2015 Gorge Paddling Film Festival : Astral Prize Package

Many, many thanks to the good folks at Astral for joining us in supporting First Descents! We are proud to announce a ridiculously cool prize package for one lucky winner of the 2015 Gorge Paddling Film Fest of an Astral Greenjacket and Astral Rasslers! We know safety is your first concern (it’s ours too, of course) – enter the Gorge Paddling Film Festival to have a chance to get yourself right with a safety vest and kicks from Astral!

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Outdoor Retailer Summer 2013 : Day 1

Here we are, back at Outdoor Retailer – the outdoor recreationalists version of a very large candy store! As we have for the last few years, we’ll be bringing you pictures and insights to the new stuff we see in our meetings with our vendors as well as just cool stuff we run across. Shoot – maybe this year we’ll even run a poll or two to see if you’d want something added to the store! So, here we go…


Kokatat has some great new colors coming out next year. If you’ve been patching that drytop to the point where your buddies question whether there’s more Gore-Tex or duct tape, now might be the time to up your steeze quotient and your core temperature at the same time!


New Product…?

Find yourself in need of a water-resistant, shock-resistant speaker that not only connects to your Bluetooth enabled device, but recharges it…? Braven has the speaker for you! Thinking this might be the perfect addition to our summer paddling adventures. Wonder what tunes the fish like…?

Sure, it looks like a really intense satellite TV system… but it’s actually a solar stove! Time to leave those propane canisters at home!

Liquid Logic

We know our brothers-from-another-mother out on the east coast love them some crickin’ action as much as we do out west and they do a dang fine job of making the tools to git ‘er dun!  Need to get yourself down that crick in a speedy fashion but don’t want the slog out to kill your buzz? Say howdy-doo to the Stinger and the Stinger XP, your 12.5’ new best friend! The XP includes a hatch and  a skeg, taking nothing away from the speed while adding a lot of versatility.





Way to hit it out of the park, Stohlquist! If you’re a sea kayaker, this needs to go on your Christmas list! Made from material that breathes better in a salt water environment than Gore-Tex, not only is this a great looking and functioning dry suit, but the bells and whistles reset the bar. A zip that goes around the neck makes on and off a snap (or a zip) and the iThing pocket with ear phone jack will keep you groovin’ while you’re paddling!

We are diggin’ the looks of the new Edge PFD. The production model will come complete with a knife patch on the chest to keep safety front and center.


What’s better than a super solid bootie that can go from boat to SUP to windsurf board with ease? One that does it at the low low price of $30! For that price, you can get a pair for your gear bag, one to stash in your car and one to stash in your office… so you’re always ready to play!


And don’t miss…

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

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Gift Ideas for People Who Have Everything

You’ve waited until the last minute, believing that you will think of something for that person who has everything. Everyone has at least one person like this on their Holiday gift list. At the Kayak Shed, we are working to make shopping easier by providing you with a list of things that person probably doesn’t have, but will love.

Gift Ideas for the Minimalist Runner

Zensah Compression Leg Sleeves $40
Help your barefoot-loving friend run farther and faster, as well as say sayonara to sore calves and shins. These compression sleeves aid blood flow, so you can perform your best, no matter what activity you are participating in.

Injinji Socks $10-$38
Help prevent stinky shoes with injinji socks. We know, we know, it sounds practical, but your friend will thank you when his feet stay warm and his shoes smell fresh. With a wide variety of colors and cuts, you can get that special person a sock for every day of the week!

Barefoot Running by Michael Sandler $24.95
Many minimalist runners were inspired by Born to Run, but inspiration doesn’t teach you proper technique. Whether that special person is just joining the barefoot movement, or if she is a seasoned veteran, Michael Sandler can help improve barefoot technique. If your friend already has perfect form, do not worry, there are sections about preventing and treating common barefoot running injuries, building up the pads of your feet, and tips for running on different surfaces and terrains. Winter is here, help your friend get her feet ready.

kigo Edge $69.99
Though barefoot lovers would like to believe that Vibram FiveFingers are appropriate for every occasion, sometimes they do have to slip on shoes. kigo Footwear eco-consciously makes minimalist shoes that can pass as everyday footwear.

