Battle of the Bottles: Avex and Fifty/Fifty Product Review

Fifty/Fifty Bottles
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Once I find a product I really, really like, I will be the first to admit that my mind closes like a bear trap to anything else that competes with it.  At the same time, something new and shiny (ooh shiny shiny!) with appealing...

Gear Review: ACR Aqualink 406 MHz GPS Personal Locator Beacon

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UPDATE: As of June, 2021 the MSRP of this valuable device has increased by about $40 since we wrote this review in 2016. Also, I have had a chance to paddle with this device several times, including multiple downwind runs on Maui and in the...

Gear Review: Optrix by Body Glove Waterproof iPhone Case

Optrix iPhone Case
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Before I start, let me be perfectly clear. There is no such thing as a foolproof waterproof phone case. Operator error makes that impossible. Natural degradation of materials - in particular rubber seals and gaskets - makes that impossible. That's not necessarily the fault...

Gear Review: Mocke Life Line Craft Leash

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At this year's ChuckTown Showdown, a fellow OC-1 racer  showed me his leash, the Mocke Life Line Craft Leash.  I was immediately intrigued. And being the gear geek I am ...I quickly purchased one. Here's why it's a great option if you paddle OC, or surfski...

Gear Review: Watershed Westwater Drybag

Watershed Dry Bags Perfect for SUP Touring
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Watershed Dry Bags Perfect for SUP Touring A good touring or expedition drybag needs to be durable, have a secure watertight closure and it needs to be easily secured to the deck of my touring board. Backpack straps for portaging or carrying the gear to...

Gear Review: Expedition/Touring Dry Backpacks

Dry bags
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If you've never gone camping via your paddleboard, you're missing a real treat. If you like camping, that is. And maybe even if you don't. But touring and camping a la sup requires a little bit of a twist in thinking when it comes...

Gear Review: Surf-Fur WaterParka

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The last couple of weeks here in North Carolina have definitely been Autumnal. Leaves are changing, even falling, there’s a pleasant lack of humidity in the air, the nights have dipped into the 40’s. And most sadly, my local lake temp has dipped below...

Gear Review: Ion Products Hydration Vest Comp

Gear Review Ion Hydration Vest
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Hydration. Next to our PFDs and leashes,  our onboard, on bod water supply system might just be one of the most important pieces of gear we carry with us. And while CamelBak and others have been producing a variety of great hydration packs for...

Gear Review: Reflekt Unsinkable Polarized FLOATING Sunglasses

Reflekt sunglasses
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It's well-known that the bottoms of Falls and Jordan lakes, as well as many other aquatic substrates are littered with things that belong to me. And some things that don't, like a sup yoga 10-pound anchor I lost Sunday (sorry Outdoor School!) But, usually...

The Inland Paddler: Oh Garmin! Don’t Fail Me Now!

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I am a slave to the data.  I live and die by my metrics. And I am addicted to wearables. Even though there is clearly a limit to how many you can actually wear at one time. (Or is there?) I have tried and tested...

Gear Review: Virus Aquatic Performance V2 Airprene Compression Tech Shorts

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I'm guessing the folks at Virus might have heard about my OC wardrobe malfunction of late. 'Cause not too long after that rather gripping experience, these shorts arrived in the mail for me to test. Where have they been all my paddling life?? Now, make no...

Gear Review: Geckobrands Waterproof Sports Series All Sport Backpack

Geckobrands Allsport Backpack
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So....were you at the Carolina Cup this year?  Did you do the Graveyard Race? On SUP? Well, let me just apologize to you now for making you wait for your turn to go through the shorebreak carnage.  I was the one outrigger who huli'd...

Gear Review: Season Five Basalt Hoodie

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In order to stay comfortable and safe during the winter paddle season, you have to be prepared for anything. And that means having a well-rounded arsenal of kit to handle whatever Mother Nature is going to throw out at you between Fall and Spring. Season...

Gear Review Redux: Another Look at a Classic – Bluesmiths Kanaha Shirt

Bluesmiths Kanaha
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Three years ago, Cousin Mullet extolled upon the Mullet Nation the virtues of the Kanaha long sleeved paddle shirt from Maui-based Bluesmiths. But, after spending nearly three weeks just about living in one, I am compelled to take another look at it.  In three...

The Quest for the Perfect Bag: Boreas Gear Erawan Pack

Gear Review Boreas Erawan
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The search for the perfect bag is a thing with me. It's a quixotic thing...like Don Quiote chasing after those windmills, I am always chasing after the better bag- the better bag for everyday carrying, for gear, for travel, and especially for travel with...

The Inland Paddler: Essential Chatta-crap – the stuff I can’t live without right now

Kit that's Getting me to Chattajack
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Kit that's Getting me to Chattajack We're in the final countdown to the premiere event on the East Coast - the Chattajack 31 (yes, we all know it's really 32 miles, not 31) in Chattanooga. It's easy to become obsessed about the race right about...

Save the Date: Picking the Right Board with Coach Larry Cain 5/21 at 3PM EST on Interactive Session on Zoom

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Coach Larry Cain will be hosting an interactive discussion on Zoom about Picking the Right Board this Thursday at 3:00 PM ET.  This session is available for all Paddle Monster All Access and Basic Members. If you are not members, join all access coaching...

Summer Skin 911 for the People Who Paddle

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Raise your hand if you are glad summer is right around the corner! I know that I am ecstastic that I can now leave the neoprene behind, kick off the booties, and enjoy paddling in boardies and lightweight paddle tops! But the advent of the...

Gear Review: Smartphone Weather Apps to Help you Stay Smart on and off the Water

Dark Sky
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We have a wonderful saying here in the South when out-of-towners grouse about our seemingly unpredictable meteorological conditions.  “Don’t like the weather? Just wait five minutes, y’all.” At no time during the year is this more true than in the summer, when we get into...

The Inland Paddler: Carolina Cup Essential Kit

Essential Gear for Surviving the Carolina Cup Paddle Race
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Essential Gear for Surviving the Carolina Cup Paddle Race I am really am making an effort to not take so much stuff with me when I travel. Especially to races.  But let's just face it - paddling is a gear-intensive sport. And a lot of...

Gear Review: The Virtues of a Good Pint (Glass)

Pint Glasses
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Here at the Mullet, not only are we gear geeks, but we have an appreciation for elegant design as well.  If you’ve ever seen the Mullet himself walking around with his cool retro-looking Fuji X100T camera, you know what I mean.  We are definitely...

ChattaTravel: Creature Comforts to Help Make it to Race Day

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Editor’s Note: This is part of a Distressed Mullet series on on Chattajack Prep.  I've had the good fortune to attend a lot of races this year and I have had some hits and misses when it comes to mastering the Art of Travel getting to...

The Inland Paddler: Summer Must Have Paddle Gear

Summer Must Have Paddle Gear
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Summer Must Have Paddle Gear With the temps starting to warm up, I recently made the decision to retire the dry suits to the storage closet and am anxiously awaiting the moment when I can do the same with all the neoprene.  This is the...

June the Machine Gear Review: Stay Healthy Using a Heart Rate Monitor

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Start your 2020 season with Heart Rate monitor using Paddle Monsters how to setup the heart rate zone!

Gear Review: Virus International Women’s Lunar Active Tech Pant

Virus Lunar
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Virus International, you had me with a stretchy pocket on the thigh of your  LUNAR Active Tech Pant.  That one little detail is huge. Brilliant.  How many times have I wanted a place to quickly stash my keys, wallet or phone while loading boards,...
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