Saturday, August 3, 2013

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 3

We know we're a little late getting this out, but after a packed final day of the show, we're home, we've caught up on our sleep and we're ready to share the goods from our last day at Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013!


The Hobie Kayak Quest has been redone for 2014 to match the well loved Revolution 13 in looks and deck functionality. For those not looking for the pedal drive of the Revolution, the Quest offers a great paddling boat with all of the features of the Rev.

The Hobie Sport is totally redone for this year! We think it should actually be called the Outback 10 for it's feature set. The deck and bow have both been changed to be more like the Outback  and the bow storage has greatly improved. Along with the Outback, Revolution 13 and Quest 13, the Sport is now Lowrance ready! It has plumbing ports to run wiring for fish finder installation along with a transducer port molded in the hull, similar to the Pro Angler series. Here fishie, fishie, fishie...

More detailed shots of the Lowrance ready ports available on the OutbackRevolution 13, Quest 13 and the Sport: 


Two great new rack systems for the boaters from Yakima at this year's show!

The Jaylow stacker can be vertical or a few degrees past, making it work as either a cradle or a stacker. We love the new system that makes installation painless whether you have round, square or factory bars. Oh yeah, and when you're rolling without your boat, just flip the vertical bar down and voila! Aerodynamic and low profile!

The Sweetroll is going to be our (and yours) new favorite saddle/roller system. With the same no-fuss, no-muss connection system as the Jaylow, installation will be a snap. The two front saddles and two back saddles have integrated rollers, making loading your boat as easy as it's gonna get!

P.s. How do they come up with all of these cool names? Genius!


We love visiting the boys of Astral because they are always coming out with ridiculously cool, well  thought out gear. Take the new Ronny Fisher: based on the popular Ronny platform, the Fisher adds fishing pockets designed to fit Plano boxes, the velcro flap on the left holds your forceps or other fishing tools, the zipper on the right opens the "dehydrator pocket" (a beverage holder) and, a feature we think is really great, a high visibility hood (for unplanned rain or evening boat traffic) is stashed in the back until it's needed.

The Linda receives a cool new color this year, for the ladies not interested in the "pink it and shrink it" look. Pockets "billow" and expand for all that stuff you need to keep close at hand.


If the Pyranha Burn 1 and the Burn 2 had a baby, it would be the Burn 3 (1 + 2 = 3?). The all new Burn takes the best of both previous versions and meets in the middle. While the original Burn was all about edge control with its low edges and (relatively) low bow volume, the second version moved those edges up with a fade and increased the bow volume, making for a more forgiving hull but sacrificing some of the precision of the original. The 3 takes the best of these, with volume somewhere in the middle and bringing those edges down while retaining the fade. The Burn has been a favorite on our local rivers since it's introduction, and with this latest version, we don't see that changing anytime soon! 

P.s. Check out the sick graphic that'll be available on the "limited edition" colors! 

Looking for more pictures and details on the Burn? Pyranha wrote a post-OR post with all the info straight from the source!

And for an even more first hand look, Rapid Magazine did a great video review from OR 2013 of the Burn. Check it out! 

Jackson Kayaks

If you're looking to get your feet wet in the sit-on-top fishing market without blowing your last paycheck or two, the Cruise 10 might be what you're looking for! While it doesn't come with any fancy attachments or bells and whistles, it's friendly and easy to maneuver with attachment holes molded in, allowing you to gussy it up as you go.  

The Big Rig is Jackson's new entry into the big boy market. Complete with molded fishing rod holder and inflatable lumber support, optional attachments will allow you to make this the fishing kayak of your dreams. From ICAST's 2013 Best in Show, the JL Marine Systems' Power-Pole Micro Anchor, to Jackson's own cooler that comes with mounts for additional attachment points, there is a seemingly endless number of ways to upgrade this already loaded boat.  

Miscellaneous cool stuff... 

Not yet in production, check out this interesting SUP sail. For those days when your arms have given out and you need a little help from your frenemy, the wind, just pull your sail out, set your paddle up and you're sailing home!

While we hope this trend catches on in all urban cities (and beyond!), we think this is an exceptionally great idea in SLC, where the blocks were built long enough for a team of 16 oxen (or something like that) - suffice to say flip flops aren't great for "it's just a couple of blocks that-a-way" here. Rent-a-bike!

