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Monthly Archives: May 2013

MTI Slipstream Lifejacket Review

Overview: “Ultra-low profile 3D cut foam with racer back and Z-Strap cinch down technology. Mesh Air Flow System interior with memory foam comfort cushions. 2 cargo pockets with soft fleece hand warmers. Stretch mesh pocket with media portal for radio antenna or headphones cord. Solas reflective tape.” – MTI Adventurewear The Deets: PFD Type: USCG … Continue reading »

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Photo of the Week: “Float Into the Mystic”

Erin and I enjoyed a wonderful weekend in Mystic, CT earlier this month where we explored the Mystic Aquarium, Toured the Mystic Shipyard, and caught a whiff of the famous Mystic Pizza downtown! We were sans kayaks on this trip but I captured this pair of paddlers floating into the Mystic at sunset! Cue Van … Continue reading »

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New Kayak Spotlight: Point 65n Mercury

The idea concept of a collapsible kayak has been around for a while with inflatable and folding kayaks dominating this space in the paddle-sphere. These collapsible kayaks are a nice option for folks who don’t have the space to store or a means to transport a full-length kayak. I’ve personally struggled with this very problem … Continue reading »

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Bridging the Gap (and Running it Too!)

Anyone that grew up with a big, extended family knows the triumphs and challenges that families, and communities, encounter.  There are the firsts and the lasts, and everything in between.  As with all of the places one can find water, one can find someone on it in a little boat.  Fresh or salt, fast or … Continue reading »

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Power Practical Lithium 1800mAh Battery Review

Overview: “The rechargeable 1800 mAh lithium ion battery with USB port is perfect for charging your cell phone or MP3 player on the go.”  – Power Practical   The Deets: Charge Time: 3-4 hours (at 2.5W) Capacity: 1800mAh Inputs:  Mini-USB port (2.5W, 0.5A max) Outputs: Standard USB port (2.5W, 0.5A max) Physical Size: 1.75 x … Continue reading »

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Photo of the Week – “Bear Island Lighthouse”

Here is an example of a more colorful photo of the Acadian coastline that I promised after posting the dreary “Cranberry Crossing” photo last week. The weather finally broke on the final day of our 2011 Acadia trip and I had the distinct pleasure of leading a small group of college friends that I had … Continue reading »

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Exciting New Whitewater Paddling Gear for 2013!

Spring is in the air here at The Outfitters Shop at Zoar Outdoor.  We can’t smell the flowers just yet, but we know what time of year with all of the new whitewater gear hitting the shelves! The 2013 paddling season is primed to be a great one thanks to this assortment of new whitewater … Continue reading »

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The staff at is very excited to announce the launch of our new Whitewater Category in collaboration with the folks at Zoar Outdoor! Zoar is based on the Deerfield River in Western Massachusetts and is one of the primer whitewater outfitters in the Northeast. They offer a wide range of services to the paddling … Continue reading »

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Valley Gemini ST Review

 Overview: “At 37.5lbs (17kg) the first thing you’ll notice about the ST is how light and easy it is to handle. Whether carrying the kayak on your shoulder or loading it on your car, it takes the chore out of getting to the water. On the water it handles like a longer kayak; moderately rockered, … Continue reading »

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Outfit your Kayak with Vessel ID Stickers!

Imagine if you found a kayak floating alone on the water with a paddle and PFD in the cockpit but no paddler in sight. There are a lot of reasons why this could happen: maybe someone is in the water, maybe they are stranded somewhere, or maybe the kayak decided to slip off of its … Continue reading »

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