Winter Kayak Gear Test

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It’s January 17, white and cold in Minneapolis. But I’ve got a race to prepare for. The Wenger Patagonian Expedition Race starts in three weeks. Today, I got out on an open stretch of the Minnesota River to paddle in Kokatat’s Gore-Tex Front Entry dry suit and to test out the Kinetik Wing paddle from Lendal.

My conclusions on the gear are still to come. For now, here are a couple shots from the training day action. —Stephen Regenold

Learning to use the wing-blade paddle on the Minnesota River

No leaks! An icy dip in the Kokatat dry suit

Paddling alone on the river

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Stephen Regenold is Founder of GearJunkie, which he launched as a nationally-syndicated newspaper column in 2002. As a journalist and writer, Regenold has covered the outdoors industry for two decades, including as a correspondent for the New York Times. A father of five, Regenold and his wife live in Minneapolis.
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