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?
The redesigned 2013 All Star is a great playboat that will also work as a decent river runner.
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.
The Lucky Charm balances comfort, functionality, and dryness. And it’s never imploded on Blister editor David Spiegel.
The Stohlquist Descent PFD comes with full-strength shoulder straps that make portaging almost easy. Competitors should take note.
The Dagger Mamba 8.6 is a great boat for beginner paddlers, but it also really shines on hard whitewater of any variety.
For when the run gets steep, shallow, and rocky, Shred Ready’s Tsunami Elbow Pads are well-built and reasonably priced.
The Boardworks SHUBU is an excellent option for beginners, paddlers on a budget, or those with storage limitations.
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.
Less expensive than a full dry suit, the Kokatat Gore-Tex Tempest Dry Pants are well made and very comfortable.
Werner’s Powerhouse is a durable, powerful, and affordable paddle designed for river running and creeking.
The NRS Maverick Gloves keep your hands warm in above-freezing temperatures without sacrificing dexterity. You almost forget you’re wearing warmers.
Five Ten’s Water Tennie is comfortable in the boat, yet its Stealth Rubber sole still provides good traction for difficult portages.
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.
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.
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.
The Liquidlogic Stomper 80 strikes a great balance of volume and maneuverability, but above all is fun. Creekers, take note.
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.
The newest addition to Liquidlogic’s creeking lineup, the Stomper 90 should be on the short list of any dedicated or aspiring creeker.
We dive into paddle sports today with a review of a classic: the Dagger Nomad 8.5—still one of the top designs out there for both river running and creeking.