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KayakPro Compact Erg

KayakPro Compact Erg

By Jeff Moag They say that miles make champions, and you’d be hard pressed to find a competitive paddler or coach who disagrees. The best way to get fit and improve the efficiency of your stroke, th[...]

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.