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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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Jamie Dors paddles a red Silverbirch Covert 9.3, a British-made open whitewater canoe

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: Oru Kayak The Coast

Boat Review: Oru Kayak The Coast

Two years ago, we reviewed the original Oru Kayak, an award-winning marvel of engineering from California architect, designer and paddler Anton Willis and partner Ardy…

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Boat Review: Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 135

Boat Review: Hurricane Kayaks Sojourn 135

The Sojourn’s spacious hatches are very easy to pack—ideal for aspirational paddle-campers who don’t have teeny-tiny gear or pantries full of dehydrated meals. The hull’s…

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Boat Review: Stellar Kayaks S14-LV

Boat Review: Stellar Kayaks S14-LV

“This feels like a sports car!” marveled one happy tester, who enjoyed the S14- LV’s quickness in all types of water and playful maneuverability on…

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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: Delta Kayaks 12S

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

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

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: Hurricane Sojourn 135 Kayak Review

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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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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Video: Stellar S14-LV Kayak Review

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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Boat Review: Prana by Current Designs

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: V7 by Epic Kayaks

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

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

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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