New Adayak Paddling T-Shirts

Get ready for the summer heat with new kayaking, rafting and canoeing t-shirts from Adayak. We just launched four new paddling tees perfect for you to showoff you’re favorite water sport. These four tees are all made from 100% organic cotton and come in men’s sizes small through xx-large. There are also several color options available.

whitewater kayaking t-shirt kayaking t-shirt
whitewater rafting t-shirt Canoeing t-shirt

So what do you think of the new kayaking t-shirts, whitewater rafting t-shirt and canoeing t-shirt? Post a comment and let us know. Your feedback means everything to us.Be sure to sign up to our Email List (look to the sidebar) and get notified when we launch new products. Who knows… you may even get a special coupon code.

Trail Talk: The Driven One

I’m going to call today’s edition of Trail Talk the first A/V only post we’ve done. All four links below will take you to the best blog posts I’ve seen this week… two of them are videos and two of them are trip reports loaded with stunning photographs. Sometimes I wonder how climbers/hikers can get into position for some of these shots.

Today we have the first episode of Ross Herr’s new kayaking web series titled Driven, an amazing Grand Teton skiing trip report (loads of killer photos), the best Yosemite National Park write I’ve ever read (more killer photos), and the final episode of The Season.

Drive Episode IRoss Herr Kayaking
Mega Grand Teton Ford/Stettner Ski Descent Photo TRTetonAT
Ascending the Steep John Muir TrailGambolin’ Man
The Finale. That’s it. That’s allThe Season TV

I hope you enjoy these blog posts from around the web. If you have a blog post you’d like to see featured on Trail Talk, please send me a note or post a comment here and we’ll take a look at it.

Enjoy your weekend! Oh — and don’t forget to pick up some new organic outdoor t-shirts.

Interview With Kayaker Fred Norquist

Last week I sat down with kayaker and film maker extraordinaire Fred Norquist of the Soul Gypsys. Fred is a hell of a kayaker and lives a pretty cool lifestyle when semester is not in at college. Spend a few minutes on his Vimeo Channel and you will see just how hard he pushes it when on the river. He’s been kayaking around the world and done several drops over 70ft… but I’ll let you read more about that below.

My questions are in bold and his answers are just below it.

Your Vimeo profile says you’re a kayaker, a skier and a film maker. Do you rank them in that order based on your passion alone? Which did you learn first?

Well I would say that it goes kayaking, film making, then skiing in terms of how passionate I am. I learned to ski first, my first time on skis I was about a year old.

You went to Chile on a two month kayaking adventure. How did that trip come about and what did you get out of it?

My trip to Chile came about when I graduated high school, I didn’t want to go to school right away so I called my buddy Evan Garcia(we went to world class kayak academy together) he invited me to go to Chile with him. I learned so much that trip, I was with some of the best kayakers in the world and they helped push my kayaking skills as well as my safety and awareness on the river. It was the most intense learning experience of my life for sure.

You’ve run several waterfalls over 70 ft. That is insane! Is their any particular drop that just scared the scrap out of you or you regret running?

I’ve run 3 waterfalls in the 70ft range. Middle Palguin in Chile (~70ft) scared me the most. It has a crazy boiling entrance with a technical seal launch into the water. I don’t regret any of them.

Your bio pic on Soul Gypsies shows you fanning a wad of cash. Looks like a bunch of singles to me.

Im rollin in hella 1 dollar bills all the time. The convergence of the gypsy/gangster is the new wave, you aint heard?

Tell me about the Gypsy-Mobile (video). That thing is a hass and I would never imagine it runs on waste vegetable oil.

The gypsy mobile is my best friend Jake’s rig. Its a 1988 retired ambulance with a 7.2 liter diesel engine, such a badass rig that he converted to run on WVO. He is still sorting out the kinks to get it running smoothly. It has full living capabilities to spend many a gypsy days in the woods.

You are attending college somewhere in the vast Pacific Northwest. What’s your major and do you plan on using it when you graduate?

I am going to school at Western Washington University in Bellingham, WA. I am majoring in video production. It’s the only thing i really like to do that can make me some money. I am actually sitting in psychology 101 right now, it sucks. If I cant sustain my kayak adventures just kayaking then I might as well make some cool videos to help me continue to live the gypsy life.

What advice can you give to the young kids out there who want to live the soul gypsy lifestyle?

My advice to younger kids out there trying to live the gypsy life… I would say follow your passion at all costs. Whether it means being broke or homeless, do something cool, and try to travel the world.

You’ve made a lot of videos – which one are you most proud of?

I’m not sure I can say which one I’m most proud of… they are all part of a process to progress my video shooting, editing, and overall production skills. Anson Fogel’s kayaking films inspire me to come up with new ways to shoot the sport I love so much.

Everyone watches LOST… so do you think the Man in Black is good or evil?

Apparently I’m out of the loop; I don’t watch Lost haha. I like to watch family guy, south park, weeds, and the office.

Where to next?

Staying in the PNW this summer kayaking as much as I can, working, then off to Chile in the fall for 3 months this time. I cant wait.

In addition to Soul Gyspys, you can also find Fred blogging at Roaring Fork Kayakers. Check him out in action:

Trail Talk: The Steph Davis One

I pass through over 100 blogs (probably a lot more) ever week… searching for the best content. I love reading the stories and outdoor adventures from people all over the world – it helps you escape from reality when you’re stuck in an office. Every Friday, we bring you some of our favorite blog posts, videos, podcasts, etc of the week.

In today’s Trail Talk we have the type of woman every adventurer would want, we find out how the Toxaway River got its name, a video of some intense skiing in the French and Swiss Alps, a recap from the Rove Canyon River race, a new episode of The Dirtbag Diaries, and a link to the full length documentary on Sir Edmund Hillary’s Everest summit. Enjoy!

Washington AdventuresMy Type of Woman
EGCREEKINThe Way of “Tox”
The Mountain WorldInspiration and Sobering Reality
Roaring Fork KayakersRobe Canyon Downriver Race 2010!
The Dirtbag DiariesScars
Cold SplintersThe Conquest of Everest

Have you seen something awesome on the outdoors blogosphere? Send us the link or post a comment and share. We love reading about new adventures and happenings.

Inflatable Kayaks: Pros and Cons

Thinking about picking up a new inflatable kayak for the spring season? The idea of being able to store your kayak in your car trunk and carry it up your stairs in a bag sounds enticing, but is it right for you? Let’s take a look at some of the pros and cons of owning an inflatable kayak. For the sake of this post, we’ll assume cost isn’t a factor and all brands are equal.

inflatable kayak
Image by Andy Dolman on Flickr

Pros:
Lightweight
Portable
Stable
Easy Entrence/Exit

Cons:
Set up takes some time
Holds water
Slower
Tracking
Storage

Like I said above, the pros and cons listed are generalities and can differ based on the brands, size, type, etc of inflatable kayak you buy. It’s safe to say that an inflatable kayak is great for people who live in apartments because they are compact, lightweight and portable. They are perfect for beginners because of their ease of use and low learning curve. If you’re looking to kayak calm, flat water for a few hours then this is a good buy. It’s a great product if you’re going on a camping trip by the lake.

For those of you looking for a kayak that can handle rapids (even Class I and II) then you might want to consider something else. Inflatable kayaks don’t do rapids well – they fill up with water quickly (not all inflatables have skirts) and the hold water. Dumping water can be a pain because the kayak can fold and bend when trying to remove the water. They generally don’t have a lot of storage and can take longer to inflate than just grabbing a hardshell off your roof rack.

Do you use an inflatable kayak? If so, what are your thoughts and what conditions do you use it in? Post a comment and let us know.