Gift Ideas for the Recreational Paddler

Wind Paddle Adventure Sail $154.95
Paddling with your kayak is a no brainer, but the Wind Paddle Adventure can help you sail. The added wind power means you can go from cruising to flying across the water. Even better, the Wind Paddle Adventure sail fits pretty much every kayak and canoe, so you know it will be compatible, even if you don’t know what kind of kayak or canoe they have.

Hobie Mirage Sail Kit $319.95
If that special, but difficult to shop for person, rants and raves about his Hobie Mirage Kayak, give him something to talk about! The Hobie Mirage Sail Kit works on any Hobie peddle kayak and converts it into a mini-Sailing vessel. The Mirage drive acts like a Daggerboard, so you can tack upwind too.

Harmony High Volume Bilge Pump $26.99
Nobody likes a wet blanket, or boat. The High Volume Bilge Pump pumps 30% more water (out of your kayak) per stroke, so you can get your kayak dry in no time. Bilge pumps may not be the flashiest of gifts, but your difficult-to-shop-for friend will be happy to have it when he needs it!

Gift Ideas for the Whitewater Kayaker

River Hardware Throw bag $69.95
Whitewater is powerful, so give the gift of safety! Every whitewater kayaker, from class II to V, could use a good throwbag. Many throw bags on the market are only strong enough to retrieve swimmers, but River Hardware makes theirs with strong enough rope for mechanical advantage systems. After you use this throw bag, the wide mouth makes it easy to repack for use 0n another day. Any paddler would be happy to have the River Hardware Throw Bag as part of her kayaking gear (but even happier to never have to use it).

River Gypsies Guide to North America $44.95
This is the ultimate in Guidebooks. Not only does it feature runs by region from Class III-V, but the stunning images make it appropriate for any coffee table. Whether your Paddler is planning a kayaking trip or just fantasizes about it, this book is a must-have.

Pulse: A Year with Tao Berman and Team $29.95
Show your friend what a year with one of Whitewater Kayaking’s top paddlers is like with this exciting video. Pulse chronicles Tao Berman and Company’s travels to Chile, Mexico, Michigan, and Washington.

Gift Ideas for Women

Arc’Teryx Molly & Moe Toque $35
Everyone can always use another hat and this one is this year’s favorite. It is a 50/50 blend of Merino wool and acrylic, so it keeps your head warm and fits well. If you are not sure what color her coat is, worry not! The Molly & Moe design is flattering with nearly any color scheme.

Arc’teryx Atom LT Hoody $199
You couldn’t find a better gift for a woman who loves comfort and functionality. This hoody is so soft that wearing it makes her feel like she never had to get out of bed. It is wind and water resistant, so it can act as a stand alone layer, but it is slim enough to fit under a shell for chillier days.

Kigo Curv $69.99
If she loves comfort or pumps, the kigo Curv is a shoe that she can go the distance in, whether that is walking from the car to the office or running a 10K. The Curv folds up, so it can fit in a purse or desk drawer to be ready at hand when she needs shoes she can move in. To make a great shoe even better, the Mary Jane style can be dressed up or dressed down and looks great with a pair of slacks as well as a pair of gym shorts.

Gift Ideas for Men

Arc’teryx Covert Beanie $35
Everyone wants to keep their noggin warm and this is our best selling Beanie. Its simple design means a style everyone loves along with warmth and comfort. He can take this anywhere from the slopes to around town.

Patagonia Micro Puff Jacket $179
This sporty insulated jacket is warm enough to use as a layer, but it is also wind and water resistant, so he can wear it as a stand-alone jacket. If he’s going to be in variable conditions, the Micro Puff Jacket is the perfect solution. Not only can it be worn alone or as a layer, it is also highly compressible for easy storage when he doesn’t need it.

