Planning a day touring paddle this spring? This kayak is made of stiff, three-layer plastic — but performs like composite models twice the price. Its narrow V-hull easily sliced through choppy waters, while its rudder system kept us tracking straight, even on crosscurrent stretches. [$1,099; eliesport.com]
The 2014 Adventure Issue
From Iceland's Highway 1 to Utah's Canyonlands, an epic itinerary for modern explorers.
Plus: Building a Bigger Action Hero
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The Interpreters We Left Behind
The Rise of Cyclocross
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