Arc’teryx Outdoor Equipment News, Reviews, & Information

We have compiled a long list of news and information about Arc’teryx Out door gear from the past many years into this single location. Its our attempt to help make Arc’teryx mysteries a thing of the past. What do I mean about mysteries? Well like AR LT FL abbreviations Arc’teryx uses. What the heck are those and more importantly what to they mean? That’s the kind of stuff we are trying to solve for you.

Translating Arc’teryx Names & Abbreviations

Have you ever wondered what all the names and abbreviations of Arc’teryx jackets mean?  As a new employee at the Kayak Shed, getting to represent Arc’teryx for the first time, it sure confused me! Once I learned the system though, I realized how straight-forward and helpful it is, and I thought I’d pass my new found knowledge on to you so that you can make the best purchase for you when shopping for new gear.


Alpha: Technical focused high-end items ex: Alpha FL Glove
Theta: All around oriented.  Gore-Tex hard-shell (Skiing inspired, usually 3 layer Gore) longer cut, powder skirt, waist draw cord and extra chest pockets ex: Theta SV Jacket
Beta: Trimmed down, minimalist.  Gore-Tex hard-shell (climbing) Cut shorter, with 2 hand pockets ex: Beta AR Jacket
Gamma: Soft-shell (mostly Polartech Power shield fabric) ex: Gamma LT Pant
Sigma: Windstopper ex: Sigma AR Glove
Delta: Mid-weight insulation- fleece-like ex: Delta LT Jacket
Rho: Base-layer ex: Rho AR Zip Neck
Phase: Base-layer ex: Phase AR Crew LS
Epsilon: Lightweight/ breathable, moisture-shedding hard fleece ex: Epsilon SV Jacket
Hyllus: Mid-layer, highly breathable, high-loft, insulated ex: HyllusHoody
Acto: Highly breathable, air permeable, mid layer hooded hard fleece jacket that provides bulk-free warmth for all day activity ex: Acto MXHoody
Covert: Breathable fleece jacket with a casual design ex: Covert Cardigan


Designed for use in the harshest conditions. Most durable materials, full coverage garments with hoods. ex: Thorium SV Hoody

Mid-weight materials, most features for versatility. ex: Phase AR Balaclava

Designed for mixed weather and dynamic movement. Durable, highly mobile stretch materials, breathable and moisture shedding. ex: Gamma MX Pant

Lightest materials, streamlined feature sets ex: Proton LT Hoody

Predominantly made with lightweight Paclite® textiles, also may be the lightest weight garment in a series. ex: Cerium SL Vest


Winter ski touring focused design with precise features and spare room for layering. Larger pant leg bottoms to fit over snowsports boots.


Layers for the minimalist and active–designed to be very lightweight with high performance. Durable for variable weather conditions. ex: Alpha FL 30 Backpack


Have questions? Give me a hollar!

Kayak Shed . .

Translating GORE-TEX® Names

Which GORE-TEX® is for you?

Until recently, I thought that all GORE-TEX® was created equally.  It was all the same to me.  As long as it had GORE-TEX® in it I was satisfied the product would do the job. However, this is not the case any more.  While researching the perfect ski jacket for myself I discovered that not only are there five different types of GORE-TEX®, but the technologies are all designed for a variety of specific jobs. Outdoor companies like Arc’teryx and Kokatat have been instrumental in the development of these materials and both companies applied them in their own designs to make a waterproof product for a day on the river or a day on the backcountry steeps.

Performance Shell:

One garment, many activities. Whether you’re cycling, climbing, skiing or cruising around town, you can go from one activity to another but not have to change your jacket with GORE-TEX® Performance Shell. The Performance shell provides breathable comfort and durable waterproof protection in 2 or 3 layer fabrics. The 2 layer is supple and quite while the 3 layer is for more rugged use. (Panels in Kokatat’s Rogue Dry Top are Performance shell and ProShell offering maximum breathability and waterproofness.)

Paclite Shell:

An ideal lightweight companion for trekking, cycling, running, and other sports where weight and space are critical. GORE-TEX® Paclite® Shell combines extreme breathability and durable wind- and waterproofness with minimum weight and pack volume.

Soft Shell:

Freedom feels good. GORE-TEX® Soft Shell is the ideal fabric for a snowsport specific shell. The Soft Shell is durably waterproof, windproof, and of course super breathable. The less bulky GORE-TEX® Soft prevents that boxy feel other jackets get with multiple layering pieces underneath.

Active Shell:

Garments engineered with GORE-TEX® Active Shell are built for extreme breathability and provide durable waterproof and windproof protection for optimum comfort, guaranteed. Featuring a lighter weight, streamlined 3 layer construction, this completely new class of waterproof garments delivers extreme breathability and excellent next to skin comfort. Active Shell is ideal for all weather athletes seeking durable protection and comfort during highly aerobic activities completed in a day such as trail running, mountain biking, and fast alpine ascent.

