Winter Kayaking Gloves

Pogies are the only way to go. I have the snapdragon ones and have used them for years even when outside temps froze our skirts and ice was frozen to our helmets.  Gloves can constrict at the wrist slowing blood flow and then you have cold hands regardless.  Plus the...

Aluminum Canoe vs Discovery

Aluminum canoes are comparatively inexpensive and light and will last a long time, even if left out in the sun and weather.  They are generally narrow in the stems and have keels, so they will track fairly well, and are flat-bottomed, so they have good initial...

Notes on a new canoe

by Steve Cramer I bought a well-used Esquif Taureau (Don’t you mean Taurus? No, Taureau, it’s the name of a Class V section of the Jacques-Cartier in Quebec) last week, and took it out on the Broad yesterday with some Athens paddlers. You’ve probably...

Caring for a Wood Paddle

Anyone flipping through any outdoor catalog carrying wooden paddles recently will understand the necessity of caring for them. A standard kayak paddle without edging starts around $200 and the upper end paddles now sell for over $300. Canoe paddles are about $150 to...

Blue Hole Canoe

When ABS canoes first appeared on the market in the mid-1970’s, Blue Hole, of Sunbright, Tennessee, produced their famous OCA sixteen-foot ABS canoes trimmed in aluminum. It was known as one of the most durable of canoes and used for solo and tandem runs on...

Dry Suit Question (Cliff Notes)

Question 1: Does anyone have a drysuit they really like or don’t like? I would like to hear your opinions on which brand and which fabric.Question2: Does anyone have a preference between the women’s drop seat drysuit and the men’s relief zipper using...