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The best life jacket is the one you’ll wear. From low profile to high float, front zip to side entry, we offer a variety of PFD styles to fit a range of body types and boating needs.

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Water is for everyone. Everyone should be able to access and enjoy it. The PaddleWays app is your all-in-one digital tool for discovering, planning and navigating better paddling adventures. It provides detailed maps, real-time conditions, and more than 48,000 points of interest, for free.

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Used Gear. New Adventures.

Buying used equipment and apparel from NRS is a great way to outfit yourself on a budget. Grab these used deals before they’re gone, and start planning your next adventure.

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Witnessing the Resurgence of Cataract Canyon » Ten years after her first trip through Cataract Canyon, Cassidy Randall returns to see the river’s natural resurrection.

Sisters of the Sacred River: The Trailblazing Ganga Girls » Naina Adhikari returns for year two of the Ganga Girls with a new crew and a new challenge: India’s first all-female ACA Raft Guide training.

Checklist » From planning to packing, logistics to stoke, Checklist reminds kayakers that planning a kayaking trip is easier than you think.

Returning to the Lowers on the Rio Grande » Having ditched the dirtbag lifestyle for a career, Austin Alvarado yearned to return to the rugged landscape of the Lowers on the Rio Grande.

Ode to Lil’ Hirk » Ten years and countless adventures later, Jasmine Wilhelm applauds the lessons and labors of her first raft, Lil’ Hirk, a $700 Costco buy.

Cinque Terre » Three paddlers hop a train to Genova hoping to sea kayak 100km of coastline and explore the five fishing villages that comprise Cinque Terre.

Urban Access, Wild Rivers » Jonas Seiler shares the story of the Salmon Whitewater Park and reflects on how easy whitewater access can benefit any river community.

Darby McAdams and the Evolution of Passion » Kayaking took Darby McAdams from Missoula to Africa. But through paddling, another passion emerged: sharing stories via film.

Life Downstream » Life Downstream offers a powerful look at the intersection of recreation and livelihood and the reminder that to truly know a rive r requires questions most paddlers never think to ask.

About NRS: Northwest River Supplies

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.