Brian Shields

Boat Review: Mad River Caption Canoe

In the very earliest years of this century Dagger abandoned its canoe business. And with that decision the mould for their Caption went to rest with the pigeons in...

How the Prospector Became Canoeing’s Most Enduring Design

The bones of countless battered Prospector canoes have rotted to dust on empty shorelines over the last century, but many more have died quietly in city backyards and northern...

Nova Craft Moisie Canoe Review

This review of Nova Craft Canoe's Moisie was originally published in Canoeroots and Family Camping magazine. Nova Craft has reinvented a boat...

14 Expert-Tested Ideas For Customizing Your Open Boat

Canoe modification techniques to ensure your boat is perfect for you.

Profile: Sky High

An open sky over vast wilderness is what Marina Droogers calls her office. Only 26 years old, Droogers flies canoeists, fishermen and hunters—and their seemingly endless piles of over-packed gear—in a 60-year-old...

Backcountry Canoe Repair

This article originally appeared in Canoeroots and Family Camping magazine. Nothing causes panic on a remote river trip like serious damage to your canoe. However, with a black bag of just...

Open Canoe Shootout

Open Canoe Shootout | Mad River and Esquif | Rapid Magazine This faceoff between two whitewater open canoes, the Mad River Outrage and the Esquif Zephyr, is from Rapid...

Shootout: Esquif Spark vs. Bell Ocoee Canoe Review

A comparison and review of the Esquif Spark and Bell Ocoee whitewater open canoes from Rapid magazine. At first glance , these two boats appear as disparate as apples...

Field Repair: Bring ’em Back Alive

Nothing causes panic on a remote river trip like serious damage to your canoe. However, with a black bag of just five items and the skill...