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This was just right for an early spring day, on a moderate to vigorous inshore paddle, with 45-60°F air temperature and 40-60°F water temperature... Because it’s on the thinner side, the Variant 3/2 has great range of motion and is easy to wear all day. It’s light and dries fast, which would make it a great choice for multi-day trips.

by Adrian Meissner

With good technique and a little practice, regardless of size or strength, most people can perform a canoe over canoe rescue and help an unfortunate paddler back into their boat. The following rescue technique is almost always preferable to dragging a boat full of water to shore.

Portable kayaks represent some of the greatest innovations in kayak technology. Portable kayaks have made kayaking accessible to many of us who, otherwise, simply couldn't store or transport a kayak. Check out our guide to buying a portable kayak!

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When I look at the inside of the holes I see another layer of material and it seems like there is a gap between both. Is this normal? The sidings also sound very thin when I knock on them. I was considering to fill the holes with leftover epoxy that I have but would welcome any advice if there is


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My wife surprised me with the Ascend D10 this past Christmas and I have been extremely happy with it so far. I have had no issues paddling it in…
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This is a fabulous paddle. Easy on the shoulders and wrists for miles. Catches well, releases well. Especially great stern paddle as it aligns…

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by Luke Rovner (Kayak Hipster)

After lots of research, maybe some classes, maybe some demo days, or maybe after finding the right sale or used opportunity, you finally have your kayak at home and are ready to go. Now what? How do you move it around? How do you get it on your vehicle and transport it safely? Here’s some tips that might help.

When on the water, you need to do three basic things in your boat: go forward in a straight line, stop or go backwards, and turn. There's a stroke for all three!

If you've started planning full day-long trips, weekend trips, or multi-day trips on flat, open water, you're in the market for a touring kayak. The difficulty in selecting a touring kayak in 2022 is narrowing it down to just one. Check out our top picks to get some ideas and inspiration!

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Tim Rowe - Sand Pond, Maine

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by Adrian Meissner

As paddlers, we depend on pristine natural environments to enjoy our sport, and many paddlers fancy themselves environmentalists or at least environmentally conscious individuals. It is ironic that our beloved sport requires large amounts of gear, usually transported on a large vehicle, often to far off wilderness destinations. As paddlers, we should take a pause and think about what we can do to keep our waterways pristine and rehabilitate them, as well as minimize our overall ecological footprint.

Paddlers often say that we're all "between swims." Flipping is always a possibility. Do you know what to do? Take the quiz and find out.

The best inflatable SUP for you is going to be different than the next paddler, and that's okay. You have to factor in everything from your experience, planned water types, durations, budget, and preferences. So use this list as a starting point to get some ideas and read some reviews of our top picks for inflatable SUPs.



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I decided to leak test my dry bags. I weighted the bags with a small dumbbell, sealed the tops and kept the roll-top above water line, and then placed them into a bucket of water for 10 mins. I was disheartened by the results.
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This was cold water safety week for the National Weather Service Boston office this week. Interesting fact - 135 recreational boating deaths in MA (112) and RI (23) from 2010 - 2020, most attributable to cold water. That seems about right based on what I hear in the news. More info on their cold water page.

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Kayak Hipster demonstrates 3 things to try next time you're working on your forward stroke. The forward stroke is our main way of moving our kayak, so any little thing we can do to make it more efficient can help us in the long run.

by Adrian Meissner

Before I was domesticated, I spent more than a decade working paddling gigs between paddling trips. The transition into family-life inevitably eroded my regular dose of wild adventures and I feared spiralling into insanity. I made it my mission to raise a family that would love canoe trips. What follows is a short guide that compiles 12 years of lessons on how to have a great time with your family on the river.

Ryan Lilly with Old Town Watercraft takes you through the different factors to consider when choosing your first or next fishing kayak.

Product Review Spotlights

We bought ours used in April 2020 and used it a bunch over the summer and into the fall. We live in Michigan where there are many small lakes and…
Great board for paddling on lakes. Very easy to inflate and deflate with the pump it comes with. Packs down nicely in the bag for easy transport.…
Have had the Blue Jacket for a little over a year. It's a dream to wear - very, very comfortable. Lot's of adjustment points. The layered…

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by Adrian Meissner

For whitewater canoeists, having the right paddle will maximize your skills for the best performance on the river. The material your paddle is made from determines many of its characteristics. Having a good blade with the characteristics you value enhances your skills and makes the activity that much MORE enjoyable.

by Luke Rovner (Kayak Hipster)

We’ve all been there before. All through the cold months we dream of putting the heavy coats and extra layers away. So, when Spring finally comes around, we’re eager to get back outdoors immediately. But paddling in the Spring can prove to be the toughest time of the year to dress appropriately for our environment.

by Adrian Meissner

Be ready when the ice melts and make the most of this paddling season. Spring is the time to take inventory, check, repair, and replace your gear, and to check in on yourself, so you are ready to paddle when the ice melts.

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With good technique and a little practice, regardless of size or strength, most people can perform a…