Why Your Kayak’s Specs Probably Don’t Matter All That...

A while back, I worked for a prominent international kayak company. I was fortunate to see the development process...

When Kayaker Meets Polar Bear

My two main passions are paddling and the North. Over the last four years, the North has been my...

Review: Mad River Canoe Explorer 16

In October 2020, Canadian boatbuilder Swift Canoe and Kayaks will take over manufacturing Mad River Canoe’s bestselling design, the...

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A Paddler’s Guide to Social Distancing

Iced in with nowhere to go? As more states and provinces recommend people work from home, stay home from school, cancel paddling events and...

AIRE Cub Inflatable Raft Review

Sometimes getting on the water is a head game and we just need a kick in the ass to...

Review: Esquif Zephyr 2.0 XL

I dug through the Rapid archives all the way back to 2006 to find my original review of the...

Pakayak Bluefin 14 Review

Until recently, a kayak’s off-water stealth didn’t factor into most paddlers’ purchasing decisions. Portable kayaks—an eclectic catch-all of inflatable,...

Creek Boat Review: Pyranha 9R II

When Pyranha released the original 9R in 2014, they rewrote the rulebook on creek boats. At the time, creeks...

3 Best Electric SUP Pumps For 2021

The trade-off for the convenience and easy portability of an inflatable SUP is the small hassle of inflation. Sure,...

Bear Safety Gear for Camping

“Your best defense in bear country is your brain—your knowledge and understanding of bears,” writes Steve Herrero in his...

The Best Paddling & Camping Gear For Your Next...

River guides know all the secrets to staying comfortable while camping, chilling and tending to chores in canyon country....

3 Reasons You Should Bring Your SUP To Mysterious...

Certain moments stay with you forever. This one at sunset with the local Intha fishermen of Inle Lake in...

Why Finland Is A Dream Destination For Your Next...

Morning mist rises from the water. Rocky, pine-clustered islands reflect perfectly in the glassy surface of the lake. A...

Paddleboarding Expedition at Isle Royale National Park

Isle Royale National Park is home to the longest-running study of any predator-prey system in the world––a dynamic between...

Darcy Gaechter Paddles the Amazon River Source to Sea

It took Darcy Gaechter 148 days to paddle the Amazon River—but it took her six years to write Amazon...

Pro Tips From Photographer Jan Kasl On Getting Your...

Jan Kasl’s ethereal image of kayaker Vavra Hradilek floating upon the psychedelic backdrop of a glacial river flowing into...

How To Canoe On Jell-O

Well before California’s stay-at-home order came into effect on March 19, 2020, Los Angeles photographer Erin Sullivan had a...

The Paddler’s Greatest Debates

Few topics get backcountry paddlers more fired up than debating the ethics of burning garbage on trip, or contesting...

Kevin Callan’s Secret Honey Hole

Canoe tripping has become far more popular over the last few years. That’s a good thing. Except when you’re...

Fact And Fiction Behind COVID-19’s Supposed Benefits For Climate,...

April 22, 2020, was an Earth Day like no other. Usually congested highways were empty. At least half the...
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Video: The River That Flows Both Ways

In August 2019, Brendan Davis and Kirk Muir Horton paddled 315 miles from source to sea down the Hudson...