How to choose a sprayskirt

Find the Right Whitewater Spray Skirt

GearJulia Pershken
Picking a spray skirt doesn't need to be hard.
The Wintering Grounds: Playboating in the Southeast

The Wintering Grounds: Playboating in the Southeast

FreestyleBenjamin Thornton
As summer started to wind down and the inevitable bite of the fall air settled into New York, my friends and I started to look ahead to the end of paddling season. With the snow still far from rideable, a conversation was started- what if we didn’t have to stop kayaking just because it was December? Enter - The Wintering Grounds.
GORE-TEX vs. Proprietary Waterproofing

GORE-TEX vs. Proprietary Waterproofing

GearJake Castle
Here at CKS, we are proud to stock all of the brands we carry. That being said, each brand has its comparative advantages and disadvantages. We ca...
Find the Right Whitewater Raft

Find the Right Whitewater Raft

GearJake Castle
Do your research—explore the different types of whitewater boats available. Determine how and where you plan to use your boat. Narrow down your list of potentials, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type.

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Find the Right Whitewater Raft

Find the Right Whitewater Raft

GearJake Castle
Do your research—explore the different types of whitewater boats available. Determine how and where you plan to use your boat. Narrow down your list of potentials, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
Inflatable Kayaks vs. Packrafts: Which one is right for me?

Inflatable Kayaks vs. Packrafts: Which one is right for me?

GearVictoria Ohegyi
Our team of gear experts have broken down the similarities and differences between inflatable kayaks and packrafts and can help you decide which vessel is right for you.
whitewater sup clothing

The Ultimate Paddler's Guide for Layering Apparel

Day Trip Reports + Hacksjeremiah williams
As we begin to transition from winter sports to summer, this is a good time to consider proper clothing in the ever changing and uncertain spring weather conditions.
How to Choose Your Whitewater Helmet

How to Choose Your Whitewater Helmet

GearJake Castle
Learn about whitewater helmets and how to choose the right one for you.

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How to choose a sprayskirt

Find the Right Whitewater Spray Skirt

GearJulia Pershken
Picking a spray skirt doesn't need to be hard.
Find the Right Whitewater Raft

Find the Right Whitewater Raft

GearJake Castle
Do your research—explore the different types of whitewater boats available. Determine how and where you plan to use your boat. Narrow down your list of potentials, weigh the advantages and disadvantages of each type.
5 Best Rivers for Beginner Paddleboarding in the US

5 Best Rivers for Beginner Paddleboarding in the US

GearVictoria Ohegyi
If there are only five rivers you ever stand up paddleboard, make them these.
Staying Warm on a Budget with Neoprene

Staying Warm on a Budget with Neoprene

GearVictoria Ohegyi
Be prepared for cold water and you'll make your time paddling much more enjoyable. Follow this guide to stay warm on the water this season.

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Hell's Canyon Raft Trip Information

What to Know about Boating Hell’s Canyon, Part II

Camping + KitchenVictoria Ohegyi
The rapids and camps you need to know before applying for your Hell's Canyon permit.
Kayak Grand Canyon

3 Days to Plan a 280 Mile Self-Support Kayak Trip

Camping + KitchenVictoria Ohegyi
On Friday, September 18th, two friends picked up a last-minute Grand Canyon permit. Their launch date? Three days later. Learn how they packed and planned for this self-support kayak trip through the Big Ditch.