Pro Shell:

For a rough day outside GORE-TEX® PRO SHELL is the fabric outdoor professionals and serious enthusiasts trust to perform in the face of extreme weather and tough conditions. Pro Shell has a specifically designed inner lining adding durability and moisture wicking. Made with the most rugged, most breathable, durably waterproof and windproof fabrics this GORE-TEX® is used in everything from mountaineering jackets to tough expedition grade drysuits.

As always, thanks for reading. I welcome and questions or comments. Feel free to email me at: customerservice at kayaksed dot com.
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Arc’teryx Theta AR Jacket Review

The Theta AR Jacket is one of the classics from Arc’teryx, with good reason. Not only is the cut flattering and efficient but when paired with the Strato Jacket or any other Arc’teryx mid layer I’m ready for anything. This shell is great for cross country skiing, a hike in backcountry, or a jaunt around town. The Gore-Tex is super waterproof, breathable, and windproof. I’m 5’6” and at 130 lbs the Medium is a perfect fit. I have enough room to layer and the fit prevents the boxy feel. I have an exceptional full range of motion in it too. What really sets this, and all Arc’teryx jackets apart, though is the hood. I’ve always had problems with not being able to get hoods to fit my head right. The patented Arc’teryx hood fits my bare head, a helmet, or a toque easily, adjusting quickly and securely, it says up even in the biggest gusts. The pockets are well placed and don’t get in the way of my daypack. The bottom of the jacket comes down far enough that I have protection from wet chairs but not so far that my mobility is affected. Arc’teryx continues to impress me and provide me with exceptional products.Have questions for me?
Feel free to email me at customerservice [at]
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Outdoor Retailer : Day 2 : Arc’teryx

The Arc’teryx design team has done a great job this year – a few items we’ll be bringing in ASAP (head to the bottom of this post for a glimpse of one of the best puffies we’ve seen), others we’ll see in Spring 2010.First up is the all new Theta AR. This is a great GORE-TEX Paclite jacket with a longer length that falls below the rear, it has a stow hood, pit zips and GORE-TEX Pro Shell reinforcement – a fully decked out jacket for $349. The other Paclite jacket we liked is the Beta AR – while it’s a little shorter and lacks the pit zips, it’ll retail for $250 and has some great colors in the line up.Paclite Jacket Line UpArc’teryx’ most technical jacket is the Alpha LT. It’s “storm ready”, comes in at a light weight 13oz and has received quite a bit of press as one of the top jackets in the outdoor industry. While all the colors are great, we particularly liked it in this Aztec color.Aztec colorThe Traverse Endurance line – a line made for those of us that sweat (perspire?) – had some great pieces!The Accelero jacket is impregnated with charcoal to reduce odor and the Velox comp crew is a bi-fabric shirt that has a very soft Italian knit on the torso with mesh panels on the side.Traverse Endurance LineVelox Comp CrewThe Solano jacket is made of taped GORE-TEX Windstopper, and while that means it can’t be called waterproof, lets just say that it’s 99.9% of the way there. We think this will be a great backcountry or spring skiing addition to the line”cursor: hand; width: 400px; height: 300px;” </–>src=”” alt=”Solano Jacket Line Up” border=”0″ />The Delta LT is new this year – it’s made out of micro-grid fabric and was one of our favorite of Arc’teryx’ fleece line up. Definitely look to see the men’s version of this in the store next spring. For the women, we think we’ll be going with a similar product called the Caliber.Delta LT Line UpCaliber Line UpAlso new is the Escala line up. Made of super soft fabric, this line up with be great for climbing, yoga, pilates… or just hanging out! A hoody, two lengths of pants and two different tanks will give a lot of options.Escala Line UpEscala Line Up Women'sWe also took a look at a bunch of the “lifestyle” pieces Arc’teryx offers. They look great and we’ll definitely be bringing some of these in for next spring.Lifestyle PantsLifestyle ShirtNow for the promised puffy! The Atom is one of the nicest synthetic puffies we’ve seen. It’s trim and looks like it would be great under any of the Arc’teryx hardshells, but with great colors and wind/moisture resistant shells, it’s a great outer piece too. Look for these in the store as soon as we can get our hands on them (or maybe once the temp drops lower than 100)!Atom Synthetic PuffyInside AtomKayak Shed . .

Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket Outdoor Gear review

Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket Outdoor Gear review

We just brought in a couple Arc’teryx jackets. They are amazing. And expensive. So this is part of my ongoing review finding about what we have in stock. Found this great review from

No Beta testing needed for the Arc’Teryx Beta AR Jacket. Each year it just gets better and better. This year, the Beta AR Jacket uses Gore-Tex Pro Shell in 3-layer protection. This is Gore’s toughest hard shell, created for extreme conditions when comfort is of the highest priority in bad conditions. That’s not to say it won’t be great on a mid-winter bluebird day, but you’ll be very glad you have this jacket when a storm hits and sits around for a while. It’s been down peaks and chutes enough to prove its waterproof, weatherproof durability. The Beta was built for the skier who needs less but still wants it all. Weighing in at 451g, this seam-sealed jacket has a hood roomy enough for a helmet, reinforced shoulders to handle a pack, and underarm construction that won’t lift the jacket when you keep your hands up to stay on top of the powder.




