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Rides: Alan Gage’s 16.5’ Custom Bloodvein Canoe

Rides: Alan Gage’s 16.5’ Custom Bloodvein Canoe

Alan Gage, 37, a service writer at an auto repair shop in Estherville, Iowa, had a dog (Sadie the Wonderdog) and a favorite river (the wonderful Bloodvein River in northwestern Ontario and eastern Man[...]

Canoe Review: Savage River Wee Lassie

Canoe Review: Savage River Wee Lassie

Savage River Wee Lassie (L: 11’6”; W: 27”; 13 LBS., $2,125, SavageRiver.com) Everyone who paddled this boat liked the hull. It is meticulously built with integrated gunwales that keep the hull r[...]

Canoe Review: Placid Boat Works Spitfire

Canoe Review: Placid Boat Works Spitfire

Placid Boat Works Spitfire (L: 12’; W: 27.5”; 18 LBS., $3,150, PlacidBoatWorks.com) The Spitfire is a unique boat, and a very pleasant one. It clearly has an Adirondack heritage (it’s the only b[...]

Canoe Review: Northstar ADK

Canoe Review: Northstar ADK

Northstar ADK (L: 12’; W: TK”; 19 LBS., $1,595, NorthStarCanoes.com) ADK is the acronym representing the Adirondacks—Nessmuk’s stomping grounds and the birthplace of the Wee Lassie. Northstar [...]

Canoe Review: Old Town NEXT

Canoe Review: Old Town NEXT

Old Town NEXT (L: 12’9”; W: 29”; 59 LBS., $999, OldTownCanoe.com) The NEXT is the next (see what they did there?) evolution of canoes that are propelled with a double-bladed paddle. Actually, it[...]

Canoe Review: Original Wee Lassie

Canoe Review: Original Wee Lassie

Original Wee Lassie (L: 11’; W: 22”; 16 lbs.) This is the trunk from which all branches spring forth. Made from oak ribs and cedar lapstrake planks, this Wee Lassie is true to the form of the orig[...]

Canoe Review: Wenonah Fusion
Canoe Review: Adirondack Style

Canoe Review: Adirondack Style

By Darren Bush Photos by Aaron Black-Schmidt One of the things I love about paddling is the idea that weight doesn’t matter. I mean, it does matter on some level, but for the sake of simplicity let[...]

Review: Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Pack

Review: Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Pack

Goal Zero Sherpa 100 Power Pack ($350, goalzero.com) By Aaron Schmidt, C&K Photo Editor This summer I was fortunate to do a multi-day paddling adventure down the Bow River through Banff, Alberta.[...]

Field Tested: Kokatat Whirlpool Bib

Field Tested: Kokatat Whirlpool Bib

By Benjamin Orkin ($568, kokatat.com) Note: Benjamin Orkin tested this and other items on a 95-day canoe trip in Canada’s Northwest Territories last summer. Forget dry pants — it’s all a[...]

Field Tested: Prijon Cali Creekboat

Field Tested: Prijon Cali Creekboat

By Leif Anderson and David Spiegel First, a few words about the two of us: Leif Anderson: I’m 6’7”, weigh 220 pounds, and wear size 14 shoes. I have a lot of trouble fitting into most boats. I n[...]

Rides: Michael Teach’s Wenonah Spirit II

Rides: Michael Teach’s Wenonah Spirit II

Michael Teach, 50, a telecommunications engineer in Piqua, Ohio, has paddled a Wenonah Spirit II for more than a score of years. His trusty boat has taken him down the Great Miami River in Ohio, which[...]