Paddle Sports

Astral Rassler Water Shoe

Astral Rassler Water Shoe

The Astral Rassler is an excellent expedition paddling shoe, featuring a slimmer, lower profile design than its competitors.

Watershed Futa and NRS Hydrolock stowfloats

Watershed Futa and NRS Hydrolock stowfloats

Part Drybags 101, part review, Thomas Neilson takes a look at two drybags on the market.

NRS Zen Rescue PFD

NRS Zen Rescue PFD

Paddle Sports Editor David Spiegel dropped into the Grand Canyon of the Stikine with the Zen Rescue PFD strapped to his chest. How’s that for an endorsement?

Jackson Kayak All Star

Jackson Kayak All Star

The redesigned 2013 All Star is a great playboat that will also work as a decent river runner.

First Look: Fluid Bazooka

First Look: Fluid Bazooka

After only one day of testing, the Bazooka shows a lot of promise. We think this hull has what it takes to fire it up.

Immersion Research Lucky Charm Spray Skirt

Immersion Research Lucky Charm Spray Skirt

The Lucky Charm balances comfort, functionality, and dryness. And it’s never imploded on Blister editor David Spiegel.

Stohlquist Descent PFD

Stohlquist Descent PFD

The Stohlquist Descent PFD comes with full-strength shoulder straps that make portaging almost easy. Competitors should take note.

Dagger Mamba 8.6

Dagger Mamba 8.6

The Dagger Mamba 8.6 is a great boat for beginner paddlers, but it also really shines on hard whitewater of any variety.

Shred Ready Tsunami Elbow Pads

Shred Ready Tsunami Elbow Pads

For when the run gets steep, shallow, and rocky, Shred Ready’s Tsunami Elbow Pads are well-built and reasonably priced.

Boardworks SHUBU Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

Boardworks SHUBU Inflatable Stand-Up Paddleboard

The Boardworks SHUBU is an excellent option for beginners, paddlers on a budget, or those with storage limitations.

Liquidlogic Remix 79

Liquidlogic Remix 79

The Liquidlogic Remix 79 is a very fast boat that eats up big water, but it’s also a good choice for the novice paddler just getting started with whitewater.

Kokatat Gore-Tex Tempest Dry Pants

Kokatat Gore-Tex Tempest Dry Pants

Less expensive than a full dry suit, the Kokatat Gore-Tex Tempest Dry Pants are well made and very comfortable.

Werner Powerhouse Kayak Paddle

Werner Powerhouse Kayak Paddle

Werner’s Powerhouse is a durable, powerful, and affordable paddle designed for river running and creeking.

NRS Maverick Gloves

NRS Maverick Gloves

The NRS Maverick Gloves keep your hands warm in above-freezing temperatures without sacrificing dexterity. You almost forget you’re wearing warmers.

Five Ten Water Tennie

Five Ten Water Tennie

Five Ten’s Water Tennie is comfortable in the boat, yet its Stealth Rubber sole still provides good traction for difficult portages.

Shred Ready Standard Full Face & Full Cut Helmets

Shred Ready Standard Full Face & Full Cut Helmets

If you’re looking for high performance without the high price tag, the Shred Ready Standard Full Cut and Full Face helmets are two of the best values on the market.

Kokatat Gore-Tex Rogue Dry Top

Kokatat Gore-Tex Rogue Dry Top

The Kokatat Rogue Dry Top sells for top dollar, so is it worth the extra cash? Reviewer David Spiegel reports on the Rogue vs. the NRS Revolution and the Immersion Research Comp LX.

Kokatat Gore-Tex Meridian Women’s Dry Suit

Kokatat Gore-Tex Meridian Women’s Dry Suit

The Kokatat Gore-Tex Meridian Women’s Dry Suit comes with a hefty price tag, but you pay for what you get: excellent features, top-notch performance, and a lifetime warranty.

Liquidlogic Stomper 80

Liquidlogic Stomper 80

The Liquidlogic Stomper 80 strikes a great balance of volume and maneuverability, but above all is fun. Creekers, take note.

Jackson Kayak Rock Star

Jackson Kayak Rock Star

The Jackson Kayak Rock Star absolutely shines as a dedicated park-and-play boat, but expect a learning curve if you’re going to be running rivers in it, too.