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Field Report: Testing the Jackson Karma RG Self-support on the Grand

For Jimmy Hostetter, Luke Farny and friends, running the entire Grand Canyon in five days in December provided the perfect reprieve for coming back in the nick of time to study for and take college exams. It also provided the chance to test out the Jackson Karma RG kayak in the exact conditions it was designed for…

Power and Protection: The Mojo Refuel

Take teens on a multi-day rafting trip, and you’d better take some extra firepower to fire up their iPhone 5 cameras. That’s what we found, anyway, on a recent trip down the Colorado’s Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater canyons, where the Mojo Refuel Armor Battery Case from iBattz proved worth its weight in PBR...

Paddlesports in 2013

We came, we saw, we paddled. A look back at some of the 2013 highlights from the competitive paddling planet...

New Prowler Big Game II Fishing Kayak from Ocean Kayak

Latest fishing kayak from Ocean Kayak boasts a host of advancements.

Portable Kayaks from Folbot Designed for Hunting & Fishing Sportsman

After 80 years of producing foldable kayaks for the active paddler, Folbot has renewed their focus on hunters and anglers in 2014 with the launch of the “Sporting Life” Kayak with Reeltree Camo and Outriggers.

New Rider Sandals Foam Keeps Feet Dry and the Planet Happy

DryEco Foam created by Grendene Labs makes its debut in the Rider 2014 Rider Sandals Collection.

The Enigma Behind Innegra: A Special PL Q&A with AT Product Manager Hastings Blumer On Its New Durweave Paddles

At this year’s Outdoor Retailer Summer Market tradeshow, Confluence and AT Paddles unveiled what the company bills as a “gamechanger” in the whitewater paddle market: Duraweave™, a blend of polypropylene-based Innegra fiber that forms the lightest, strongest paddles on the market. Intrigued, we caught up with brainchild and product manager Hastings Blumer for the skinny. Here’s what we found:

Cudas Footwear Expands Aquatic Line for 2014

Cudas is building on 20 years of experience to launch its new paddling footwear line for spring.

Bergans of Norway Ally Folding Canoe

What's better than a canoe you can carry on your back? A strong, responsive, quiet, stable, lightweight and reliable canoe you can carry on your back. Ally's seven folding canoe models all fit this bill with the versatility to power through some serious whitewater or take your family on a flatwater cruise.

Sperry Moving Aggressively Into Paddlesports

Spring 2014 will expand Sperry's performance water-shoe product line to it's largest offering yet.

NRS Acquires WRSI Helmets

Partnering to bring safer, more affordably priced helmets to the paddlesports community, NRS hopes to increase the production and distribution of WRSI's revolutionary helmet.

New Dry Suits Coming from Level Six

Ottawa-based paddlesport apparel maker Level Six is introducing two new drysuits at the upcoming Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City, building on more than eight years of research and Olympic paddling experience to perfect the designs.

New Limited Edition “A” Series paddle from Bending Branches

Bending Branches will only produce 750 of its Limited Edition “A” Series paddle, crafted from roasted basswood and featuring a double-bend for the ultimate in hand-crafted beauty and comfort in a canoe paddle.

Freewaters and Therm-A-Rest Partner in Sandal Innovation

Freewaters new flip flop sandals, fitted with Therm-a-Rest footbeds, make a breakthrough in footwear design -- with the added benefit of supporting clean water projects for some of the world's neediest people.

Level Six Introduces New Hydro-Shield Technology

Level Six paddling apparel introduces its Hydro-Shield nano-technology, infused into the yarn before it is woven with a highly water-resistant finish.

Dagger Resurrects 17-Year-Old RPM

Rerun the Production Mold. That could well be what Dagger’s RPM, at one-time the world’s best-selling kayak, stands for as the company brings back one of its most popular whitewater models, whose mold has been gathering cobwebs for 17 years...

New Zealand Nabs Its First Whitewater Park

Founded in 2003 by Scott Shipley, S2o Design and Engineering recently completed New Zealand’s first in-stream whitewater park, the Camphill Surf Park, near Wanaka on the South Island, and it is earning rave reviews by boaters of all abilities.

Nova Craft Canoes Offers New Whitewater Boats and Announces the Annual Frankie Hubbard Award

Nova Craft is bringing back the classic Ocoee OC-1 design in honor of whitewater paddler, competitor and boat designer Frankie Hubbard, who passed away in 2003. As a thank you to the family, the company will give a boat away to a young paddler every year, in his name.

South Carolina Boasts New 50 Mile Paddle/Camp Trail

The origin of the Swamp Fox 50 Mile Paddle/Camp Trail actually dates back to the Swamp Fox National Recreational Trail, which was developed in 1968. Much of the Swamp Fox National Recreational Trail was eventually incorporated into the Swamp Fox Passage of the Palmetto Trail, a project conceived in 1994 to establish a network of more than 420 miles of hiking and cycling trails connecting the mountains of the Upstate with the sea in the Low Country. Now paddlers have 50 miles of rustic camping to connect their tour of the lakes.

Bluesmiths: The Ultimate Board Short?

If you want to test out apparel made specifically for getting wet, it helps to do so on the manufacturer’s home turf. And if that turf involves surf, so much the better. Such was the case when, on vacation in Maui, we found ourselves Supping with Bluesmiths founder John Smalley, whose apparel line is making waves as fast as its wearers are catching them….

New Sea Kayaker’s DVD Guide to Rolling

In what is billed as the new standard in how-to-roll DVD’s, “This is the Roll,” provides technical demonstrations on some of sea-kayaking’s hardest moves. World-class instructors Cheri Perry and Turner Wilson demonstrate and teach the three most important Greenland style rolls for open water paddlers: The Standard Roll, the Reverse Sweep and the Storm Roll.

Keith Backlund, Paddle Engineer, Dies at Age 60

A master woodworker who constructed magnificent canoe and kayak paddles, Keith Backlund died on the evening of October 25 at the age of 60.

New Kayak Angler Paddles

With the introduction of the new Kayak Angler series of paddles, Bending Branches has raised the bar for paddle manufacturers yet again. These angler specific paddles excede all expectations.

Fluid Sit-On-Top Whitewater Kayak Hits Markets in 2012

The fear of being trapped in a closed-hull boat with a spray skirt is a barrier for may entry-level whitewater paddlers. Fluid hopes to eliminate that fear with their new sit-on-top whitewater kayak. Designed with hull characteristics similar to their top end whitewater kayaks, while providing superb stability and confidence, this new boat may make the difference for whitewater enthusiasts interested in learning to kayak.

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