These awesome companies are not only the best in the industry, they are the most passionate and stoked. They help us get outside to FEED OUR RAT while being respectful to the beautiful and wild places we all enjoy!!
Thank you infinitely for your support!!
The initials “NRS” stand for Northwest River Supplies. When Bill Parks started the company in Eugene, Oregon in 1972, his primary customers were from around the Pacific North West, and they were mostly fellow river enthusiasts. At the time, the name explained perfectly what our company was about. Over the years, as our employees and customers started branching out into other areas of paddlesports, our company did too. These days, “Northwest River Supplies” doesn’t tell the full story of who we are. Our enthusiasm for paddlesports has grown to include lakes and oceans, and our products are used by paddlers in every part of the world. We shortened our name simply to NRS, to show that we focus on more than just river supplies, and more than just this corner of the world.
GoPro began as an idea to help athletes document themselves engaged in their sport and has become a widely adopted solution for people to document themselves engaged in their life passions, whatever they may be. From extreme to mainstream, professional to consumer, GoPro has enabled the world to capture and share its passions, and the world, in turn, is enabling GoPro to become one of the most exciting and aspirational companies of our time.
South West Idaho Travel Association
Southwest Idaho is full of activities and once in a lifetime experiences. From Boise to McCall, beer to wine, locally sourced food to award winning chefs – the Southwest Idaho experience is one to not be missed. Idaho has the most miles of raftable whitewater in the lower 48 states and Southwest Idaho is lucky enough to have many of those miles. Visitors can experience an easy float or an adrenaline rush! Along with the access to outdoor recreation, Southwest Idaho is known by it’s beauty. Visit Southwest Idaho.
Kelly's Whitewater Park
Kelly’s Whitewater Park has been recognized by many kayaking athletes as one of the premier whitewater parks in the country. Kelly’s opened in June 2010 and has hosted 2 National Kayak Championships and is proud host of the 2015 Payette River Games on June 19-21, 2015. Kelly’s was built in loving memory of Kelly Brennan and was funded by Mark & Kristina Pickard, in honor of Kristina’s late sister. The Park’s land was generously donated by local philanthropist Hans Borbonus and was the vision of Cascade Mayor Richard Carter and several other community leaders.
IR is a kayaking gear company, owned and staffed by kayakers whose sole objective is to produce the best kayaking gear known to human kind. As roots as gear companies get, IR has come all the way from basement made board shorts to making the world’s most trusted sprayskirts and pushing the bar for durable dry wear design.
The chess match of navigating a river’s obstacles, the glide of a surf, the discipline to stick your run. The adrenaline of a huck fest, river play through your favorite rapid. Cut off from the distractions of every day life deep in a forest or canyon. Paddling white water is special. We are honored to be trusted by whitewater paddlers around the world. We’ve earned our Bomber reputation by handcrafting paddles to survive and perform on the hardest rivers.
At Yakima, our engineers and designers are as passionate about the outdoors as you are. Whether it’s road cycling, mountain biking, downhill skiing, telemarking, kayaking, mountain climbing or camping with friends or family; there is someone at Yakima doing it. We live it every day, we know what works and, more importantly, we know what doesn’t.
From whitewater boats bound for class V creeking to recreational moving water kayaks and all water in between, Dagger is passionate about designing and manufacturing premier kayaks. It’s about offering the best tools for those who passionately pursue adventure, and about all the souls who are one with the water.
Celebrating over 40 years of innovation, Kokatat is an independently operated, US manufacturer of technical apparel and accessories for water sports. Handcrafted in Arcata, California, Kokatat employees are focused on building the finest functional product for people who work and play on water. Our gear is designed for paddlers, by paddlers, ensuring a safe and enjoyable experience on the water all year long and in all weather conditions.
Nearly 1 Billion people lack access to clean water, as a result 1500 children die each day from water related illness & disease. Many of these kids lose hope in their dreams and feel like they will be stuck in poverty forever. Fortunately there are solutions to the water crisis. I am a passionate co-founder of Vivid Roots, a brand focused on living life to the fullest while providing a helping hand to those in need. Each Vivid Roots product sold helps to provide people in need with clean water, all the while celebrating life’s great adventures.
Vivid Roots was founded after a backpacking trip in the mountains of Idaho the summer of 2013 by four college students who wanted to share their zest for life. Part of living a full and vivid life, is helping people less fortunate, so we created a model that gives people the opportunity to maximize positive social impact through each purchase. If we all do a little, we will change a lot.
