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Deciphering Arc’teryx

Deciphering Arc’teryx

How to read Arc’teryx terminology and what each classification means We have all been there, blindly staring into the Arc’teryx section thinking to ourselves, what is an SK or an FL and what one do I need for multi-day coastal hiking. Not an FL or SK, that much we can tell you. Find out below what all the Arcteryx terms mean so that deciphering the…
Gear Review: Sisu Kayak from Current Designs

Gear Review: Sisu Kayak from Current Designs

Lee Richardson reviews the Sisu HV Kayak from Current Designs I recently started paddling the Current Designs Sisu High Volume (HV).  My first surf in this new boat was at Skookumchuck Narrows and it left me wondering when I would get to be in that kayak again. I had been trying a few different kayaks to see what I would select to be my favorite…
Gear Review: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit

Gear Review: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit

Gear Review by Russell Henry: Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit, in blue. I have been wearing the Sweet Protection Intergalactic Drysuit this fall/winter. I am currently working on a project where I am searching out new and unpaddled rivers on the north end of Vancouver Island which means I am not only paddling, but also bushwhacking and sometimes living in my drysuit in the rain. I’ve…
Greenland vs Euro blade paddling

Greenland vs Euro blade paddling

By: Lee Richardson What is the difference between Greenland and Euro blade paddling There are many forms of kayaking and within these different subcategories lives two separate styles recognized easily by the paddle used. There are Euro blade and Greenland paddle styles, and if you have not encountered both in some way yet then this will be super interesting for you. There is always the…
Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Paddler

Top 5 Christmas Gifts for the Paddler

By: Stephanie Brown Last minute AWESOME Christmas gifts for the adventurous paddler on your list If you know someone who hikes, paddles, mountain bikes, rock climbs, or even just majestically prances down forest trails, here are some awesome Christmas Gift ideas for you. This may be last minute but it will feel like you put a ton of thought in 1.WindPaddle Sails This is perfect…
How Made Kayaks was Made

How Made Kayaks was Made

An interview with Ron Crown, the creator of Made Kayaks We love working in the outdoor adventure market. We love inspiring others to get out there and getting out there ourselves. We are grateful to those inventive minds that create the gear that helps us do our jobs and get out there ourselves. One of these inventive minds is Ron Crown, the creator of Made…
Adventure Vehicles: life on the road

Adventure Vehicles: life on the road

By Russell Henry Home is where the adventures are. Adventure Vehicles: homes on wheels Living in British Columbia almost everyone has a backyard bike trail, local climbing crag, or after work class 3 river run. It’s when we start to look beyond our local areas that we discover so much more of the wild world of adventure. We make longer and longer drives for weekend…
Top 10 stocking stuffers for the weekend warrior

Top 10 stocking stuffers for the weekend warrior

Here are our top 10 stocking stuffer recommendations for the weekend warrior on your list. We all want to experience the joy of getting a gift no one was expecting on Christmas. What is even better than that is when the person getting the gift could truly use it. Then you are the hero who is great at surprises AND knowing your friends/family well. So…
Gear for Winter Kayaking

Gear for Winter Kayaking

By Lee Richardson  What gear do you need to wear when kayaking in cold water or the winter? Winter kayaking means a change in the gear we need to bring with us. There are 3 main pieces of gear that you may want to consider having if you don’t already: something to cover your hands something to cover your head something to give protection from…
How to Care for Blundstones

How to Care for Blundstones

By Pam Mann Check out our selection of Blundstones How to properly care for Blundstone boots Blundstone boots, whether they are smooth leather or nubuck(suede), are very easy to care for.  With a little TLC they will last for many adventures! Smooth leather care The majority of Blundstone boots are made from a Greasy Kip Leather. This leather is treated at the factory to be…
Proper care for a Baffled Jacket

Proper care for a Baffled Jacket

How to keep your Baffled, or puffy, jacket in great shape   We have all seen those baffled, or puffy quilt looking, winter jackets around town. Heck, you are probably the proud owner of one if you are reading this! They keep us warm and cozy and make for great pillows in a pinch. Proper care for a technical jacket is vital to its longevity…
How to pick a winter jacket for the west coast

How to pick a winter jacket for the west coast

What to look for in a winter jacket for the west coast It is that time of year again. The leaves are changing colours, the mornings are darker and the evenings shorter. Autumn is here on the west coast and it will not be long before winter has come as well. For some, this is the worst news they have heard all year. For others,…
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