Gear Review: Ombraz Sunglasses
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by Michael Hughes
2w ago
I am sure some of you have seen the Ombraz armless sunglasses at some point. In case you haven’t seen them, think sunglasses with Chums attached but no arms that tuck behind your ears. A simple adjustable cord keeps them in place on your face. Dolomites and included case We got connected with the folks and Ombraz and they sent over a pair of Dolomites with polarizes lenses to try out. Pros Ombraz are really excellent overall. I thought maybe they might feel a bit unstable or odd but that wasn’t really the case. It took a few times of putting them on and adjusting to feel like normal sunglas ..read more
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Pro Tips: Spring River Trip Packing
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by Michael Hughes
1M ago
Spring river trips can be the trickiest trips to plan. Of course you want nice weather, great flows, and be the only person on the river. However, that is rarely going to be the case. You can hope for maybe 2 of those 3 desires. Here are some spring river trip packing tips to help you enjoy your maybe cold, maybe hot, rainy/snow, spring break river trip. Layers You have probably heard someone say to wear/dress in layers. This is the best advice for most all trips, but especially spring river trips. Spring weather is often unpredictable, fast changing, and likes to throw all of the elements at ..read more
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Best New Gear For 2024
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by Michael Hughes
1M ago
Are you ready to unload your tax refund on some of the hottest river gear for 2024? Send-O-Vision Send-O-Vision gives you the best line, all the beta, and makes you look cool Sick of having the pick a line through the rapids? Well, toss on your Send-O-Vision glasses, or fire up the app on your Apple Vision Pro and get all the best beta. Now all you have to do is follow the line perfectly laid out for you! Throw Bag Trebuchet Throw Bag Trebuchet is the quickest way to set safety Have a rapid that people commonly take a swim? Save yourself some time and energy and install the new Throwbag T ..read more
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Pro Tips: First Trip of the Season
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by Michael Hughes
2M ago
The sun is shining, the snow is starting to melt, permits have been issued, and that means rafting season is almost here! Time to go through your gear, inflate your raft, and fix all the broken things you didn't get around to fixing last year. Soft Gear I am thinking about my sleeping bag, tent, layers, jackets and rain. Before I put that stuff away for the winter I make sure to give it a good wash and dry. Its a bummer to pull out your sleeping bad and find that is smells like a sweaty food and is growing some mold from last fall. It isn't a bad idea to rewash anything that might bit a bit m ..read more
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Pro Tips: Western River Festivals
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by Michael Hughes
2M ago
Whitewater River Festivals are a joyous celebration of all things rivers and the outdoors. They range in size, river difficulty, and typically have a party for all to celebrate. From class IV races to mass start pool toy races, many festivals have something for every one. Carter Falls Rapid during the annual Upper Clackamas Whitewater Festival in May One tricky thing with river festivals are they tend to be small gathers and don't happen at the exactly same time each year. Keep an eye on Facebook, American Whitewater, local whitewater paddling groups, and/or local paddling shops for the mos ..read more
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Pro Tips: Embarrassing Questions From The First Timer
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by Michael Hughes
3M ago
We have all brought a friend on their first river adventure. Whether it be a quick mellow half-day float or a multi-day whitewater adventure, we have all been there. Next time you get that odd question just think back to the time of your early river running days. You weren't the expert you are now. While it is fun to give your pal some grief, make sure you give them the actual answer so they don't spend their time planning revenge. Where should I leave my stuff? The river is a circle... right? Many first timers haven't really thought about trip logistics and are confused about starting in one ..read more
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Pro Tips: River Permit Lottery
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by Michael Hughes
4M ago
Every January boating groups around the country (maybe the world) get together in person, video chats, or long email chains and formulate a plan to get the perfect season of multi-day trips. The number of people applying has increased quite a bit over years. If you want to see some graphs, chats, and intense data to increase your changed check out Permit Lottery For Rafting Western Rivers Four Rivers These trips seem to be the "golden ticket" for many. Middle Fork of the Salmon (ID) 4 Rivers Permit Lottery Snake River - Hells Canyon (OR/ID) 4 Rivers Permit Lottery Selway River (ID) 4 Rivers ..read more
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Pro Trips: Blossom Bar
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by Michael Hughes
4M ago
Blossom Bar is possibly the most recognized and talked about rapid on the Rogue River. Maybe even on the top list of rapids talked about in the river community. It gets lots of attention due to its tricky move at the top of the rapid. If you mess up this move chances of a wrap, flip, swim, or a combination of all increase. However, with a little knowledge, a YouTube scout, and practice you can (probably) make it down without incident. Names of Features To properly discuss a complex rapid like Blossom Bar, you must first get on the same page about the features of the rapids. Here are some comm ..read more
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Pro Trip: Blossom Bar
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by Michael Hughes
5M ago
Blossom Bar is possibly the most recognized and talked about rapid on the Rogue River. Maybe even on the top list of rapids talked about in the river community. It gets lots of attention due to its tricky move at the top of the rapid. If you mess up this move chances of a wrap, flip, swim, or a combination of all increase. However, with a little knowledge, a YouTube scout, and practice you can (probably) make it down without incident. Names of Features To properly discuss a complex rapid like Blossom Bar, you must first get on the same page about the features of the rapids. Here are some comm ..read more
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2023 Holiday Gift Guide
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by Michael Hughes
6M ago
Looking for a gift for your favorite river person? Maybe you are just building a list for your self. Check out our 2023 holiday gift guide. Gifts Under $30 Gifts don’t have to be big, flashy, and expensive. Maybe you just do small gifts, stocking stuffers, or a gift exchange. Having a couple solar lights in your kit is always helpful. The most popular ones seem to be the Goal Zero Crush Light and the classic Luci Light. They are great for in your tent, around camp, and even on the path to the groover! Mesh Wallet and Luci Light Sturdy Pines mesh wallet is perfect for storing anything small ..read more
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