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Article count: 150

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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Pelican Catch 120 NXT Video of First On the Water Test

  Pelican International is famous for great kayaks at a great value. Their thermo-forming process allows them to create a lightweight boat that is light…

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Native and LiquidLogic Offer Pedal Power in New Boats

Native Kayaks was first to introduce a bicycle pedal and propeller system with the Propel. Now, they've extended the Propel system to new and existing…

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Jackson Kayak Goes Pedal/Motor Power with Coosa FD

Jackson Kayak has jumped into the alternative power race with a new pedal and motor drive boat. Starting with the popular Coosa HD hull the…

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Boats

Article count: 40

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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Field Test: Explorer FGX by Mad River Canoe

Mad River Canoe’s iconic Explorer design is getting a new lay-up for the new season. Taking advantage of advances in materials and resins, Mad River…

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First Look: Sea Eagle's New TC16 Inflatable Canoe

Inflatable boats are great for storage, but it's also great when they're just a great boat. The new Sea Eagle TC16 is an inflatable tandem…

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Canoe Review: Northwind Solo by Northstar Canoes

Nine years after selling Bell Canoe Works to ORC Industries, Ted Bell is back at the helm of a canoe making business. The new Northstar…

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Canoe Review: Old Town Next

Borrowing from the pack canoe tradition, the Old Town's new NEXT injects twenty-first century flair, with modern tech, spiffy color options and an ultra-comfortable kayak-style…

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Boat Review: MacKenzie 18'6 by Clipper Canoes

The first thing I notice about Clipper Canoes’ MacKenzie 18’6 is its size. I could go on a very, very long canoe trip with this…

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Boats

Article count: 106

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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Boat Review: Wave Sport Ethos Ten

In 2013 when Wave Sport released their version of a crossover we weren’t at all surprised the Ethos was crossing from one river to say,…

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Boats

Article count: 122

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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Boat Review: Riot Edge 14.5 Thermo

Porsche's bestseller is a four-door sedan. Dodge’s new Charger SRT Hellcat seats the whole family and hides 704 horsepower under the hood. Lamborghini built an…

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Boat Review: Delta Kayaks 17

Delta Kayaks has been making thermoformed kayaks at its Maple Ridge, British Columbia, factory since 2006. While other manufacturers experiment with various materials and models,…

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