Sponsorship is a double-edged sword. Back in my corporate days I avoided sponsorship for the sake of simplicity and lack of “strings”, but I learned that it’s easy to be smug when you have a large disposable income. I wasn’t originally looking to obtain a long list of sponsors, but I have found that the support of sponsors is vital in order for me to pursue long kayaking journeys.
A kayak vagabond must be creative. Sponsorship, if done with an absence of hubris and in the spirit of cooperation, can be a “win-win” solution. While some people do view sponsorships as a popularity contest or a way just to collect a pile of “free kit”, I accept sponsorship only from manufacturers whose products I already respect, use and believe in. Likewise, my agreement with my sponsors is that I won’t pull any punches when reviewing sponsored gear and seek to provide input for future improvements. Hard use and critical reviews helps to build better products.
Clicking on a logo below will take you to a page for that sponsor where my gear is described. Do you have a question about any of the gear? I welcome your comments and questions.
I wish to extend my sincere thanks to the sponsors listed below for their help and support. Their support makes my trips possible!