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Watercraft Up 17% for Johnson 1st Quarter Report

RACINE, Wisc.' Johnson Outdoors Inc. (Nasdaq:JOUT), a leading global innovator of outdoor recreation equipment and technology, today announced lower sales and earnings year over year...

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 become a new brand, TAHE,...

And In This Corner, Weighing In At….! Alpacka Hits the Water Running in 2022 With New Lightweight Boat Line-up

Yes, it sounds like a boxing announcer, and for good reason. Pack raft maker Alpacka is packing in a full, ultralight product line for...

New Year’s Launch: BOTE Makes Adventure Accessible, Stylish and Affordable with New 10-Foot Zeppelin Aero Kayak

The Zeppelin Aero 10’ Single-Seater Inflatable Kayak may be small in size and price but is big on exploration and versatility.

Watersports Up: Johnson Outdoors Reports Record Sales, Earnings for 2021

Racine, Wisc.’s Johnson Outdoors Inc., owner of Old Town Canoe, announced higher revenue and earnings for the fiscal year ending October 1, 2021. Continued...

Breaking Down The Code: Inside Dagger’s New Creeker

Call it Mission Possible. Or the Mamba Phantom, which has the same initials. Credit Snowy Robertson and his design team at Dagger for breaking the...

Mustang Survival Acquires Stearns’ Government and Commercial Business

Continuing its recent buying spree, including its purchases of Ocean Rodeo and MTI Adventurewear, Mustang Survival has announced the acquisition of the Government and...

Level Six Introduces 3 New Whitewater Specific Boards for 2022

According to Level Six COO Kevin Cook, “We have had quite a few people ask us over the years for a whitewater specific board...

Inside AIRE’s Outcast Sporting Gear (OSG)

Want whitewater-worthy beefiness with your fishing craft package? Look no further than AIRE’s sister company, Outcast, designed to offer just that, bringing the company’s...

Testing the Level 6 Australis

Want a sweet-looking and performing shortie for warm water/weather paddling? Look no further than the Australis from Level 6,  a short-sleeve semi-dry top constructed...

An Icelandic Odyssey: Sea Kayaking Hornstrandir Nature Reserve

It’s my daughter who should’ve been the writer. “Dad, look, there’s a chandelier of jellyfish down there!” she exclaimed. We’re on day four of a six-day...

Advanced Elements Launches New Packlite+ Packraft Series

Advanced Elements, a longtime maker of drop-stitch construction inflatable kayaks, has launched into the packraft market with its new Packlite+ Packraft Series. “What makes them...

Sneak Peak: Bent Shaft, 4-Piece Breakdown from Aqua-Bound; Bonus: Beyond the Paddle Vid!

Aqua-Bound (and sister company Bending Branches) consists of a tight knit group of more than three-dozen dedicated paddlers that walk through a factory door each day...

PL Q&A: Solo Stove’s CEO John Merris Discusses Acquisition of Oru Kayak, ISLE SUPs

There’s a new paddlesports conglomerate in town, built by fire. Southlake, Texas’s Solo Stove has been lighting a fire under fire pit and campstove sales...

Inside AIRE Environmental

Sure, AIRE makes awesome inflatable craft for everything from whitewater and touring to fishing. But did you know that it also has a sister...

Three SOTs from Pelican

While Pelican Sports might have recently acquired Confluence and its coveted watersports brands, including Dagger, Perception, Wilderness Systems, Mad River and more, that hasn’t...

Inside Level6’s Duke Drytop (with Video Walkthrough!)

Our friends up in the great white north have been working on a three-season drytop the past few years and the updated 2021 Duke...

Testing the AIRE Sabertooth

Want to sink your teeth into the perfect R2ing rafting machine? Try the new frameless AIRE Sabertooth, suitable for everything from kids to Class V…

NRS Inks Deal to Use Gore-tex

Northwest River Supplies (NRS) has inked a deal with Gore-tex to bring the high-end waterproof/breathable fabric into a new drywear line. Previously, W.L. Gore...

A PL Q&A with Mustang Survival’s Josh Horoshok

Forget singing that catchy little song "Mustang Sally" by the Committments. Established in 1967 by Irv Davies, the inventor of the world’s first Floater...

Kokatat Sold

After 50 years under the direction and ownership of its founder, Steve O’Meara, Kokatat has been purchased by the company’s Director of Operations Mark Loughmiller.“Before joining Kokatat Mark...

Summertime Kayak Fishing: What To Wear—A Primer from Level6

Ah, summer. The season for paddling, canoeing, paddleboarding, and of course, kayak fishing. Although kayak fishing can be a year-round activity, summertime sees the...

Hasta Luego, PADDLEexpo

It was great while it lasted. But, like a river, all great things have to come to an end. Europe’s PADDLEexpo tradeshow series, also...

50 Years And Going Strong: Catching Up With Kokatat Prez Steve O’Meara

It was the same year Disney World opened, the U.S. launched Apollo 14 and "All in the Family" debuted on television. For paddlesports apparel and...

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Jackson Kayaks Antix 2.0 vs. Antix 1.0 with video

    How does the Antis 2.0 compare to the Antix 1 from Jackson Kayaks?   Miles De Feyter: "It's Miles De Feyter...
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COVID, Schmovid: Dane Jackson, Great Britain’s Robinson-Shaw Take World Freestyle Kayak Crowns

Even COVID-19 couldn’t keep kayak phenom Dane Jackson from winning his fourth World Freestyle Kayak Championship. https://youtu.be/ybE4nlHrEsk?t=5868 British freestyle paddler Ottilie Robinson-Shaw completed...

Paddling Scotland’s Glasgow to Edinburgh Canoe Trail 

By Corey Buhay “Hiya, where you goin’ thar?” a man shouted from the shore. I looked up from my paddling...

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The Ultimate River Camp Kitchen

Set up a riverside camp kitchen Julia Child would be proud of with these pointers and products built to withstand years of outdoor adventure.

Whitewater Review of Mustang Survival’s Hudson Dry Suit with Video

Mustang Survival has been keeping the hero's of the...
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