  • Gore-Tex 3L Pro (380NR on body, 480N on reinforcement)
  • Incorporates GORE Comfort Mapping Technology, to allow max breathability and functionality
  • GORE Micro Grid Backer on inside to reduce internal abrasion and snagging, enhance breathability, and decrease weight
  • Reinforced shoulders and elbows
  • Helmet compatible Drop Hood
  • Laminated quick-dry chin guard
  • Laminated die-cut Velcro cuffs
  • One-hand pull cords
  • No-lift gusseted underarms with laminated pit zippers
  • WaterTight front, pit and pocket zippers
  • Moulded Zipper Garages
  • 2 hand pockets with laminated zippers
  • One internal laminated chest pocket
  • Articulated elbows
  • Hip length, drop back hem
  • Laminated hem drawcord
  • Micro seam allowances (1.6mm/1/16”)
  • Tiny GORE seam tape (13mm/1/2”)
  • Heat transfer labels
  • Laminated high strength hanger loop
  • 15.9 oz (451g)

Thanks for the good review!
Kayak Shed . .

Arcteryx Epsilon AR Jacket – Outdoor Gear Review

We just brought in a couple Arc’teryx jackets. They are amazing. And expensive. So I thought I’d find a review on one of the jackets we got in. Found this one from Product Tester:
MountainZone Tester – Raz Barnea


Softshell jackets combine insulation, wind resistance, and water repellency into a package which is compact, durable, and versatile. The beauty of softshell jackets is that they do many things well, and thus can replace several more specialized items in a pack.

The Arcteryx Epsilon AR jacket Womens and Arcteryx Epsilon AR jacket Mens is a perfect example of why softshells have become so popular of late. Weighing in at just under a pound (14 oz), this jacket is a carefully constructed feature-laden choice for aerobic activities in moderate climates with unpredictable and dynamic weather. Features like the high collar, stretch wrist gussets, multiple pockets, and great colors add to the appeal of this jacket.

The fit and feel of both the Arcteryx Epsilon AR jacket Womens and Arcteryx Epsilon AR jacket Mens is impressive. The jacket is cut to allow for maximum mobility and flexibility. The gusseted wrists keep the sleeves comfortably above the wrists, and the broad cut in the shoulders allow for great freedom of movement. The low cut in the back of the jacket did a superb job of minimizing biking “asscrackery” even while mashing up Washington’s steepest singletrack climbs.

Field testing this jacket put water repellency and wind resistance to the test. This jacket was used as an outer layer for bicycle commutes requiring high aerobic effort and wicked precipitation beautifully. Likewise this jacket was worn during several days spent sailing in moderate wind, rain, and even some hail in Puget Sound. The wind resistancy is impressive. Water repellency is good too, shedding most precipitation and soaking through only during significant downpours or after extended exposure, and then drying quickly. The jacket seems best suited to temperatures above 50 degrees or so, although the addition of thermal layers underneath would make this jacket a perfect choice for aerobically demanding activity on much colder days.


  • Excellent wind resistance.
  • Very good water repellency.
  • Compact, lightweight fabric.
  • Versatile for different activities in different climates.
  • Arcteryx Quality


  • Not as insulating as some other softshells.


My first very first softshell I acquired in November of 2005 and I pretty much lived in it for the next 22 months, but frequently found it too warm and too bulky, especially if I knew a good workout was imminent. This jacket picks up where the other leaves off, providing a great option throughout all seasons. First frost has yet to come to Seattle this season, but I am confident that with a thermal layer (or two) underneath, this jacket will perform like a champ all winter long.

Thanks for the review Raz Barnea from Had to give them props for poaching their great review of both the Arcteryx Epsilon AR jacket Womens and Arcteryx Epsilon AR jacket Mens.
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Epsilon SV Jacket Review

More reviews from great sources on what we have at the kayakshed. This one is from and Craig Canapari ( DrFierce )
Epsilon impressions on 02/08/2006
I have not yet used the Epsilon SV Jacket extensively so I cannot comment on its performance. Compared to the ready mix, it has a slender, more tailored fit than the Ready Mix and the cuffs are quite preferable. Although not adjustable, they are snug without being tight (and moreover, have somewhat of a cool “ninja” aesthetic) and have an offset edge making the sleeve shorter on the palm vs. the wrist side, allowing for more dexterity while protecting your wrist. The front zipper does not have any sort of flap behind it so I worry that it may also rain to pass. The hood is comparable to the Ready Mix (from Patagonia) but slightly less structured; there are pulls for it both at the hood’s edges and inside the large front pockets, which are backed by mesh and would allow venting if necessary. Disappointingly, there are no interior or exterior chest pockets; there is a small L sleeve pocket which barely fits a 4G ipod. Most of the jacket is lined by what appears to be a fine microfiber.

