7 Sleeping Bags Put to the Test
All sleeping bag makers have great specification sheets. What these don’t tell you is the sleepability of the bag. Does the product enhance or reduce the quality of sleep? That’s sleepability. Many sleeping bags have a standardized EN rating (or European Norm warmth rating), which is something we love to see, yet the EN rating is not always true to real-world use. After all, most sleepers tend to move around in our sleep and let drafts in–or not–depending on whether the bag is well designed. We recently set out to test 7 sleeping bags for their sleepablility and warmth in the field. Here are a few general points to keep in mind. Insulation: Sleeping bag insulation traps warm air created by the human body. It is classically divided into two groups: down and synthetic. Down is insulation from the under feathers of select birds, typically geese. It’s been used as insulation since 1600 and has many benefits. Down is highly compressible, allowing sleeping bags to pack smaller. It does not break down when compressed, and as a result, a down bag can last a lifetime. Ounce for ounce, high-quality down offers more insulation than synthetics. As it gets wet from rain,
How to Boof
By Brett Barton A great boof–one that flows and feels like “you nailed it”–is all about timing. A strong paddle stroke is important, but a good boof requires a lot more than that. Let’s break it down and learn why. Timing is critical to a good boof. A well-timed stroke combined with proper body mechanics are the first steps to sailing off the lip of a pour-over or across a nasty hydraulic, but this technique can be practiced in Class II and III wave trains. Think about pulling that last stroke just as your boat’s bow reaches the top of the wave. Ideal timing happens when the wave is giving maximum lift to the front of your boat timed with a solid, powerful stroke that will send the boat straight downstream, not making it spin out one way or the other upon landing. Learning this spit second of timing takes time. For the up-and-coming boofer, it may be easier and less intimidating practicing in wave trains rather than going to the local park-and-huck. It’s also all about the stroke. A well-timed stroke placed at the lip is pretty helpful, especially if you aren’t going very fast. We’ll get to speed in
Song of the British Paddle
Like many, I head as often as possible for the wonders of England’s Lake District. Here, in the land of Wordsworth’s famous golden daffodils, stand some breath-taking little mountains.
Photos: Wild Norway as seen from a kayak
By Aaron Schmidt, Canoe & Kayak’s Photo Editor I’ve been a huge fan of Tomasz Furmanek’s Instagram account since I stumbled upon it last summer. But I’m not the only one. Furmanek (@tfbergen) has over 40,000 Instagram followers and the staff here at C&K was so impressed by his work that one of his shots ended up on the cover of our December 2014 Photo Annual. We loved the way the image is so symmetric; it guides the eye straight up to the main title and the C&K logo. The golden light allows the title and our cover blurbs to pop. Above all, this photo has that amazing ‘aspirational’ quality that makes a paddling photo great. It transports the viewer into the scene and empowers their mind to say, “I want to be there and doing that!” Normally we would have shied away from an off-the-bow shot, but Furmanek has a knack for making these compositions sing. Maybe it’s the light, maybe it’s the mountainous backgrounds above his home waters in Norway, heck maybe it has something to do with the Instagram square crop. Regardless, Tomasz is able to line up all these elements to create stunning images that appeal to
Mountain Mind Collective: ‘PNW First Descents’
'PNW First Descents,' the latest feature episode from Todd and Brendan Wells' production company Mountain Mind Collective, shows the brothers back home with the like of Katrina van Wijk, Kyle Hull, and Galen Volckhausen, exploring the Pacific Northwest, featuring some of Washington’s classic waterfalls and local runs, including the Little White Salmon River at 5.1 feet and the highest portage-less descent of the run, plus first descents including Asbestos Falls and Cougar Crap Falls in northern Washington and on the Olympic Peninsula, respectively.
Inside the sHell No Kayaktivist Protest
Footage from inside the sHell No protest, thanks to National Geographic filmmaker and kayaktivist Trip Jennings.
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Seldom Seen Floats
The naturally flowing streams of the arid American West are all about timing. Read Seldom Seen Floats and find out where the Best Desert Paddle Destinations are.