IMG_7329Chris Gragtmans talks about IR’s 2015 Arch Rival Drysuit.  He’s been using the Arch Rival for the last year and was able to provide a quick rundown of its benefits.

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How to wear your PFD

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ASTRAL Designs is based in Asheville North Caroilna and makes the world’s most innovative and comfortable Life Jackets and Footwear.  If you’re a paddler chances are you’re aware of Astral or own an Astral product.  More specifically, if you paddle whitewater you may know of the Greenjacket and Seawolf PFDs.  Even more specifically, you might […]

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Astral Porter

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The Porter from Astral is a comfortable outdoor sneaker for those looking for a balance of durability and breathability, as well as traditional boat shoe aesthetics.  How is the user experience of the Astral Porter (MSRP $85)?  Well first things first, I have general criteria that any outdoor footwear must have.   Kyle’s Outdoor Footwear […]

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Accent Premier Edge Touring Paddle

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The Premier Edge from Accent is a powerful, high performance touring paddle for those high angle paddlers looking to optimize their paddle strokes.  How is the user experience of the Accent Premier Edge touring paddle (MSRP $275)?  Well, first things first, I have general criteria that any touring paddle must have. Kyle’s Touring Paddle Criteria […]

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Immersion Research Kling-On Empire Spray Skirt

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The Kling-On Empire from Immersion Research is a reliable, highly durable spray skirt for those looking to avoid implosion or explosion while on the river/creek while accommodating a variety of cockpit rims.  How is the user experience of the Immersion Research Kling-On Empire (MSRP $190)? Well, first things first, I have general criteria that any […]

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Trust Your Gear “The Sprayskirt” – Whitewater Grand Prix Reflections by Chris Gragtmans

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The 2014 Whitewater Grand Prix lived up to every bit of hype and expectation.  This two weeks of competition is an intense combination of great times with friends, awe in the face of what Mother Nature can produce with moving water, and pressure to compete as well as possible in six consecutive stages.  When confronted […]

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Shred Ready Standard Full Face Helmet

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The Standard Full Face from Shred Ready is a reliable, customizable watersports helmet for those looking for affordable protective gear that accommodates a variety of head shapes and sizes.  How is the user experience of the Shred Ready Standard Full Face (MSRP $120)? Well, first things first, I have general criteria that any watersports helmet must have. […]

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Accent Premier Rogue Bent Whitewater Paddle

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The Premier Rogue Bent from Accent is a very powerful, highly durable whitewater paddle for those looking for more power on the river/creek while reducing shoulder and joint fatigue.  How is the user experience of the Accent Premier Rogue Bent whitewater paddle (MSRP $340)? Well, first things first, I have general criteria that any whitewater paddle must have. […]

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Surf Juice

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Two of my passions and hobbies are surfing and juicing.  And on two notable occasions this Spring and Summer I have shared these experiences with friends.  At the bottom of this post you’ll notice the gear that was used on these excursions.  I have listed the kayaking gear that helped make these outings enjoyable, plus […]

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Ocoee Power Dump

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Dams on the Ocoee River in Tennessee normally re-route water around the river bed through wooden flumes which generate over 20,000 kilowatts of electricity. In Spring, Summer and Fall the Tennessee Valley Authority is kind enough to allow some of its precious water resource dump through its natural waterway to generate another kind of power, […]

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