Thanks this one comes from DAVID at
Undisclosed May 5, 2007
I have to admit that I haven’t done anything out of the everyday with the Epsilon SV jacket yet. It’s pretty much been just a daily wear piece. But it’s great so far. The Epsilon SV jacket feels almost non-existant when you wear it, it’s so light and comfortable. The fit is amazing, especially being a smaller guy, and the movement is beyond comparison with regards to other jackets I’ve worn. The Epsilon SV jacket seems to stand up pretty well to the rain and wind I’ve worn it in as well, keeping me pletty dry and warm. And the hood is a must on this jacket. It gives a better overall look and the practicality of a hood. I’m really looking forward to trying this jacket out in some more active situations. The only thing I don’t like about this jacket, and it’s not a major thing, is the brown liner they used for the interior of the jacket. Having ordered the jacket in black, the interior brown liner clashes with the exterior color, which is really only noticeable with the hood down. Other than that, if you’re looking for a comfortable, well-made, practical, and attractive jacket the Epsilon SV jacket is the jacket for you.
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Sidewinder AR Jacket Review

Again in an attempt to help you know more about the gear we have this winter at the We’re finding the most informative reviews for you. This one we found this review from the folks at

Ya-Bing Chu – 2007-03-04

Minimalist excellence could use a few touches. I bought this Sidewinder AR Jacket after considering the Sidewinder SV, which has gotten a huge amount of recommendations from the community. Overall, the materials and construction of this jacket are the best I’ve ever seen. The jacket is not really insulated, which makes layering a necessity. I do wish that the jacket were a little bit longer (1-2″), I think the powder skirt would be more effective if that were the case. As it is, it is placed a little high to have much elastic strength around the right spot on the waist/hips. I also wouldn’t mind one more pocket to make it easier to stow gear for the lunch lodge. That being said, this jacket and Arcteryx will be my preferred brand for the foreseeable future.

This next review we found at

A Great Ski Shell

Posted by Ahoff :

Arc’teryx Sidewinder AR Jacket is a great winter ski shell. It is unbelievably windproof and waterproof yet very light. The pockets are well placed and easily accessible and the overall functionality of the jacket is high. My only gripe is the hood, which when worn is good, when folded it makes a large lump on the neck that sometimes can be a nuisance. Overall I love the Sidewinder AR Jacket.

Theta SL Jacket Review

Reviewed January 24, 2005 by Kyle Larsson

Theta SL Jacket reviewed at
Thanks Trailspace for the review!

Fabric: 2.5 layer Gore Paclite with XCR reinforcements
Price Paid: $325

I bought the Theta SL Jacket for one reason, lightweight DURABLE protection form the elements, and it simply delivers. It has become the standard by which I measure all my other gear. It was the lightest 3ply GTX shell I could find when I bought it one year ago, and so far it has performed up to my expectations.
The construction, as usual for Arc’Teryx is perfect, seriously perfect, and the design of the Theta SL Jacket is darn near perfect. Arc’Teryx has the best hood design I have ever worn. The only way it could be better would be to make it from stretch fabric, and add just a little bit of elastic at the cuffs. That is the only reason it gets four stars, and really that should be like a 4.8, but not 5, it’s not that perfect.

Arc’teryx Mens Alpha SV Bib Review

Here’s another review on the Arc’teryx Mens Alpha SV Bib I found this one at
Reviewed by: Matthew Baker , Mountaineer Review Date

Price Paid: $350.00 at Second Hand
Summary: I purchased the Arc’teryx Mens Alpha SV Bib primarily for skiing and mountaineering. The fit is exceptional, and they are very durable. At first I was a little worried about the 3/4 lentgh zippers, however, this makes them much more comfortable while wearing a climbing harness. The only minor gripe is that the straps don’t have buckles, so when you want to take them off you’re forced to take your jacket off. A little pricey maybe ($600ish cnd.) but you get what you pay for. Made in Vancouver British Columbia too!

Arc’teryx Mens Alpha SV Bib  are by far the best technical waterproof bibs out there. The extra layer of tough material on the back of the calves resists stabs from my crampons, and the through the crotch zip is handy when it’s too cold to take the jacket off. As with all Arc’Teryx products, the attention to detail is apparent…waterproof zips, comfy shoulder straps, and built-in “gaiters” that cinch around your boots. I use these for ice climbing and winter mountaineering, and they stand up to the test.

Alpha SV Bib Review

Alpha SV Bib Review:
The following is a review form on the Arc’teryx SV bib. This is in an ongoing effort to give you reviews from someone else on what we have in our store. Please enjoy … and thanks to Shannon from Trailspace.

