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    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Canoeists

    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Canoeists

    2020 has been the year of the canoe here at ARC. During the pandemic, canoeing has proven to be a great family activity with a low risk level, introducing all ages to a sport they may never have tried. The short supply of some popular kayaks has led many others to find an escape in solo canoes. With so many people rediscovering the joy of canoeing, we thought we’d add a gift guide this year for the canoeists out there.

    Esquif Prospecteur: from $2005

    Ideal for two to three people and with capacity for overnight trips up to one week, the prospector style canoe is a classic and versatile craft that will go from lakes to rivers with aplomb. Several leading canoe manufacturers offer modern prospectors based off of the old Chestnut prospector design. Esquif’s model is made from durable T-Formex, a triple layer material that is both lighter and stronger than plastic, but more affordable than expedition-weight composites. Offered in 15, 16 and 17 foot lengths as well as a more whitewater-oriented Sport version, the Esquif Prospecteur is the perfect boat for couples or small families looking for a canoe that can go almost anywhere.

    Esquif Adirondack: $1199

    The Adirondack is the reinvention of the solo pack canoe, designed for one, but with plenty of gear capacity for any pursuit. Like the Prospecteur, the Adirondack is constructed from Esquif’s T-formex material, which lends it a lighter weight and significantly longer lifespan than a plastic boat. The Adirondack is popular with those who like to paddle with a pet or young child, or who like to load down a boat with camping or fishing gear but still retain the maneuverability and control of a solo craft. The keel on the bottom helps the Adirondack track exceptionally well for such a short boat, meaning it’ll get you from point A to point B faster.

    Bending Branches Arrow: $99.95

    Any good canoe needs an excellent paddle. The Bending Branches Arrow is beautiful, versatile, and up for anything. At only 23 ounces, it’s a lightweight paddle made extra-durable with Rockguard protection at the edge. The ergonomic pear-shaped grip retains your hands’ natural warmth in cold weather, and won’t heat up in the sun the way metal paddles do. Basswood, red alder, and maple create an exceptionally good-looking paddle that excels in almost any water. It’s a great upgrade from an outfitter-style paddle, and it’s offered in multiple lengths to fit any paddler perfectly. Before ordering, check out Bending Branches’s sizing guide for the most accurate fit.

    NRS Ion PFD: from $79.96

    The Ion is low-profile enough to allow for full cross-body range of motion, making it perfect for canoeists. The super-soft foam forms to the body for hours of comfortable wear, and fleece-lined handwarmer pockets are such a relief on a chilly day. An easily accessible front tab provides storage for a river knife. Buckle entry makes for easy on and off, and graded sizing offers a fit for any paddler.

    GCI Sitbacker: $39.95

    Traditional bench seats are practical and durable, but they’re not always the most comfortable. Give the best of both worlds with a GCI Sitbacker. It’s a simple accessory that buckles onto a bench seat to provide back support and extra cushion. It locks closed during portages, and can be removed to the shoreline or beach for a comfortable stadium seat when you’re ready for a break.

    Level Six Shoreline Boots: from $52.59

    Lighter and more packable than traditional wellies, the Level Six Shoreline boots will protect your feet on muddy portages and stow easily when you’re back on the water. These waterproof natural rubber boots are available in three colors and men’s and women’s sizing.


    Darby Extend-A-Truck: $129

    A truck bed extender is the easiest way to transport long canoes. The Darby Extend-A-Truck mounts on any 2” receiver hitch, and telescopes to the necessary height for bed cargo or roof-mounted boats. When not in use, it comes apart to store flat behind a seat.


    Kokatat Sunwester Hat: $47

    A good sun hat is essential for long days on the water and at camp. The Kokatat Sunwester features UPF 30 protection and an adjustable drawcord around the dome to help tailor the fit. A built in chin strap and floating brim help ensure it won’t get lost on a windy day.

    Kokatat Jetty Jacket: $165

    Not many flatwater canoeists want a restrictive dry top, but splash protection is essential in spring temps. The Kokatat Jetty Jacket provides excellent splash resistance with a ¼ zip closure and hood, and a neoprene waist and splash cuffs. It’ll seal out paddle drip and rain drops and still vent moisture thanks to Kokatat’s signature Hydrus fabric.

    Rumpl Stash Mat: $79

    Muddy riverbanks are no match for the Stash mat. With a comfy faux-suede upper and waterproof, stain resistant lower, this mat folds down super small to fit in a camp kit and matches up with a standard size Rumpl puffy blanket to provide waterproof comfort for riverside lunches and fireside dinners.


