Gear & Equipment
Putting Together a Dry Bag to Bring on Your Kayaking Trips
The article explains why and how to put together a dry bag to bring on your kayaking trips.
Kayaking Dry Bag Supplies Checklist
Here is a Checklist to help you pack your dry bag for the kayaking season
The Tilley T7MO Organic Cotton with 3D Mesh Hat Review
While not exclusively a canoeing or kayaking hat, the Tilley T7MO Organic Cotton with 3D Mesh Hat certainly does have a number of paddler friendly features incorporated into it. Read my full review here.
The Hat With the Owner's Manual
In this piece I’d like to explain some of the nice to knows before wearing your Tilley T7MO Organic Cotton with 3D Mesh Hat by Tilley Endurables.
Coghlan's Emergency Survival Poncho (Blanket)
The Coghlan’s Emergency Survival Poncho takes the concept of the emergency blanket and turns it into a functional article of emergency clothing. Here is a review of the Coghlan’s Emergency Survival Poncho.
Putting on Kayaking Gear
This guide will help you sort out the most efficient way to suit up and put on your kayaking gear for your next trip.
Kayak Rudder Tips
When properly used, kayak rudders can be a huge benefit in the paddling of kayaks. Here are some tips that will help alleviate unnecessary frustration when it comes to your kayak rudder when transporting your kayak, upon launching your kayak, and when you’re about to land your kayak.
When to Use a Kayak Rudder
It is true that knowing how to properly use a kayak rudder will make paddling a more enjoyable experience. However, knowing how to use a kayak rudder is not as important as knowing when to use a kayak rudder. Implicit in that statement is the fact that just because a kayak comes equipped with a kayak rudder, it doesn’t mean this kayak component must always be used.
How to Use a Kayak Rudder
Most people assume that kayak rudders are used to turn the kayak. While they will aid in turning the boat, that is not their main function. The rudders on kayaks are primarily used to keep the kayak moving straight, otherwise what is known as kayak “tracking.” Here are some tips on when and how to use the a kayak rudder. How a Kayak Rudder Works. How to Deploy the Kayak Rudder. How to Steer a Kayak Using a Kayak Rudder
How to Use a Kayak or Canoe Bilge Pump
One might argue that paddling bilge pumps are a required safety item for all sea kayaks and canoes. This how to will explain the how to use and store a bilge pump in your kayak or canoe.
How to Put on a Canoe or Kayak PFD
At first it may seem silly to write an article on how to put on a canoe or kayak pfd. While properly wearing a kayaking or canoeing PFD would seem like a remedial task, you’d be surprised how many paddlers out there do not wear one correctly. This step-by-step will give you an organized way to ensure you are properly while kayaking and canoeing.
5 Tips on Wearing a PFD While Kayaking or Canoeing
One of the most important things paddlers of canoes and kayaks can do is wear their PFDs. PFD stands for personal flotation device. It is a life jacket. While it may be “cool” to not wear a PFD, it can also be deadly. Here are five tips on wearing a PFD while kayaking or canoeing to ensure you are making the most of your PFD usage.
Dry Suits, Dry Tops, Wet Suits, and Paddle Jackets
When the paddling gets cold kayakers, canoeists, and rafters must decided when to wear a dry suit, wet suit, dry top, or paddle jacket. This article will help you figure out which is best for you.
Put on a Half-Cut Whitewater Kayak Helmet
While there are many stylistic and functionally different options in kayak helmets today, the “half-cut” variety have become the most popular. It is true that “half-cut” helmets are usually more comfortable and easier to put on but they require proper adjustment, at least initially. This method will instruct the kayaker on the most efficient way to put on a half-cut whitewater kayak helmet.
How to Put on a Full-Cut Whitewater Kayak Helmet
While there are many helmet options for the paddler, “full-cut” whitewater kayak helmets offer the most protection for your head. Of course anyone can get a “full-cut” helmet on their head by merely pressing it down over the ears and pulling the strap tight but there may be some pain in the process. This method will instruct the kayaker on the most efficient way to put on a full-cut whitewater kayak helmet.
How to Choose and Buy a Whitewater Kayak Helmet
This guide will help you navigate your way through the world of setting out to choose and buy a whitewater kayak helmet. Nowadays kayak helmets are made of a variety of different materials and there are different styles and types to choose from.
The Anatomy of a Kayak Helmet
One of the most important articles of kayak gear a whitewater kayaker will buy is a whitewater kayaking helmet. While most kayak helmets are purchased based on price or on style, very few are bought due to their features. The first step in knowing what to look for in a kayak helmet is knowing the parts that make them up.
The Essential Canoe Equipment
This a list of the canoe equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in the sport.
The Essential Kayak Equipment
This a list of the necessary kayak equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in the sport.
The Essential Kayaking Equipment
This a list of the necessary equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in kayaking.
Before You Buy a Wetsuit
This article from About.com's Waterskiing Guidesite provides an excellent explanation of how to buy and put on a wetsuit.
How to Put on a Wetsuit
Putting on a wetsuit can be an exhausting task. This article gives you some tips that will save you a lot of heart ache the next time you decide to wear yours.
The Top 4 Digital Underwater Cameras
This gear review takes a look at the top 4 underwater digital cameras. If you're looking for a great camera that won't get damaged in the water, this article is for you.
2007 Canoe Review
This article contains a detailed review of the 8 newest and most desired canoes of 2007. You will want to know what these seasoned boaters are saying before you buy your next canoe.
How to Put on a Dry Suit
This guide will help kayakers, canoeists, and rafters to avoid frustration by teaching paddlers how to more effectively put on a dry suit.
How to Put on a Dry Top
Dry tops are a whitewater kayaker's best friend. But, they aren't always easy to put on. Here are the steps of how to put on a dry top with minimal frustration.
How to Put on and Attach a Spray Skirt
Here is a guide on how to put on a neoprene spray skirt and how to attach it to the cockpit of a kayak.