With so many options on the market what do we choose? We went out and looked at the 2018 Product line from some of the best helmet manufacturers out there and asked around a bit to find the best options.
A throwbag simply consists of a bag of floating rope to be thrown across a stretch of moving or still water to make a conditional rescue with a swimmer. Like most things in life a product that works for one person may not work for another. The same can be said about throwbags. In an extreme way of thinking the ability to successfully deploy your throwbag when needed literally could mean life or death!
Team Paddler Kailee headed up to the Sotar factory in Merlin Oregon to find out what goes into manufacturing a Sotar raft. These guys are hands down one of the best boat builders out there in terms of customization and they offer an incredible range of options to get you into a boat that most closely fits your boating style. From tried and true stock designs to ground up custom builds find out what makes a Sotar such a strong contender for one of the world's best rafts.
Picking the right raft is, like many things, complicated. Your choice will depend on the type of boating you're doing, your budget, and even your geographic location. The first thing you want to consider is your raft material.
We sat down with Team Paddler Daniel Jenkins to chat about the boat design for his custom Sotar raft named Cuthbert, which has shown up in a ton of our videos. Daniel designed this raft for some very specific whitewater in mind. For what it is designed for the boat's performance characteristics are fantastic. There are also some key lessons from the design of this boat which would influence what rivers you might prefer taking this design on. This is Daniel's mark 1 design and a first solid attempt at designing a hard core creek boat. Check out Daniel's design and the lessons we learned from this design!
The Commodore reviews the 5.10 River Tennie. We put this shoe to the test during a cold November day on the North Fork of the American.
The giving season is upon us and your favorite raft guide is already dreaming of longer days and whitewater. Here’s a list of some great gifts to get them ready for the many river miles ahead of them.
Winter boating is without a doubt an incredible experience. Biting cold, freezing sleet, frozen over eddies, blinding windy rain, or thick fog obscuring what lies downriver are all serious hazards for winter paddlers. The drysuit is critical to thriving in this environment, but how do you get the most out of this essential piece of equipment?
In this article we take on the issue of creek boats and share with you some thoughts about some of the options on the market. Specifically we will be comparing the Hyside Mini-Max, a Sotar Daniel Jenkins Custom Boat, and an ARK Inflatables 10' Raft.
Selecting the correct gear for the correct paddling conditions is essential to staying warm and happy in the shoulder seasons. Take time to look over your current equipment and figure out where you are in terms of your gear and consider replacing your suit so you can enjoy some happier and toastier days on the water.