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Bob and Karen are seasoned veterans who have been instructing and guiding in the outdoors for years. As a result, they have had the opportunity to use and test a wide variety of equipment and apparel. Listed below are a few of their favorites.
(Bob and Karen do not sell these products or receive any commissions or money from the companies listed below. They provide these recommendations of products as a service. )








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Apparel
Books
Canoes and Kayaks
Chairs
Compasses
Decals
Dry Boxes and Bags
Flashlights
Footwear
Knives
Nutrition
Online Legacy
Outfitting
Paddling Accessories
Paddles
PFD's
Saws
Sleeping Pads and Bags
Sprayskirts
Sunglasses
Sunshelters
Tents and Tarps
Trailers
Videos
Web Design
Wind Gauges

 

Apparel

Green Extreme Outdoors – Buff Multi-Functional Headwear
Phone · 1-866-GREEN-EX Fax · 1-250-358-2353
Email · info@green-extreme.com Web site · www.green-extreme.com
Fun and versatile headwear (i.e. balaclava, neck warmer, hat). It is manufactured from 100% polyester micro-fiber, which is wind resistant, breathable and wicks moisture.

 

Kayak – International Soft-Wear, LTD
46 Main Street , Netcong , NJ 07857
Phone · 973-691-7400 or 888-655-2925 Fax · 973-691-7470 or 888-333-0991
Web site · www.kayaksportswear.com Email · kis@kayaksportswear.com
When you want to look sharp & be comfortable. Attractive outdoor clothing that’s quick drying and offers great sun protection.


NRS – Northwest River Supplies, Inc.
2009 S. Main Street, Moscow, Idaho 83843
Phone · 800-635-5202 Web site · www.nrsweb.com
Their Attack Shoe with Hypergrip delivers great traction on wet surfaces and their Hydroskin clothing is comfortable and functional wet or dry.


O·S·Systems Incorporated
PO Box 1088/33550 Se Santosh St., Scappoose, Oregon 97056-1088Phone · 503-543-3126 Fax · 503-543-3129
Web site · www.ossystems.com Email · Paddle@ossystems.com
High quality custom-made drysuits and paddling apparel.

 

0 2 Rainwear – Rain Shield, Inc.
5110A Cedar Lake Road, Minneapolis, MN 55416
Phone · 952-543-1894 or 888-543-1894 Fax · 952-543-1896
Web site · www.rainshield.com
Waterproof, breathable and lightweight rainwear made from 3M Propore Microporous Fabric. Great for our Grand Canyon and Honduras trips.


Outdoor Research (Wild Rose) - Technical Apparel for the Outdoor Woman
2203 1 st Avenue South , Seattle , WA 98134-1424
Phone · (800)-421-2421 Fax · (800) -421-2419
Web site · www.wrgear.com
Great clothing for outdoor women. The Atacama Rose Sunhat, Selway Rose Shorts and Yampa Rose Pants are a few of my favorites.

 

Books

Complete Sea Kayaker’s Handbook by Shelley Johnson
Publisher: McGraw-Hill - Published Date: 12/01/2001



Freestyle Canoeing: A Reference Guide to Advanced Solo Technique
by Mark & Becky Molina
348 East Palms Avenue , Fort Pierce , FL 34982 Telephone ● (561) 595-9793 Email ● BeckMark@aol.com


Sea Kayaking Safety & Rescue
by John Lull


Simple Kayak Navigation
by Ray Killen
Published by International Marine, a division of McGraw Hill
Email ● KayaKillen@comcast.net



Basic Canoeing: All the Skills You Need to Get Started (Basic How-To Guides)
By Jon Rounds , Taina Litwak , Skip Brown
Publisher: Stackpole Published Date: February, 2003
Web site ● www.aaabooksearch.com


Canoe Camping - An Essential Guide
by Mark Scriver
Publisher: the Heliconia Press
Web site ● www.helipress.com


Touring and Sea Kayaking – The Essential Skills and Safety

By Alex Matthews and Ken Whiting
Publisher: the Heliconia Press
Web site ● www.helipress.com

Canoes and Kayaks

Bell Canoe Works
25355 Highway 169, Zimmerman, MN 55398
Phone · (763) 856-2231 Fax · (763) 856-2581
Web site · www.bellcanoe.com Email · info@bellcanoe.com
A variety of high quality and performing canoes, paddles, kneeling pads (great for Freestyle) & other accessories

 

Current Designs
Unit 300, 770 Enterprise Crescent , Victoria , B.C. V8Z6R4
Phone · 250-479-0106 Fax · 250-479-0906
Email · info@cdkayak.com Web site · www.cdkayak.com


Dagger
P.O. Box 1500 , Harriman , TN 37748-1500
Phone · 865-882-0404 Web site · www.dagger.com
Manufacturer of sea kayaks and whitewater kayaks.


