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Whitewater & Touring Kayak Paddle Sizing Guides

Find the whitewater paddle that is the best fit for you.

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What is Drop Stitch?

How drop stitch material used in our inflatables is made.

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Werner Construction & Design

Find how Werner designs their amazing kayak paddles

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Weight Carrying Capacity of NRS Boats

Discussion of the carrying capacity of rafts and cats.

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The Making of Cataract Oars

Technical details on the making of Cataract Oars.

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The Bill's Dry Bag

The story from Bill Parks, the name behind the bag.

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Terraprene

A new type of neoprene for NRS.

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Raft & Cataraft Frame Instructions

Instructions for NRS raft frames, cataraft frames or frame accessories.

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Pin and Clips vs. Open Oar Locks: Oar Sizing Information

Inflatable boat rowing oar length options. Pin and clip vs. open oar locks.

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Pennel Orca Boat Material

Pennel Orca® - Superior inflatable boat material

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NRS Raft and Inflatable Boat Rowing Frame Features

Find information about features and accessories for NRS modular raft frames. Learn how to determine the right length and width for your NRS frame.

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NRS Inflatables Pre-2006

Specifics on pre-2006 era NRS E-series, Otter series, Otter Livery series, NRS catarafts, and NRS Inflatable Kayaks.

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NRS inflatable boat rowing frame sizing guide - Pre-September 2005

Learn which NRS raft or cataraft frames fit best on specific NRS rafts or catarafts and AIRE rafts and catarafts.

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NRS Inflatable Boat & SUP Guide

Specifics on NRS E-series, Otter series, Otter Livery series, NRS catarafts, NRS Patriots, NRS SUP Boards and NRS Inflatable Kayaks.

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NRS HydroLock Dry Bags

NRS has new waterproof dry bags.

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NRS Hot-Forged LoPros and Oar Mounts

Now with hot-forged LoPro Fittings and Oar Mounts, the NRS frame system also become lighter, stronger and sharper looking.

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NRS Fishing Frames

Fishing Frame Setup for Rafts and Catarafts

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NRS Brass Belt Buckle

A classic returns, after 30 years away.

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NRS & AIRE Inflatable Boat Rowing Frame Sizing Guide

Learn which NRS raft or cataraft frames fit best on specific NRS rafts or catarafts and AIRE rafts and catarafts.

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NRS - Inflatable Boat Spec Chart

Detailed sizing information about NRS Otter Livery series, Otter series, Sport series, Expedition series NRS Catarafts, NRS Inflatable Kayaks, AIRE Carafafts, Inflatable Kayaks, and Rafts, and Riken Rafts and Inflatable Kayaks.

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New Technology for NRS Frame Parts

The NRS Frame System is simply the most adjustable and adaptable system on the market; and we think it's the best. When technology came along that would allow us to improve it, we jumped at the chance.

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Modular Frame Part Dimensions

Specifications for raft and cataraft frame construction, including measurements and composition.

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Military Valves

Information about the different types of Military valves.

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Leafield Valves

Information about the different types of Leafield valves.

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Infinity Flotation

The evolution of kayak and canoe float bags.

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HydroCuff: Innovation NRS Style

New feature on some NRS gloves, socks and a shoe.

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How to Fit an Adjustable Bungee Sprayskirt

This video gives tips on how fit an adjustable bungee sprayskirt for a snug fit, while still allowing the skirt to be removed safely in a wet exit.

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How to Extend Your Boating Season

Moving from summer boating to cold-weather adventures requires new knowledge and preparation. This article lays out the steps to take to extend your boating season.

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How to Dress for Kayaking

Kayaking instructor Ken Whiting shares how to dress for kayaking and covers the base layers, insulating layers and outerwear pieces you need to safely extend your paddling past the warm summer months.

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How to Choose Your First Raft or Cataraft

Things to consider when buying your first raft or cataraft.

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How to Choose the Right Life Jacket for Kayaking

The life jacket is your most important on-the-water safety tool. Choose one that fits well so it wont ride up and will be comfortable enough to always wear when you kayak.

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How to Choose the Right Life Jacket

In this video, we go over the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters and help you choose the right life jacket so youll be comfortable wearing it the entire time youre on the water.

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How to Choose the Perfect SUP Paddle

Tips for picking the best SUP paddle for you.

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How to Choose Cold-Water Apparel

Commonsense guidelines for choosing your cold water protection.

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How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Whitewater Kayaking

Tips and a video on extending your kayaking into the fall months.

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How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Rafting

Tips and a video on extending your rafting into the fall.

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How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Kayak Touring

Choosing apparel for safe Fall Kayak Touring

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How to Choose Apparel for Safe Fall Canoeing

Tips and a video on safely extending your canoeing into the fall months.

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How to Choose a Whitewater Paddle

Selecting the perfect whitewater kayaking paddle is probably the most important decision you will make as a boater. Choosing the proper blade shape will allow you to perform at the highest level for your style of boating.

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How to Choose a Touring Paddle

Selecting the perfect sea kayaking or kayak touring paddle is probably the most important decision you will make as a boater. That's because the paddle is your tool to transfer energy to the water.

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How to Choose a Stand Up Paddle

The right paddle makes a world of difference in your stand up paddling experience. This video helps you choose a stand up paddle thats just right for you.

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How Neoprene Is Stitched

The various stitching methods on neoprene products.

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Gasket Sizing

Gasket Sizing Chart to Determine Which Size Gaskets Will be the Best Fit.

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Frame Strap Guide

Learn how many and what length straps you will need to strap your NRS raft or cataraft frame to your NRS raft or cataraft.

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Frame Strap Guide

Learn how many and what length straps you will need to strap your NRS raft or cataraft frame to your NRS raft or cataraft.

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Frame Basics

Choosing a raft or cataraft frame.

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Fishing Frame Additions and the Sporty Cat Frame

New NRS fishing and cataraft frame improvements.

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Cooler Fit List - Igloo Coolers for NRS & AIRE inflatable boats

Find out which Igloo Marine Ultra coolers will fit with specific NRS Otter Livery series, Otter series, Sport series, Expedition series, catarafts and AIRE rafts and catarafts.

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Compare Paddler Weight Charts for all NRS SUP Boards

When choosing a stand up paddle board, your weight, the types of paddling you do most often, and your experience level should guide your decision. No one board is perfect for all body weights and activities.

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Cold-Water Layering

Layers allow you to add and remove pieces to match changing conditions, and help your body maintain a safe, comfortable temperature. These layers fall generally into three categories: base layers, insulating layers and outer layers.

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Clyde's Grand Canyon Blog: Community Gear List

A weblog or blog from a Grand Canyon river trip.

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Choosing Oar Length

"What length oars do I need for my boat?" is one of the most common questions we get. It's a difficult question to answer simply. We've developed this chart to help you with this decision.

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CGear Sand-Free Multimat: Tame the Sand Monster

An amazing product that keeps sand where it belongs.

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Boating with an Outfitter

Reasons for choosing an outfitter for your next outdoor adventure.

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Beginners Guide to Kayak Terminology

Shop NRS for kayaking gear, inflatable kayak, kayak equipment, kayak accessory, kayak sale, playboat river kayak, and whitewater kayak.

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Basic Gear for Kayak Fishing Safety

NRS ambassador Isaac Miller discusses the equipment and apparel that can improve our level of comfort and kayak fishing safety.

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