Paddling Gear

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.

What’s New from Canoecopia!

What started as a weekend sale 18 years ago in the land of cheese curds has grown into the industry’s largest consumer show. Held the second weekend of March every year, once again Rutabaga's Canoecopia offered the season's first glimpse at new gear to hit the water this season. PL was on hand to sniff out some of the goods...

New Inflatables from Hobie Cat

The MirageDrive system will have your feet moving for these kayaks.

Dragorossi’s Mad Boy

Turn up the volume--Corran’s newest river running creeker takes on high-flows and steep creeks thanks to a design tweak that represents a break from the Dragorossi norm.

New Protection From WRSI

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

Jackson Rec Tripper Review

PL looks over the Jackson Rec Tripper line and gives you an inside look at Jackson Rec's new outfitting package for '08: the Day Tray.

Folbot Edisto Set To Make Waves

New Folbot packages for '08 set to please nature enthusiasts, photographers and anglers alike.

Paddling Life’s Wintertime Kayak Review!

You expect a lot of things when you decide to review whitewater kayaks during December in Colorado. Staying warm definitely isn’t one of them. We packed up the quiver and drove to the Barrel Springs and Shoshone sections of the Colorado, still running thanks to a malfunction in the turbines of the nearby powerplant. Call us weenies, but it was the first time either of us had kayaked in Colorado in December (it was also the first time we’d ever used pogies on bike handlebars as part of the shuttle).

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...

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:

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.

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.

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.

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).

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.

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...

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