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 »
Aniakchak, A Wild Love Story » Opting to learn a new sport together, Graham and Shannon spend months learning to packraft before launching on a 10-day Alaskan adventure.
Standard Rafting Gear: Rusty the Bear Dog » When a rafting family adopts an anxious, unruly, water-distrusting dog, they aren’t sure they made a good decision. But the Rogue River Bear changes it all.
River Warriors: Marieke Vogt » Marieke Vogt has spent decades cultivating a friendship with rivers. Today, she’s a skilled kayak instructor and a dedicated river steward.
The Route of the 1000 Islands » Hoping for one last summer adventure, four sea kayakers spend three days circumnavigating Lošinj, one of the 1,244 islands off the coast of Croatia.
The Sixteenth Spot: Rowing Strangers Down the Grand » Answering an online call-for-rowers, Eric joins a private Grand Canyon trip. Although he starts as a 16th-wheel, it’s not long before he’s part of the fam.
Circumnavigating Croatia’s Lošinj Island » With its calm seas and gentle tides, the Adriatic Sea is the perfect place for adventurous friends to dip their paddles into multi-day sea kayaking.
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.
Celebrating the Soča: Taking the Balkan Rivers Tour Home » The majority of the BRD crew calls the Soča River home. So, the second week of Balkan Rivers Tour 4 welcomed kayakers from around the world to Slovenia.
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.
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.