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Kokatat Gore-Tex Trinity Dry Top Southeast Field Test

From freestyle to creeking, this shorty dry top gets the job done well in whitewater! Nantahala “Horns of God” – Photo by: Rahul Subramanian Product website: https://kokatat.com/product/gore-tex-trinity-dry-top-dtutrn  I’ve been a whitewater kayaker for over 15 years now, so I’ve tried a lot of different brands and types of splash/semi/dry tops.  I’m a big warm natured [...]

Jackson Kayak Nirvana Reviews From J.A.W. Demos

There is no doubt that the new JK Nirvana (http://jacksonkayak.com/blog/kayak/nirvana/) is getting a lot of hype right now.  It has been one of the most highly anticipated whitewater kayaks in 2017, since it’s announcement by JK back at Outdoor Retailer last year.  A beautiful Abyss colored 2017 JK Nirvana joined the Jackson Action Wagon fleet in late [...]

JK Antix Large Initial Thoughts as a Big Guy

I got to paddle the new JK Antix L for the first time at our local pool session on the evening of 2/7/17.  Here are my first thoughts after paddling this new design: Fit – At my 6’-4” height, 235lbs, 38” waist, 36” inseam, and size 12 shoes I fit quite comfortably in the boat.  [...]

Long Term Review of Kokatat Maximus Centurion PFD & Comparison with Astral Green Jacket

Photo by: Brian Vermillion Product Websites: https://kokatat.com/product/maximus-centurion-lvumxc  https://www.astraldesigns.com/shop/paddlesports/pfds/greenjacket I have been using the Maximus Centurion for nearly a year now and it has served me well thus far.  The only problem I have had with it is one broken plastic webbing cinch on one of the side straps to tighten down the jacket.  This can happen on [...]

Field Testing the New Kokatat Idol Dry Suit in CO

This past June Brian Vermillion, Jamison Evans and I loaded up for a road trip to southern Colorado for a week long whitewater kayaking and mountain biking adventure.  In preparation for the trip both Brain and I decided to purchase the new Kokatat Idol Dry Suit, because we knew we were going to be facing [...]

Orion Coolers Help Keep Things “Frozen”

My niece celebrated her 4th birthday this past Saturday and we had a “Frozen” themed birthday party to celebrate.  So of course the new Orion Coolers were the perfect product to use to keep all the stuff we needed “Frozen”!  

First Look: Kokatat Maximus Centurion PFD

I received my new Kokatat PFD and got to try it out on a Noli Gorge run this past Sunday.  This new PFD has several great features, pockets and it meets all my high expectations/needs as a river guide with the available accessories.  The Centurion is really comfortable and I found the M/L fits me [...]

Jackson Kayak’s New 2016 ROCKSTAR

The tease is over for new 2016 Jackson Kayak  ROCKSTAR.  Here are some good views of the new 2016 ROCKSTAR coming soon to a dealer near you! Canoe & Kayak Magazine gives us a first look at this new design with this link: http://www.canoekayak.com/gear/first-look-jackson-kayaks-2016-rock-star/  

Orion Cooler 25 Initial Review

I received my new Orion Cooler 25 in the Forest Camo color this week and my first impression is I’m impressed!  The specs for this prouct per my approximate measurements are: Overall Size – 20.5″ length X 16.5″ wide X 17″ height Inside Storage Area Size – 12.5″ length X 9.5″ wide X 12″ height Storage Tray [...]

Gerber’s River Shorty Knife

Remember one of rules from SWR, if you carry a rope for safety you should also have a knife! Here’s a review from Canoe and Kayak on my favorite river knife that’s back on the market. I’m loving the new bright green handle! I’ve been using one of these for many years and it works [...]