Arc’teryx Stinger Bib $450
If you’re shopping for a guy who likes to be dry in all conditions, look no further than the Stinger Bib. It’s not just a pair of pants…it’s smart. These pants are loaded with features, including a hidden Recco reflector, in case he runs into trouble in the backcountry or on the slopes, gusseted knees and seat, for freedom of movement, and pockets everywhere he needs them and nowhere he doesn’t. The Gore-Tex Pro Shell fabric with completely taped seams and laminated zippers means it’s durable and dry. Yep, it’s really that good.

Gift Ideas for the Dog Lover

Ruffwear Beacon $12.95
Make sure your furry friend doesn’t become invisible when the sun goes down. This flashing LED light clips on to Ruffwear wearable dog gear, like collars, jackets, and packs. Whether you are hiking in the wilderness or on an afternoon stroll, make sure that your best friend is seen!

Ruffwear Mt Bachelor Pad $59.95-$74.95
Who doesn’t love luxury? Give your Dog the gift of comfort and give your belongings protection from dirt and dog hair. The Mt Bachelor Pad rolls up for easy transport, so your best friend can snooze comfortably in the car, while camping, or at home.

Ruffwear Portage Float Coat $49.95
Whether your Dog swims like he invented it or avoids water like he will melt, he can’t swim forever, so protect him with a little extra flotation. For dog owners who are also avid boaters or beach goers, this is a must-have!

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Outdoor Retailer : Day 2 : Astral

We ended our three-days-packed-into-two-days tour at the show this year with Astral – and it was a great way to wrap things up. Last year, Astral brought out the V-Eight and it quickly became one of their best selling vests. Made with a high back that suits a number of boats, Astral’s Air Escape technology to keep the paddler as cool as possible and keeping environmental impact to a minimum, it’s easy to see why.

This year Astral adds the Camino to the Air Escape family. Made with the same eggcrate foam and high venting as the V-Eight, the Camino is a full back PFD meant for every water sport from sailing to SUP to canoeing.

Another new addition is the Nova, made for the paddler that has a high backed seat and needs a PFD that is comfortable with their boat. The Nova has low foam in the back as well as good mesh breathability, chimney venting (Coast Guard approved to wear unzipped, with just the buckles) and nice big pockets.

Both the Wonderjacket and the Tempo 200 received color updates this year. Yellow and Cranberry for the WJ and Charcoal and Orange for the Tempo. The Norge added Olive to it’s color line up.

The Abba also received a face lift, courtesy of Astral friend and paddler, Robin Betz. Coming in Black and Cranberry with embroidery detailing for 2010, there’s a little pink in the new Abba, but with Robin’s background in paddling and engineering, we can guarantee there is nothing girly about the performance of this PFD.

Last year Astral introduced a dog bed made of recycled PFDs. As much of a success as those were, it became a conversation starter for a dog PFD. The Astral team answered the call and there is now a canine PFD for 2010 – with 5 sizes, there’s one for every pup.

We had a great show this year and hope you enjoyed following us around the convention floor. If you have any questions on availability dates or product, let us know and we’ll see what we can find out!

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Outdoor Retailer : Day 1 : Stohlquist

Speaking of great PFD’s, Stohlquist had three new additions this year, two of which we’re particularly likin’. The Descent and the Rocker both use “Wrapture” foam – foam that is pre-cut to be… well, round. This means that when you put the PFD on, it doesn’t feel like it’s two pieces of foam stuck to your front and back – it’s wrapping. Both are side entry and have a nice little piece of padding in the back that allows for additional air flow.

From this point on, the Descent takes it into the PFD realm. A self centering buckle won’t move when pulled side to side, but will release when pulled straight back. Another great feature is the front pocket which is perfectly size to hold Stohlquists new throw bag, the Whitewater Bullet.

