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Article count: 153

Boat Review: Kaku's Wahoo Kayak

Coming out of nowhere, Kaku’s new Wahoo kayak can sneak up on the spookiest fish. This flats fishing dream machine is the stand- up angler's answer…

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Boat Review: The Viking Profish 440

At the beginning of the sport, desperate fishermen turned existing kayaks into fishing machines. As kayak fishing gained momentum, boat designers took existing hulls and…

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Ocean Kayak Releases Trident: We've been paddling it for months!

This afternoon, Ocean Kayak finally released the newly redesigned Trident for hungry open-water anglers. Kayak Angler got a Trident 13 earlier this fall and it…

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SUP Review: Boardworks Tracker

I’ve been looking for a standup paddleboard that I can carry across the dunes for quick trips to the other side of the breakers. Spanish…

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Hobie Releases Camouflaged Kayaks

Hobie is announcing even more innovative and exciting new stuff at this Summer's Surf Expo in Orlando, Florida. Kayak anglers will be stoked about the…

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Malibu Kayaks Updates Line and Adds New Stealth 14 Flagship

Malibu Kayak’s Introduce New and Updated Line and the West Coast favorite is back with the flagship Stealth 14 Since the beginning of kayak fishing, Malibu…

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PauHana's New Endurance SUP for Fishing Expeditions

PauHana set the mark for fishing SUPs with the BigEZ angler. Then they upped the bar with Ricochet construction that makes the board light and…

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Bic Sport 12 Big on Features And Light on Weight

We fell in love with the Bic Cross Adventure 11 after its release last year. Now there's more to love with the 12-foot model. The…

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Pimp Your Yeti with Cool Accessories

So, everyone loves the Yeti Hopper and the Yeti Flip square Hopper offers more to love. Now you can make the Yeti Hopper your own…

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Hobie's New Quest Seat and Eclipse Paddleboard Make Fishing Easy

Hobie leads the pedal boat market, but they don't forget about their paddle fans. The Quest is a favorite for fishermen looking for a light…

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Article count: 45

Frank Wolf Takes T-Formex for 1,800KM Test Drive

All photos by Frank Wolf  When plastics conglomerate Poly-One shut down production of Royalex in 2013, canoe manufacturers scrambled to replace the favored hull material…

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Boat Review: Old Town Canoes Discovery 169

Nestled amongst the carbon fiber hulls, sleek silhouettes and gorgeous cherry wood trims in the Canoeroots garage, the Discovery 169 stands alone. It’s a little…

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Boat Review: Trailhead Canoe Regen 17

Trailhead has a long history of providing the ideal canoe for northern river expeditions. Since 1976, the Ottawa-based retail shop has produced their own canoes,…

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Boat Review: Wenonah Minnesota II

We wanted to get into the backcountry fast and fly across the portage trails. Our ride for this ambitious 60-kilometer weekend route was Wenonah’s sleek…

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Boat Review: Pakboats PakCanoe 170

Good things come in medium-sized packages. Isn’t that the age-old wisdom? Its certainly true of the PakCanoe 170 by Pakboats. Rolled up, this 58-pound folding…

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Boat Review: Clipper Canoes Jensen 18

It started out a bit like an online date. I was looking for a speedy, stable and competitive canoe. About 18 feet long, not too…

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Boat Review: Nova Craft TuffStuff Expedition Prospector 17

A Tale of Two Prospectors. This could be the title of our six-week wilderness adventure in northern Quebec last summer. Our friends paddled one of…

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Boat Review: Sea Eagle Travel Canoe 16

We’ll forgive you for being a bit skeptical. The inflatable dinghies, canoes and kayaks we grew up with were little more than pool toys. Long-time…

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Boat Review: Trapper 16'6 by Langford Canoes

Earlier this year, Langford Canoes celebrated 75 years in business. It’s a hotly debated topic in the Canadian canoeing scene as to whether this makes…

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Boat Review: Prospector 15-4 by H20 Canoe Company

When H2O Canoe Company owner, Jeff Hill, dropped off a fleet of three Prospectors at our riverside office, there was one design that immediately caught…

