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Pro Tips: First Trip of the Season

By: Michael Hughes, March 21, 2024

The sun is shining, the snow is starting to melt, permits have been issued, and that means rafting season is almost here! Time to go through your gear, inflate your...

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Tools you will need

Gear Review: Aquaseal +UV

By: Michael Hughes, February 16, 2024

Holes in your soft gear doesn't mean it is time to retire that gear. There are a handful of ways to make repairs from duct tape to epoxy. Aquaseal +UV...

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Clamp Togeher and Let Dry

Pro Tip: Fixing A Broken Paddle Blade

By: Michael Hughes, October 30, 2020

I have used the same Werner paddle since I started kayaking about 7 years ago. My beloved Werner Player has been with me all over the west, been lost once,...

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The Supplies Needed

Pro Trip: Urethane Repair

By: Michael Hughes, August 6, 2020

Many people often ask how long a raft will last. That is a pretty complex question with many variables. However, not matter the material, a raft that is taken care...

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Speedy Stitcher

Gear Review: Speedy Stitcher

By: Emily Little, May 19, 2020

On multi day rafting trips, it is a huge bummer to have your shoes fall apart or to rip your mesh gear bag. Unfortunately, these “heavy duty” materials are too...

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Zipper Repair

By: Ellie Friedmann, May 2, 2020

Zippers are an often overlooked piece of equipment but need maintenance and repair to work properly in whitewater settings. An integral part of drysuits, wetsuits, tents, boats, and gear bags,...

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Inflatable Kayak at Tappan Falls at 3 Feet

Introduction to Inflatable Kayaking

By: Ellie Friedmann, April 14, 2020

Inflatable kayaking (IK) is a great introduction to the water. Their versatility can surprise you: IK’s can be perfect for a relaxing lake paddle, an exciting whitewater expedition, or a...

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Repair Tools

Pro Tip: Wooden Oar Maintenance pt. 1

By: Michael Hughes, April 1, 2020

Wood has been used to makes oars for about 7,500 years. Through the decades material choice has shifted a bit more to composite materials. However, a nice set of wooden...

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Blade Fiberglass

Pro Tip: Wooden Oar Maintenance pt. 2

This is the second part of my adventure into refinishing a couple of oars. If you didn't see the first part, check it out here. These oars have a fiberglass...

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Tools Needed

Pro Tip: Neoprene Repair

By: Michael Hughes, November 21, 2019

While a hole in your favorite spray skirt, wetsuit, or neoprene item isn't the end of the world, it can be annoying. Even the smallest of holes in a spray...

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