    Watershed Mississippi Dry Duffel: $200

    For expedition canoeists, the Mississippi is the granddaddy of all dry bags. Its enormous capacity and dependable ZipDry waterproof seal make it perfect for long backcountry expeditions. We’re not kidding—you could fit the kitchen sink in this thing. The ZipDry system eliminates the need for a traditional roll top, meaning more of the bag’s space is actually usable. If the Mississippi is a little too much storage, also consider the Watershed Chattooga bag, which provides all the benefits of the Mississippi in a smaller form.

    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Kayak Fishing

    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Kayak Fishing

    Kayak anglers tend to be some of the biggest gearheads we know, so if you’ve got one in your family, Christmas should be a breeze. From the casual paddler who often brings along a rod, to the die-hard tournament angler, Appomattox River Company has a gift for everyone on your list. Floundering? Just give us a call—we’ll help you find a gift that definitely won’t be crappie. Okay, okay, we promise there will be no more fish puns!

    Wilderness Systems Recon 120: $1099

    Wilderness Systems Recon 120

    Where do we even start with the all-new Recon 120? At $1099, it’s an approachable boat for beginners but well-equipped enough for even the most serious of kayak fishers. Wilderness Systems has used their tried and true S.M.A.R.T. hull philosophy to make this boat stable, maneuverable, and responsive, while retaining the tracking and acceleration to get to any destination in a snap.

    Besides its balanced hull design, the Recon offers an abundance of essential fishing features, including an extra-wide padded standing deck, horizontal storage for up to three rods, two flush mount rod holders, and an extra large StowPro bow hatch for all your important gear. The Airpro ACE seat has kept all the classic comfort of the Airpro MAX, but added simple one-handed adjustment for easier on-the-water changes.

    With the ability to be paddled, pedaled with the separate Helix Drive, or powered with a trolling motor, the Recon 120 is a beautifully versatile craft that will delight any beginner, and keep its place at the top of the quiver no matter what demands present themselves down the road.

    Old Town Autopilot: from $3799.99

    Old Town Autopilot

    For those ultimate anglers out there, the Old Town Autopilot has changed the fishing kayak game. Available in 12’0 and 13’6” versions, the Autopilot is the pinnacle of well-rounded, cohesive integration. The GPS-enabled, 45lb thrust MinnKota motor eliminates the need for anchors and complicated trolleys with its SpotLock Technology, which anchors the boat in place using a GPS signal. The motor is controlled with the I-Pilot remote or with a smartphone app, which allows you to adjust the direction, speed, and anchor position of the boat at the touch of a button. The foot-controlled wide blade rudder means a fully hands-free fishing experience, and the padded high-low seat offers hours of comfort, so you can stay out all day. Thoughtful features like tackle pockets, measuring tray storage, and a universal transducer mount round this boat out for the ultimate fishing experience, from small lakes to offshore waves, and everything in between.

    Bending Branches Angler Pro: from $299.95

    Bending Branches Angler Pro

    No boat is complete without a paddle—not even the mighty Autopilot. Anyone who’s on the water for hours at a time knows how important a high-quality paddle can be. The Bending Branches Angler Pro has won the Kayak Fishing “Paddle of the Year” award not one, but six times, and is the perfect complement to any fishing kayak setup. A 100% carbon shaft and full fiberglass blade give this paddle a blissfully light swing weight, without compromising durability. Handmade in Osceola, WI, the Angler Pro is available in fixed lengths from 250-280cm, and in a telescoping adjustable version from 240-255cm.

    Astral Ronny Fisher: $159.95

    Astral Ronny Fisher PFD

    Know someone who’s still using a bulky universal fit PFD? Or maybe someone who won’t wear a PFD because they’re just not comfortable? Gift them the Ronny Fisher, a design from Astral that’s comfortable and convenient. Graded sizing means less bulk, and the thin back keeps the vest from interfering with high-backed kayak seats. The front of this vest boasts two extra large pockets, big enough to accommodate a tackle box or dry box, and complete with rigging and attachment points for small gear. Air movement through the back mesh vent makes the Ronny Fisher worlds comfier than your standard outfitter style vest. The Ronny Fisher also keeps the wearer dry with the stowable rain hood in the collar. If you know a PFD skeptic, this might be the vest that changes their mind.

    YakAttack Omega Pro: $40

    YakAttack Omega Pro

    YakAttack bills this rod holder as "the last rod holder you'll ever need," and that's exactly why it's a perfect gift for any kayak fisher. It installs in seconds on any kayak with a standard gear track, and can be removed just as fast. It accommodates virtually any rod, including casting, spinning, and fly rods, and allows maximum adjustability to suit any style.


