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Monthly Archives: July 2012

Duct Tape Kayak – Build Day 7

During today’s build we broke out the PINK duct tape and began laying down the deck. Alex took on the role of “tape master” and did a fabulous job. We started at the bow and stern where the float bags helped to provide the desired curve in the deck. Once past the float bags we … Continue reading »

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What is Wilderness Systems “Aspiring” to do? A prediction of the Aspire 105

For the review of the Wilderness Systems Aspire 105, follow this link: Wilderness Aspire 105 Review July 30, 2012 – Posted by Alex For the past several weeks Wilderness Systems have been shooting out various teasers on their social media flatforms Twitter (via handle @WildySystems) and Facebook about their future kayak release. Only relinquishing “sneak peaks” … Continue reading »

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Duct Tape Kayak – Build Day 6

It’s Duct Tape Time!!! With our PVC frame about 95% complete (everything aside from a few extra struts) it was finally time to begin work on the duct tape skin. This stage turned out to be a lot of fun and we were able to quickly see the kayak come together before our eyes! Taping … Continue reading »

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EMS Packable Daypack Review

I was pleasantly surprised to discover the EMS Packable Daypack on the sale rack of my local EMS store earlier this week while shopping with my mom. Literally, my first impression was “I’m psyched about this backpack!” My mom concurred and we left the store with one of each color! Here’s why: The EMS Packable … Continue reading »

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Werner Paddle Comparison: Little Dipper vs. Athena

Round two in our head-to-head comparison of Werner touring paddles pits the Little Dipper versus the Athena. Both of these paddles represent the small-range (with respect to blade area) of Werner’s low-angle touring paddles. The blade area makes these two paddles well suited for smaller paddlers or those with injuries who are looking for low-impact … Continue reading »

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Photo of the Week: “Glowing Hot Air”

My girlfriend Meaghan and I spent this past weekend at the South County Hot Air Balloon Festival in Kingston, RI. She’d mentioned her dream of going up in a hot air balloon on numerous occasions and I figured that this festival was a golden opportunity to shine! The true destination of our trip was classified … Continue reading »

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Duct Tape Kayak – Build Day 5

Today we powered through an epic build session that extended late into the night. Work continued on gluing the frame together and figuring out any kinks that came up along the way. This included re-working the lines of the bow and stern section, adjusting a few of the stations along the keel, and working around … Continue reading »

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P&H Delphin Review

The Deets: Material: Polyethylene (Whitewater-spec upgrade available) Length: 15ft (Delphin 150), 15ft 9in (Delphin 155) Width: 21.6in (Delphin 150), 22.5in (Delphin 155) Weight: 53.9lbs (Delphin 150), 58.4lbs (Delphin 155) MSRP: $1899 P&H introduced its “play-the-sea” class of sea kayaks for the 2011 paddling season with the Delphin (polyethylene) and Aries (composite) models. The vision for … Continue reading »

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Necky Manitou 13 Review

The Deets: Material: Polyethylene Length: 12′ 10.5″ Width: 24.75″ Weight: 45 lbs Weight Capacity: 325 lbs MSRP: $849.99 Alex’s take: One might say that the Manitou 13 by Necky is the most versatile fleet kayak available on the market today. Built from Necky’s durable polyethylene plastic material, the Manitou 13 is a kayak designed to … Continue reading »

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Photo of the Week: “Evening Ride”

This photo captures two riders on horseback (my girlfriend Meaghan and my sister Catherine) walking on a gravel path at Chipaway Stables in Acushnet, MA. The sun was setting behind the fields on the right of the image and cast a warm glow on the trunk of the tree in the foreground. Leading lines from … Continue reading »

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