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!
The Sweet Rocker is a definite step above any other head protection item in the paddlesports market. It has comfy pads that keep the head warm on those brisk fall mornings all while protecting the noggin for a battle with the riverbed or your friend's T-grip.
The IR Highwater Hoodie is my go-to casual wear item from August to February; I own three of these. It's made of a super wicking micro grid polyester fleece fabric, it is light, and it is warm. Bonus it has a huge kangaroo pocket for stashing snacks while at camp huddled around the fire.
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!