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Dan Caldwell field tests Spade Kayaks' Ace

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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

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: Current Designs Ignite

Boat Review: Current Designs Ignite

Ignite is an appropriate name for this hybrid. For touring kayakers, it could spark an interest in go-fast fitness paddling or even recreational racing. For…

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Boat Review: Swift Canoe & Kayak Saranac 14

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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Video: Swift Saranac 14 Kayak Review

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: Current Designs Ignite Kayak Review

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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Kayak Review: Current Designs Equinox

Kayak Review: Current Designs Equinox

An in-depth review of the new Current Designs Equinox touring kayak by Adventure Kayak magazine.  My least favorite memory of a Current Designs Solstice GT…

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Valley Gemini SP Kayak Review

Valley Gemini SP Kayak Review

An in-depth review of the Valley Gemini SP sports play sea kayak by Adventure Kayak magazine.   In Greek mythology, Castor and Pollux were Gemini,…

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Current Designs Infinity Kayak Review

Current Designs Infinity Kayak Review

Current Designs has long made touring kayaks in all shapes and sizes, but lacked a British-style expedition kayak to complete their lineup. The Infinity fills…

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Zegul 520 Kayak Review

Zegul 520 Kayak Review

A review of the Zegul 520 sea kayak by Adventure Kayak magazine. Designed in Scandinavia, built in Northern Europe and shipped to U.S. and Canadian…

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Tiderace Xplore-S Kayak Review

Tiderace Xplore-S Kayak Review

A review of the Tiderace Xplore-S sea kayak from Adventure Kayak magazine. Based in Penrith, England, Tiderace Sea Kayaks have rightfully become synonymous with performance…

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Valley Sea Kayaks Etain Kayak Review

Valley Sea Kayaks Etain Kayak Review

A review of Valley Sea Kayaks' Etain by Adventure Kayak magazine. Valley may be the most venerable sea kayak manufacturer in the world. Their signature…

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Stellar Kayaks S16 Kayak Review

Stellar Kayaks S16 Kayak Review

A review of Stellar Kayaks' S16 from Adventure Kayak magazine. Launched in 2008, Stellar Kayaks is a true child of globalization, harnessing North American and…

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Boat Review: The Vital 166 by Maelström

Boat Review: The Vital 166 by Maelström

Maelstrom is the brainchild of kayak instructor Charles-Alexandre DesJardins. Instead of setting up his own shop, Desjardins forged an agreement with well-established Quebec-based kayak manufacturer…

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Boat Review: Looksha Elite Composite by Necky Kayaks

Boat Review: Looksha Elite Composite by Necky Kayaks

For Necky, the new Looksha Elite represents a return to its roots. Not another British-style kayak or “poke around the bay” rec boat, this is…

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Boat Review: The Eliza Composite by Necky Kayaks

Boat Review: The Eliza Composite by Necky Kayaks

The Guiding Principle of the Eliza is that smaller paddlers can go faster in a smaller boat because they will have to push less water…

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Boat Review: The Nemo by Kayakpro

Boat Review: The Nemo by Kayakpro

The Nemo is the first sea kayak from New York–based racing-kayak maker KayakPro. This striking design is made to look and be revolutionary by combining…

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