Paddles

High Angle Versus Low Angle Paddling Styles and Why Angle Matters for Sea Kayaking

Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle According to the experts at Aquabound, if you didn’t know better, you might think “a kayak paddle is a kayak...

Extra, Extra! Pelican International Acquires Confluence

Calling it “more strength, capabilities and opportunities for the world leader in paddlesports equipment,” Laval, Quebec’s Pelican International Inc. has acquired the assets of...

Bending Branches Launches Sustainable Catalyst Canoe Paddle at PSR

The latest from Bending Branches, coming out at this week's third-annual Paddlesports Retailer tradeshow, is the new Catalyst canoe paddle. According to the brand,...

Gearlab Launches the Malik: A First-in-Kind Polypropylene Greenland Paddle

For the past eight years, Gearlab has designed and manufactured Greenland-style carbon-fiber paddles for ocean kayakers around the world. Now, in an effort to...

Gearlab’s Kalleq Greenland Paddle is a Lighter, Leaner Solution to Open Water Travel

Gearlab – the award-winning design company and pioneer of the first modern Greenland-style paddles with exchangeable tips – is introducing its latest high-performance open-water...

Gearlab Engineer Uses Force Sensors to Test Paddle Strength; Works Toward Universal Standard

Gearlab, pioneer of the first modern Greenland-style paddles with exchangeable tips, has partnered with an engineer to develop a mechanism to measure the forces...

Inside the Guru of Greenland-style Paddle Company GearLab

How did an industrial designer in Taiwan discover a passion for an age-old style of paddling developed by Inuit hunters? Chung-Shih Sun, lead designer...

Catching up With GearLab’s Chung-Shih on Design of New Kayak Paddle

How did an industrial designer in Taiwan discover a passion for an age-old style of paddling developed by Inuit hunters? Chung-Shih Sun, the designer...

GEARLAB Unveils 2018 Greenland-style Akiak Paddle to Touring Kayak Market

  Award-winning Taiwanese design company GEARLAB is introducing its high-performance open water expedition paddles to the North American paddling market. Pioneering the first modern, Greenland-style...

Grass Sticks Unveils Bamboo Canoe Paddle

Bamboo Canoe Paddles If it works for ski poles, why not canoe paddles? That’s the theory behind a new line of bamboo canoe paddles manufactured by...

Corran Addison: Back With Soul (and Acquires Seven 2 Paddles)

Fresh back in Canada after selling off his Southern California Corran SUP venture, Corran Addison isn’t wasting anytime getting back involved in the paddlesports business, be it standing up or sitting down. While the ink isn’t even dry on the formation of his latest kayak company Soul Waterman, he also recently acquired paddle company Seven 2.

Gear-o’rama: Paddlesports Gear Roundup!

What does five days of hob-knobbing with the top players in paddlesports at the annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City get you? Red eyes, sore feet, a couple of Utah-beer, bloated-belly hang-overs and the following rundown of a few products you’ll see on retailers’ shelves this coming season…

The Enigma Behind Innegra: A Special PL Q&A with AT Product Manager Hastings Blumer On Its New Durweave Paddles

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, Confluence and AT Paddles unveiled what the company bills as a “gamechanger” in the whitewater paddle market: Duraweave™, a blend of polypropylene-based Innegra fiber that forms the lightest, strongest paddles on the market. Intrigued, we caught up with brainchild and product manager Hastings Blumer for the skinny. Here’s what we found:

New Limited Edition “A” Series paddle from Bending Branches

Bending Branches will only produce 750 of its Limited Edition “A” Series paddle, crafted from roasted basswood and featuring a double-bend for the ultimate in hand-crafted beauty and comfort in a canoe paddle.

Keith Backlund, Paddle Engineer, Dies at Age 60

A master woodworker who constructed magnificent canoe and kayak paddles, Keith Backlund died on the evening of October 25 at the age of 60.

New Kayak Angler Paddles

With the introduction of the new Kayak Angler series of paddles, Bending Branches has raised the bar for paddle manufacturers yet again. These angler specific paddles excede all expectations.

PL Canoe Schwag Review!

What kind of schwag do you bring on a 60-mile canoe trip in the Canyonlands? Whatever is up to the task. PL (in company of 12 kids and eight “grown-ups," if you can call us that) whiled away the dog days of August canoeing Canyonlands National Park. And while we tested out a slew of canoes and paddles, we also put an array of accessories to the task, from newschool firestarters and firepans to SUPs and sleeping bags. Here’s the rundown...

OR Paddlesports Preview

Once a year, industry bigwigs gather in Salt Lake City for the annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow, where those lucky enough to attend can ooh and ahh over paddlesport manufacturers' new designs for the upcoming year. For those smart enough to stay on the water instead, here's a quick PL sneak peak of what the tradeshow cronies will see...

Werner Paddles awarded Manufacturer of the Year Award

Werner Paddles was honored to once again receive the Accessory Manufacturer of the Year Award presented by Canoe & Kayak Magazine. The award is voted upon by 384 retail shops and goes to the easiest accessory manufacturer to work with. Read on to find out how this 44 year old family business is continuing to excel.

User: Kelsey Thompson

Kelsey Thompson loves freestyle. Kelsey Thompson loves creekin'. Kelsey Thompson loves kayakin'. Hence he has to love his paddling gear. Check out what this Nova Scotian is wearin' on the water this season to keep from freezin'.

What’s New from Canoecopia!

What started as a weekend sale 18 years ago in the land of cheese curds has grown into the industry’s largest consumer show. Held the second weekend of March every year, once again Rutabaga's Canoecopia offered the season's first glimpse at new gear to hit the water this season. PL was on hand to sniff out some of the goods...

Testing C4 Waterman’s Inflatable Paddle Board

Want to try the latest rage of paddle boarding, but don’t have the garage acreage to stash your board? Rest easy, oh space-deprived one. C4 Waterman’s new 11-foot Uli is a breakdown, inflatable paddle board that handles nearly as well as its more traditional, non-breakdown cousins. We put it through the test from Baja to the alpine lakes of Colorado...

Safety First – The Werner Four-Piece Breakdown

Even if you break down, you still want power. That’s our philosophy and that’s why it’s easy to stick a Werner Powerhouse four-piece($230) in the back of your boat.

Shredding the Schwag

Joe Carberry recently visited Portland, Oregon on a gear testing trip and the water was gushing. Bloated waterfalls and steep waves were par for the course, as were cold hands and ice-cold beer. Following is a run down of the gear he abused: Helemts--The Sweet Rocker S1; paddles: The AT 2; Palm Torrent Drysuit; PFD: Salus; Boat: Liquidlogic Ronin

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Choo-choo Chew on This: Colorado’s Browns Canyon Threatened by Oil Trains

Paddlers taking to Colorado’s beloved Browns Canyon of the Arkansas could soon see the iconic wilderness whitewater run jeopardized...
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Level6 Exposes Counterfeit Drysuit Ring

In the ultimate unboxing video, Level6 president Stig Larsson purchased a counterfeit Level6 dry suit from Amazon -- from...

It’s River Permit Time! (Link to Resources Here!)

It's river permit season, all you freeloading dirtbags. Ensure your chance to keep getting invited on river trips by actually...

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High Angle Versus Low Angle Paddling Styles and Why Angle Matters for Sea Kayaking

Kayak Paddles: High-Angle vs. Low-Angle According to the experts at...

Extra, Extra! Pelican International Acquires Confluence

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