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Boats

Article count: 107

Review: Spade Kayaks' First River Runner

To call a spade a spade is to tell it like it is. Some people might be offended by this straight talk and consider you…

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Boat Review: Silverbirch Covert 9.3

Last fall, Steve Childs, the designer and owner of Silverbirch Canoes, called and said he’d snuck the very first Covert into the country and asked…

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Boat Review: Dagger's New Nomad

If you're like me, you’ve got a favorite hoodie and pairs of pants and shoes that you never want to let go of. You’re comfortable…

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Boat Review: Liquidlogic Braaap

As a farm kid who grew up with dirt bikes and ATVs, I had a hunch where Liquidlogic’s strange new boat name came from. A…

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Boat Review: Echoee by Echo Paddles

I'm sitting in my boat clenching my fists and shivering. It’s a rainy May afternoon, a week into a 10-day solo canoe instructor course. Lined…

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Boat Review: Pyranha Burn III

When Hollywood has a hit movie it’s almost expected that a sequel and sometimes even a trilogy will follow. It’s a risky strategy that doesn’t…

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Boat Review: Jackson Kayak Rogue 10

When I hear someone described as a rouge I conjure up an image of a trail worn cowboy with a rough and tough exterior that…

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Boat Review: Nova Craft Prospector 16 TuffStuff

Nobody in the last six months has called me asking how the Nova Craft Canoe Prospector 16 paddles. Not a single outfitter, guide, instructor or…

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Boat Review: Pyranha Fusion L

Some children look like a perfect mix of their parents, while others seem to resemble one more than another. While Pyranha’s crossover does have some…

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Boat Review: Dagger Kayaks Katana 10.4

We’ve learned over seventeen years of doing boat testing and shootouts that testers compare all boats in the test to their own personal boat or…

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Boats

Article count: 124

Boat Review: Delta Kayaks 12S

Stable and well behaved, the 12S embodies Delta’s West Coast touring design ethos— beginner-friendly, efficient and capable of hauling all your gear—scaled down in a…

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Boat Review: Swift Canoe & Kayak Saranac 14

“This seat is amazing!” exclaimed our more hedonistic (and—ahem— mature) testers, after settling into the Saranac 14’s luxuriantly cushy cockpit. Swift listened to their customers…

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Boat Review: Atlantic LV by North Shore

Even a freak blizzard, courtesy of the polar vortex that plagued early spring in the Northeast, can’t deter me from my date with the Atlantic…

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Video: Stellar S14-LV Kayak Review

Field Tested: 5 Light Touring Kayaks Under 45 Pounds   “This feels like a sports car!” marveled one happy tester, who enjoyed the S14-LV’s quickness…

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Video: Current Designs Ignite Kayak Review

Field Tested: 5 Light Touring Kayaks Under 45 Pounds   Ignite is an appropriate name for this hybrid. For touring kayakers, it could spark an…

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Video: Swift Saranac 14 Kayak Review

Field Tested: 5 Light Touring Kayaks Under 45 Pounds   “This seat is amazing!” exclaimed our more hedonistic (and—ahem—mature) testers, after settling into the Saranac…

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Video: Hurricane Sojourn 135 Kayak Review

Field Tested: 5 Light Touring Kayaks Under 45 Pounds   The Sojourn’s spacious hatches are very easy to pack—ideal for aspirational paddle-campers who don’t have…

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Boat Review: Prana by Current Designs

What exactly is Danish-style? That was the question on our minds when Current Designs revealed the Prana at Outdoor Retailer last summer, billing this sleek…

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Boat Review: Stratos 14.5 S by Dagger Kayaks

Retro-sensible or reprehensible - the swirling purple-teal-white markings of our demo Stratos 14.5 from Dagger Kayaks aren’t to everyone’s taste, but they’re an apropos homage…

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Boat Review: V7 by Epic Kayaks

The Epic experience begins before I even park my bottom in a boat. I pick up our demo V7 surfski at Kayak Sport Canada, a…

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