- Kayak Touring
A lightweight tripod for compact travel, the PackPod is great for smaller cameras and POV rigs.
Trip Tips presented by By Kyle Smith Your buddy busted his nose on a shallow-water flip and your girlfriend played Russian roulette with a beehive. That one client couldn’t handle his whiskey and hi[...]
The Grand Trunk OneMade Double Trunktech Hammock uses a patented nylon for durability and packability.
Our editors and contributors' hand-selected grab bag of paddling-gear gift ideas for the holiday season.
Granite Gear Packable Wheeled Duffel ($89, granitegear.com) The collapsible-wheeled luggage bag from Granite Gear is essentially a lightweight nylon shell with wheels attached that will get your dryba[...]
North Face Rolling Thunder ($289, thenorthface.com) North Face built this bag to last. Super tough abrasion-resistant fabric and a solid chassis make this our preferred bag for moving overweight loads[...]
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
Kayaking has been transformative for Missy Campau, 35, of Port Huron, Michigan. The paddling bug has transformed the upbeat, former stay-at-home mom into a key community volunteer and entrepreneur. Th[...]
Justin Staker, a 37-year old physical therapist and PhD student at the University of Minnesota, spent summer weekends during his childhood at his grandparents’ home on Lake Pepin, a naturally occurr[...]
6 easy-packing camping accessories for paddling season ahead
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[...]