Gear Review: Sailcloth Bags from Sailbags Maui and Mafia Bags

Repurposing Materials: Sailcloth and Sustainability One of my new favorite things is gear bags made of recycled, or rather repurposed sail cloth from a couple of our “sister sports” - windsurfing and kiteboarding.  Sails and kites can rip, and when they do, apparently, they are pretty...

Chatta-Hands: Protecting your Digits and Palms on Long Paddles

If you paddle 15 miles or more in any given session, you'll likely feel it in your hands in one way or another. If you have paddled the 32-mile Chattajack race down the Tennessee River Gorge, then you know about the blisters you'l start...

Falling Back: You’re Gonna Need Some Light On the Subject

Paddling with Lights
Paddling with Lights In just a few weeks, we will all do that one last thing that means Summer is truly over - well, most of us will -- we will turn the clocks back an hour and resume "Standard Time." Non-paddlers and folks who...

Gear Review: Vaikobi Ocean Racing PFD

Low Profile Vaikobi PFD
The Low Profile Vaikobi PFD Like the Mocke Racer PFD,  the Australian Vaikobi is a lower-volume,  inherently buoyant PFD that is gaining in popularity as paddlers look for more options to the waistbelt inflatable PFD. Like the Mocke, it is NOT US Coast Guard approved...

New Prone Source: Cynthia Aguilar Prone Paddleboard Accessories

If you're looking for bottle cages, GPS Watch holders, bottles with hoses, Cynthia Aguilar, the same one who has paddled twice from Cuba to Key West, is now carrying them. Go to: https://www.cynthiaaguilar.com/accessories

Gear Review: Mocke Racer PFD

Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion
Low-Profile PFD Does Not Restrict Motion First of all right out of the gate I have to say that this PFD is NOT US Coast Guard approved.  It does, however carry a number of international certifications. Use at your own discretion. After this summer’s discussion...

Gear Review: Catalyst Waterproof, Shockproof Case for iPhone 7

Catalyst iPhone 7 Case
Catalyst  iPhone 7 Case Several iterations of iPhones ago, I tried a Catalyst case and found it lacking. Bad sound quality was the overall problem.  But I have been impressed with Catalyst’s Apple Watch Case and so when the case for the iPhone 7 came...

Gear Review: Yakima SUPDawg Paddle Board Carrier

A Close Look at the Yakima SUPDawg
A Close Look at the Yakima SUPDawg When Yakima came out with their new paddle board carrier last summer, I got excited.  I was hoping that this new, beefed up board carrier would be a viable alternative to Thule's SUP Taxi. We've all heard horror...

Gear Review: ENO Nomad Hammock Stand

ENO Nomad Hammock Stand
ENO Nomad Hammock Stand Ah, summer.  To me, that means more beach time, maybe even some paddle camping trips. My fondest memories of recent summers include loading up a touring board and paddling to one of North Carolina's barrier islands for the weekend, or setting...

Gear Review: Ultimate Direction PB Adventure Vest

Adventure Racing Hydration For Paddle Sports
Adventure Racing Hydration For Paddle Sports It's a well-known fact that I have a bag problem, and that I am always searching for that perfect messenger bag, carryon, and, it seems, hydration pack. I thought I had found it in the Osprey Rev series, but...

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