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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: 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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Gear Preview: Maine Island Trail Association App

Gear Preview: Maine Island Trail Association App

Created in 1987, the Maine Island Trail pioneered the recreational water trails concept. By working directly with private landowners, the Maine Island Trail Association (MITA)…

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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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Gear Preview: Fujifilm X-E2s Digital Camera

Gear Preview: Fujifilm X-E2s Digital Camera

Want more functionality than a phone or point-and-shoot, but don’t want the Pelican-case-between-the-knees bulk of a DSLR? Choose a compact mirrorless camera like the new…

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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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Editorial: Paddling Friendships

Editorial: Paddling Friendships

“Thank you! See you!” The petite Japanese woman beamed, bouncing onto her tiptoes to give each of us a hug goodbye. Strangers just three days…

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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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Gear Preview: Garmin’s eTrex Touch 35t GPS

Gear Preview: Garmin’s eTrex Touch 35t GPS

A stalwart map-and-compass paddler, it took a device as easy to use—and easy on the eyes—as Garmin’s eTrex Touch 35t to get me excited about…

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Gear Preview: Power Traveller PowerMonkey Extreme 12v

Gear Preview: Power Traveller PowerMonkey Extreme 12v

The PowerMonkey Extreme goes where few other others can— this rugged solar charging kit is waterproof and shockproof so you can harness the sun’s rays…

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Beat the Winter Blues: 6 of the Best Kayaking Films of All Time

Beat the Winter Blues: 6 of the Best Kayaking Films of All Time

For many paddlers, the bitter cold and frozen waters of winter herald the end of the boating season. But don’t swap that paddle for a…

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Trips: Georgian Bay and the North Channel

Trips: Georgian Bay and the North Channel

The sculpted islands and quiet passages of northern Georgian Bay offer Toronto- based professional photographer, Henry Liu, a refreshing escape from his hectic schedule of…

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What's In: Sarah and Boomer's Tiny Home

What's In: Sarah and Boomer's Tiny Home

When you're used to fitting everything you need into two kayak hatches and living out of a tent for months at a time, 280 square…

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Gear Preview: Motionize Paddle Motion Sensor

Gear Preview: Motionize Paddle Motion Sensor

Ever wondered if your touring forward stroke is symmetrical on both sides? Or wished you could view instant feedback on your sprint technique? Now you…

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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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Weekender Gear

Weekender Gear

Boreal21 Folding Bow Saw by Agawa Canyon Why didn’t someone build this sooner? That was our first thought when we spotted upstart saw-maker Agawa Canyon on…

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