- Kayak Touring
Last week, I attended the Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, Utah. I was on the lookout for new water and camping gear as I navigated the stalls of the bustling trade show. The food tru[...]
Loose, lightweight and quick-drying, Howler Brothers well-built Crosscut Snapshirt is a welcome update to the Western pearl-snap classic must-pack shirt for paddling in the heat.
($49.99 re-fuel.com) The verdict is in: once you go wireless you won’t want to switch back. These earbuds from Re-fuel are another example of a practical design meeting Bluetooth technology. Chargin[...]
A proven performer updated with the flex and response of wood plus carbon-light swing weight.
A rugged roll-top compression drybag with a rebuilt valve highlights SealLine new line.
($99 gearaid.com) The Gear Aid ARC is a multipurpose LED light with applications for both outdoor sports and serous filmmaking projects. This light packs a punch; it holds 60 LEDs and features USB cha[...]
($130, outdoortechnology.com) There’s a lot to love about Outdoor Tech’s Turtle Shell 3.0. For one, it packs a big punch for its compact size with thumping bass and clear sound quality. We found i[...]
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 [...]
A review of Mike Elliott’s new book, 'This Old Canoe'
Wenonah Argosy (Kevlar Flex-Core); L: 14’6”; W: 30.25”; 43 lbs. ($2,299 with wood trim, $1,999 with aluminum, wenonah.com) Remember that boat I built a few years ago and have been paddling as if[...]
Northstar Phoenix (White Gold); L: 14’6”; W: 30”; 37 lbs. ($2,245 with wood trim, $1,895 with aluminum, northstarcanoes.com) Dave Yost has a long history of designing winning hulls. The first so[...]
Abenaki Algonquin Canoe (Betula Papyrifera); This boat as a replacement for Royalex? Granted, that’s a bit of a stretch. These days it would take a lot of convincing to get me to take a birchbark bo[...]
Nova Craft Prospector 16 (Tuff Stuff); L: 16’; W: 36”; 56 lbs. with wood trim, 54 lbs. with aluminum; 1,000-lb. capacity (FGX) ($2,800 wood trim, $2,399 aluminum, novacraft.com) The Prospector is [...]
Photos and words by Maureen G. Nowak I was the last holdout among my family and friends, swearing for decades that my light carbon Euro-blade paddle was “better” than their crafty wooden Greenland[...]
Idaho craftsman-artist-paddler Mark Vore describes his unique cedar-strip touring kayaks
Deso Kayak Paddle (cataractoars.com; carbon shaft $375, hybrid shaft $335) As one of the leading manufacturers of high-performance rafting oars, Cataract Oars knows whitewater, but until this summer t[...]
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[...]
If you like crisp hard edges and fast responsive hulls, this boat will light your fire
This scoop-tailed river-runner is an homage to old school style, with 21st-century comfort.
With an edgy but forgiving hull, this tough river-runner inspires confidence in a wide range of whitewater.
The Jackson 4Fun is user friendly river-running playboat at home on glassy waves.
The Axiom is an updated RPM-style river runner, with magic stern chine and 21st-century comfort
Sweet Protection’s Intergalactic Drysuit ($1,300; www.sweetprotection.com) Helmets from Norwegian gear manufacturer Sweet Protection have long been a top-shelf staple of paddlers’ wardrobes, and i[...]