Michael Mechan

Sperry Top-Sider SON-R Ping Review

This gear review was originally published in Adventure Kayak magazine. Known for inventing the first boat shoe in 1935, sperry top-sider has released a new line of rugged,...

In Praise of Fast

Whoever said canoeing should be all about slowing down missed the boat. North America’s first recorded regattas date back to the 1850s when participants enjoyed leisure paddling,...

MEC Fulcrum Tour PFD Review

This gear review was originally published in Adventure Kayak magazine. MeC’s new side-entry touring PFD fits a wide variety of body types. Women and barrel-chested men benefit from horizontally split, expandable front floatation panels and everyone...

North Water Regulation Micro Tow Review

This gear review was originally published in Adventure Kayak magazine. Half the size of north water’s steadfast and proven sea tec, the waist-worn Micro tow system allows for a...

NRS Ninja Review

Like a ninja should be, this PFD is so low profile we barely knew it was there. Its side entry, compact design makes this a great vest for freestylers....

WRSI Trident Review

There’s good reason why WRSI’s helmets are trusted on the river—they use multiple layers of hard plastic and shock-absorbing foam to reduce repeated impact forces better than other helmets....

Top Spring Whitewater Park and Play

Rapid magazine's top picks for class III Spring park and play rivers, perfect for practicing your freestyle moves.  BLADDER WAVE, Main Payette, ID Found at the bottom of the...

Betcha Didn’t Know About… Woodpeckers

There are nearly 200 different species of woodpeckers—19 call North America home. The ivory-billed woodpecker was long thought to be extinct...