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Recent Paddling Product Reviews
Perception Expression 11.5 Kayak
Great multi-purpose boat for those of us who can only afford one boat. Suitable for a variety of situations, though probably not the ideal boat for any. I live in a city with lakes, rivers, and creeks, and it's perfect for all of it. Haven't tried it on whitewater yet, but considering it (will update if/when I do). It's generally very stable, but not the fastest kayak. Using the skeg helps you track across big lakes. Cockpit: Super comfortable. I needed one that my wide hips could still bail out… Full review
Ozark Trail Waterproof Cell Phone Dry Bag
Bought this product at a local WalMart and it was supposed to be waterproof...put the receipt inside and dunked it in a glass of water and it was NOT waterproof!!! Extremely disappointed in this product! I purchased this product because I am going on a cruise and there will be several excursions that I go on that are in the water. This product was supposed to be a cell phone dry bag that I was to carry a cell phone and money and important documents in to keep with me during these water events. I… Full review
NRS NFPA Rescue Throw Bag
Will save a life if USED CORRECTLY. (Practice.) I used this bag in Swift Water Rescue training. Works well and is easy enough to throw. Keep in mind it has plenty of rope and requires a bit of strength to throw the full distance. I only managed to throw it the full 75 feet two or three times in a day practicing with it. It's easy to coil, but it's still 75 feet of rope. Use a partner to help speed things up when coiling the rope. I really liked that the victim's end of the rope has a flotation device… Full review
E-Case eSeries 9.5
Watertight, easy to close, doesn't interfere with phone's capacitive touch features nor camera. Hard to see through case when using around salt water (dried salt deposits do wash off easily however). This case is water tight (I've only tested it in 5 foot swimming pools, tested for about an hour, bone dry phone inside) and easy to close (think large ziplock bag). Capacitive touch works perfect through case's plastic. My phone actually seems to respond better when it is touch through this case. Love… Full review
Oru Kayak The Bay
Folds up to take up very little space; is lightweight and portable (don't need a special rack on my car). Folds up to take up very little space (approximately 30" x 30" x 10"); is lightweight (~25 lbs) and portable (don't need a special rack on my car), fits inside a Ford Taurus' trunk (I have fold down seats in the back but it'll fit in a taurus without those seats too). Can be [semi-easily/inexpensively] checked on a plane! Folds out to ~25'. Tracks fairly straight in water. Can be tricky to unfold/refold… Full review
Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack
Very sturdy and well made, straps didn't get all tangled, compressed nicely, and kept sleeping bags clean and dry. Used these compression dry sacks on a recent 11-day trip to BWCA. We couldn't be happier with our purchase. They kept our sleeping bags dry and clean, were easy to stuff due to the interior coating, compressed nicely, and the straps didn't get all tangled up. They show no sign of wear after much abuse. Full review
Wilderness Systems Tsunami 140 with Rudder
The Wilderness Tsumani 14' is a touring kayak that is a well balanced boat with plenty of storage room for either day trips or overnight treks. This kayak paddles easy — and is durable for the mountain lakes and slower rivers. A user friendly boat that provides no nonsense enjoyment where you launch. I have used this boat to teach numerous beginners. Best suited for entry to mid level paddlers looking for options to get out on the water. Plenty of storage capacity with easy entry and exit. The… Full review