Category Archives: Gear

March 30

REVIEW: EPIC KAYAKS V12(2G)

I’ve been waiting on the second generation Epic Kayaks V12 for a long time. As an early adopter of the V14, I’ve loved the speed, clean lines and comfort of this speed demon, but as an inland paddler, I struggled with the stability on rough days out in the ocean. Basically, I would cross that […]

January 12

REVIEW: WERNER PADDLES IKELOS

For my recent adventure to Antarctica, I needed to find a paddle I could both travel with and trust in this harsh environment. I needed a 4 piece paddle I could use every day to cover hundreds of kilometers; that suited my aggressive racing stroke (i.e., high angle and powerful blades); and one that would […]

September 09

REVIEW: PYRANHA OCTANE / THINK NITRO

With manufacturers turning their attention to introducing polyethylene surfskis and lowering the financial entry barrier for the sport, this is an exciting time for the growth and popularity of surfski. Doing so will open the door to surfski performance for paddlers everywhere, leading to, what I suspect may be a rapid increase in those using […]

May 27

Motionize – Paddling Technology

Exercise data collection is everywhere these days. Your phone is counting footsteps, your Fitbit your calories burned and for the enthusiasts or athletes among us, you may have a GPS enabled Heart Rate monitor. On a bike you can go even further by measuring power, cadence and efficiency in addition to a multitude of additional […]

February 11

FIRST LOOK: DAGGER NOMAD (L)

After a 12 year run, the tried and trusted Dagger Nomad has finally been replaced by the new Nomad (aka Newmad). During those 12 years, what we paddle and how paddle has evolved, so it’s only fitting that this benchmark creek legend finally get to evolve too. Production versions of the large Nomad started rolling […]

October 19

REVIEW : Pyranha 9RL and 9R

Pyranha’s 9R has received much buzz and acclaim since its debut but the one available size limited its reach to those of us outside of “average.” Pyranha responded with the announcement of a “9R Large” and after months and months of waiting they have finally arrived State side. So it was with some excitement that […]

October 06

REVIEW: WERNER PADDLES ODACHI

Werner has led the paddlesports industry with legendary paddles for 50 years. They’ve repeatedly set a high bar and now raise that bar again with a race inspired whitewater paddle called the Odachi.

August 18

Best New 2016 Paddlesports Products

It’s that time of year when the Outdoor Industry rolls out the cool new products that we’ll all be lusting over in 2016. Here’s the six coolest paddlesports products that I’m looking forwards to getting my hands on.

December 08

FIRST LOOK: Jackson Kayak Zen

I’ve been eagerly anticipating the arrival of the large 2015 Jackson Kayak Zen for some time. The medium sized prototypes I had initially paddled showed so much promise as a great performing all rounder.

December 05

REVIEW: Whitewater Long Boats

Long boats are awesome fun. Nothing beats the glide and speed of a long boat across whitewater. And with the continued success and marketing appeal of creek races like the Green, Russell Fork and White Salmon, we find ourselves at an exciting time when there are now options from almost every manufacturer. I’ve been paddling […]