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Dagger Roam

Dagger Roam

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

Oru Kayak Bay+

Oru Kayak Bay+

L: 12’; W: 25”; 28 lbs., 300-lb. capacity; Packable size: 32 x 28 x 13 inches. ($1,495, orukayak.com) Oru Kayaks redefined “folding boats” with its origami-inspired design. Rather than a stack[...]

Fishell Modified Special Paddle

Fishell Modified Special Paddle

Fishell Modified Special paddle ($130-140, fishellpaddles.com) Fishell is a family paddle-making business built on the traditions of an Ontario canoe country legend. For decades, slender, slicy blades[...]

Thermacell Camp Lantern

Thermacell Camp Lantern

Thermacell Camp Lantern ($59.95, thermacell.com) At first, I was leery of Thermacell’s insect repellent technology. Perhaps that’s a function of growing up in the northern Ontario mosquito belt, w[...]

Outdoor Research Wayward shirt

Outdoor Research Wayward shirt

Outdoor Research Wayward Shirt ($79, outdooresearch.com) A good camping shirt is cool and lightweight, impervious to ultraviolet radiation, quick to dry—and doesn’t make you look like a dork. OR[...]

Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit

Gerber Freescape Camp Kitchen Kit

Gerber Freescape camp kitchen kit ($88, gerbergear.com) Gerber hit a home run with its new Freescape knife—a burly Japanese-inspired camping blade that excels at slicing and dicing but also works we[...]

MSR WindBoiler

MSR WindBoiler

MSR WindBoiler ($129.95, cascadedesigns.com) There’s nothing like a shot of coffee or a hot cup of tea to enhance lunch on the trail. Whereas most stoves are too cumbersome or complicated to bother [...]

Thermarest Treo Chair

Thermarest Treo Chair

You don’t appreciate the comfort and utility of a camp chair until you bring one along on a trip. My first experience came with a folding stadium-style chair; it was better than sitting on the groun[...]

C&K Summer Gear Bag

C&K Summer Gear Bag

6 easy-packing camping accessories for paddling season ahead

Big Agnes Double Z Review

Big Agnes Double Z Review

Big Agnes Double Z 22.6oz. 72x20x4. 15f R4.5 ($110, bigagnes.com) When matched with a Big Agnes sleeping bag we found the Double Z to have fantastic sleepability. At one pound, six ounces it was the s[...]

Review: 7 Sleeping Pads Put to the Test

Review: 7 Sleeping Pads Put to the Test

To test these sleeping pads, the first question we asked was simple: Does the product enhance or reduce the quality of sleep? That's sleepability.

Kelty PDa Review

Kelty PDa Review

Coming in just shy of one pound, the Kelty PDa is an insulated pad that's one of the lightest and least expensive in our test.