As the crisp air settles in for Fall Paddling season with popular events such as Beaverfest, Gorefest, Gauley Fest and Russell Fork Rendezvous, make sure you are prepared with the gear you’ll need to have to stay comfortable and support your team on the river! Here are a few recommendations from CKS Online's Lead Buyer, Jonny Ortiz.
The world’s most advanced technical material for performance outerwear and paddle sports use has partnered with NRS, meet the GORE-TEX Pro Rev Dry Top. Team tested and proven all over America before release, this is the dry top I’ll be grabbing for those long playboating sessions on the Gauley--with zero signs of dampness from perspiration under my PFD or seeping from the gaskets.
“Always carry a throw bag!” is old timer advice ingrained into the minds of most paddlers from their very first day on the river. Useful for rescuing friends after a swim, it is also a great way to hang a line and dry off all the wet gear after a long day of boating!
Updated in '22, the Wanderer is a great price point upgrade and is arguably the best value for a helmet on the whitewater market! Fitting the bill for all whitewater adventures. The small beak keeps water out of your eyes so you can focus on slinging that big booming boof!
A heater that you can wear, you will NEVER go back to bare butting like you were before. Changing in public places should be something you look forward to, whether you are on the slopes, at the takeout, trailhead or on the beach. Get warm and fuzzy knowing your bits will not be exposed at the Gauley takeout!
The STAR Slice is perfect for R2'ing and introducing civilians to the boating lifestyle. Lightweight enough to haul in the trunk of the car, this thing shreds whitewater with minimal effort.
Now get out there and get after it!
Updated 9/5/23 by Jonny Ortiz