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Monthly Archives: December 2012

H2Outfitters Towbelt Review

Overview From H2Outfitters: “The H2O towbelt has been designed over the years with function, comfort, and ease of use in mind. It is a valuable piece of safety equipment for any kayaker and because you wear it, you’ll have it available no matter what kayak you use.” Review I have been using the H2Outfitters towbelt … Continue reading »

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An under-appreciated roll to add to your skill set

I come to praise the back deck (aka rodeo) roll, not to bury it. Maligned by many whitewater devotees and almost unheard of among the sea kayaking clan, this technique for escaping the oxygen-free paddling position offers benefits worth considering:  Its primary virtue is that it’s quick. With almost no set-up, you can initiate the … Continue reading »

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KayakDave.com Gear of the Year Awards 2012

In celebration of our Anniversary our staff would like to present to you our first annual KayakDave.com Gear of the Year Awards! We had the opportunity to review dozens of amazing outdoor products over the course of the year thanks in large part to our great sponsors. These awards represent the most exciting, innovative, and … Continue reading »

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Welcome aboard Captain Hank!

We are pleased to announce our newest addition to the Kayak Dave writing team. Henry Dorfman, aka “Captain Hank,” is a seasoned whitewater and sea kayaker from Cincinnati, Ohio. With over 20 years of watersport experience under his belt, Captain Hank holds an omnipresent list of paddling destinations including having paddled all five Great Lakes … Continue reading »

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Transition from whitewater to sea kayak roll

What factors make the transition from rolling a whitewater kayak to rolling a sea kayak so challenging? The KayakDave.com staff chimes in: Captain Hank’s Take: My club has roll coaching and practice year round, employing indoor and outdoor pools. I’ve noticed that whitewater paddlers often have trouble making the transition to a sea kayak and … Continue reading »

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KayakDave.com Celebrates First Anniversary!!!

It’s hard to believe that it’s already been a year since KayakDave.com was launched! It feels like yesterday when I opened our old WordPress.com account and wrote the first post; a review of the Werner Ikelos paddle. Since then, KayakDave.com has expanded to include 5 authors who have contributed over 240 total posts in categories … Continue reading »

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Photo of the Week: Winds of Change

I took advantage of the spring-like weather earlier this week to take the Long walk down Plymouth Beach. It’s been years (probably 5 or more) since I’ve walked the beach but it was easy to pick up on how much things have changed. The washouts have grown in breadth and number, the scrub pines are … Continue reading »

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BioLite Camp Stove Review

Overview: “The BioLite Camp Stove, designed for outdoor adventure and emergency preparedness, makes cooking on wood as clean, safe and easy as petroleum fuels while powering electronics off-grid.” – Biolite The Deets: Packed Size: 8.25in tall by 5in wide Weight: 33oz Fuel: Biomass (twigs, wood pellets, split wood, ect.) Boil Time: 3.5 to 8 mins … Continue reading »

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NRS Ninja PFD Review

Overview: “The low-profile NRS Ninja PFD is so comfortable, you’ll forget you have it on. Designed for freestyle kayakers and other active boaters, this compact life jacket gives you total freedom of movement.” – NRS The Deets: PFD Type: USCG approved Type 3 (Flotation aid) Style: Side-entry, Unisex Designed flotation: 16.5lbs Pockets: x1 front pocket … Continue reading »

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