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Recent Paddling Product Reviews
Ally Canoes Model 811 16.5' DR
Excellent folding canoe - good for rivers I have a very old model of this boat - late seventies, i think. So mine has a few differences, and it doesn't assemble as well as the new ones. That said, even with most plastic pieces broken, and all the poles bent out of shape - it still floats! It looks like a death trap, but it works like a charm - easy to steer, stable and lightweight. And the foam mat in the bottom makes it warm on your knees, even when it's really cold outside. If i could afford it,… Full review
Immersion Research Supermodel Drysuit
After only using the suit for possibly a dozen times, it is leaking terribly at the seams and the fabric seems to have lost its waterproof abilities. A fail for IR. Full review
Eddyline Sea Star
The 18' 6" Sea Star is long out of production and Eddyline's longest boat now is just over 16'. I have the Kevlar version and it is, at that length, FAST! I bought this kayak when it first came out in '91 partly because Tom Derrer, the owner of Eddyline, changed the stern profile at my suggestion at the LL Bean 1990 Sea Kayak Symposium. I was amazed he did this. Of course the main reason was that here was an American designed and built sea kayak of very high quality materials and construction that… Full review
The Otter Box is a low-cost investment that protects high-cost electronic devices and other important items that need to stay dry. This reviewer's first-hand account speaks to the value of owning and using the Otter Box 1000 in the outdoors. 5 STARS for durability and reliability. 3 STARS for recent business decisions (see final section of this review). Picture this true-life scenario... I had just spent several minutes carefully climbing a 50' high pile of breakdown in a Tennessee cave. At the… Full review
Sea to Summit Big River Dry Sack
Sea-to-Summit's 35 liter Big River Dry Bag is a voluminous stuff sack that is good for situations where keeping gear dry is top priority. While this reviewer is pleased with the product, he is left wondering why a bag marketed as “waterproof” cannot be submerged? Note: While I did purchase this product new, I bought it with the CampSaver Gift Card I won from Trailspace in June 2014. Thank you, Trailspace! Now to the review... Testing Parameters: The 35L Big River Dry Bag was used for 8 days… Full review
Perception Carolina 14
My first kayak... Found for $150 on CL and I love it. Still looking for a spray skirt, but otherwise, I've had quite few nice paddles in the south sound with this boat. It's sturdy, yet easy to maneuver. Full review
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon
Excellent ultra light paddle with lots of adjustability. Packs down in two pieces, drip rings included, and very little "flutter" when paddling hard. I got this paddle as a present with my kayak for Christmas from my wife. I was used to an aluminum shaft paddle on my last kayak. Immediately I noticed that this thing is light. I thought my aluminum paddle was light. I was wrong! At just over a pound, this paddle is almost non-existent in your hands. It has a positive locking ferrule that has locking… Full review