Top Paddling Gear Picks for Summer

first_imgPaddlesports are seeing a worldwide revival, due to increasingly lightweight material innovations, new boat designs, better water-friendly fabrics, and more access to waterways. An improving economy is also driving innovation as manufacturers are able to invest more back into R & D. Nowhere is this revival more apparent than in the Southeast. With the Freestyle World Championships taking place on the Nantahala last year, things are really on a roll – pun intended. Here’s a look at few Blue Ridge Outdoors picks for your summer paddling adventures.Gerber River ShortyImproving on a classic is tough to do, but Gerber took the chance with the re-introduction of their traditional stub-nose waterman’s blade, the River Shorty, built specifically for paddlers, sailors and divers. This blunt-tip river knife features a serrated 3-inch, polished 420HC stainless steel blade wrapped in a durable, slip-resistant nylon handle. The hard plastic sheath attaches easily to belt, boot or PFD and will accept the blade edge right or left. Made in Gerber’s Portland, Oregon, factory, the River Shorty carries the brand’s lifetime warranty and is now available in high visibility green (shown) as well as classic black. (MSRP $33) gerbergear.comNemo Helio Pressure ShowerRinsing off out of the back of your Subaru after a day on the river is one of the small pleasures in life, and Nemo has provided an extremely convenient and effective way to get this backcountry cleanse. The Helio Pressure Shower comes in a tidy nested kit and provides up to seven minutes of steady water pressure. Unlike gravity-fed, hanging shower systems, the Helio sits on the ground and uses an 11-liter welded-fabric water container, pressurized by a foot durable pump. Let the water tank warm in the sun while you are out paddling. It can also be used to rinse off doggie paws, bike tires, or to wash dishes. (MSRP $99.95) nemoequipment.comAstral Ronny Fisher Kayak Fishing PFD Southeastern favorite Astral has a number of new offerings for Spring, not the least among them the Ronny Fisher – Astral’s first kayak-fishing specific PFD, created with feedback from the North Carolina Kayak Fishing Association. The technical vest features Astral’s Thin-Vent proprietary foam-vent technology, a 500d Cordura wrap, and is decked out with a plethora of storage solutions all the way down to a beverage holder and cell phone pocket. Reflective hits and a stowable hood complete the picture in this departure piece for Astral. (MSRP $159.95) astraldesigns.comBluesmiths KanahaUsing some of the most advanced technical fabrics in the world from Switzerland –NanoSphere – the Bluesmiths Kanaha LS Ocean Shirt is a hydrophobic must-have for stand-up paddlers and other watersports enthusiasts. As you might expect, it’s got 40 UPF sun protection as well, and it’s quickly gaining notoriety for breathability, quick-dry and lightweight comfort. Bluesmiths manufactures in Canada with an eye for style, an environmental sensibility and real life paddlers and seamen developing product. (MSRP $90) bluesmiths.comNikwax Sandal Wash and Footwear Cleaning GelYour favorite Chacos, Tevas and Cudas can quickly become stinkified after many days on the river and around the campfire over the course of a season. But you love those sandals. Consider the environment and your pocketbook and treat them with Nikwax Sandal Wash or Footwear Cleaning Gel to give them new life. Sandal Wash works to clean synthetics, leather and fabrics and removes bacteria (typically responsible for rot and stink); while Footwear Cleaning Gel not only cleans but also revives water repellency and can revitalize breathability. Nikwax products are typically gentle on your goods and on the environment (VOC/FC-free, water based and biodegradable). The company’s apparel cleaning products work great too. Consider it a small investment in your gear. ($7.25 sandal wash / $8.50 cleaning gel) nikwax.comJulbo WaveMountaineers among you will quickly recognize this iconic French sunglass brand for their fit, protection and quality. Now paddlers have access to the company’s photochromic, polarized (eliminates glare), and hydrophobic (won’t streak when wet) lenses as well – and they float too. A removable frame skirt helps keep spray out of the eyes while air flows around to prevent fogging. A supple rubber adheres to the nose. Available in Black/Yellow, White/Black, Black/Sky Blue, and Blue/Black; the photochromic Octopus gets darker and lighter with light intensity and is the pricier of two lens options. (MSRP $120 Polarized 3+/$190 Octopus) julbousa.comKokatat Whitewater and off-shore hardcores will be interested to know that Kokatat’s new Icon Gore-Tex (in both 3-layer Pro Shell and Cordura) rear-entry dry suit (previously only available in the Jackson Collection) is now out in two new colors for men and women. It features full latex gaskets, integrated Gore-Tex socks, dual-adjustable overskirt, and, for men, front relief zipper. Ahhhhh. And when you’re not shredding waves, check out the new Kokatat Destination line, featuring caps, paddling pants and shirts, and other pieces that crossover well for lifestyle and travel. (MSRP $1090) kokatat.comGoal Zero Lighthouse250 Lantern and Power HubThe GZ Lighthouse 250 is a great tool to keep in your shuttle vehicle – it provides light for when you take-out after dusk and it can recharge your other devices. You can adjust brightness levels and direction to save on power for a 48-hour max run time. It’s rechargeable from Goal Zero solar panels, from any USB port, and it features a hand-crank for emergency charges. It can recharge a smartphone twice or give a 40-percent boost to a tablet. (MSRP $79.99) goalzero.comThule SUP ShuttleTo make use of your current Thule rack system with the new stand-up paddleboard you got for Christmas, consider spending the rest of your extra bread on some sweet rack attachments. The SUP Shuttle (MSRP $149.95) features telescoping-width (fits boards up to 34″ wide) with built-in board protection and universal FlipFit Bracket rack compatibility. Dual loading design and weather resistant base padding allows for safe transport of two boards. Adjustable wrap-around padding on straps protects boards from strap abrasion. Of course, if single-blade is your thing, there’s always the new Portage Canoe Carrier (MSRP $119.95), now Thule’s easiest loading canoe carrier with universal roof rack compatibility. Durable gunwales with ramped sides and cushioned base pads protect the canoe during transit to the put-in. thule.comlast_img read more

