Apparel

Merino Wool Facemasks for Preventing the Spread of COVID-19

We all know that paddlers love Merino wool for its natural quick drying and anti-microbial properties. So we took note when we got word...

Kokatat Expands Cali Operations

Kokatat, a manufacturer of high-performance paddling gear and protective garments for government and military customers, is expanding its manufacturing and warehouse facilities at its...

Skinners May Be Defining a New Category of Footwear Comfort and Protection

Shoe Socks are here, and before you brush them off as just another strange trend (Vibram Five Fingers anyone?), read on. Handmade in Europe,...

The Great 2019 Swag Roundup and Paddling’s Best Gear Reviews

Every year we get gear, gear, and more gear to put through the paces during paddling season — and sometime even through ski season....

Body Glove Launches Eco-Friendly Activewear with Surf Legend Tatiana Weston-Webb

Essentially a household name for paddling and watersports enthusiasts, Body Glove has been all about the water since 1953, establishing itself as a leading...

Legalization of Hemp Spurs New Line from Astral

Hemp is making a major comeback thanks to the 2018 Farm Bill. Now that growing the fiber is legalized, we can expect to see...

Teva Launches Charitable GC100 Collection to Honor River Roots

Teva unveiled its Spring 2019 footwear collection, paying homage to the brand’s birthplace on the Grand Canyon National Park’s founding 100 years ago this...

Mountain Surf Relaunch Delayed by Fire

Just when you thought iconic apparel and spray skirt brand Mountain Surf was being reborn after a nearly two decade hiatus, a fire has...

SOLE Releases First-Ever 100-Percent Recycled Wine Cork Sandal, Touts New Era in Footwear Innovation

Utilizing over 75 million natural corks from ReCORK, SOLE pioneers a closed-loop manufacturing process with four new footwear products.

Sanuk Launches Biggest Footwear Project Since the Original Sidewalk Surfer

We’ve been kicking it après-paddle in our Sanuks since the old days, when things were simpler and these simple shoes represented what we were...

Level Six Owner Founds Canadian Distribution Co. for Outdoor Gear

Outdoor companies looking to gain a foothold in Canada now have a helping hand on their side, thanks to paddlesports apparel brand Level Six...

Schwag the Halls! PL’s Random Schwag Sampler from 2016

What all gear did we get our hands on this year at the Paddling Life offices? Read on for schwag we put through its paces paddling, aprèsing and all places in between.

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…

New Rider Sandals Foam Keeps Feet Dry and the Planet Happy

DryEco Foam created by Grendene Labs makes its debut in the Rider 2014 Rider Sandals Collection.

Cudas Footwear Expands Aquatic Line for 2014

Cudas is building on 20 years of experience to launch its new paddling footwear line for spring.

Sperry Moving Aggressively Into Paddlesports

Spring 2014 will expand Sperry's performance water-shoe product line to it's largest offering yet.

New Dry Suits Coming from Level Six

Ottawa-based paddlesport apparel maker Level Six is introducing two new drysuits at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, building on more than eight years of research and Olympic paddling experience to perfect the designs.

Freewaters and Therm-A-Rest Partner in Sandal Innovation

Freewaters new flip flop sandals, fitted with Therm-a-Rest footbeds, make a breakthrough in footwear design -- with the added benefit of supporting clean water projects for some of the world's neediest people.

Level Six Introduces New Hydro-Shield Technology

Level Six paddling apparel introduces its Hydro-Shield nano-technology, infused into the yarn before it is woven with a highly water-resistant finish.

Bluesmiths: The Ultimate Board Short?

If you want to test out apparel made specifically for getting wet, it helps to do so on the manufacturer’s home turf. And if that turf involves surf, so much the better. Such was the case when, on vacation in Maui, we found ourselves Supping with Bluesmiths founder John Smalley, whose apparel line is making waves as fast as its wearers are catching them….

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...

Spring Shoe Extravaganza

When the river starts pumping, it’s time to break out your spring and summer wardrobe. For us here at PaddlingLife, that means living in one outfit: dry top, helmet, life jacket, board shorts and water shoes, be it booties or a full water shoe. The last of this list is what this review is all about. We beat the streets to find the best treats for your feet.

Palm USA launches Shopatron online store

Palm USA has launched a Shopatron-powered online store for Palm Equipment, Europe’s leading paddlesports apparel brand, to make it easier for customers to order product through regional paddlesport retailers.

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Smokeless Fire Made Possible with BioLite’s FirePit+

Ideal for cool quarantine nights, BioLite’s FirePit+ makes smokeless fire possible in any environment.  Review by Shae Laplace When I say...

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