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The IQ Adjustable Tie-Downs are probably the most versatile accessory available for the IQ Gunwale System. Tie-Downs can be positioned just about anywhere on the canoe where most needed, in the internal or external gunwale slots, in slots on carry...

Just like virtually all IQ modules, the IQ Footbrace is fully adjustable for use in multiple positions. It is adjustable both as to position and to height. Now paddlers of all sizes can take full advantage of the benefits of using a footbrace:...

Skid Plates are hard shells that wrap the stems or ends of the canoe and provide additional protection against abrasion and impact. Most commonly made of a dense Kevlar© felt infused with epoxy resin, skid plates can extend the canoe's lifetime as...

Buying a canoe without a test paddle is akin to buying a car without a test drive. You better have a very, very, good idea of what you're buying or there's going to be some surprises and not all of them are likely to be positive. You can read all...

It can be argued - which is the more important purchase, the canoe or the paddle(s)? As might be expected due to cost and investment, most people think first of the canoe but your choice of paddle can have an equal, if not greater, impact on the...

What are cold cracks? Royalex® is sensitive to temperature. Simply put, Royalex will contract when exposed to cold temperatures. This material property is the cause of what are termed "cold cracks." Cold cracks are fractures of the material usually...

At Mad River Canoe, we're proud to offer two series of very capable yet very different recreational canoes: the Adventure Series and the Journey Series. How to choose between them? In terms of durability, it's a toss-up. Both are made of durable,...

Straight Shaft Sizing Overall paddle length is not as critical as shaft length. A 60” traditional style paddle with a 28” long blade will have 7” more shaft length than a 60” contemporary paddle with a 21” blade. That’s a huge difference. Obviously...

Wood remains the material of choice for most canoeists. It’s warm, looks good, has a natural flex that’s especially appreciated towards the end of a long day, durable, and can be made into impressively light but strong paddles. Synthetic paddles...

Paddles for children are available and they can make all the difference in terms of a successful trip with the kids. Kids can get bored easily if the only thing they can do is sit and watch the shore go by. It’s far more rewarding if you let them...

Paddle design is at least as varied as the materials used to make them. Let’s take a paddle apart and address design component by component, starting with the blade. Blade Blade shape or design varies depending on usage and on the limitations of the...

Regardless of whether you invested in a top end or budget-priced PFD, it behooves you to treat it right so it can do its job on your behalf. Always hang your PFD up to dry after use . Leaving it to molder in your car trunk will encourage mildew and...

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