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Jackson Karma RG

Jackson Karma RG

Jackson Karma RG L: 11’10”; W: 25”; 94 gals., 58 lbs. ($1,299, jacksonkayak.com) The “RG” in this crossover’s name is intentionally ambiguous. It can stand for Rock Gardener—think big-wa[...]

Pyranha Fusion

Pyranha Fusion

Pyranha Fusion L: 10’3”; W: 26”; 81 gals., 46 lbs., also available in S and M ($999, pyranha.com) “Sometimes this feels like a big Burn!” exclaimed one happy Class V boater, and fan of Pyran[...]

Wave Sport Ethos 10

Wave Sport Ethos 10

Wave Sport Ethos 10 L: 10’3”; W: 27”; 100 gals., 54 lbs., also available in L ($1,085, wavesport.com) “This is definitely the boat I’d take on Class V,” said one tester, who happened to gr[...]

Dagger Katana

Dagger Katana

Dagger Katana L: 10’4; W: 27.25” 104 gals., 56 lbs., also available in 9’4” length ($1,105, dagger.com) “This is the boat I want on trips when I need my creature comforts, like a bigger tent[...]

Field Tested: 4 Expedition-Worthy Crossover Kayaks

Field Tested: 4 Expedition-Worthy Crossover Kayaks

Words: Joe Jackson Photos: Aaron Schmidt The Wild and Scenic stretch of Oregon’s Lower Rogue could well be defined as a crossover river. Ambling miles of emerald Class II punctuated with whoop-worth[...]

Review: Dagger Roam

Review: Dagger Roam

Dagger Roam L: 9’9”; W: 31.5”; 56 lbs., 250-lb. max cap. (also available in an 11.5’ length) ($855, dagger.com) By Joe Jackson Dagger’s new Roam is a rare beast: a sit-on-top kayak made for [...]

Carolina Crafted: Blue Ridge Chair Works

Carolina Crafted: Blue Ridge Chair Works

Blue Ridge Chair Works: After guiding rafts for years on the Cheat, Youghiogheny and Gauley rivers, Alan Davis eventually settled down in Asheville to make handcrafted canoe paddles and furniture. Hi[...]

Carolina Crafted: Eagles Nest Outfitters

Carolina Crafted: Eagles Nest Outfitters

Eagles Nest Outfitters: Brothers Peter and Paul Pinholster started ENO out of their minivan in 1999, crafting ultra-light hammocks out of old parachutes and selling them at music festivals. What a l[...]

Carolina Crafted: Watershed

Carolina Crafted: Watershed

Watershed: Founded in the 1980s by river guides bent on building a better drybag, Watershed’s patented ZipDry closure and polyurethane-coated fabrics have become the gold standard for video boat[...]

Carolina Crafted: Liquidlogic/Native Watercraft

Carolina Crafted: Liquidlogic/Native Watercraft

Liquidlogic/Native Watercraft: Liquidlogic started in 2000 as a dream on the banks of the nearby Green River Narrows. Together with sister brand Native Watercraft, the company now offers a full range[...]

Carolina Crafted: Astral Designs

Carolina Crafted: Astral Designs

Astral Designs: “Asheville has year-round whitewater and beautiful, pristine trails,” says Astral founder Phil Curry, whose 25 employees make life vests and river shoes in a converted tobacco bar[...]

Carolina Crafted

Carolina Crafted

Photo by Regina Nicolardi Why have so many outdoor gear companies settled in Asheville, North Carolina? Ask longtime local paddler and Liquidlogic Kayaks Brand Manager Shane Benedict. “Not only is t[...]