material, the folks at Old Town tossed one of their new Royalex Trippers from the factory roof. The canoe bounced, and Old Town made its point. The new material was tough. Fast forward to yesterday. Royalex has been discontinued and stockpiles are dwindling. Canoe […]

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