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Kokatat’s American Made Outdoor Gear Awards Announced at OR Trade Show

Kokatat’s American Made Outdoor Gear Awards Announced at OR Trade Show

While the Outdoor Retailer Winter market tradeshow is customarily centered around winter sports instead of water, paddling made at splash on the second night of this year's show with the announcement [...]

Field Tested: BioLite CampStove

Field Tested: BioLite CampStove

Cool concept, right? Basically a canister wood-burning stove with a fan/charging pack attachment. Solves the fuel problem and addresses the emerging demand to charge up phones, GPS systems, or other U[...]

Rides: Bob Bonnen’s Pygmy Arctic Tern 17

Rides: Bob Bonnen’s Pygmy Arctic Tern 17

If you can follow directions, you can build a sea kayak from a kit. If you could program a VCR, you can probably do this.

SansBug 3-Person Popup Shelter

SansBug 3-Person Popup Shelter

A pop-up style tent that is mostly mesh and a good choice for dry, buggy trips, like high desert river canyons. We ran the 4.4lb, 3P version (as seen in pic) recently and it worked sweetly. You might [...]

First Look: Kokatat’s Idol Drysuit

First Look: Kokatat’s Idol Drysuit

When Kokatat announced plans to make a drysuit that converts into a fully-functional drytop last year, they turned some heads. But many paddlers were left asking the obvious question: Will it work? In[...]

Field Tested: Helinox Ground Chair by Big Agnes

Field Tested: Helinox Ground Chair by Big Agnes

Helinox Ground Chair (distributed by Big Agnes) My two big questions about this chair were: would it hold up over the long haul, and would it be comfortable. On the other counts, at least on paper, it[...]

Rides: Mary Mangiapia’s Epic 18X Sport

Rides: Mary Mangiapia’s Epic 18X Sport

Sharks have taken a chomp at kayaks before, but this bull shark liked the taste of Kevlar so much, it returned for seconds. Mangiapia of Tampa, Florida, fled for shore and safety, though later in her [...]

2014 Holiday Gift Guide

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 i[...]

Rides: John Stookey’s Souris River Quetico

Rides: John Stookey’s Souris River Quetico

I enjoy the solitude of solo canoeing. Solitude is a precious commodity in today’s world. I also enjoy running a long stretch of Class I rapids; you have the rushing water without all the work. Howe[...]

Field Tested: GravityWorks Water Filter by Platypus

Field Tested: GravityWorks Water Filter by Platypus

By Alan Kesselheim Every so often a piece of gear comes along that feels like a breakthrough. The gravity-feed microfiltration system by Platypus has that feeling. It is truly simple, truly convenient[...]

Astral Rassler

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 [...]

Vasque Lotic Water Shoe

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 f[...]