Paddling with your dog is a great way to bond and enjoy the outdoors together. In this video, Jess with Oru Kayak shares a few tips and easy steps for getting your dog on the water for a safe and enjoyable kayak trip.

by ​Wayne Horodowich

While down sizing the books in my den, I came across one of my many logbooks. I opened it up and began to read of my early adventures in kayaking. It was a nice trip down memory lane. Then I began to reflect upon the values of keeping a logbook.

by Anne Desjardins

I wrote down simple guidelines that could be helpful to me, my husband. and hopefully, anyone who wants to get back on track with healthy eating habits after the binge of December and the post-binge depression of January. Here it is, based upon the USDA Food Pyramid, and the work of Barbara Rolls, PhD in nutrition and respected author of the Volumetrics eating and weight-control plan.

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I’m an endurance cyclist looking to take my lower body fitness to offshore waters with a touring-oriented pedal kayak. I live in Michigan and would like to build up experience to some day tour many of the islands in the Great Lakes by pedal power. The problem is, it appears there are no sit-in touring-oriented pedal kayaks on the market. Why is this?


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Great wee tourer, the seat back rest isn't very stable ,comes loose as soon as you get in the boat , plus my enduro hull came oil canned but ill fix…
Nice, basic base layer top to keep you warm in the winter or can be used alone on a warm sunny day. The fabric is soft, breathable, and wicks away…

Deck Pod

Gearlab Outdoors
Nice small bag. Good quality. I use it as my hydration pack on nearly every trip and it works well for that. I have had to workout a system to clip…

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In this video, Alex of Northern Scavenger talks about the benefits and disadvantages of having skid plates on your canoe. He then demonstrates the entire installation process.

In this video, the team at Austin Kayak show you how to rebuild your keel if you have created a hole from dragging the back of the kayak across the ground. With a few tools from the local hardware store and some extra plastic, you can easily complete the rebuild process in 1-2 hours on your own.

If you worry about capsizing when sea kayaking, you may be thinking of your kayak as just another boat. In this video from Paulo (Dancing With the Sea), you will learn a very easy position that makes capsizing almost irrelevant, at least in most conditions.

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by Tom Watson

For blue water paddlers, a good pair of paddling gloves is a standard piece of gear/wardrobe. Perhaps not always worn, but seldom left behind. Typically our hands are challenged by friction/grip, temperature of the air, windage, spray and other sources of wetness and the eventual immersion of the entire hand.

This video from Luke (aka Kayak Hipster) is a follow up on the discussion of things that always live in our kayaks. Luke discusses kayaking in different regions, the importance of having some sort of paddling community, and considerations when storing gear.



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Looking for uses, ideas, or suggestions for how to dock your kayak (canoe too) to exit at a low or floating dock. I more commonly just beach it, but every so often there’s nothing but a dock to hop out onto and attach the kayak to temporarily.
Please share your year and aspirations for 2022. My recollections come straight off my calendar (river log).
2021 year in review: 86 days of paddling, with all paddling being done on day trips. On most days I went just a few miles, 472 miles all together....
When I was working on some hip snap practice, using my partner’s bow, I noticed that when I went back to level I would get an intrusion of water on the side where my skirt had been under water. Is this just normal and something I have to put up w/?

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In this video, Ken Whiting of PaddleTV is talking about how to care for the latex gaskets on your dry wear. Drysuits, dry tops, dry pants, and any dry wear are big investments. They do an incredible job of keeping you dry in cold conditions, but if one of your gaskets fails, your dry wear is wet wear. And so there are some simple things you can do to protect your gaskets from failing, and that's what we're gonna look at.

by Luke Rovner (Kayak Hipster)

Gliding through glass on a crisp, winter morning can be an experience like no other. Whether we’re extending our paddling season, or seeking out remote, chilly destinations, cold-weather paddling comes with much higher risks than paddling in warm weather. This short guide will showcase a couple of items and areas to consider when paddling in cold temperatures.

In this video, Chad Hoover shows you how to quickly fix the hull of your fishing kayak. All you need is a spoon, a propane torch, and a glass of water to get rid of gouges and scratches on your kayak.

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Coast XT

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Based on other reviews, I got lucky with my boat. I bought from REI on a slight sale at $2000, which is definitely sticker-shock level pricing.…

Skagit CF Paddle

Werner Paddles
As an older paddler (62yo) who enjoys longish flatwater trips (>12 miles) this paddle is a real shoulder-saver! The blades can be powered through…

This is a good product and a great concept. Well made and fits perfectly into the bow of my Current Designs Caribou. Very happy with it.

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If there are times that you can't kayak as much as you would like due to an injury or because the weather's not great, there are still things that you can do to become a better kayaker. Lex, the Paddlin' Dutchman, shares five things you can do to stay on top of your game.

Whether you paddle with a group or you enjoy paddling solo, there may come a time where you would need to do a solo recovery. Even if you can roll, the day may come where your roll doesn't work for whatever reason. Following this "what if" reasoning, sooner or later you will be in the water and you will need to get back into your kayak. There are a number of alternative ways of doing this and many of them require some type of floatation device.

by KayakHipster

Since the last fishing video, which was my first kayak fishing video, I've been out on super early mornings, stayed out on late evenings, been out in some passing rains a couple of times, and then chased away by big storms as well. But overall, every time, it still continues to be a fantastic reason to be out on the water. For this video, I'm putting together some highlights from recent outings, as well as some updates and takeaways.

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