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Holiday Gift Guide for Paddlers from Mustang Survival

Few brands offer the legacy and level of quality in a robust four-season product line like Mustang Survival.

Meet Our Latest Paddling Life Sweepstakes Winner!

What kind of people win our Paddling Life sweepstakes? People just like you and us, who visit the site and become…winners! Yep, our latest sweepstakes...

Paddling Life Kayak (and SUP) Sampler Roundup

Yep, there are more boats out there than you can shake a paddle at. So we took the liberty of getting our mitts on...

Level Six Celebrates Big 25!

Let’s just call that a lot of paddlewear. Canada’s Level Six celebrated its whopping 25th anniversary on October 8, officially launching its big bash at...

Hokolite lantern and headlamp review

Never heard of Hokolite? Well we hand't either but we're happy that we know the name now.  Hokolite makes a variety of LED lighting products...

Kind Design River Topo Sun Hoodie Review

Our friends at Kind Design asked us to test out their latest River Topo Sun Hoodie product.  Knowing how cool their other hoodie shirts...

Sweet Protection Wanderer II and Rocker Top Renowned Virginia Tech Helmet Ratings

The Virginia Tech Biomechanics Helmet Lab impact tests helmets to evaluate their ability to reduce linear acceleration and rotational velocity of the head resulting from a range of impacts a whitewater kayaker might experience.

Earth is Our Only Shareholder: Patagonia Changes Ownership

Patagonia, a longtime maker of paddling under- and outer layers and founded by avid paddler and climber Yvon Chouinard, is changing hands. Kicking off...

The Ultimate Guide to How to Store Your Raft

Owning your own whitewater raft is an amazing experience that delivers the freedom to get on the river anytime you want. What’s more, you...

Over It Raft Cover Review

Tired of leaving your expensive whitewater raft outside and exposed to the elements?  Tired of watching its color fade as the sun's UV rays...

Jackson Unveils, Wait For It…The Gnarvana!

Jackson Kayak has unveiled its latest whitewater kayak, the Gnarvana, its newest core creekboat design in over five years since its release of the...

Get Pumped! 8 Inflatable SUPs to Get You On the Water in Style

Inflatable SUPs are a gamechanger that are here to stay. The reason: a shallow learning curve (just hop on and go); ease of transportation...

Review Mania: PL Random Gear Sampler!

You asked, we schwaged. Behold Paddling Life's unequivocal haphazard roundup of assorted gear we put through its paces this boating season, from portable blenders...

Getting Wet in the Kokopelli Rogue Lite X

Celebrating its 10th anniversary, Colorado-based Kokopelli has a slew of reasons topop the cork, including the launch of its first full Kevlar X-series packrafts, as well...

Pyranha Ripper 2 Review Time (with Uber Sweet Vids!)

Want an inside peak at Pyranha’s Ripper 2 kayak? For that, we went straight to the source: North American Operations head Mike Patterson, to...

Staying Tight: Paddling Life Spray Skirt Review (Level6 & Seals)

Sure, boats, paddles, apparel and PFDs are important and all, but the one piece of gear holding it all together, and keeping you part...

Oru Continues Evolution of Origami Folding Kayaks

Origami and kayaking normally aren't used in the same sentence but Oru Kayaks blends the two to make translucent, skin-like recreational kayaks and now...

Beginner Kayak Fishing Tips!

Heading out to try and land some lunkers? Heed the following advice from Oklahoma-based kayak fisher Wesley Littlefield, who finished 8th in 2021 HafaSpot/KBF...

Pat on the Back for Pack Raft Founder: Alpacka Releases Trailer for New Film “Sheri”

Alpacka pack raft founder Sheri Tingey defied the odds by starting a company at age 50 that has revolutionized the outdoor industry. To pay her...

Holy Eye Candy! AquaBound Releases Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground Video

Want to see what it’s like to kayak Norway? AquaBound has you covered with its new video release Norway: A Kayaker’s Playground. But a word...

Jackson Kayaks Antix 2.0 vs. Antix 1.0 with video

    How does the Antis 2.0 compare to the Antix 1 from Jackson Kayaks?   Miles De Feyter: "It's Miles De Feyter here with PaddlingLife.com. Today we're...

The Ultimate River Camp Kitchen

Set up a riverside camp kitchen Julia Child would be proud of with these pointers and products built to withstand years of outdoor adventure.

Astral GreenJacket Rescue PFD Review with Video

https://youtu.be/8nUc47UJuTo Ricky Steamboat: "We've got the Astral Green Rescue PFD here, this things off the charts, it's got all kinds of bells and whistles. The...

SUP Goes Transformer with the New Switch Board from Isle

ISLE announce the Switch, a new “hybrid” watercraft that converts from SUP to kayak in seconds and weighs in at just 19 pounds.

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Plastic Tides: Using Sea Kayaks to Help Rid the Ocean of Waste

(By Ken Campbell) My name is Ken Campbell and in addition to being a long-time kayak guide and instructor, I...
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Tristan Bussell and NRS Launch “Before I Die”

Learning he had the gene for Early Onset Alzheimer’s motivated Tristan Bussell to turn his dream of kayaking off a waterfall into reality.

NRS Founder Bill Parks: “What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead”

In His Own Words: NRS Founder Bill Parks — "What I’ve Learned: Let the People Lead" "In the early 1970s,...

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