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PURPOSE-BUILT FOR PADDLERS

A life jacket is the most important piece of gear to own, and a jacket’s comfort is vital. For 2019, we not only focused our efforts on delivering options that look good, we guarantee our vests feel the best too. Whether you’re looking for a streamlined style like the Nora or Oso, want to ensure off-shore safety in the Odyssey or would rather pack your pockets with fishing gear in the Raku, this year’s line up of PFDs has something for all types of paddlesports. Shop all life jackets now »

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Struggles in Alaska: The Tiekel and Beyond

Struggles in Alaska: The Tiekel and Beyond » Skunked by low flows on the Tiekel, Brendan and Parker fill their extra days with glacier exploration, open-fire meals and basking in wilderness solitude.

First Aid Kits: Playing Doctor (On the River)

First Aid Kits: Playing Doctor (On the River) » Eric never questioned the quality of his first aid kit (a required piece of gear for most permitted river trips) until taking a WFR course this spring.

Family Rafting 101: The Packing Breakdown

Family Rafting 101: The Packing Breakdown » With three kids and years of (painful) trial and error, Lindsay and Casey have nearly perfected a system for packing for family river trips.

The Rio Caqueta

The Rio Caqueta » Set deep in Colombia, the Rio Caqueta delivers flooded canyons, gnarly portages, helpful villagers and one paddler’s bout with flesh-eating bacteria.

An Anniversary SUP Adventure on the Neuse River

An Anniversary SUP Adventure on the Neuse River » It took a year to plan their 114-mile, SUP anniversary adventure on North Carolina’s Neuse River. It took only one day on the water for that plan to change.

May Misery on the Missouri River

May Misery on the Missouri River » Keeping true to her nickname, “Old Misery,” two paddlers battle tricky currents and unpredictable weather on a remote SUP trip down the Missouri River.

Flowstate Episode 4: Surfing the Bore Tide

Flowstate Episode 4: Surfing the Bore Tide » Convinced to try surfing the bore tide on an inflatable SUP, Parker tries again and again to stand up and surf the famous Turnagain Arm Bore Tide.

A Kayaker Turned Fly Fishing Angler

A Kayaker Turned Fly Fishing Angler » In her quest to become a fly fishing angler, Carmen has found that although some paddling skills carry over to fishing, there are a few new ones to learn.

Family Rafting 101: Risk Management

Family Rafting 101: Risk Management » Lindsay shares her family’s (almost) certified, (practically) guaranteed, (not quite) fool-proof Risk Score System to handle river trip risk management.

About NRS: Northwest River Supplies

In 1972, with only $2,000 in his personal savings, Bill Parks started Northwest River Supplies with one mission: to help others raft. 42 years later, Bill sold NRS to its employees. Today, the 100% employee-owned business strives to continue Bill’s legacy helping people pursue passions on the water. At our Moscow, Idaho headquarters you’ll find passionate water-lovers just like you, from rafters to whitewater kayakers, sea kayakers to stand up paddlers, kayak anglers to fly fishermen. Our lives, and livelihoods, are drawn to water.

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