Fabric: 3-ply Gore-Tex
Price Paid: $385
The Alpha SV Bib is the perfect compliment to the jacket. Lightweight waterproof and durable. This bib has waterproof zippers that run the length of the legs, and have two-way zippers that allow for venting or removal in a flash. Arc’Teryx has placed a durable laminate material at the cuff of the inside pant to reduce crampon damage, and they also placed draw strings at the ankle for makeshift gaiters. There is a midriff drawstring to shape the fit. There is an internal pocket for sunscreen/power bar and two outer pockets for your hands. But these pockets have the same strange placement and shape as the jacket which forces the user to cross their arms to effectively cover their hands.The Alpha SV Bib is the only pant in the Arc’Teryx outerwear line that has a zipper to answer nature’s call. When you are climbing high, and you gotta go, it prevents removal of all your gear to take the suspenders off which may reduce the frostbite victims reported in 1999. The pricing is right where Mountain Hardwear and Marmot tend to be, and this bib delivers what it promises: Weatherproof, lightweight protection. A tip on sizing, if you don’t have toothpicks for legs, order one size bigger than you might normally wear. I purchased the large Alpha SV Bib and barley had room for long underwear, in between the bib. The XL was an inch longer in the leg, but there was more leg room for additional layers when Mother Nature required it.
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Mother’s Day Q&A Session with Emily Jackson (by Sarah Leith Bahn)

We were lucky to have the Jackson-Troutman clan in the Gorge for a few weeks recently and, after seeing Emily juggle a preschooler, a baby, a moving home, business commitments and still getting time on the water, we couldn’t think of anyone better for a Mother’s Day Q&A. A professional paddler for most of her life, Emily is (literally) traveling a less-traditional road with her family, paddling wherever the water is good and taking her kids along for the adventure.

And who better to interview her than one of our other favorite moms, Sarah Leith Bahn? Sarah is a former US National whitewater slalom team member who still finds time to get out on the water while juggling two boys, starting a business with her husband, vlogging about healthy eating… oh, and writing a book along the way!




How do you get your life jacket on over your engorged milk boobs? This was a problem for me! I got to the put-in the first time to paddle and couldn’t fit in my life jacket!

Did the same thing in my DrySuit after having my Daughter Parker- it was my boobs and hips- I may have cried a little, I loosened all the straps and fed her as much as I could right before paddling!

How do you deal with the fact that you pee a little every time you take a hard stroke?

Haha- I was pretty lucky this only happened when doing jumping jacks- or at least, I didn’t notice it while kayaking… Wear board shorts I guess and try to not wear a drysuit for the first little bit… You can get rid of board shorts pretty easy but once a dry suit smells like pee- there is no going back

I had my babies in my mid-30s. I gained 60 pounds in both pregnancies. And it was really hard for me to trust my shoulders, my back and abs again – I was worried when I first went paddling that I’d get injured. It took a lot longer than I would have thought to trust my body again and know it was strong enough to handle paddling. Do you have any advice for women to learn how to trust their bodies again after growing babies? (My pregnancies were like an injury and it took time to have faith that my injury was healed)

I was younger with both kids, but I don’t feel this changed that feeling of doubt I had with my body. With Tucker I competed 3 weeks before I had him – weighing 198 pounds in a small Star (max weight of that boat is supposed to be 140 lol) and then I actually competed 3 weeks afterwards at US nationals and won. I decided I was happiest if I got my time in the water, and this meant baby was happy, daddy was happy and most importantly I was happy. I felt if I held myself back in fear of my body getting hurt, then I was already hurting myself. I focused on play boating and easier river runs and literally told myself, it’s like riding a bike, you just need to do it, and while paddling, convincing myself that I had all the confidence in the world (even though it was at an all time low). I laughed when stuff didn’t feel right, but my confidence stemmed from the fact that hey- I am a MOM now- things are different and different is totally okay.

I was never a Nicole Mansfield that ran multiple class V rapids daily, but I did love technical class 4. However after I had kids, I really had a hard time with rapids that had consequences. I found myself scared instead of nervously excited. It was like something flipped inside me and honestly it made me turn my back on the sport for a little while. I was bored on class III and too scared on class 4. It took a new slalom boat, and multiple laps down the Lower White Salmon to realize, I do love simply being on the river and feeling my hull react to the water regardless of how small the whitewater is. Do you have any advice for Moms that come back to the sport after having kids that find themselves scared of a sport they once loved?

This is totally normal is so many different ways- Any major change in your life will have you looking at things a little differently. There are so many ways to add spice to kayaking without upping the consequences. For starters- take a playboat down an easier river run, try splatting, squirting, and harder lines on rapids. The combination of trying things plus being in a smaller boat will make the river feel different. Much like taking a SUP on flatwater and all of sudden the flatwater at times can get difficult and exciting. My favorite feeling is when water simply splashes me in the face. So I feel like my day was an accomplishment if I had that one moment of bliss. The absolute hardest part about getting back into kayaking- is choosing to go kayaking over taking care of other responsibilities, as mom we get accustomed to taking care of everyone else and not ourselves, so by simply choosing to put yourself first for that quick kayaking lap, or river run, you should already gain confidence and be proud of yourself regardless of what you are doing on the water.

