One of the first things I learned about whitewater kayaking culture when I started to get into the sport 5 years ago was that if you swim on the river, tradition compels you to drink a beer out of your bootie/paddling shoe (or your primary rescuer’s bootie, depending on the crew and the amount of… View Article
Because we love our customers we want to send one lucky kayaker on a dream vacation this winter. Our friends at Amazing Vacations Costa Rica have teamed up with us to bring one lucky person an incredible winter paddling experience in the warm rivers of Costa Rica. CKS has partnered with Amazing Vacations Costa Rica… View Article
Think you have it all for your next river trip? Think again!
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The Surge offers a racing blade that can take a beating. The fiberglass makes it great for paddling anything from big water to low volume creeking.
AIRE’s SPUD is a full blown playboat. It is great for SUPers who want to kayak and catch waves on the fly. It can, and will, surf everything. For not being a hardboat, this inflatable shreds right off the bat. Wearing the thigh straps is a must to really edge it. Over the summer, I’ve… View Article
Stephanie Kasun, of Steamboat Springs, Colorado, is a true go-getter. In the late summer and early fall, she hammering the uphills on Emerald Mountain and bombing, at full speed, back downtown. In the winter, she’s fully immersed in the white room. Whether it’s waking up at 6:30 am to be the first making turns in… View Article
The features of hydroskin are the most advanced of any wetsuit I’ve come across. Hydroskin isn’t neoprene at all, in fact it’s not even oil-based like all other wetsuits. Hydroskin is made of a material developed by NRS called “Terraprene.” This is going to sound crazy, but it actually is made of limestone! Terraprene is thinner by a longshot than a traditional neoprene suit; a 4/3mm thickness neoprene suit is fairly equivalent to the 0.5mm Hydroskin. Give hydroskin a stretch, and you’ll see it shining back at you.
I participated in rigorous guide training this year, flipping my raft in rapids on purpose, as many as 8 times in one day. The exhaustion of swimming and the extra stuff on my chest was just too much when trying to pull myself back in. That’s when I took a step back and started debating what I really needed. Did I really need all this stuff in my pockets? How often am I really going to be the one live bait v-lowered in a rescue scenario? As a kayaker last season, I witnessed a tow tether connected to a swamped creek boat wrap on a bridge pylon and the rescue belt not release when the kayaker towing the unmanned boat started to sink under the water. Is that how I want to practice rescues anyway? Do I HAVE to have a quick-release belt?
What’s the ONE item you won’t hit the river or lake without? No matter what your next river adventure beholds, don’t forget to bring pack your favorite dry bag or dry bags. Especially convenient is Sea to Summit’s 1-Litre Dry Bag, guaranteed to fit your most precious cargo – your cell phone! We can’t imagine… View Article
A Repost from 2013 https://cksblog.com/2013/04/kyle-smith-reviews-the-snapdragon-armortex-exp-sprayskirt/ Helmet. Check. PFD. Check. Paddle. Check. Boat. Check. Hmmm what am I missing… Spray Decks…Probably one of the dullest items to talk about in kayaking, yet, possibly the most essential additional piece besides the kayak itself. Spray decks, no matter how durable they are to begin with, eventually wear out… View Article
All in all, these are both fantastic class I-IV helmets. They are top of the line in safety for their coverage and made by renowned companies. Choosing between them comes down to your style and head shape. A rounder head should go with the Zeta and a narrow head should go with the Strutter. Don’t forget to let your style make the decision for you because it’s really all about looking good on the river.
Oh man it’s about to get real… You applied for all those trips on Recreation.gov because your friends begged you to and you actually won a permit. First off, take a moment to be stoked, because the odds are getting worse and worse every year for getting a private permit. Some rivers, like the Selway or Yampa Canyon have about a 2% success rate.