Epic Kayaks, Inc.
1124 Deleisseline Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone · 1-888-GET EPIC, ext. 114 Fax · 1 888 FAX EPIC
Email · greg@epickayaks.com Web site · www.epickayaks.com
These lightweight kayaks are fast, maneuverable and surprisingly stable. The 16’ Touring Cruiser’ and 18’ Touring Endurance are our favorites to use.

 


Esquif Canoes Inc.

108-b Industielle
Frampton Quebec  GoR 1M0
Phone (418) 479-5351  Fax (418) 479 5458
Email: info@esquif.com

www.esquif.com
If you are looking for high quality and a wide selection of canoes, this is the site.


Navarro Canoe Co. Inc.,
             
2219 3rd Avenue Rock Island, IL 61201
Phone: 563-265-1492 
Web site · www.navarrocanoes.com
These are some of the finest tripping and general recreational flat water canoes made.

 

Chairs

Travel Chair Company
PO Box 1757
Gig Harbor , WA 98335
Phone ·253-851-7519 Fax · 253-851-5359
Email · retailsales@travelchair.com Website · www.travelchair.com
High quality, portable travel chairs and furniture that are functional and durable.
We have tried less expensive models, but found these to be the best.

 

Compasses

Brunton
620 East Monroe, Avenue, Riverton, WY 82501
Phone · (307) 856-6559 Fax · (307) 856- 1840
Email · support@brunton.com Web site · www.brunton.com
Compass and Instructor Kits for all your navigation needs.

Nav-Aids
Chuck Sutherland
2210 Finland road, Green Lane, PA 18054
Phone · 215-453-9084
Email · skimmer@mail3.enter.net


Decals

Powerline Designz
PO Box 883069 , Steamboat Springs , CO 80488
Phone · 970-879-1056 Fax · 970-879-1398
Email · ktemple@cmn.net Web site · www.powerlinedesignz.com
High quality vinyl stickers of Southwest petroglyphs.


Dry Boxes and Bags

Kwik Tec
1472 W. Maple Avenue , Denver , Colorado 80223
Phone · 800-624-1297 Fax · 800-436-9219
Web site · www.airhead.com Email · kwiktek@airhead.com
Variety of dry bags for cell phones, cameras, VHF Radios, etc.


Pelican Products – Outdoor Products Division
23215 Early Avenue, Torrance, CA 90505
Phone · 310-326-4700 Fax · 310-326-3311
Web site · www.pelican.com
Tough and waterproof containers. The only dry boxes we trust, even on the Grand Canyon.

 

Watershed
2000 Riverside Drive , Asheville , NC 28804
Phone · 828-252-7111 Fax · 828-252-7107
Web site · www.drybags.com
Easy to use and high quality ZipDry Waterproof Drybags and Luggage. We highly recommend them for our Grand Canyon trips.

 

 

Flashlights

Princeton Tec
PO Box 8057, Trenton, NJ 08650
Phone · (800)-257-9080, ext. 102 Fax · (800) 390-7793
Email · dcozzone@princetontec.com Web site · www.princetontec.com
Check out their waterproof headlamps.

 

Footwear

Chaco
1407 4000 Lane, Paonia, CO 81428
Phone · 970-527-4990 Fax · 970-527-4997
Email · info@chacosan.com Web site · www.chacosan.com
We recommend these for our Grand Canyon trips. They offer superior traction over the competitors and are comfortable, as well.

 

Chota Outdoor Gear
PO Box 31137, Knoxville, TN 37930
Phone · 865-690-1814 Fax · 856-690-5605
Email · ChotaAkona@aol.com Web site · www.chotaoutdoorgear.com
Chota’s knee high Nunavut Mukluks are great for keeping your feet warm & dry.

 

 

CROCS
2639 N.E. 26 th Court , Ft. Lauderdale , FL 33306
Phone · (954) 565-7355 Fax · (954) 563-7077
Email · mike@crocs.com
Plastic clogs. They float and are great for Freestyle - when you need easy access to slip in and out of shoes.

 

Paxton’s Sandal Saver
PO Box 17980 , Richmond , VA 23226
Phone · (866) 729-8667 Fax · (425) 955-0498
Email · matt@paxtoniscool.com Web site · www.paxtoniscool.com
Cleans, sanitizes, and restores dirty and stinky sandals.

