Helmets

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…

NRS Acquires WRSI Helmets

Partnering to bring safer, more affordably priced helmets to the paddlesports community, NRS hopes to increase the production and distribution of WRSI's revolutionary helmet.

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...

Paddler’s Christmas Wishlist with pro Kim Russell

Christmas is here. And we’ve got a few tips for all of you last minute shoppers scrambling to get the right gifts for your paddling partners. We asked Bend, OR pro Kim Russell, 19, what she uses for gear, and what she’d give to the whitewater junkie in your life.

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'.

The Gear Closet

The Paddling Life editors recently went through some of their favorite accessories in the gear closet and came up with these fine offerings. There's plenty of quality whitewater equipment out there this spring. We'll keep you updated as more goods flow through our closet. For now, feast your eyes on these must haves.

New Protection From WRSI

The expanded helmet line and new facemask will keep your dome safe as you make your assault.

Gath Gedi Convertible Helmet

If it’s good enough for Great Whites, it’s good enough for great whitewater...Testing the Australian Design Award-winning Gath Gedi.

Testing the New VIO POV1 Helmet Cam

To get that great action footage, more and more paddlers are switching to a CMOS camera and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) instead of the traditional mini DV cam. It's the most compact and “clean” (i.e. fewest cables) video system on the market, and uses less power. PL's man in the field Mike Stoll puts it through its paces...

Shred Ready Freestyle Audio MP3 Package

Shred Ready (SR) has teamed with Freestyle Audio to bring your music to the river.

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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