MTI Moves, Adds Staff, Outsources Shipping

The quick-thinking that comes from paddling paid off this spring for MTI Adventurewear owners Lili and Gordon Colby, who on March 31, at the peak of the PFD shipping season, found out they had only 60 days to move their business.

LUNA Sandals wins Kokatat’s 2017 American Made Outdoor Gear Award

This time it goes to a sandal company, hands – and feet – down. LUNA Sandals was named the overall winner of the fifth-annual American Made Outdoor Gear Award, sponsored by Kokatat, as announced at this year’s Outdoor Retailer Winter Market in Salt Lake City, UT.

Schwag the Halls! PL's Random Schwag Sampler from 2016

What all gear did we get our hands on this year at the Paddling Life offices? Read on for schwag we put through its paces paddling, aprèsing and all places in between.

Salamader Debuts New Boat-Bike Trailer

There's a new bike trailer in town for boats. Doing its part to save the planet while promoting non-motorized water access, paddlesports accessory company Salamander recently unveiled its new Bike Trailer for getting sit-down and stand-up paddlers and their favorite craft to and from the water...

Watershoes Getting a Leg Up

Pardon the puns, but watershoe manufacturers – who used to simply target male rafters and kayakers – are getting a leg up, hands down, on other paddlesport accessory categories by going after the burgeoning women’s, kids’, SUP markets and more to increase sales. A PL sampler of a few you’ll see in store aisles this season…

Gear-o’rama: Paddlesports Gear Roundup!

What does five days of hob-knobbing with the top players in paddlesports at the annual Outdoor Retailer tradeshow in Salt Lake City get you? Red eyes, sore feet, a couple of Utah-beer, bloated-belly hang-overs and the following rundown of a few products you’ll see on retailers’ shelves this coming season…

Power and Protection: The Mojo Refuel

Take teens on a multi-day rafting trip, and you’d better take some extra firepower to fire up their iPhone 5 cameras. That’s what we found, anyway, on a recent trip down the Colorado’s Ruby-Horsethief and Westwater canyons, where the Mojo Refuel Armor Battery Case from iBattz proved worth its weight in PBR...

Paddling with the Sunjack Solar Charger

Sacrilegious as it might seem, electronic devices – including cameras, phones, GPS, speakers, iPads and more -- are almost a given anymore on river and other paddling trips. But you only have one shot at them until your batteries eddy out. All that’s changed with a new breed of solar chargers designed to keep electrons flowing like the river. PL puts the new SunJack portable solar charger by GigaWatt to the test on the Colorado River’s Westwater Canyon…

Cudas Footwear Expands Aquatic Line for 2014

Cudas is building on 20 years of experience to launch its new paddling footwear line for spring.

KEEN Offers Customized Sandals

Don’t be surprised if you see individualized footwear – from straps matching jacket sleeves to bungees matching boats -- out on your favorite waterway. Sandal manufacturer KEEN recently unveiled a new customization program for its Newport H2 sandal, letting wearers call the shots when it comes to motifs…

New Racks From Yakima

Three new products being released in '08 making getting your boat to the river that much easier.

Testing the New VIO POV1 Helmet Cam

To get that great action footage, more and more paddlers are switching to a CMOS camera and Digital Video Recorder (DVR) instead of the traditional mini DV cam. It's the most compact and “clean” (i.e. fewest cables) video system on the market, and uses less power. PL's man in the field Mike Stoll puts it through its paces...

Big Agnes - Crystal Sleeping Bag

Get cuddly with the Crystal sleeping bag ($149) from Big Agnes. This 30-degree, comfort sack pairs PrimaLoft with 650 Fill Goose Down for a lightweight and packable bag that stays warm even when wet.

GSI Outdoors JavaPress

No need to neglect your morning buzz when you’re roughing it. Gourmet coffee or tea can be easily brewed using GSI Outdoors' stainless steel JavaPress ($39.95).

Pelican i1010 Waterproof iPod case

This is it, music-lovers: your answer to the “listen to Britney’s latest or go boating” conundrum.

Princeton Tec Quad Headlamp

Small, but still powerful! At a total weight of only 96 grams, the Quad ($30) is the lightest in Princeton Tec's line of regulated-LED headlamps.

Patagonia Rio Frio

When looking for an innovative eco-conscious pfd, check out the new Rio Frio ($120).

Katadyn Vario

Katadyn has always been at the top of the water filtration heap and now with their new Vario ($80), the Swiss-made company ups the ante indefinitely.

Paddling Life’s Spring Pick Off

We love rivers. We know gear. So here's our Spring Picks, including Pyranha, Dagger, Jackson and Liquidlogic WW kayaks; drysuits from IR, Kokatat and Palm; and a review of Yakima's SkyBox Pro. Every piece thoroughly tested. That’s why it’s here. We like it. If it was up to us, we’d own it all.

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