 

Knives

Columbia River Knife and Tool
9720 SW Hillman Court, Suite 805 , Wilsonville , Oregon 97070
Phone · 800-891-3100 Fax · (503) 682-9680
Web site · www.crkt.com Email · pgillespie@crkt.com
We recommend their Bear Claw River Knife with a serrated edge and Tear Drop Tip #2610


Nutrition


Clif Bar Inc.
1610 Fifth Street , Berkeley , CA 94710
Phone · 800-884-5254 Fax · 510-558-7881
Web site · www.clifbar.com
Nutritious and tasty sports bars. We especially like their Luna Bars.

 

Outfitting

Mike Yee Custom Outfitting
23 Norton Drive , Uxbridge , Ontario L9P 1R4 Canada
Phone · 905-649-1999
Email · mikeyee@sympatico.ca Web site · www.mikeyeeoutfitting.com
State of the art outfitting for whitewater and tripping canoes. We use nothing else.

Online Legacy

Lasting Legacy
2242 A First Ave, Fernandina Beach, FL 32034
Phone - (904) 468-0283

Email - Web site - www.lastinglegacy.com

The best in online legacies as well as story and memory preservation.

Paddling Accessories

Bell Canoe Works
25355 Highway 169, Zimmerman, MN 55398
Phone · (763) 856-2231 Fax · (763) 856-2581
Web site · www.bellcanoe.com Email · info@bellcanoe.com
Custom made Freestyle pads, paddles and canoeing accessories.

CCS – Cooke Custom Sewing
7290 Stagecoach Trail, Lino Lakes , MN 55014-1988
Phone · 651-784-8777 Fax · 651-784-4158
Web site · www.cookecustomsewing.com Email · cookiecan@aol.com
Outstanding lightweight tarps, paddling bags and other canoeing accessories

 

GAIA Paddlesports
215 Rocky Mount Road, PO Box 1067, Athens, TN 37371-1067
Phone · (888) 746-1313 Fax · (800) 842-4156
Email · jreynolds@pi-inc.com Web site · www.galaoutdoors.com
Quality Paddlesport Accessories

North Water
110-2331 Alberta Street , Vancouver , BC V5Y 4A7 – Canada
Phone · (604) 264-0827 Fax · (604) 264-0821
Web site · www.northwater.com Email · northwater@northwater.com
Rescue and paddling equipment.

NRS – Northwest River Supplies, Inc.
2009 S. Main Street, Moscow, Idaho 83843
Phone · 800-635-5202 Web site · www.nrsweb.com
Check out their new sea kayaking paddlefloat bag.


Paddlers Supply Company
25127 Centre City Pkwy. N., Escondido , CA 92026
Phone · (760) 739-8363 Fax · (760) 739-8580
Web site · www.paddlerssupply.com
Sea Kayaking Accessories

 

Paddles

Epic Kayaks, Inc.
1124 Deleisseline Blvd.
Mt. Pleasant, SC 29464
Phone · 1-888-GET EPIC, ext. 114 Fax · 1 888 FAX EPIC
Email · greg@epickayaks.com Web site · www.epickayaks.com
Wing paddles.



Sawyer – Paddles & Oars
299 Rogue River Parkway , Talent , Oregon 97540
Phone · 541-535-3606 Fax · 541-535-3606
Web site · www.sawyerpaddlesandoars.com
We recommend the Cedar FreestyleCanoe Paddle for Freestyle Canoeing and the beautiful Free Feather for kayak touring.


 

Werner Paddles, Inc.
PO Box 1139 , Sultan , WA 98294
Phone · 360-793-9488 Fax · 360-793-7343
Web site · www.wernerpaddles.com
Their carbon fiber sea kayak paddles are our favorites.

 

PFD’s

Astral Buoyancy Company
2000 Riverside Drive, Box 2 , Asheville , NC 28804
Phone · (828) 255-2638 Fax · (828) 255-2639
Web site · www.astralbuoyancy.com Email · tracy@astralbuoyancy.com
Comfortable and innovative PFD’s

Stohlquist WaterWare
PO Box 1543 , 705 Industrial Blvd. , Alamosa , Colorado 81101
Phone · (800) 535-3565 Fax · (719) 589-3947
Email · info@stohlquist.com
Their PFDs the Bettie (for women), Wedge, and Motion (touring vest) are so
comfortable that we forget when we are wearing them.

 

Saws

Take-Down Buck-Saw
Available through the Boundary Waters Catalog
105 North Central Avenue, Ely Minnesota 55731
Phone · 800-223-6565 Web site · www.piragis.com
This lightweight, collapsible saw with a Swedish steel blade can cut through the biggest logs.