Since we’re all about the PFDs and booties, we also picked up the WaterMoccasins and think they might make a really nice LIGHT duty water sock.

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Outdoor Retailer : Day 1 : Kokatat

There was definitely a buzz at the Kokatat booth today: film cameras, product demos, very important people being very busy.. Our good friend, Lisa Beckstead-Kincaid, is spearheading Kokatat’s foray into social media and blogging. We’re really excited to hear stories of adventure and instructional advice from their very impressive roster of professional athletes as well as multi-media product information and demos. It sounds like they’re well on their way and it shouldn’t be long – we’ll let you know as soon as we hear that they’re up and running.

In the meantime, while Kokatat kept their product line up the same as last year, they did have some exciting news and some color updates. Right now, their least experience seamstress has 2 years under their belt. TWO YEARS! Top that! Because of that and increased efficiencies, they’re going to be bringing in some product that has previously been assembled in China. That’s right – everyone else is moving production to China, Kokatat is brining it back home. Well done, guys!

On to the colors! Some new ones: citrus (yellow), lime and some newer favorites: aqua, plum and cobalt.

Also worth noting: the Ronin Pro and the Seeker bootie. We’re always looking for great rescue vests and low profile booties that can still do the work and these are great entries by Kokatat into those niches!

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Outdoor Retailer : Day 1 : NRS

NRS always has such a great product mix, we’re a little like kids in a candy store with those guys. This year was no different!

Kids, Pyranha and Jackson have boats for you – NRS has the layers! New “KidSkin” pants and tops on the way!

NRS is working with a new 2.5 waterproof/breathable fabric that they’re upgrading a few pieces to. The Endurance jacket, the Payette Jacket, the Sea Tour Jacket, the Endurance Pants & the W’s Carolina pants will all receive the new treatment and increased performance (without an increased price!).

This is a bit of a side note, but Go Girl is getting a lot of press here at the show. Not to be outdone, NRS will be including a Whiz Freedom (with convenient carrying pouch) with every women’s Inversion kayak drysuit. Here’s a big round of applause on behalf of every girl who has taken care of business the old way!

One of the things we’re really excited about is the new “donut cuff” that NRS is integrating into their product line. The new Rogue and Maverick gloves will be 100% waterproof thanks to this cuff and fully welded/taped seams. Both gloves will be available Nov/Dec – just in time for winter boating.

There are a couple of new booties in the mix – the Sandal Sock and Sasquatch utilize the donut cuff construction on the calf and look like solid entries into the boating footwear niche. The Sandal Sock is 2mm and is fairly lightweight while the Sasquatch is a much more solid shoe with textured rubber sole that wraps around the toe box.

And finally, two new PFDs are in NRS’ mix this year. The Ninja is a low profile, side entry PFD that has a couple of hand warming pockets, 16.5 lbs of flotation and is modeled below by Kayak Shed Grand Poobah, John Hart. The Rough Water is a take off of the existing Bit Water Guide PFD with a little less flotation and a little lower profile.

On a personal note, many thanks to NRS’ Mr. Lingo and Team ODP (Massey & The One Who Shall Remain Nameless) for hanging out with us at dinner. You guys give us street cred. Sorry the picture doesn’t do any of you boys justice.

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New Astral Life Jackets

New Astral Life Jackets! Check them out!

For all of you who have not tried the new Astral PFD’s yet, you should definitely jump on that!

The new men’s Astral Willis and the women’s Astral Bella are low-profile and fit great! This jacket feature lots of room for good range of movement, a side entry that also provides good padding and protection for your ribcage, and buckles instead of zippers. Don’t be fooled by its low-maintenance look – there are 3 pockets under the chest flotation – a small zippered pocket, a throw bag packet, and a mesh pocket for throwing things like a knife or granola bar in there. There is a nice lumbar support in the back. And the shoulders/torso length is my favorite feature – it is adjusted by the buckles down in the front of the jacket – no bunching under the shoulders like you get with shoulder strap adjustments. Both these jackets are made with PVC free GAIA. These look and fit great!

