Inflatables

The Evolution of Inflatable Kayaks – A New Drop Stitch IK Comes to Market

While the world of Standup Paddleboards has long enjoyed the extreme rigidity provided by drop-stitch construction, there has never been an inflatable kayak utilizing...

Paddling World Mourns Loss of Shredder Inventor Tom Love

The world of R2ing will never be the same. Tom Love, the inventor of the beloved Shredder inflatable made by Airtight Inflatables, died on June...

A Packraft for All Occasions

Packrafts are taking the paddling world by storm… ...for good reason. They’re stable, maneuverable and tough, and light enough (some weighing under 5 lbs.) to...

Alpacka Raft and Randy Newberg Team Up to Unlock Public Lands

When private land ownership blocks access points, public land is not always made public. Unlocking inaccessible public land for recreational use takes some finesse...

Advanced Elements Ambassador Dale Simmons Moving the Needle for Inflatables

Despite the fact that he's only been doing this for about five years, Dale Simmons is one of the most recognizable figures in the...

Hyside Sells, Headquarters Moves to Utah

Hyside, a longtime maker of inflatable rafts and IKs, has sold after 38 years The new owner, John Seiner, moving the operation to Layton, Utah. “It’s...

Chasing Scale: A Tale of Two Advanced Elements Ambassadors on the Fly

Words by Brock Munson Chasing Scale: Passports? Check. Fly rods? Check. Inflatable kayaks? Check. These are the bare essentials of any Chasing Scale fly-fishing adventure...

Pack and Roll: The AIRE BAKraft

The reports are in: The AIRE Hybrid BAKraft has your back when what it comes to getting you out in the boonies — and...

Review: Rocky Mountain Rafts’ (RMR) Latest Design, the PEAK 16

The RMR PEAK 16: Peak performance at a not-peak price. Christmas came early to the love-to-get-drenched De Feyter family last June in the form of...

Advanced Elements Delivers High Performance Through Drop-Stitch Technology

Advanced Elements, Inc., makers of world-class inflatable kayaks by any standard, have brought updates to two of their classics, which has resulted in two...

AIRE Celebrates 30th Anniversary (Rolls Out Puma Classic)

Blow out the candles (after you blow up one of their inflatables): AIRE, one of the world’s leading inflatable paddlecraft manufacturers, is celebrating a...

Advanced Elements Ambassador: Case Study Berthold Hinrichs (and a Close Encounter with Whales)

Inflatable paddlecraft company Advanced Elements lets its boats, and paddlers, do the talking. That’s why it has more than 20 ambassadors on board testing...

Company Spotlight: Advanced Elements — From Waterbeds to IKs

Someone who invented a product that lets you sleep on water is also good at designing products that let you paddle on it. Such is...

Gamechangers: Alpacka Raft Creates a “New Way to See the World”

Alpacka Raft Pack Rafts Expand the Possible Alpacka Raft's more than two dozen employees design, cut, weld, glue, test and ship more than 2,600 Alpacka...

Fish on! Packrafting for the Black Canyon’s Salmonfly Hatch

“Last time I did this hike, I couldn't walk for days.” The words wouldn’t be so disheartening if they didn't come from Thor Tingey, the...

Raftopia Comes to Downriver Equip April 6-8

It's baaaack! Front Range rafters and IKers looking for screaming deals on inflatables and more should head to Downriver Equipment at 11937 W. I-70...

Alpacka Launches Uber-light Caribou Packraft

Calling it a modern take on an original classic, Mancos, Colo.’s Alpacka Raft, recently released its new Caribou packraft, what it bills as the...

Kokopelli Packraft Launches Kickstarter Campaign for New Rogue-Lite

Kokopelli now has a Kickstarter campaign going for its new Rogue-Lite packraft, which collapses down to the size of a paper towel roll. Don't believe us?

Industry Mourns Loss of Innova Kayaks Founder Tim Rosenhan; IK pioneer leaves long-lasting legacy

The close-knit paddlesports community lost one of its most passionate members when Innova founder Tim Rosenhan unexpectedly passed away Oct. 24 at age 68 in Twisp, Washington. “Tim was truly passionate about getting people on the water at an affordable price by importing a quality European-made inflatable,” says Larry Laba, owner of SOAR Inflatables...

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…

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...

AIRE Cougar On The Prowl Again

While most cougars are known to prowl ski resorts, don’t be surprised if they start showing up a little closer to the river next season. AIRE watercrafts is bringing back their classic cataraft from the brink of extinction and reintroducing them into the wild...

Two New Inflatable SUPs to Get Yer Stand-up On

SUPs seem to be all the rage, and inflatables are fast becoming the boards of choice for inland use, be it on lakes or rivers. Following are two new additions you'll find in the line-up, one from C4 Waterman and another from BoatstoGo.

Two New IKs: One for Whitewater, One for Touring

Two new inflatable kayaks are now making waves, one for whitewater and one for touring. Incept's new Sally is the closest thing to a hardshell on the water, while the Airis Sport is a tourer's --and tracker's -- dream...

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Jimmy Blakeney on TAHE’s Acquisition of BIC Sport

Last year, after more than 40 years as a French-made watersports icon, BIC Sport merged with Tahe Outdoors to...
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6 Days/6 Rivers: A Costa Rican Kayaking Odyssey with Amazing Vacations

“Buenas Lineas,” says our guide Arnaldo Cespedes. “Good lines.” We just finished scouting a Class IV rapid called Robin Hood...

2021 Photo Contest Entries Are In

2021 Photo Contest Entries 2021 was a great year to get out and paddle. Check out some of the incredible...

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Inside AIRE’s Outcast Sporting Gear (OSG)

Want whitewater-worthy beefiness with your fishing craft package? Look...
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