Author: Neil Schulman

Is a Crossover Kayak For You?

Every sport goes through trends and innovations. Sometimes it’s revolutionary: mountain bikes first appeared on the scene in Marin County and created a completely new sport. Big wall gear opened up a whole new climbing world when Warren Harding climbed El...

How to Keep Warm for Winter Kayaking

Most kayakers hang their boats up for the winter. That’s a mistake. Winter is often the best paddling season: no crowds, lots of water in many regions of the country, and a rarified rugged environment. But not surprisingly, winter paddling...

Gear That Refuses To Go Obsolete

New gear comes out every day. Stuff gets lighter, stronger, with more bells and whistles. Jackets sprout MP3-conduits in the hoods, and you can use a stove to recharge your iPhone. Amidst all this one-upmanship, some things that seem to...

Gear for Camping Out of Sea Kayaks

Packing a kayak for a sea journey involves some special gear demands. You’ll be camping on beaches. There will be lots of salt, sand, wind, damp, condensation, and little shelter if it rains. And packing a sea kayak is trickier than...

Gear for the Lightweight Photographer

Think of the classic image of a photographer in the backcountry. It’s some poor soul wearing a nerdy vest crammed with lenses, grunting and sweating under a heavy pack and a giant tripod while everyone else prances around with light...

7 Outdoor Businesses to Be Proud Of

The outdoor industry has always been a blend of passion and business: people who love their sport and the places they ply it in, who also have to make a living in an increasingly competitive world. Here are some companies...

Sneak Peek: Kokatat Idol Drysuit

Kokatat watersports wear, the Arcata, CA-based kayaking drysuits and technical paddling apparel, seeks to revolutionize the drysuit market with the Gore-Tex Idol, a two-piece drysuit that can also be worn in its component parts. “We believe this new concept will...

The Nordkapp Turns 40

When they hit 40, people are just entering their professional prime. 40-year old whisky is damn good. On the other hand, a 40-year old car is an outdated design, and a 40-year old computer had vacuum tubes and took up...

Review: the Reggie by Saltwood Paddles

Saltwood Paddles, which launched in 2011, makes handcrafted paddles that blend the tradition of wood with high-tech carbon fiber and fiberglass. Aimed at performance paddlers who enjoy rough water and take their equipment seriously, Saltwood’s design show serious craftsmanship and...

7 Versatile Sea Kayaks

Kayaks are like cars. There are gear haulers, spin-on-dime rally cars that rocket around corners, bee-lining speedsters, and rugged all-wheel-drive rigs that keep you relaxed when the weather turns nasty. Here’s a selection that will take you wherever you want...