Idaho River Sports
From our beginnings in 1987, We have been committed to helping people have the best possible on-water experience available anywhere. Idaho offers some of the world’s best water for kayaking, river surfing, canoeing, rafting, and stand up paddle boarding. Our commitment extends to, being good neighbors, helping protect the environment as well as serving boating community. We do what we do best, support the river community and our environment – we love what we do!
Idaho Rivers United
Idaho Rivers United is a conservation organization representing all who love the freedom, adventure and solitude of Idaho’s rivers. Our mission is to protect and restore the rivers of Idaho.
Since our founding in 1990, IRU has become a powerful force for safeguarding Idaho’s imperiled wild steelhead and salmon, protecting and enhancing stream flows and riparian areas, and defending and promoting the wild and scenic qualities of our wild rivers. Our supporters are river lovers who work together to keep Idaho’s rivers healthy and flourishing for generations to come.
The North Face
The North Face delivers an extensive line of performance apparel, equipment, and footwear. We push the boundaries of innovation so that you can push the boundaries of exploration. We remain deeply proud to be the first choice of the world’s most accomplished climbers, mountaineers, extreme skiers, snowboarders, endurance runners, and explorers.
Payette Powder Guides
Located in the heart of Idaho’s West Central Mountains, we have thousands of acres of untracked powder, literally, in our backyard. We have two yurts located on Lick Creek Summit (elevation 6930′ ) and have miles of skiing just out the door. From mellow burned tree glades to the stuff most of us only dream of…the steep and deep…Lick Creek has it all! Access is by snowmobile or snowcat.
First Descents offers young adult cancer fighters and survivors a free outdoor adventure experience designed to empower them to climb, paddle and surf beyond their diagnosis, defy their cancer, reclaim their lives and connect with others doing the same. During the First Descents experience, young adult survivors and fighters are empowered through conquering legitimate outdoor challenges to push their limits and face their fears, and by doing so, they are able to regain the confidence and self-efficacy lost to cancer. First Descents places an emphasis on each individual’s experience and provides the right support for every participant to achieve their goals for the week. The experience is designed to allow healing to happen naturally and organically – no forced conversations and no structured group sessions or therapy.
Coalatree Organics is focused on making the lives and experiences of people who purchase our products, more sustainable and enjoyable. We are committed to using renewable energy sources, recycled materials, organic growing methods, and also supporting initiatives around the world that improve and support farmers. We are always looking for new ways to develop and engineer our products in a more sustainable and environmentally friendly process. Coalatree is committed to always learning and improving our methods so they are up to our BAT standard.
The Original Chum retainer was created in 1983 by Colorado River guide Mike Taggett and his friends, who sought a simple, comfortable way to keep their expensive sunglasses out of the river. Every cotton and rope retainer is home-grown in Hurricane, Utah — manufactured in the USA. Although it isn’t rocket science, we are very proud of the proprietary machines Chums Research has developed over the years to make Chums retainers the most durable and long-lasting retainers on the planet.
Asana has been manufacturing rock climbing gear in Boise, Idaho since 1999. They are climbers and paddlers and passionate about playing in the dirt and water. Asana owns a bouldering gym in Boise, is the leader in the manufacturing of custom landing systems for climbing gyms, bouldering pads, climbing holds, packs, chalk bags, chalk, and other equipment. As a paddler, you should be wearing their Zilla Board Shorts for everything you do in the water.
As Kayakers, we need gear that makes us feel more comfortable, confident, and safe. Gear that allows us to push ourselves and the sport. As Designers, we need to make products that are unique, necessary, and beautiful. As Manufacturers, we need our factories to be safe, our materials to be non-toxic, and our waste to be minimal. If a product cannot meet all these requirements, we don’t make it.
Alpenglow Mountainsport is a family operated business that offers the best possible service and products for all of your paddlesports needs. Our season kicks off with an annual boat swap and pre-season sale every April. Throughout the summer, Alpenglow hosts several on-water demo’s in Boise and McCall, to promote paddling on the pristine lakes and extreme rivers that Idaho has to offer. Whether you want to demo a kayak or raft, to paddle the Payette or float the Boise, or just need a new pair of sandals, we look forward to seeing you in our store soon………..or on the water!
“If a photo speaks a thousand words, then Kayak Session is an encyclopedia…”
Released quarterly since 2001, Kayak Session has established itself as the prime resource for information on whitewater kayaking worldwide. Bit with our print edition, our digital edition, our app and off course our website.