    YakAttack VisiCarbon Pro: $90

    YakAttack VisiCarbon Pro

    Ideal for paddlers who share big bodies of water with larger motorized craft, the VisiCarbon Pro is an essential piece of safety gear made better. It’s collapsible, easy to install and remove, and burns 100 hours before needing a battery change. Equipped with a bright LED light and high-visibility flag, the VisiCarbon Pro is the most convenient way to make sure your kayak is visible to larger boats, even during the day.



    NRS ATB Wetshoe: from $55.96

    NRS ATB Wetshoe

    Wellies aren’t safe for kayak fishing, and neither are your most comfortable pair of hiking boots. So what’s a kayaker who needs supportive, comfortable cold water footwear to do? NRS made the answer with the ATB wetshoe. The snug, zippered upper keeps sand and grit out, protecting any dry socks underneath. The workboot sole provides unmatched support, grip, and durability for treks through mud, across rocks, and up slippery boat ramps. These are a perfect gift for a kayak angler who needs an upgrade from standard water shoes, or anyone who’s building a cold water kit. Remember to size up if they’ll be worn over a dry suit.

    Kokatat Supernova Angler Semi-Dry Suit: from $615

    Kokatat Supernova Angler Semi-Dry Suit

    For those who need the ultimate cold water protection, the Kokatat Supernova Semi-Dry suit offers a durable water repellent Hydrus 3.0 fabric and latex wrist gaskets. The neoprene cinch neck keeps out most water without the need for an uncomfortable neck gasket. It’s important to note that this is a semi-dry suit, and will not provide complete protection from immersion for long periods of time. Perfect for kayak fishers who do not expect to be submerged except in an emergency, and who layer appropriately underneath, the Supernova ideally balances comfort and performance.

    Immersion Research Fishing Waders: $419

    IR Fishing Waders

    Conditions that would destroy a lesser pair of waders don’t faze these Immersion Research heavyweights. Perfect for wade fishing, and just as useful for keeping dry getting in and out of a kayak, the IR Fishing Waders set a new standard for what a premium wader should be. A waterproof YKK relief zipper and self-burping valve make these exceptionally convenient, and the Taslan fabric blends durability and flexibility to move like a favorite pair of pants.

    Rumpl Beer Blanket: $8

    Rumpl Beer Blanket

    What day on the water is complete without a cold beverage? The (much) littler cousin of the original Puffy Blanket, the Rumpl Beer Blanket keeps hands warm and drinks cold, and stuffs into its own tiny pocket when you’re done. It’s the ultimate stocking stuffer for any beer drinking paddler, and packs down so small and light that it can hang out in any gear kit for the next great day on the river.


    Ketch Karbonate Board: from $29.99

    Ketch Karbonate Board

    For anyone who participates in catch-and-release tournaments, the Ketch fish measuring board is an essential gift that they probably don’t already have. Many tournaments have recently changed their standards for measuring boards, and this board meets those new criteria. The Ketch Karbonate is KBF-approved and comes in both 26” and 32” versions.

    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Whitewater Boaters

    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Whitewater Boaters

    Whether the whitewater paddler in your life is a beginner or a pro river guide, we’ve got the perfect gift ideas. We have suggestions here for whitewater boaters of any type, but as always, feel free to shoot us an email or call us at 800-442-4837 for recommendations, sizing info, or any gear questions you might have. Happy holidays from the ARC crew!

    Dagger Phantom : $1259

    For those who like to go fast, the Dagger Phantom perfectly blends speed and volume. A well-rounded contribution to the fast creeker category, the Phantom performs beautifully on big, pushy water and maneuvers deftly on edge. The Phantom comes in one universal size, so it’s an uncomplicated gift for someone getting into racing.


    Pyranha Machno: $1429

    Perfect for beginners who want a boat that grows with them, the redesigned Machno is a dream to paddle from class II to class V. With softer edges and enough volume to reassure beginners, the Machno will easily become a designated big water boat once you’ve graduated to something a little more playful. Plenty of rocker in the bow and stern and predictable chines make this boat a creek conqueror that will earn its place in any paddler’s quiver for years to come. Machno? Mach-yes.


    Werner Powerhouse: Starting at $260

    For maximum power and optimized swing weight and durability, the Werner Powerhouse is the final word in river running paddles. Ideal for stronger paddlers who want the most control out of every stroke, the Powerhouse offers 720 sq cm of surface area but weighs only 34 oz. For those who need extra wrist support, the Powerhouse also comes in an ergonomic bent shaft version.

    And, for the giftee who already has everything, consider a 4-piece breakdown model ideal for backup. There are few things worse than finding oneself up a creek without a paddle, so set them up with a solid plan B.


