Water

Kayaks, canoes, rafting, SUP… where you get wet in the great outdoors.

$800 Fishing Waders

Before today, I had no idea that $800 fishing waders were in the realm of the possible. But Simms Fishing Products of Bozeman, Mont., can get you just that... Read More...

March 27, 2007

Meet the Aquaskipper

A man named Karl Wischnofske contacted me the other day about an oddball water-walking device called the Aquaskipper, made by the Camas, Washington, company Inventist Inc. This water trike works via a hopping motion that propels the pilot forward. A submerged hydrofoil gives lift and float, and the rig is purported to be able to […] Read More...

March 26, 2007

New York Times

My story on via ferrata climbing—see blog post below from 08/28/06—ran in New York Times today. Mike Santi, our Online Publisher, was on the front page of the Escapes section (screaming in the picture from the climb’s exposure, mind you!). Here’s the link. . . http://travel2.nytimes.com/2006/09/15/travel/escapes/15ferrata.html?ref=travel Read More...

September 15, 2006

Riverboarding Video

My column on riverboarding ran in today’s Seattle PI. See here: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/getaways/284807_gearjunkie14.html Also, check out the video below. This is from “Ice” — the kind man from www.facelevel.com who set The Gear Junkie up for a riverboarding excursion in July. Read More...

September 14, 2006

Riverboarding

Just off Interstate Highway 70 in eastern Utah, in the steep topography north of its namesake town, the snaking Green River cuts a deep gorge through a backdrop of desert monoliths and thousand-foot cliffs. My view of this gorge last month on a visit to the area was from a riverboard, soaking wet and half submerged at face level with the whitewater. Read More...

August 12, 2006

Ispo show highlights

As one of the world's largest outdoors and fitness-sports exhibitions, Ispo brings together a diverse group of international companies to provide a peek at worldwide recreational trends. Indeed, at this year's summer show, held July 3 - 5, exhibitors from 46 countries were present, and only a small percentage of companies on the show floor were American. Read More...

August 2, 2006

Bic Yakka Review – Fold-In-Half Kayak

The company's Yakka kayaks, which include three models, are nearly identical boats with rigid plastic hulls and inflatable sidewalls. For storing and transporting the Yakka kayaks, Bic Sport added hinges to the middle of the hull, letting you fold the boat in half and tuck it away in the bed of a pickup or, perhaps, your closet in a cramped city apartment. Read More...

July 13, 2006

Hydracare water bladder cleaning kits

You know it’s time to clean your hydration bladder when: A) Live algae has sprouted in a crease; B) Water that goes in pure comes out tasting literally fishy; or, C) That strange and swampy odor seeping from your CamelBak is eliciting vocal complaints from your hiking buddies. Read More...

November 25, 2005

Ironman Swim

In mid-September, the Gear Junkie is signed up to compete in Ironman Wisconsin, a full-scale Ironman triathlon event that includes a 2.4-mile swim, a 112-mile bike and a 26.2-mile marathon run. In addition to some serious training and mental commitment, several key pieces of gear will help me swim, pedal and limp my way through the course. Read More...

September 24, 2005

Johnson Outdoors, boat review roundup

Johnson Outdoors Inc. is a recreational conglomerate that oversees such well-known water sports brands as Old Town, Ocean Kayak, Carlisle, Escape, Extrasport and Necky. Over the course of the past four months, I've had the chance to test three Johnson Outdoors boat models at locations as far flung as the Mississippi River in central Minnesota and the Pacific Ocean just south of California's Big Sur. Read More...

August 23, 2005

National Geographic Road Atlas

The National Geographic Road Atlas: Adventure Edition takes everything Rand McNally does right and adds even more pertinent information for fellow vagabonds and weekend warriors. Read More...

November 13, 2004

Mares diving equipment — snorkeling, SCUBA

To the outside observer, the foundational equipment from any sport -- be it a bike tire, a canoe paddle or a snorkeling mask -- appear unchanged from year to year. But anyone close to the sport sees the new designs, the incremental gains and every subtle product improvement manufacturers make. Read More...

June 13, 2004

Wenonah canoe review

Wenonah's Spirit II, a sleek all-purpose canoe made for multi-day trips, is available in several configurations. The Kevlar version weighs a miniscule 42 pounds and costs $2,099; the base model, a 68-pound boat made of a plastic material called Royalex, costs just $1,199. They are the exact same canoe, just made with different materials. Read More...

May 15, 2004
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