Paddle Sports

ZET Kayaks Director

ZET Kayaks Director

The ZET Kayaks Director is a high-performance creeking machine for big boaters, but needs to be paddled aggressively to perform at its best.

WRSI Trident Helmet

WRSI Trident Helmet

With excellent sun protection and a lightweight carbon shell, the WRSI Trident is an excellent choice for guides, instructors, and those paddlers who spend their time in deeper rivers. But see our notes re: fit and coverage.

AT Geronimo Paddle: Carbon Bent Shaft

AT Geronimo Paddle: Carbon Bent Shaft

The carbon AT Geronimo feels great on the water, but our tests indicate the durability may not be up to par.

Trip Report & Guide: Skookumchuck Narrows, BC

Trip Report & Guide: Skookumchuck Narrows, BC

BC’s Skookumchuck Narrows is one of the world’s best surf spots for paddlers—even in December. Here’s a gallery from our most recent trip, and a guide to planning your own.

Werner Sherpa Paddle: Bent Shaft

Werner Sherpa Paddle: Bent Shaft

The fiberglass Werner Sherpa Paddle combines excellent performance with durability, and its mid-sized blades and bent shaft can minimize strain on your body.

ZET Kayaks Raptor

ZET Kayaks Raptor

The ZET Raptor is the most fun and versatile medium creek boat that we have paddled, blending speed and tracking with maneuverability and control.

Sweet Protection Supernova Dry Top

Sweet Protection Supernova Dry Top

The Supernova is Sweet Protection’s entry into the world of high-end dry tops, and we A/B it against the very stiff competition.

Keen Gallatin CNX Water Shoe

Keen Gallatin CNX Water Shoe

The Keen Gallatin CNX is a lightweight, minimalist water shoe that still offers decent toe protection.

Sweet Protection Shambala Paddle Shorts

Sweet Protection Shambala Paddle Shorts

Sweet Protection’s ¾-length Shambala Shorts have a built-in neoprene liner, making them extremely versatile in a large temperature range.

Astral Brewer Water Shoe

Astral Brewer Water Shoe

The redesigned Brewer has proven to be a simple, lightweight paddling shoe that offers just as much comfort as it does grip with Astral’s new G.14 rubber outsole.

Astral Greenjacket Rescue PFD

Astral Greenjacket Rescue PFD

For river professionals, rescue crews, and demanding expert paddlers, the Astral Greenjacket is one of the best whitewater vests money can buy.

Kokatat Women’s Polartec Power Dry Liner

Kokatat Women’s Polartec Power Dry Liner

If you’re going to be spending time in cold conditions on the river, the Kokatat Polartec Power Dry Liner is worth serious consideration.

Kokatat Gore-Tex Meridian Men’s Dry Suit

Kokatat Gore-Tex Meridian Men’s Dry Suit

The Kokatat Meridian is one of the best dry suits we know of.

Watershed Go Forth Dry Bag

Watershed Go Forth Dry Bag

The Watershed Go Forth is an outstanding dry bag that also functions as a fanny pack to carry a light load.

NRS Crux Drysuit

NRS Crux Drysuit

The NRS Crux strikes a great balance of price and quality for paddlers who need a very capable drysuit, but who don’t need to spend top dollar.

NRS 0.5mm HydroSkin Pants

NRS 0.5mm HydroSkin Pants

The NRS 0.5mm HydroSkin pants are a very versatile and extremely affordable alternative to dry pants or a drysuit.

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.