Touring/Recreation Kayaks

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.

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.

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.

Coleman Exponent FastBack Kayak

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

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.

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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...
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Bosnia to Host 2022 World Rafting Champs

COVID can’t cancel a rafting comp. That’s the world from the International Rafting Federation, which, after two years of...

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...

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Three SOTs from Pelican

While Pelican Sports might have recently acquired Confluence and...

Hasta Luego, PADDLEexpo

It was great while it lasted. But, like a...
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