Michael Mechan

Editorial: The Three Types of Fun

This editorial about the outdoor Fun Scale originally appeared in Canoeroots and Family Camping magazine. It happens to me on most trips. Usually on a portage, the yoke grinding against my...

Lockbox Honor System

In 2010, the summer after I (finally) finished my undergraduate de­gree, I went on a road trip. In four and a half weeks, I drove over 10,000 miles in...

The Mechanics of Personal Flotation

Thanks to Archimedes, we know that an object immersed in fluid is buoyed upward by a force equal to the weight of the fluid the object displaces. In other...

How To Make An Award-Winning Paddling Film

Every year, Rapid Media’s Reel Paddling Film Festival receives stacks of entries from pro and amateur filmmakers all over the world. Short-listed films have some basic elements in common....

Top Park ‘n’ Huck Spots

Park your car and get right on the water with these three destinations.    VALLEY FALLS, Tygart River, WV Check the gauge for levels ranging from 3.7 to 4.7 feet,...

Kokatat Rogue Review

The lightest of the tops we've tested, Kokatat’s high-performance expedition top offers an ideal mix of protection where you need it with breathability where you want it. High wear...

NRS Revolution Review

As soon as we got our hands on this dry top, we knew it was expedition-grade. The hefty 400-denier body and Cordura elbow patches provide protection from creek beds,...

Bomber Gear Bomb Long Sleeve Review

Bomber Gear splashes back onto the whitewater scene with a new line of dry gear including this flagship dry top. We found the Bomb’s highly water resistant, Sub-screen treated...

X-1 Surge Mini Waterproof Headphones

Dubstep is no longer reserved for kayak porn. Take your tunes on the water with these low-profile water-ready earbuds.  $50 | www.x-1.com This review appeared in Rapid, Spring 2013....