Sleeping Pads and Bags

Slumberjack
1224 Fern Ridge Parkway , St. Louis , Missouri 63141
Phone · 314-576-8084 or 800-233-6283 Fax · 314-576-8054
Web site · www.slumberjack.co
Comfortable sleeping pads, bags and accessories.

Sprayskirts

Brooks
#49-1160 Yew Avenue , Blaine , WA 98231
Phone · (888) 986-3441 Fax · (604) 986-3443
Email · info@brookspaddlegear.com Web site · www.brookspaddlegear.com
High quality neoprene products for Traditional (Greenland) kayaking; Tuilik (anorak/sprayskirt combo), Avataq (sealskin float), Akuilisaq (summer sprayskirt)

Snap Dragon Design
14320 N.E. 21 st Street, Suite 15 , Bellevue , WA 98007
Phone · (425) 957-3575 Fax · (425) 957-4547
Email · info@snapdragondesign.com Web site · www.snapdragondesign.com
Offering a variety of sprayskirts to help keep you dry .Durable and well-made.

 

Sunglasses

Smith Sport Optics, Inc.
280 Northwood Way, PO Box 2999 , Ketchum , Idaho 83340
Phone · (208) 726-4477 Fax · (208) 726-9584
Web site · www.smithsport.com
Sporty, comfortable and well-made sunglasses that will protect your eyes on and
off the water.


Hides
- Multi-Function Eyewear Accessories
PO Box 1819 , Stuart, Florida 34995
Phone · (866)287-0667 Fax · (772) 781-8679
Email · bill@suncepts.com Web site · www.suncepts.com
Three-in one eyeglass retainer, case and cleaning cloth


 

Sunscreen

Sunscreen International – Ironman Sunscreen
12915 Jennifer Pl., Dallas, Texas 75243
Phone · 1-800-728-7873
Web site · www.sunblocks.com
This waterproof sunscreen is non-greasy and long lasting. It does not get in our
eyes or affect our grip on our paddles.

Sunshelters

SportsShade – Inventive Ideas, Inc.
11000 N. Grand Avenue, Kansas City, MO 64155
Phone · (816)-734-4740 Fax · (816) 734-7013
Email · stewart.jeske@sportsshade.com Website · www.sportsshade.com
Portable Awning/Sun Shelter

 

Tents and Tarps

CCS – Cooke Custom Sewing
7290 Stagecoach Trail, Lino Lakes , MN 55014-1988
Phone · 651-784-8777 Fax · 651-784-4158
Web site · www.cookecustomsewing.com Email · cookiecan@aol.com
Outstanding lightweight tarps, paddling bags and other canoeing accessories.


Big Agnes Tents
PO Box 773072
Steamboat Springs CO 80477
(www.bigagnes.com)
Their Mad House 2 (or 3) is a fantastic, versatile tent, we love it.

 

Trailers

Magneta – Canoe & Kayak Trailers (Division of OldenKamp, Inc.)
Progressive Marketing Group
1906 Highway 71 North, Okoboji, IA 51355
Phone · 712-332-9013 or 1-800-373-2593 Fax · 712-332-965 / 1-800- 398-2762
Web site · www.oldinc.com
Affordable and easy to put together modular trailers.

Videos

Open Canoeing the Grand Canyon Vol 1 and 2
Open Canoeing Chile – Freefall
The Canoe Roll a must see video if you want to learn the open canoe roll.
www.whitewatervideo.com 

 

Performance Video
550 Riverbend Road , Durango , Colorado 81301
Phone · 888-259-5805 or 970-259-1361 Fax · 970-259-4148
Web site · www.performancevideo.com
High quality instructional videos for a variety of outdoor sports (canoeing, kayaking, mountain biking). Their newest video – The Kayak Roll is outstanding.


The Art of Paddling (Volume 1 & 2) by H2Outfitters
(h2o@H2Outfitters.com)


The Brent Reitz Forward Stroke Video
(www.wildsprint.com)


The Kayak Forward Stroke
Greg Barton and Oscar Chalupsky
(www.epickayaks.com)

 

USK Capsize Recoveries & Rescue Procedures
(www.useakayak.org)


Liquid Skills (Essential techniques for every kayaker)

By Ken Whiting and Chris Emerick
www.whitewatervideo.com 
One of the best on solid whitewater kayaking techniquies



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Wind Gauges

Sun Company, Inc.
14025 West 66 th Avenue, Arvada, CO 80004-1049
Phone · (303)-424-4651 Fax · (303) 467-1104
Email · gcross@suncompany.net
Wind Gauges

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