Product Reviews

DISCLAIMER: No amount of guns, explosives, ammunition or anything can save me, or you, from ourselves! Every project, writeup, review, opinion, thought, tangent, comment, recipe, instruction or whatever you find herein is to be taken with a million grains of salt and the realization that this is written by a complete amateur with little intrinsic sense of self preservation. Basically, these are the ramblings of a sometimes trained but frequently clueless monkey who can and does get hurt doing this, and you probably won't fair any better yourself! Proceed at your own risk!

This will be an ongoing chart where I compare boats i've paddled to each other along some common categories. I'll try and maintain this as best as I can! This is a list for river running, up to class IV, and I've used to determine what boat I want to get into when I think I'm... Read More

Doesn't the fun look like a great boat in that picture? Nice and vertical, long controllable ends, the bow is down and balanced. It looks pretty sick right?Myself and a good friend that I consider largely my playboating equal, Tim Layzell, thought maybe so a few years back. Tim... Read More

It's no secret. I'm a huge fan of Jackson Kayaks. I pretty much exclusively paddle them. There's a variety of reasons, but many of them relate to the fact I just feel that the way EJ makes his boats work really well for my build. His company also tends to cater to most builds... Read More

I've now been paddling the Nirvana since the fall of 2017, which at the time of this review puts me at about six months or so of paddling this boat. I've taken it on class 4 rivers, I've done back to back comparisons on my favorite sections of river for judging boats with my... Read More

It's nice to have good friends. It's even better when they're similar enough builds to you, and the best when they all also paddle Jackson Kayaks. That was the story of getting on the river today. The Nirvana large had just hit the local paddle shop, and one friend had already... Read More

The short version goes like this:Got boat, compared to 2016 rockstar I just didn't like it.Paddled on a personally challenging Creek, wasn't sold on it.Paddled on creek in my comfort level, started to dig it.Ran more rivers, kept digging it more. Changed how I do squirts, worked... Read More

The AT Eddy has been my primary paddle since I really got into paddling, and remains my primary paddle of choice. I picked my first one up with my first boat years ago. I got a heck of a deal on it from Next Adventure, and I have to say I was impressed by the quality of the... Read More

While traveling back east to visit family, I decided to go paddle some whitewater with my girlfriend. Unfortunately, we not only had to pay to demo kayaks, but if wanted a paddle worth a damn we had to pay to demo them. Rather than put money towards nothing, I instead put the... Read More

This article is a work in progress. Better photos, supporting documents, and complete information to come.The nice thing about kayaks, is once you get a handful of them, if you're savy you can just keep juggling them around to get new ones. Sell two cheap ones, get one nice one... Read More

I've tried a LOT of playboats. I've hunted high and low trying to find what works best for me. One of the cool things about kayaking is that the equipment does make a notable difference. A lot of egomaniacs will try and go "rah rah rah it's not the boat it's the paddler!" and... Read More

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