One of the things I loved about the sport of kayaking – especially on the Potomac River, I could paddle whenever I wanted and was not dependent on anyone. My boat was always on my car and I could literally in 5 minutes go from eating breakfast to taking a lap down little falls on the Potomac. Then I had a kid and felt trapped! I couldn’t just go paddling whenever I wanted. And it made me sad. How do you deal with feeling trapped?

This day and age I feel like being a Mom alone isn’t enough, we all need to be supermom and take care of everything on our own, asking questions makes us look weak right? I feel trapped when I want everything to be perfect and an exact way. When I am not flexible or allow people to help me, the walls around me get tighter and tighter until I eventually crack. My kids have been watched on the river banks by people who I would never expect to watch them, people have run my shuttle with the kids in the car, by giving up a little control, and taking people up on acts of kindness my freedom has come back! By being flexible and saying yes to the chaos, accepting the challenges, and knowing that when I get home, the house will be messy, the kids might be a touch tired, by my soul is refreshed, makes me feel like I can accomplish anything.

Here is my Ted Talk on Prioritizing to give you a little more insight on how I try to balance my lifestyle:


Thanks again, Emily & Sarah, and Happy Mother’s Day to all of you moms that paddle!

Our Top 3 Creek Boats for 2017

It’s no secret that the Pacific Northwest has some of the best creek boating and stoutest waterfalls available. There’s a reason that a community of the best pro paddlers in the world call this home (at least during creekin’ season). It’s also no secret that the western US had one of the most epic winters on record, providing record setting snowpack and run-off to our rivers. What better time and what better place to test some of this year’s creek boats? So, what are the top three pics of the local crew?

Pyranha 9R

This the boat demo we can’t get away from our staff. Fast, friendly with forgiving edges – the 9R has been going out the door as fast as it’s been coming in this year.

Pyranha 9R Large (call for availability) >>
Pyranha 9R Medium >>

Pyranha Machno

Once in awhile there is a boat where people don’t wait to hear the reviews – we have people buying the Machno before the boats hit the floor. Tons of rocker and boof-ability, this boat hammers through the stoutest of the stout.

Pyranha Machno Large >>
Pyranha Machno Medium >>

Dagger Mamba

Fast, friendly and predictable (are you sensing a theme here?), the Mamba Creeker is a classic that people rarely turn over because no matter what the new, hot thang is, the Mamba never lets ya down.

Dagger Mamba 7.6 Creeker >>
Dagger Mamba 8.1 Creeker >>

It’s time for the 2017 Bonneville Bass Bonanza Tournament, a fundraiser for HOW

The 2017 Bonneville Bass Bonanza Tournament, a fundraiser for Heroes on the Water, is just around the corner! Now is the time to register for this great event that helps those who have given so much.

Registration Deadline: Monday, May 29th 2017
Event Date: June 3rd, 2017
Fishing Grounds: Bonneville Pool
Launch: First Light

Check-in Location: Waterfront Park, Near Lur Jensen Beach, Hood River  Weather dependent.

Check-in Deadline: 3:00 PM

We are excited to be using Tourney X this year, allowing those of you involved with Oregon Kayak Bass Fishing to add this event to your annual competition series. We look forward to it also benefiting HOW by increasing the number of participants!

If you are unfamiliar with Tourney X, you will need to register with them prior to the tournament. They will collect the registration funds and provide you with a code which will be used to record your winning fish. A photo of your fish and your registration code will be uploaded to Tourney X at check-in.

Log in / Register here for Tourney X and the BBB

The Bonneville Bass Bonanza will a single largest bass by length contest. Catch and release fishing ONLY!

bonneville bass bonzana

Qualifications for Fish Submissions:

  • – We will be using the rules standard set from Kayak Bass Fishing
  • – There will be no Captains Meeting for this event. Fishing commences in the Bonneville Pool when the tournament begins. “Weigh In” will be held at the Hood River Waterfront Park.

Anglers Must:

  • Fill out and sign a waiver before participating in the event!  If you haven’t signed a waiver, you cannot present photos to the “weigh-in” station. We will send you a waiver via email after registration closes and before the event you can email back to us.
  • River Level- We’ve had a crazy winter so the Columbia is high. We expect it to remain so for the next couple months. This shouldn’t effect most good Bass areas. It will make for a stronger current when you get in areas with a current. So please be mindful. We don’t want to have to come and get you in Cascade Locks:)
  • – Wear a PFD and appropriate immersion gear for the days temp and water temperatures – AKA dress appropriately.
  • – Fly a safety flag while on the water.
  • – Propel themselves to and from the fishing grounds.
  • – Carry a valid fishing license and follow ODFW/WDFW Regulations pertaining to the Bonneville Impoundment
  • – Release fish unharmed
  • – Actively seek to minimize impact on motorized vessels (at the launch and on the water)

We are excited about this event and raising funds for one of our favorite organizations, HOW!

