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Review: Air Purge Dry Bags by SealLine

Review: Air Purge Dry Bags by SealLine

I wouldn’t put this in the realm of life-changing breakthrough gear, but the new lines of Air Purge dry bags from Seal Line are partway there. Everything about these dry bags are what you’d expect[...]

Liquidlogic Braaap: Playboat, river-runner or creekboat?

Liquidlogic Braaap: Playboat, river-runner or creekboat?

By Charli Kerns One of the latest boats to hit the whitewater scene might also be the one causing the most confusion among paddlers. What is the Liquidlogic Braaap, really? Is it for play, river-runni[...]

Review: Astral Filipe Flip Flop

Review: Astral Filipe Flip Flop

Astral Filipe Flip Flop ($69.95; Astral Designs.com) I’ve always been a huge fan of flip flops, especially on river trips. They’re easy to slip on and off, I can do a fair amount of hiking in them[...]

Rides:  Dennis Mihalka’s Strip-Built Night Heron Designed by Guillemot

Rides: Dennis Mihalka’s Strip-Built Night Heron Designed by Guillemot

Dennis Mihalka, 71, is a retired dentist and woodworking wizard. Stories about wizards like Merlin and Harry Potter, however, remind us that sometimes the wizard’s hand slips and the spell goes awry[...]

Nemo Tensor 20R Sleeping Pad Review

Nemo Tensor 20R Sleeping Pad Review

($120, nemoequipment.com) It’s impossible to look at the Nemo Tensor 20R without paying homage to its inspiration, the previously reviewed Therm-A-Rest NeoAir Xlite. The two are remarkably simil[...]

When should you replace your PFD?

When should you replace your PFD?

Be honest: do you ever give your lifejacket some TLC or do you always assume that it will be there for you, like a doting dog? There are times when maximum buoyancy is a life and death matter, such as[...]

Gear Review: Wingman Outfitter System

Gear Review: Wingman Outfitter System

When you get to camp, the deck and aluminum extension bars turn into a large table for cooking and food prep. The Wingman turns a canoe into a really stable mother ship, capable of carrying fresh food[...]

Live Wood: 5 one-piece hardwood canoe paddles

Live Wood: 5 one-piece hardwood canoe paddles

Recently, one-piece hardwood canoe paddles have surged in popularity — especially in the lakes and rivers of Ontario, the heart of Canadian canoe country. These paddles are cut and shaped entirely b[...]

Outdoor Retailer Tech Solutions

Outdoor Retailer Tech Solutions

By Darren Bush Attention curmudgeons: The following contains information about electronics. Those who feel an electrical apparatus detracts from the pure wilderness experience are welcome to close the[...]

Bugging Out in the Boundary Waters: 6 Tips to Beat the Bugs

Bugging Out in the Boundary Waters: 6 Tips to Beat the Bugs

Over the course of A Year in the Wilderness, Dave and Amy Freeman's project paddling to protect the Boundary Waters from sulfide-ore mining, the duo has learned to live with the bugs. Here are their [...]

Top 10 New Paddling Gear Eye-catchers

Top 10 New Paddling Gear Eye-catchers

C&K Gear Tester Darin McQuoid checks in with the latest and greatest in paddling gear that caught his attention at the 2016 Outdoor Retailer show

Outdoor Retailer Paddling Accessories

Outdoor Retailer Paddling Accessories

C&K gear aficionado Darren Bush scoured the massive 2016 Outdoor Retailer Summer Market trade show for new and cool gear items for the paddling trail.