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Review: Rocky Mountain Rafts’ 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...

Rafts Gone Wild

Girls aren't the only thing that have gone wild. Inflatable manufacturers have also, introducing a slew of new rafts to the market, including the following look at new 14-footers, perhaps the most versatile size on the market. So start pumping...

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...

Aire Ocelot and Jaguarundi

Getting down the river and having a good time is never mutually exclusive. So in the name of fun, AIRE has redesigned its Ocelot ($1,799, pictured) and Jaguarundi ($1,999) catarafts.

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360 Adventure Collective Announces Dates for 2022 Paddlesports Experience

The 360 Adventure Collective (Formerly EORA / NESR) has earned more than 40 years of success connecting the most...
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Paddling Life Photo Contest

2021 PHOTO CONTEST IS HERE We are looking for paddling shots showcasing kayaking, SUPping, rafting, and everything in between! Send...

Canuck Dianne Whelan Finishes 6-year Journey on Trans Canada Trail

Talk about a doozy of a paddling and hiking trip. In July, Canada’s Dianne Whelan became the first person to...

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RMR Rafts Celebrates 10th Anniversary

While 10 years isn’t much in the lifespan of...

New Alpacka Ranger is the Perfect River-based Solo Hunting and Fishing Packraft

Alpacka Raft launched, literally and figuratively, in the Fall...
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It was bound to happen: the first positive drug test in Int’l Rafting Federation history. As reported by Michael Lindberg, head of the IRF’s Anti-Doping Committee, the verdict came after a doping sample carried out May 17, 2015, during the National Rafting Championships in Serbia, showing the presence of a prohibited substance: cannabis.