If you have any additional questions, please contact us at:

Hobie Mirage 360 Drive Updates

If you have purchased a new 2017 Hobie Kayak from us or anyone else you will want to read this. This addresses any kayaks shipped to dealers before November 1 2016. So even if you end up buying a Hobie Kayak in July, this could impact your kayak. In a nutshell, if your drive is feeling slugish or is just not working as well as expected this applies to you. Please read:

Hobie Cat Dealer Bulletin
Proper Fin Adjustment For Hobie® MirageDrive® 180
We have discovered that our factory has over-tightened the fin adjuster knobs on MirageDrive 180s delivered in the past few weeks.

In this condition the fins are not able to properly “travel” from side to side. The performance and feel of the drives will be sluggish as well. While we try to allow users to fine tune the drives as a feature… over tensioning the fins is problematic. This can also lead to damage of the traveler slot in the “boom” fitting.

We will be building drives in the loosest setting from now forward. We request that dealers and users do the same adjustments by following the instructions on page 12, item 2 of the manual to “loosen” the fins as highlighted below. The fins must be able to travel easily from side to side.

To properly adjust the MD180 fin tension, turn the adjuster knob until the stainless lock nut nearly touches the embedded brass nut. That would be the loosest fin setting.

Mirage Kayak Manual – MD-180

MirageDrive Mast Bend / Proper Straightening
When a MirageDrive mast contacts the bottom or other obstruction it is possible to bend the mast. Proper technique for straightening the mast will avoid further damage to the drive.

Once a mast is bent, you can straighten it again, in most cases. To straighten a mast, first remove the fin. This is a MUST, due to possible damage to the fin and/or outhaul block fittings. If you over-bend the mast forward, you can place significant load on the aft attachment point of the fin and damage can be caused.

To remove a MD180 fin, use a pair of pliers to hold the stainless nut located at the bottom end of the adjuster screw. Turn the adjuster knob as shown in the diagram below. Once the nut is removed you can continue to turn the knob until the entire screw is released from the fin.

For older version MirageDrive fins, remove the clevis pin and ring.

Once the fin is removed, one option is to bend it forward while the drive is installed in the MirageDrive well. Position the hull on its side or upside-down. This will hold the drive securely while you leverage the mast back into proper position.

Another option and easier… if you have a vise… is to clamp the bent mast into the vise and by pulling on the drive for leverage, bend it back into position.

Re-install the fin.

MirageDrive 180 Parts Guide


Click here to download a  Large size diagram of Hobie Mirage 360 Drive and parts_guide

These parts will be available for repair of damaged drives, but we still will not be selling complete drives until next spring or summer.

Turbo fin upgrade kits also continue to be on hold until drive production is fully up-to-speed.


Jackson Kayak & the Kayak Shed take on the John Day

We were thrilled to have the pros at Jackson Kayak join us for our second annual kayak fishing trip down the John Day river. We were almost as thrilled to receive this edit from them the other day so we could reminisce on what a great trip it was! Enjoy the amazing scenery and fishing of the John Day and stay tuned for details on next year’s trip!


Hobie Eclipse SUP UPDATED Expected delivery dates

Thanks for all of your continued patience. We feel like a 6 year old waiting for Christmas. Except  December 24th date keeps moving on us. In an attempt to keep all of you as up to date as possible We wanted to tell you everything we know about when to expect seeing any more Eclipse SUP boards.

As an authorized Hobie Eclipse SUP dealer we can only are allotted a few Eclipse SUP boards per location on the initial shipments. Believe me its not many at all and we have tried hard to get more. Some Eclipse boards are starting to  ship from Hobie to dealers around the nation. Most dealers will not see there first boards until June. We project getting a first shipment of Eclipse boards in May. That initial shipment has been pre-sold. If you were one of the lucky few that ordered your board right away. Well you’re going to get one early! Nice work. We have another shipment booked and we guesstimate it will be here in July. At this point we are sold of that  shipment as well. We predict some may not want to wait that long and may cancel. Totally understand and no problem. Let us know if that’s what you’d like to do and we will take care of you.

So on to the issue at hand. You want a board and you have not had a chance to reserve one yet…. Get ready …. set …wait! Yea sorry. But that’s what it’s looking like.

Hobie just released the message below. Basically it says the next round of Eclipse SUP Boards are not going to ship until September at the earliest. Ouch …wow. Not sure how to take this news. Certainly disappointing for both you as amazing customers as well as us – best retailer ever:) . To that, it is what it is and not a lot either of us can do about it. The Eclipse boards have been so well received Hobie simply cant make enough. Its crazy. Hobie suggests below that customers should reserve boards with there local dealers by placing a deposit with us to reserve your board. Well that’s a good way to do it. Why? Well Hobie is requiring dealers put a deposit for each pre-ordered board with them. To be open its kinda odd but makes sense. Alright. So how should we do this? Currently our website is set up to charge all or nothing. we cant really charge for partial payment. We are working on a solution to that. in the mean time Place an order on our site and we will refund all but $300 for any Boards ordered with a September delivery date.

