If it works for ski poles, why not canoe paddles? That’s the theory behind a new line of bamboo canoe paddles manufactured by Grass Sticks in Steamboat Springs, Colo. One grab of the shaft is all it takes: bamboo just feels good–and different from any other paddle shaft on the market, a hair more au naturel.
Words and Photos by Conor Mihell The axiom, “gear doesn’t make a camper” is unquestionably true. But quality, innovative kit can make your backcountry experience better and more enjoyable—especially when the bugs are bad or you want to explore new styles of camping. Here are five products to consider packing on your summer paddling adventures.