Whitewater Kayaks

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,...

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...

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,...

EJ Launches New Kayak Co.

Less than two months after his retirement as president of Jackson Kayak, Eric “EJ” Jackson announced he is launching a new kayak company called...

Extra, Extra! Pelican International Acquires Confluence

Calling it “more strength, capabilities and opportunities for the world leader in paddlesports equipment,” Laval, Quebec’s Pelican International Inc. has acquired the assets of...

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Sweden Gets First-ever World Cup Slalom Medal…And it’s a Gold! (And 16-year-old American Evy Leibfarth Wins Bronze!)

Chalk one up for the Swedes...and 16-year-old female slalom racers in the U.S. An historic first-ever slalom world cup gold...
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Sink, Don’t Think: NRS Debuts “The Mystery” Film!

Squirt boaters occupy a peculiar cult in the world of kayaking — those who live to go down beneath surface...

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...

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In the April issue of Outside magazine (“The Adventure Issue”), long-time kayaker Doug Ammons was listed as one of the “ten greatest adventurers since 1900.” The editors mentioned Ammons’ descents of the Stikine, especially his solo descent in 1992, as being a “game changer in adventure.” PL checks in...

Life Changer: Katie Hilleke on Kayaking and Cancer

The staff at Padding Life is proud to bring you the following account of Katie Hilleke’s life-changing adjustment to living with cancer. Though sometimes it doesn't seem like it, there’s a lot more important things than kayaking...

Computers by Kayak

Kayaks have been used to deliver a lot of things. Whales come to mind, as do fish. Computers don’t usually top the list. But that’s what Richard Smith -- a former elite special-forces officer from Scotland’s Royal Marines, now turned IT manager for Oracle -- did on his Northern Lights Expedition to Greenland this summer. As part of his missive to raise awareness about global warming, he used his sea kayak to deliver laptop computers to Inuit children.