As always have any questions please give us a call at 1-877-725-2925

Here’s the statement Hobie just released:

      “Message to Our Hobie Mirage Eclipse Customers”

May. 11, 2016 by Hobie Cat Company

Due to the resounding response to the Mirage Eclipse, we recommend you contact your local Hobie dealer to reserve yours today.

First and foremost, we want to thank you for your positive response to our newest product category, the game-changing Hobie Mirage Stand Up Boards! We certainly expected this innovative new category to have a major impact on the world of watersports when we launched the Mirage Eclipse series in April; we have been amazed and grateful beyond belief that the response would be so instant, so global, and so eager —- clearly a product gone viral!

It is evident that the Mirage Eclipse has resonated with water sports enthusiasts the world over. It is particularly amazing to have a response of this magnitude, virtually selling out most of our dealers’ Mirage Eclipse allocations immediately, given that this product has sold primarily without the opportunity to ‘touch and feel’ the product. Our Mirage Eclipse video has clearly brought this product to life in a huge way.

To say this response was unprecedented is a gross understatement, which is saying a lot given the dozens and dozens of successful product launches Hobie Cat Company has been a part of through the years. We sincerely apologize for the delay in our ability to deliver the volume of product needed to satisfy the market demand for the Hobie Mirage Eclipse series. While we have already started shipping meaningful quantities of Mirage Eclipse boards, it is becoming apparent that our deliveries will stretch out beyond this summer season in most markets before satisfying initial customer demand.

If you have not yet ordered your Hobie Mirage Eclipse, our best suggestion is that you contact your local Mirage Eclipse dealer and find out what the current backlog is. In most cases, it will be possible to place a deposit towards future production to reserve your place in line for the next available Mirage Eclipse in your area.

With a deposit in place, your Hobie dealer will stay in communication with you as to when you may expect delivery as we provide them with production updates.

We sincerely regret not being able to get each and every one of you your Hobie Mirage Eclipse board tomorrow! We can, however, promise you that it will be worth waiting for —- the customers who have received their Mirage Eclipses are head-over-heels over their fun new boards that have opened up a whole new view from the water for them as they Step On and Go.

Hobie’s mission continues to be getting everyone on the water having the time of their lives with our many unique, innovative watersports products, as we have been doing since 1950. Most of these Hobie® products are readily available today throughout the world. In the case of the Mirage Eclipse series, we are committed to getting those on the shelves of our global dealer network as soon as we possibly can. On behalf of the entire Hobie Cat Company team, thanks so very much for your support of the Hobie Brand and our products. Check out Hobie Kayaks here, Hobie Gear here, Hobie Eclipse SUP 12 here, and Hobie Eclipse SUP 10.5 here

For The Love Film Coming to Hood River!

World Premiere of “For The Love” Kayaking and adventure film by Mountain Mind Collective in Hood River, OR  April 19th!

Tuesday, April 19, 2016
6:00pm 11:59pm
Where: Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR

Mountain Mind Collective – AKA Brothers Todd Wells and Brendan Wells of Trout Lake, Wa- has come up with an amazing collection of kayaking footage from around the globe and put into an awesome film “For The Love“.

Great title considering its a sport so closely held to the hearts of whom ever has fallen for the addictive fun and beauty a river has to offer.

From Mountain Mind Collectives site :
“For the Love is an approximately one hour film, telling the story of two brothers who grew up in a small town with a huge love for rivers and whitewater kayaking. Their quest begins at home in the pacific northwest, where they learned how to paddle, met their tight-knit community of kayakers, and began to push themselves and the sport of kayaking. The film also documents their travels around the world to magical destinations like Iceland, where they highlight some of the most creative and innovative athletes in the sport.

At the core of the Wells brother’s passion as paddlers is their love for exploring never-before-paddled rivers. The film follows the brothers and friends on their journeys to explore these uncharted rivers from Alaska to Ecuador. The brothers and their team met both failures and success on these missions to explore the unknown, getting rained out and stuck in the middle of the jungle to discovering a new classic Alaskan big-water river.

The film concludes with a creative story of the brother’s goal to show the world of kayaking in a whole new light. The film is told through the voices of Brendan and Todd, and the many friends who joined them along the way.”

The World Premiere of “For The Love” is coming to the Columbia Center for the Arts in Hood River, OR on April 19th, 2016. Mountain Mind Collective is delighted to share their first feature-length whitewater kayaking documentary with residents of and visitors to the Columbia River Gorge.

Join us for an amazing show, drink delishious Ninkasi Brewing beer (1 free with purchase of ticket for 21+ guests), and meet the filmmakers behind the movie. At 10 P.M. the festivities will migrate to the River City Saloon, where The Barnburners will be rocking out all night!

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