A lot of you have heard a lot of hype about the new Astral Green Jacket . And yes, we are still waiting for those to become available. Without having seen them in person, they look pretty impressive. It looks like the fit will be similar to the Willis, with a lot of other cool fit and safety features. Coming soon…stay tuned for more information…

Other new Astral PFD’s – The Astral Grunion, which is built for fishing with all it’s accessory pockets, and the kids PFD, the Astral Otter. Continued on another season because they are such great jackets are the Astral Norge, the Astral Abba, the Astral Tempo 200, and the Astral Wonder Jacket.

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Kayak Shed Basement Sale!!

Kayak Shed Basement Sale – coming soon! Be There or Be Square!

Hey Kayakers! We are roping off the parking lot and cleaning out our basement and getting rid of EVERYTHING!

When: Saturday October 11 when the shop opens at 9am
Where: Kayak Shed back parking lot
What: All demos will be sold that day – we have a full run of Jackson Fun Series, Jackson All Star Series, we have the Jackson Hero and Super Hero, the Jackson Rockers, all the Pyranha Burns, and Pyranha Ammos for whitewater boats. We are also selling our Wilderness Systems, Perception, P&H, and Dagger Recreational and Touring boat demos and rentals. Looking for a used paddle? We are going to be selling some of our rental paddles as well as rental life jackets and wetsuits.

We are also selling all consignment boats that day. (I mean this is going to be a pretty big deal!) 🙂 If you are looking to get rid of your old boat, come consign your boat with us Saturday morning and we will sell it for you! Have you had your eye on new gear?? Well we will be doing a store-wide sale that day as well. 15% off all new boats (Jackson’s and Hobie Kayak’s excluded – sorry, manufacturer rules) as well as any new paddling gear you are looking for – AT or Werner paddles, life jackets, sprayskirts – everything!

Come join us for this awesome sale! We will also be BBQ-ing in the back lot as well. There is also rumor, that we will be showing a video that evening on the wall of the building (we haven’t done that in a while huh?) but we are still working out the details on that one… In either case, it should be a lot of fun!

Some of the details are still being fined tuned, but here’s what I can tell you:
Get here early that morning as everything will be on a first come first serve basis – we are not pre-selling any of the boats.
If for some reason, you can’t make it up that day, we will take phone sales, but only the day of.
If you would like to consign your boat with us that morning, and it sells that day, we will only take a 15% commission, but we do ask that if it does not sell you are willing to leave your boat with us for at least a month – (no backdoor sales of dropping it off and then selling it to someone you meet at the sale that day to avoid the commission please). We will put it up on our website after that if for some reason it didn’t sell.
We won’t determine prices on demo boats until it gets closer to the sale date, but if you are trying to budget, in the past, MOST demos sell for somewhere between $500-700.

Ok, you are now as clued in to this as we are!

Any other questions, call us at the shop at 541-386-4286!

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Ruffwear Contest

Ruffwear Giveaway Contest

In our November 5th Newsletter, we had a contest asking for photos of your favorite dog to win a FREE Ruffwear toy. We had a lot of great entries – so thanks to everyone who sent their photos in! After much deliberation, the votes were tallied.

Here is the winning photo of Taj, with his human, stand up surfing in Southern California.

Congratulations guys! Keep having fun out there! Taj won a new Ruffwear Lunker to keep him entertained for hours in and out of the water.

All the other pictures sent in were awesome, so here were a few more of our favorites:

Hope you enjoyed these as much as we did! Check out all Ruffwear gear for your favorite four-legged friend. And if you missed out on this contest, don’t worry, there will be more to come!

Sign up for our newsletter at www.kayakshed.com/newsletter.cfm to be updated on future contests and giveaways.

Ruffwear Gear For Dogs contest winner.

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