Ski resorts react to Gov. Cuomo allowing them to reopening with limited capacity

first_imgSkiCNY says they have already seen an increase in sales for passes earlier this fall. They say they may even have to add more employees for the season. SkiCNY, ski resort in Central New York, says they are pretty pleased with the restrictions. They say they anticipate a busy season, adding that people are eager to be doing activities after being so cooped up. The resort says it hopes to be open by Dec. 1 and that the weather will be in their favor this year. (WBNG) — Governor Andrew Cuomo announced Oct. 18 that ski resorts can reopen at 50% capacity in November with restrictions. The restrictions include wearing mask whenever not eating, drinking or skiing, social distancing between parties, disinfection of rental equipment, and limiting lifts to be members of the same party.last_img read more

WBB : SU grabs 28 offensive rebounds to help offset poor shooting night

first_img Published on January 26, 2011 at 12:00 pm Comments Facebook Twitter Google+center_img Agnus Berenato wants a coaching clinic from Quentin Hillsman.The Pittsburgh head coach was more than impressed with Syracuse’s offensive rebounding in their matchup Wednesday. Enough so that after the game, she said she would have to ask the Orange’s head coach how he got his team to be so successful.She also added that SU’s performance on the glass was the difference-maker in the game.‘They were very physical on the boards, and they crashed in,’ Berenato said. ‘And even when we had inside position, they still crashed and got rebounds.’Syracuse entered its game with the Panthers as the nation’s leader in rebounding margin and continued that trend Wednesday. Twenty-eight of the Orange’s 50 rebounds came on the offensive end, helping SU turn a poor shooting night into a 69-60 win in the Carrier Dome. The performance on the glass led to 19 second-chance points and helped the Orange get to the free-throw line throughout the game.AdvertisementThis is placeholder text‘We’re scoring the basketball because when we shoot and we miss, we go get it,’ Hillsman said. ‘And I always tell our players, the more you go, the more you get. We just try to go every time.’SU’s first possession of the game set the trend.Junior forward Iasia Hemingway caught the ball at the free-throw line. She was left open but couldn’t knock down the jumper. Orange center Kayla Alexander grabbed the rebound on the right block. Her putback was too strong, but Hemingway had crashed down to the other side of the paint. She pulled in the rebound but missed from in close. Alexander got one more chance but, again, couldn’t hit the shot.Four chances, four missed opportunities for points.The offensive struggles continued the rest of the game. Syracuse finished the night shooting 35 percent from the field. But many of those misses led to second and third chances for the Orange, leading to SU’s victory despite the mediocre shooting percentage.Even some putback attempts from under the basket turned into squandered opportunities. But there was just enough for the Orange to come out on top.‘It’s very important for any time, especially our team,’ sophomore guard Elashier Hall said. ‘We did a great job crashing the boards. And it just gave us an opportunity to get the ball back up on the net and get points on the board.’One of those chances came with less than a minute left in the first half. SU had overcome a 6-for-24 shooting start to take the lead right before halftime.The Orange ran a pick and roll with senior guard Erica Morrow and Alexander. After setting the screen at the top of the key, Alexander cut to the basket looking for a feed. But Morrow instead took a pull-up 3-pointer.The shot clanged off the rim and dropped right to Alexander under the basket. Pittsburgh guard Taneisha Harrison tried to poke the ball away but bumped the Syracuse center as she went up for the putback. The shot dropped in off the glass, and Alexander hit the free throw for a three-point play.Sophomore guard Carmen Tyson-Thomas, who scored just two points on 1-for-7 shooting but led the team with seven offensive rebounds, said it wasn’t a matter of Pittsburgh not fighting for the boards. Rather, it was Syracuse’s hustle that led to the big night on the glass.‘They were boxing out hard,’ Tyson-Thomas said. ‘But we were all just crashing really hard. I have a nose for the ball, so I’m everywhere the ball is.’Even though Pittsburgh head coach Berenato was impressed with the Orange’s rebounding performance, the statistics did not surprise Hillsman. He said a team that shoots such a low percentage like Syracuse did Wednesday should have more second-chance opportunities.‘You miss like 41 shots, you’ve got a lot of (rebounds) to get,’ he said. ‘I think it’s more about our kids going every time.’zjbrown@syr.edulast_img read more