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Boating with an Outfitter

Reasons for choosing an outfitter for your next outdoor adventure.

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CGear Sand-Free Multimat: Tame the Sand Monster

Learn how the two-layer woven construction of the CGear Sand-Free Multimat allows sand to sift down through the mesh while preventing it from coming back up.

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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. We've developed this chart to help you with this decision.

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Cold-Water Layering

Base, insulating and outer layers allow you to add and remove pieces to match changing conditions, and help your body maintain a safe, comfortable temperature.

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Fishing Frame Additions and the Sport Cat Frame

Learn more about our raft and cataraft fishing frames, which are praised by fishermen for their excellent features and modular adaptability.

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Frame Basics

Learn the points to consider when choosing a frame for your raft or cataraft. Consider the style, function, quality, and performance for your kind of boating.

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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: Prior to September 2005

For inflatables prior to September 2005: Learn how many and what length straps you will need to strap your NRS raft/cataraft frame to your raft or cataraft.

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How to Choose the Right Life Jacket

Learn about the types of life jackets most commonly worn by boaters so you can choose the right life jacket for your paddling needs.

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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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Military Valves

Information about the different types of Military valves.

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Modular Frame Part Dimensions

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

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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; we think it's the best. And we've only made it better.

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NRS - Inflatable Boat Spec Chart

Use this comprehensive table to compare specs and measurements for current and past NRS, Aire, Riken and Tributary inflatable rafts and catarafts.

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NRS & AIRE Raft 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 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 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 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 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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Pennel Orca Boat Material

Learn why NRS has used Pennel's Orca material in manufacturing our Expedition and Otter rafts, catarafts, and inflatable kayaks since 1994.

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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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Raft & Cataraft Frame Instructions

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

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Raft Frame Sizing Guide (Pre-Sept 2005)

A fit and sizing chart for inflatable raft frames and catarafts for rafts built before September 2005.

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The Iconic Bill's Bag Dry Bag: A History

Read the story of how our iconic waterproof NRS Bill's Bag came into existence, directly from the legend himself: Mr. Bill Parks.

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The Making of Cataract Oars

Learn how a company that makes guided missile parts, armor piercing projectiles and parts for advanced aircraft got into making carbon fiber oars for rafting.

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Weight Carrying Capacity of NRS Boats

What's the weight carrying capacity of NRS rafts? We get asked that question frequently. Our answer? "We don't rate them" Read on to learn why.

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What is Drop Stitch?

How drop stitch material used in our inflatables is made.

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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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