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Why Hammocks Rock

Why Hammocks Rock

Hammocks: the fun way to pack light and camp We all loved hammocks as a kid even though it wasn’t always easy to figure out how to get into them. Hammocks as shelter have recently taken off in western cultures although they have been around for a very long time. A hammock is a very versatile option to replace the conventional tent shelter for outdoor…
How to care for Goretex

How to care for Goretex

Proper maintenance and care for Goretex and other waterproof fabrics We all love our Goretex on the west coast – or should we say wet coast. There is always that fear, however, of being out on the trail when the rain kicks in and as you look down at your sleeve you notice some of the drops absorbing rather than beading up. So what can…
Why you need to wear sunglasses

Why you need to wear sunglasses

How to find the right sunglasses, and why you need to get them TODAY We all think about sunglasses in the summer time when it is bright out and harder to see. Plus who doesn’t like finally getting to put on their sunglasses and walk outside to a bright summer day? Sunglasses, however, are such an important accessory that they should be worn year round.…
Top Five reasons we love Icebreaker Merino

Top Five reasons we love Icebreaker Merino

Icebreaker Merino is a great clothing line. Here are the top five reasons why we love this brand.   Maybe you don’t know about Icebreaker Merino Wool yet. Maybe you’ve just heard about it but have not tried any yourself. Maybe you have tried it but don’t really know that much about the clothing. Well, we wanted to let you in on the top five reasons…
Top Gift ideas for the Paddler

Top Gift ideas for the Paddler

Don’t know what to get the paddler on your list for Christmas? We can help with that. Whether you are looking to get that one perfect large ticket item or fill a stocking with goodies we have the low down on what the paddler in your life is dreaming about for Christmas. Hint: it’s not sugarplums. Big item list 1) A new paddle It’s always…
Build Your Own Kayak with a Kayak Kit

Build Your Own Kayak with a Kayak Kit

Building Your Own Kayak has suddenly become easy with Kayak Kits from Made Kayaks Ocean River is proud to announce a very exciting new product into the store: Skin on Frame Kayak Kits by Made Kayaks on Gabriola Island. What is included and what are they? The Kayak Kits from Made Kayaks allow you to build your own high-quality kayak without hassle or guesswork. All the…
Life Jackets and PFD’s, do you really need to wear them?

Life Jackets and PFD’s, do you really need to wear them?

Life Jackets and PFD’s, do you really need to wear them? Transport Canada’s Small Vessel Regulations state that: “PFD’s must be comfortable and functional enough to be worn at all times. Highly visible, short models with pockets for distress flares, radio, and whistle are preferable”.  You should also be aware that the Transport Canada regulations also apply to stand up paddle boards, even when leashed. …
Do You Really Need a GPS?

Do You Really Need a GPS?

Do you really need to take a GPS on your paddling adventures? The simple answer is no, but there are some very compelling reasons why they can be a valuable asset. However, if you do decide to try one, don’t expect to be able to plug in your destination and happily follow the arrow and turn directions until you arrive. The small handheld units suitable…
Paddling With Warm Hands

Paddling With Warm Hands

Hand Wear for Paddling Every paddler has a different opinion of what constitutes the best way to keep your hands warm while paddling. Of course, a lot of the decision is based on the conditions you expect to be paddling in. It’s because of  varying conditions when paddling that you will probably end up owning a couple or even several pairs of hand wear. Besides…
Emergency Communication Electronics for Paddlers

Emergency Communication Electronics for Paddlers

There are a lot of Emergency Communications Electronics available for the paddler It makes a lot of sense for paddlers to carry some kind of electronic communication device for the additional level of safety they can provide, especially now with their compact size and affordability. If you’re in a life-threatening situation the advantage of being able to call for help and know that your distress…
How to Choose the Right PFD

How to Choose the Right PFD

Lifejackets vs Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs) First off, let’s eliminate the confusion between Lifejackets and Personal Flotation Devices (PFDs). A true lifejacket is designed to turn an unconscious victim face up in the water. They have more buoyancy than a PFD, come in two sizes only and must be red, yellow or orange. They are bulkier and lack the comfort for long term recreational use.…
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