We like a good fishing mount as much as the next guy, but if we see this guy on the water, we're going to make fun of him. Just kidding (not really). Mount ideas for pretty much any kind of fishing wizmo or gizmo you could think to bring courtesy of Ram Mounts!

And don't miss... 

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 1
Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 2

Thursday, August 1, 2013

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Canoe and Kayak Awards

Here's Canoe & Kayak's write up of the 2013 awards. So many legends, future and present - well deserved awards all around!

Every year, the Canoe and Kayak Awards is not only the place to be, but it's truly become the place to celebrate achievement in our paddling world! Here are a few pictures from the evening.

Evan Garcia walks the red (?) carpet as Paddler of the Year! We're so stoked for EG! 

Nothin' says crazy like a bunch of water starved boaters in SLC!

Ben Marr accepting the award for Film of the Year. If you missed Congo: The Grand Inga project, get on it!

Time to celebrate!

And don't miss... 

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 1
Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 2
Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 3

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 2

Hold on tight, people! It's been a busy morning at OR and we're about to unleash it on ya'!

Wilderness Systems

Here's Wildy's new, pimped out entry into the fishing kayak market! Shown with a lot of bells and whistles that aren't included, you can make this boat exactly what you want it to be. We're digging the removable fish finder console.


Wavesport is bringing us a fresh new playboat design with the Mobius. Less stern rocker makes for a faster hull than the Project series, and a shorter boat with more volume will help you pump up those loops. Comes in three sizes to fit all paddlers comfortably (well, as comfortably as any short boat is gonna be!).

Here's a little promo video from Wavesport showing the Mobius gettin' it done on water! 

The Recon has been a HUGE hit in our neck of the woods. Local paddlers can't get enough of it. What would make it better for 2014...? Maybe some stylie new colors? 


Multi-day whitewater paddlers rejoice! Your days of compromise are over! Built especially for you by our friends at Dagger is the all new Katana. Two sizes, a hatch, all the leg room you could ever need - what more do you want? Tell your boss you need the week off and pack those MRIs (yummm) - time to go paddlin'.

Here's Dagger's promo video of the Katana to give you an idea of what it looks like in action:

And let's not forget the carbon layup of the Jitsu that we got to preview in-store a few weeks ago when Dagger athlete, Rush Sturges, had a special delivery shipped to us. For more photos, check out our FB page:

Old Town Kayaks

Check out the new entry into the fishing kayak market from Old Town kayaks! This boat is almost as pretty as the fish you'll be stringing using it! The Predator comes in two sizes (13 and MX) and is one of the best thought out offerings we've seen so far. All of this innovation doesn't come cheap ($1400), but this is definitely a "you get what you pay for" situation! We can't wait to see the Predator out on the water!


If you need to take your iDevice with you on the water, you are going to be hard pressed to find a better product than Snowlizards latest offerings for the iPhone/Pod and iPad. Waterproof and bomber with a solar panel to trickle charge your device or the back up battery, this will be a great addition to the paddling kits of those not getting out on the water to get away from it all.

Cudas Footwear

Started by two brothers in the SE, we love the water shoes coming out of this company. The water shoes are reasonably priced at $50-$65 and the flips are a great value at $30. Check them out and let us know what you think!


Check out this cool landing net from YakAttack! It breaks down and fits into a milk crate (we all have those on hand, right?), has a great handle for control and it's easy to use with one hand while landing that fish with your other!


You know you've always wanted a battery powered surf board (or SUP)! Who hasn't when they're headed "back to the barn" after a long paddle?? WaveJet is here to fulfill all our battery powered water toy fantasies with a board add on that is wrist controlled. For a cool $4000, that is (dreams don't always come cheap!) - includes recharging station.

Miscellaneous cool stuff... 

Goal Zero has provided probably 50 charging stations around Salt Palace. Thanks for keeping all of us outdoor folks connected, Goal Zero!

If you have a little person that's wanting to hit the trails with Mom and Dad, this bike by Joovy looks like a pretty stylin' way to start a mountain biking career!

Check out this great casting pool set up outside of Salt Palace for everyone trying out the fly fishing set ups.

For those that needed a little stretch before hitting the tradeshow floor, a little SUP yoga!

And don't miss... 

Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 1
Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 3