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Smokeless Fire Made Possible with BioLite’s FirePit+

Ideal for cool quarantine nights, BioLite’s FirePit+ makes smokeless fire possible in any environment.  Review by Shae Laplace When I say that the FirePit+ from BioLite...

How One California Outfitter Has Weathered 4 Fires (and now COVID)

For river outfitter Russian River Adventures, located in the heart of Sonoma Valley wine country in Healdsburg, Calif., adversity has come with the territory...

Big Adventures, Eddyline Chime in on State of the Sea Kayak Sector

After a slew of changes in the sea kayaking business world a few years ago, the sector is  back to stroking along smoothly, especially...

It’s Official: Led By SUPs, Paddlesports Sales Swelling

Paddlesports sales are swelling like the waves their followers paddle on. As part of this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Online tradeshow Jan. 6, that’s what...

Freakin’ Fluminkohala! Paddling the Big Island’s Irie Irrigation Ditch

While Hawaii’s Big Island might be known for its surf, snorkeling and lava flows, Class I paddlers also have an option in the 112-year-old...

Johnson Watercraft Revenues Grow 25% for Year

“The 2020 fiscal year was like no other year in our history” Johnson Outdoors, owner of such paddlecraft brands as Ocean Kayak, Old Town Canoe...

CKS Top Gift Ideas for Rafters

Got a rafter in your life? Rafters can always use gifts, and there’s no better time to help them stockpile up than the holidays. The...

Inflatable Kayak – Everything You Need to Know About IKs

Inflatable Kayaks are the easiest way to get on the water. From their portability to their on water capability IK's are a great way to...

From Our Boat Experts at CKS: History of the Longboat and Green Race

According to our friends and partners over at Colorado Kayak Supply, longboats are having their moment. Especially given that it's fall and some of...

Kind Design Topo River Hoodie Gear Review

We've all been there. Flipping through our social feeds, giving "likes" to our friends most recent river descents, when that very specific and highly...

Baffin or Bust: An Alpacka Packraft Paddle and Climb Expedition

Where can an Alpacka packraft take you, you ask? How about to Baffin Island, for a paddling and climbing expedition? Read on for just...

Canyon Cooler Prospector 103 – Best Rafting Cooler Ever?

Touted as "A premium expedition-sized cooler for rafting & demanding adventures". A cooler built specifically for whitewater rafting. What does that even mean, built specifically for...

Kokatat HustleR Rescue PFD Review

Kokatat is at it again with an update to its popular HustlerR Rescue PFD (Video and photos by Aaron Wagoner)  Do the HustleR! That's the word...

An Inside Look at Soul Waterman’s Terrible Two Tandem Kayak

When the water warms up and our local Skykomish and Snoqualmie rivers are low, I switch gears to my son’s interest in kayaking. Yes,...

Inside the Jackson Antix 2.0: An On-water Report from Demshitz’s Jesse Shimrock

What’s the latest antics with the new Jackson Antix 2.0? Plenty, especially when you get the lowdown from freestyle kayaker and Demshitz crew member Jesse Shimrock,...

An Olympic Adventure: Tshletshy Creek – the Best Whitewater in Washington?

(By Ryan Scott) I’d been looking at the description for Tshletshy Creek in the ‘Paddlers Guide to the Olympic Peninsula’ for 10 years now, wondering and...

Catching Up with AIRE Co-founder Alan Hamilton

What better place to run into one of Idaho’s, and the rafting industry’s, most passionate, productive and accomplished players than the banks of Idaho’s...

Supalicious: 5 Top Inflatable SUPs for Every Occasion

Class III rapids? SUP it. Waves? Those, too. Lake? SUP that also, giving you a view of the fish below. From grandma to Kai...

No Matter How You Slice It: A Big Paddler’s Review of the Pyranha Ozone

(By Adam Goshorn) At 6’1” and 265 lbs. I am right at the top of the recommended weight range for Pyranha’s Large Ozone. It’s a...

Paddlesport Sales Skyrocket 56 Percent in June

While paddlesports sales were treading water at best prior to COVID-19, the pandemic has put them back on the path to prosperity, with sales...

Mustang Survival Merges with MTI Adventurewear in PFD Market Breaking News

Burnaby, BC’s Mustang Survival has merged with Massachusetts-based PFD-maker MTI Adventurewear, creating a burgeoning force in the lifejacket market. Mustang’s parent company, California-based WING Group,...

Top 10 Best Inflatable Kayaks from Paddling Life

Top 10 Best Inflatable Kayaks This is our comprehensive guide to purchasing an inflatable kayak. We're going to give you the full run down of...

Whitewater Kayak Review: Chalka One Up for the Waka Steeze (If You Please)

My name is Alex Dodge, and I'm here to write a review of the Waka Steeze. But first a little bit about me, for a...

Self-support on the South Fork Main Salmon (Bonus: Gear I Used and Video!)

  “Damn, if this is another un-named rapid, we’re in for a doozey,” I think to myself, the last of us bobbing in a pulsing,...

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Middle Fork Salmon Blocked by Debris Flow

Planning a late-season run down the Middle Fork of the Salmon? You might want to change your launch site...
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Holy Surging Glaciers, Batman: Alsek’s Lowell Glacier Surges, Clogging Lake for Paddlers

Lucky enough to be heading to Alaska’s Alsek (only one of the greatest and most dynamic rivers on the...

Pyranha Ripper 2 Review Time (with Uber Sweet Vids!)

Want an inside peak at Pyranha’s Ripper 2 kayak? For that, we went straight to the source: North American...

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Pyranha Ripper 2 Review Time (with Uber Sweet Vids!)

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Beginner Kayak Fishing Tips!

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