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Gear Reviews: NRS Otter Expedition Raft

By: K.M. Collins, February 24, 2022

Could any boater ask for a better birthday present than a mint condition, brand new raft? This article explores how my new raft compares to my old, beater raft, favorite...

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Gear Reviews: Big Agnes Insulated Q-Core SLX Sleeping Pad

By: Michael Hughes, November 10, 2021

While raft trips are sort of like a car camping trip, there is a limit to how much stuff you should bring. Wether you are on a private trip with...

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Gear for 2021

New Gear Coming in 2021

By: Michael Hughes, December 30, 2020

Well 2020 is coming to an end. So that means new year and new gear! Here is just a quick look at some of the news gear you will see...

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Jackson Nirvana Kayak

Gear Review: Jackson Nirvana

By: Zach, September 13, 2017

I only review kayaks that I like and I absolutely love the new Jackson Nirvana kayak. When I first saw photos of this boat my first impression that it was...

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Modern Whitewater Guidebooks

Gear Review: The Latest and Greatest Whitewater Guidebooks

By: Zach, February 10, 2017

I love my library of whitewater guidebooks with classics like Charles Martin's Sierra Whitewater, Dick Scwhind's West Coast River Touring, Grant Amaral's Idaho the Whitewater State, and John Garren's Oregon...

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Gear Review: 2015 Jackson Fun

By: Michael Hughes, December 21, 2016

The Fun was Jackson Kayak's first whitewater boat to come out of the mold in 2004. After a handful up design changes, the 2015 Fun is here and ready to...

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Jackson Rockstar Kayak performing a "stern squirt"

Gear Review: Jackson Rockstar Large

By: Zach, October 22, 2016

For a long time I assumed the Jackson Rockstar was only for throwing big tricks on perfect holes and waves. Boy was I wrong. This is a fun and remarkably...

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The new 2016 Dagger Nomad

Dagger Nomad L (Newmad) Review

By: Zach, March 2, 2016

For 2 years I paddled a Nomad 8.5 and loved it. It was forgiving, predictable, and boofed like a dream. I'm 6'2" and 220 lbs so I always felt the...

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Kayaking the Hood River in my Stolhquist Descent

Gear Review: Stohlquist Descent PFD

By: Michael Hughes, March 27, 2015

Everyone has their opinion about what PFD is the best. Some form an opinion based on looks, others on fit, and some on function. The last two being really important...

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