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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. […]

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UltraLite Cot

03.20.2013

I first tuned into this cot in its original iteration before CD bought it up. I was sold on the original but CD has improved it. Wizard light at 2lbs 12oz. Throw a pad on this thing and you might never sleep in your bed again. Even backpackers will carry it. Granted, not essential sea kayak equipment, but it goes on our rafts and IKs in a heartbeat. Caveat is fussiness. Set up can be daunting, improves with experience.

Boat Camping Essentials

03.20.2013

By: Rob Lyon The two extreme styles of kayak camping are, of course: light and, not so much, and they both have their upsides. The corollary of light is easy traveling, while the corollary of heavy is comfort ashore. With that as a yardstick, the following are some gear items that can turn a camp […]

Petzl Ultra Rush

03.20.2013

Petzl Ultra Rush MSRP: $430 Petzl.com For kayak camping, particularly in critter country, it’s good to pack a lamp with punch, in case you need it. This baby sheds some serious bright at the turn of a knob and putting big light on a problem at night, be it storm tide, bear, raccoon or busted […]

ComPack Chair Kit

03.20.2013

ComPack Chair Kit: $49.95 Cascadesdesigns.com Now, Cascade Design recently introduced the ComPack Chair Kit, which is a redux of their bomber, Trekker Lounge. The ComPack came out recently with CD’s Neo-Air line that radically streamlined their inflatable tech, which is their expertise. You can run the chair kit with either the Neo Air pads or […]

Trekker Lounge Chair Kit

03.20.2013

Trekker Lounge Chair Kit: $49.95 If you’re out for any length of time a portable chair that doubles as your sleeping pad, is an awesome thing. Most of you are familiar with CD’s chair kits, but the Trekker Lounge knits them together. A pad cover cum conversion sleeve morphs the pad from sleep to sit […]

Hucking Fun x 2

03.19.2013

Duo means two times the fun, right? It did for Katrina Van Wijk and Nicole Mansfield, who recently doubled their fun on Sunday with a women’s tandem first descent of Oregon’s iconic Celestial Falls. The stunning 45-foot huck wasn’t part of the Upper Wind Festival, part of the Western Whitewater Championship Series. But the two […]

Motorola MS250R two-way radios

03.19.2013

Whether out in the ocean, down a whitewater gorge or through dense wilderness, having good communication among members is always important. Photo editor Aaron Schmidt and online editor Charli Kerns tested out the Motorola MS250R two-way radios to see what they were made of. The C&K rating, on a scale of 5: Durability— Function— Ease […]

Going Over and Staying In

03.19.2013

For some, running tall waterfalls has become the Holy Grail of whitewater kayaking. But for a successful descent to count, among both peers and any world record claims, the kayaker has to stay in his or her boat after the plunge. While swimming doesn’t diminish the size of one’s cajones, it does place an asterisk net to its listing in local lore. That said, following are the largest droops of note we could find recently where the paddler stayed in his boat.

From the Vault: Dams of America

03.18.2013

Over the last year, boaters have been enjoying the rebirth of rivers as companies and governments remove old dams, some standing as long as 98 years. So when Canoe & Kayak’s staff dug through the archives for this month’s From the Vault, we thought it would be appropriate to feature a story that came out […]

Newest Kayak “in the Fold”

03.16.2013

When he moved to San Francisco four years ago, Anton Willis was dismayed by the realization that he’d have nowhere to store a hardshell sea kayak in his apartment. Then he read a magazine story about advances in origami and got an idea. Instead of buying a typical skin-on-frame folding kayak, he would design his own.

Bonkers Sleigh Ride

03.15.2013

Lamoureux decked a 156-lb bluefin tuna off Cape Cod in Nov 2009, for a time the heaviest kayak-caught fish. It’s still easily in the top ten. Since then, he’s cultivated an air of mystery around his exploits, leaving doubters in his wake. Some of that is due to Lamoureux’s unconventional approach. For instance, he paddles a short sit-inside.

Rescue for River Runners

03.15.2013

In Episode Nine of the R3: Rescue for River Runners video lesson series debuting on CanoeKayak.com, Jim Coffey covers a topic as relevant as ever: how to mitigate the risks of a foot entrapment situation.

Paddle for St. Patrick’s Day

03.13.2013

To celebrate the luck o’ the Irish March 17, we’ve compiled a list of classic paddling spots to unleash your inner leprechaun (cool fact: there are 14 Green Rivers in the U.S., and two more in Canada). Even if you can’t hit them on all on March 17 in honor of Ireland’s most recognized patron saint, put them on your list for the rest of the year to make your paddling peers green with envy.

Best In Show: Canoecopia 2013

03.12.2013

Every March, more than 20,000 Midwestern paddlers make an annual pilgrimage to attend the Canoecopia consumer expo in Madison, Wis. Over the three-day event this weekend, paddling enthusiasts visited more than 200 exhibitors to check out the latest canoes, kayaks, paddles, apparel, gear and accessories. Here’s a handful of products highlighted for attracting the most attention at Canoecopia 2013.

LifeProof LifeJacket and Case

03.12.2013

Sometimes, having a cell phone while on the water is a nice thing to have. Some cases such as the Watershot offer both full-on water protection and the capability to take underwater photos/videos. For those who need something a little less sophisticated but still protective, the LifeProof LifeJacket and Case may be the perfect option. Photo editor Aaron Schmidt tested it out, and here’s what he had to say:

The Relentless Pursuit of Wood-and-Canvas Perfection

03.12.2013

Gull Lake Boat Works’ Marc Russell talks about the crafting canoes the old-fashioned way: milling ribs, planks, gunwales and stems from cedar and ash, then steam-bending it around an age-old building form, wrapping the hull in canvas and producing carefully varnished and vibrantly painted works of fully functional art. Watch the video of Russell breaking down wood-and-canvas canoe construction.

Paddling in Costa Rica Tips

03.11.2013

To many people, Costa Rica is the definition of exotic: trees ripe with bananas and mango, howler monkeys swinging through jungle canopies and active volcanoes punctuating a pristine landscape. To boaters, it is simply paradise.

From blue waters and classic rapids on the Pacuare River to the exploding waves of the Reventazon, Costa Rica offers something for every paddler. Canoe & Kayak online editor Charli Kerns is just back from a week-long whitewater safari with Turrialba-based adventure outfitter Esprit. Here are her tips for your next trip to paddling paradise.

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