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Who Are We?

Drawn to the easy access to world class outdoor activities, adventure athletes and outdoor enthusiasts flock to Hood River, Oregon where the Kayak Shed acts as headquarters.

The image above tells it all. Its taken from from the north side of the Columbia River looking directly at Hood River with Mount Hood in the back ground. We are a town of active outdoors people located  in a crucible of an out door mecca. Drawing from that pool we simmer it down to the most passionate kayakers focused on making your water adventures the best they can be.

The dedicated and passionate staff at the Kayak Shed are not just there to help out, they are happy to.  Their knowledge is experience based as they are athletes and outdoor lovers themselves, testing new gear and equipment every chance they get. They may even try to convince you to take their place in the shop if you stop in following a big rain (when the rivers are pumping) or on a bluebird powder day.  They love gear, love using it, and are excited to talk about it if you give them the chance.

This great culture of the Kayak Shed is easy to understand once you meet owner and head adventurer John Hart.  John encourages his employees to get down and dirty with the products in the shop so they can offer the best guidance and advice to those who seek it.  If he is not in his office making customer’s days he can be found on the river, mountain or trail with a big ol’ grin.

Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket Outdoor Gear review

Arcteryx Beta AR Jacket Outdoor Gear review

We just brought in a couple Arc’teryx jackets. They are amazing. And expensive. So this is part of my ongoing review finding about what we have in stock. Found this great review from
E-Bizda International Business Directory The KayakShed  No Beta testing needed for the Arc’Teryx Beta AR Jacket. Each year it just gets better and better. This year, the Beta AR Jacket uses Gore-Tex Pro Shell in 3-layer protection. This is Gore’s toughest hard shell, created for extreme conditions when comfort is of the highest priority in bad conditions. That’s not to say it won’t be great on a mid-winter bluebird day, but you’ll be very glad you have this jacket when a storm hits and sits around for a while. It’s been down peaks and chutes enough to prove its waterproof, weatherproof durability. The Beta was built for the skier who needs less but still wants it all. Weighing in at 451g, this seam-sealed jacket has a hood roomy enough for a helmet, reinforced shoulders to handle a pack, and underarm construction that won’t lift the jacket when you keep your hands up to stay on top of the powder.

Epsilon SV Jacket Review

More reviews from great sources on what we have at the kayakshed. This one is from and Craig Canapari ( DrFierce ) Epsilon impressions on 02/08/2006E-Bizda International Business Directory The KayakShed
I have not yet used the Epsilon SV Jacket extensively so I cannot comment on its performance. Compared to the ready mix, it has a slender, more tailored fit than the Ready Mix and the cuffs are quite preferable. Although not adjustable, they are snug without being tight (and moreover, have somewhat of a cool “ninja” aesthetic) and have an offset edge making the sleeve shorter on the palm vs. the wrist side, allowing for more dexterity while protecting your wrist. The front zipper does not have any sort of flap behind it so I worry that it may also rain to pass. The hood is comparable to the Ready Mix (from Patagonia) but slightly less structured; there are pulls for it both at the hood’s edges and inside the large front pockets, which are backed by mesh and would allow venting if necessary. Disappointingly, there are no interior or exterior chest pockets; there is a small L sleeve pocket which barely fits a 4G ipod. Most of the jacket is lined by what appears to be a fine microfiber.

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