Gear – I Love Paddling The Blog | The Place for People Who Love to Paddle Fri, 12 May 2017 20:07:23 +0000 en-US hourly 1 Gear Review: Aqua Bound Edge Whitewater Paddle Fri, 12 May 2017 18:57:30 +0000

Jim Gallagher, far north paddler, goes in-depth on the Aqua Bound Edge Canoe Paddle – it’s specifically designed for challenging situations, the paddle breaks down into sections for easy packing – a big plus for fly-in canoe trips. From performance in whitewater to packing for an arctic canoe trip….

Read Jim’s take >

Top Gifts for Paddlers and Canoeists Tue, 24 Nov 2015 22:29:01 +0000 bloggiftguide

Check out our top picks for the paddlers on your list this year! Be the star gift-giver with our favorite presents for paddlers, from little stocking stuffers to big splurges… What should Santa bring you, a new canoe?

See the Gift Guide for Paddlers >

New Gear Review: BioLite Woodburning Camp Stove Mon, 17 Aug 2015 21:01:11 +0000 biolite1

Its small enough to fit in a canoe pack, burns twigs rather than gas, and might be the best thing for paddlers since yoke pads. Check out a real-life review of the BioLite Woodburning Stove as its put to the test on a Boundary Waters canoe trip. It claims to boil water quickly and charges your phone all with twigs – find out how our reviewer liked it…

Submit a Photo and Enter to Win a Shaw & Tenney Canoe Paddle Thu, 06 Aug 2015 14:29:38 +0000 More >]]> shawtenney3

Quick! This contest ends soon – submit a photo of your paddling fun to Shaw & Tenney and enter to win one of their wonderful paddles (or oars, or a gift certificate…). We’ve been fans of Shaw & Tenney for years, especially their traditional Racine and Algonquin paddles, crafted in your choice of woods, and entirely made by hand in Maine.

Entries are due by August 15, 2015 and then Voting begins, Enter Here >

More about Wooden Canoe Paddles in our Gear Guide >

(All photos courtesy of Shaw & Tenney)


Canoeing Gear Tips: What’s a Food Barrel? Fri, 24 May 2013 13:54:33 +0000

What’s a Food Barrel you say? And why use one instead of a food pack? Check out this quick video – Brad Jennings from ExploretheBackcountry talks about the benefits of taking a food barrel on your next wilderness canoe trip. Its a great solution if you’re planning to bring fresh food along with your freeze-dried meals. He also shares some of his favorite food barrel packing tips. What do you put in a food barrel?

Check out our Gear Guide to Hardshell Boxes and Barrels >

See You at Canoecopia 2013 Wed, 06 Mar 2013 20:29:29 +0000


It’s time to Rendezvous again in Madison for Canoecopia 2013

The world’s largest canoe, kayak, and outdoor expo!

March 8-10, 2013 Alliant Energy Center – 1919 Alliant Energy Center Way Madison, WI 53713

Find the Booth (B6) at the Expo for a few fun things to do:


Check out speaker highlights, schedule of events at and

Get Ready for the Midwest Mountaineering Outdoor Adventure Expo! Mon, 09 Apr 2012 20:36:28 +0000  

Midwest Mountaineering’s Outdoor Adventure Expo is practically an annual rite of passage–the surest sign of spring in the Twin Cities and, with this year’s unseasonably warm temps, an unofficial start to summer.

This year’s expo takes place April 27 – 29, and it’s sure to attract more than 10,000 people with the best sale of the season and more than 120 inspiring presentations. No doubt, there’s plenty to love at the Expo–but as avid canoeists, we think a few events make it a paddler’s paradise:

We love the worlds largest canoe and kayak auction. Worth checking out if you’re in the market for a canoe, but also a great way to pare down your fleet. So spruce up that old Chestnut in your garage and bring it to the big top tents across the street from Midwest Mountaineering between 7 and 9 a.m. on Saturday.

The Reel Paddling Film Festival is pure inspiration and adrenaline rush. $10 is a small price to pay to travel the world by paddle–all from the comfort of the Humphrey Center Cowles Auditorium. Films from around the globe feature flat water and white water adventures, and are guaranteed to get you itching to paddle yourself. Watch the trailer here.

Amy and David Freeman are an outdoor wonder couple. In 2012, they embarked on a three-year, 11,700 mile journey across North America by kayak, canoe, and dogsled. They’re giving three different presentations at this year’s expo: paddling the Peel River, kayaking the Inside Passage in Alaska and paddling across Canada.

So check out the Expo, and while you’re there, stop by the booth and tell us about your latest canoeing adventure!

More to come… Wed, 16 Jun 2010 20:41:13 +0000 We’re currently filling out this section, check back soon for more info, or Contact Us if you’d like to suggest a link.

Frost River Packs now in the Shop Fri, 04 Jun 2010 10:36:24 +0000 is proud to offer Frost River Canoe Packs! Known around the world for making beautiful, ultra-rugged packs and gear, Frost River has worked for more than a decade making bags with the best materials and traditional techniques. All Frost River products are made in their northern Minnesota workshop — with many hours on trail, these packs have stood the test of time. Frost River Packs

For a canoeist, these packs offer all the essential design details we love — traditional waxed cotton canvas is still the best for shedding moisture, paddled leather arm straps and integral tumplines make carrying heavy loads so much easier. Whether you’re looking for the ultimate food pack, or a portage pack with perfectly-placed pockets, our new collection has the pack for you.

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