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Review of paddling gear from CCK staff

Double Trouble

Matt Palmariello Tandem paddling is dynamic, fast and fun.  It’s an awesome way to spend time on the water with friends & family.  For the less experienced, it can be a wonderful tool to help build technique and a way … Continue reading

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California Spring in the Jackson Zen

The Jackson Zen 65 has made my spring here in the California Sierras.  Every day I have spent in this boat, I have found happiness.  I started kayaking 16 years ago and my first boat was a Wave Sport Lazer, … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #3 – Whitewater Kayaks

True whitewater boats are quite different from recreational or sea kayaks. They have a very different purpose – to avoid obstacles instead of covering distance. As such, they turn easily but are hard to make go straight. And while you … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #3 – Sea Kayaks

First off, paddling a boat on the ocean doesn’t make it a sea kayak. A sea kayak is determined by what a boat is capable of, regardless of the location it’s paddled. Sea kayaks are designed to handle rough waters, … Continue reading

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Jackson Zen Kayak Review

by Bryant Burkhardt The Zen is the new river runner from the great people at Jackson Kayaks. It is a moderate volume boat that comes in three different sizes (55,65,75), with a planing hull and relatively soft edges. It is … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #2 – Recreational Kayaks

Recreational is a very general term, and recreational kayaks covers a wide range of boats. This is the category for people who are looking to just go out and have some fun on the water. If you have a more … Continue reading

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Boat Primer #1

We get asked all kinds of questions about all kinds of boats, so we thought we would try to put some of the basic information here on the blog so people can get started. Paddling is a simple and fun … Continue reading

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Wildwasser Convertible Zip Sprayskirt

Sometimes it’s the simple ideas that are the best. Quite often when you’re kayaking on the lake, especially here in California, it’s nice and calm and warm and sunny. You don’t really need a spray skirt. But maybe it gets … Continue reading

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Liquid Logic Stomper mini-review

by Bryant Burkhardt First, I’m calling this a mini-review since I’ve only been able to get the Stomper 80 out for one day on a class III stretch. Not nearly enough time or enough whitewater to really evaluate it. But … Continue reading

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TideRace Xplore – S

by Bryant Burkhardt One brand of kayaks that I really want to spend more time in are the TideRace boats. They are a relatively new British company but with a long history of boat design behind it. Their boats combine … Continue reading

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