Paddling Gear

Esquif Pocket Canyon

Ready to rrrrumble tandem-style in a canoe? Check out Esquif's new Pocket Canyon canoe, perfect for weekenders looking to get out on the water...

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...

Grand Canyon Gear Review

The Grand Canyon is the grand daddy of all river trips featuring three weeks of raging and river-running. The big water, bigger canyon and, hopefully, good friends, all add to its mystique. If you’re lucky enough to get on a trip, you’ll need the right gear. Paddling Life’s Nick Hinds was one of the lucky few this year, testing out everything from coozies and cutlery to fleece and flip-flops. Here’s what he and a few loyal testers found out:

Kokatat Women’s GORE-TEX Meridian Dry Suit

Kokatat’s highly regarded GORE-TEX Meridian dry suit ($1,000) is specifically designed for kayakers, and now, women.

Wave Sport Habitat

Creek boaters need a home. Wave Sport brings them a downriver ecosystem with the Habitat($1,000)--one of the company’s more anticipated releases.

Shred Ready Freestyle Audio MP3 Package

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

Wilderness Systems Ride 135

The Ride 135 ($800) is a modified version of its predecessor The Ride and will definitely maintain its popularity with anglers.

GSI Outdoors JavaPress

No need to neglect your morning buzz when you’re roughing it. Gourmet coffee or tea can be easily brewed using GSI Outdoors' stainless steel JavaPress ($39.95).

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.

Royal Robbins Garb

Before you disregard Royal Robbins clothing as preppy street garb, remember the man who made the brand. Robbins completed more than 30 first descents from Chili to California, including Devil’s Postpile of the San Joaquin, an overnighter that is tough by today’s Class V standards.

Coleman Exponent FastBack Kayak

The Paddling Life crew loves surprises and nothing surprised us more this summer than the Coleman Exponent FastBack Kayak ($345).

Safety First – The Werner Four-Piece Breakdown

Even if you break down, you still want power. That’s our philosophy and that’s why it’s easy to stick a Werner Powerhouse four-piece($230) in the back of your boat.

Paddling Life’s Spring Pick Off

We love rivers. We know gear. So here's our Spring Picks, including Pyranha, Dagger, Jackson and Liquidlogic WW kayaks; drysuits from IR, Kokatat and Palm; and a review of Yakima's SkyBox Pro. Every piece thoroughly tested. That’s why it’s here. We like it. If it was up to us, we’d own it all.

Baja Boat Test O’rama!

When Paddling Life joined Johnson Watersports on a trip to Baja in March, it meant field-testing sea kayaks and fresh fish tacos. A look at 4 marquee sea kayaks, plus a review of the coveted Spyder, Spike Gladwin's customized surf machine...

2007 Fishing Kayak Review

It’s a good time to be a paddle (or pedal!)-powered angler. Long gone are the days when a cutting-edge fishing machine sported a milk crate in the back. A look at the Malibu Mini X, Hobie Mirage Revolution, Ocean Kayak Prowler Big Game, Cobra Tandem +1, and Perception Search 13 & 15.

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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