    Kokatat HustleR: $229

    For the river guide in your life, a new rescue vest can never go amiss. Constructed from 500 denier Cordura® nylon and PVC-free Gaia® foam, the HustleR blends bomber durability with supreme comfort. Curved panels form gently to the torso, and the foam is seriously soft. Complete with a quick-release belt for towing, the HustleR is one of the most comfortable yet functional vests we’ve tried on.


    Kokatat’s Icon: Starting at $1270

    Dry wear isn’t just about comfort- it’s also one of the most important safety tools in any whitewater paddler’s kit. Cold water kills, and for those looking to extend their season with high quality dry wear, you can’t go wrong with Kokatat’s Icon series. A comfortable back entry and breathable Gore-Tex® construction make this suit lightweight and easy to move in. The women’s version features a full drop seat relief zipper for when nature calls.

    Shred Ready Zeta: $169.95

    A perfect first helmet, the Shred Ready Zeta will complete any new paddler’s safety kit. The Zeta features graded sizing, and the fit is tailored with the easy-to-use BOA retention system, which only requires one hand to adjust. The wide brim is perfect for west-east flowing rivers where the sun is often in your eyes. Comfy fit pads and cool two-tone colors round out this helmet for any boater who needs durable protection.


    Thermo Hood: $25.00

    The .5 mm neoprene Thermo Hood from Immersion Research keeps your noggin toasty in chilly water. It’s low-profile enough to fit under a helmet, covers the ears, and stays put with the built-in chin strap. What more could your year-round boater friends ask for?



    Fox 40 Whistle: $6.95

    The Fox 40 Whistle is the stocking stuffer that might just save a life. Super loud and designed to work in the harshest of conditions, the Fox 40 is the gold standard of boating whistles.

    Note: colors are assorted and whistles come with a lanyard.


    Rumpl Nanoloft Puffy: $179

    Ideal for everything from river trips to road trips, the Rumpl Nanoloft Puffy is the perfect partner for wanderlust-inspired journeys. Each Rumpl Puffy is constructed from recycled materials, treated with a DWR coating, and equipped with a Cape Clip and corner loops for ultimate versatility. It’s equally at home snuggled on the couch or rigged up as a hammock under quilt. The Nanoloft is Rumpl’s warmest synthetic blanket, which means it's the perfect sub for a sleeping bag in mild weather, and it rolls up small enough to fit in a whitewater boat’s stern for overnight trips.


    Rumpl Beer Blanket: $8.00

    As the puffy blanket's (much) littler cousin, the Rumpl Beer Blanket keeps hands warm and drinks cold, and stuffs into its own tiny little pocket when you’re done. It’s the ultimate stocking stuffer for any beer drinking paddler, and packs down so small and light that it’ll earn a place in even the most compact camp kitchen set.


    NRS Co-Pilot Knife: $49.95

    A river knife can save a life. Ropes, branches, and tangled clothing all represent significant entrapment hazards, and the best way to prepare for such a situation is with a high quality, easily accessible river knife. The NRS Co-Pilot Knife is the perfect size to stay out of the way, and features a safety tip, oxygen tank valve wrench, and bottle opener for the takeout. It locks into any standard PFD lash tab, so it’s there when you need it, even if you never expect to.

    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Recreational Paddlers

    ARC Holiday Gift Guide: Recreational Paddlers


    2020 is finally drawing to a close.

    With the recognition that life is extraordinarily changed for almost everyone, we here at Appomattox River Company hope that this season brings a little extra joy, and a lot of extra love, to all. This year, as usual, we offer our annual Holiday Gift Guide, to help you out with ideas for the paddlers in your life. As always, if you need any advice, sizing recommendations, or further inspiration, feel free to give us a call at 800-442-4837. Without further ado, here are our best gifting suggestions for recreational paddlers.

    For the adventurous person in your life looking for their first kayak, consider the Perception Tribe. Available in 9.5 and 11.5 foot lengths, the Tribe offers an excellent balance of stability, light weight, maneuverability, and price. Suitable for flat water rivers and lakes, the Tribe will help access those places that you can’t get to on foot.



    If your giftee is already set with a kayak, consider a paddle upgrade. For those using heavy aluminum paddles, the Accent Kauai is a welcome change. With a carbon shaft and fiberglass nylon blade, the Kauai weighs in at 31 ounces, a significant improvement over aluminum shaft paddles, and offers infinite blade offset options. The Kauai is a solid mid-range paddle that will allow the user to stay on the water for longer without getting tired.


    If even the Tribe is a little too heavy, take a look at the Dagger Zydeco 9, a nimble sit-inside boat that weighs only 37 pounds. Like the Tribe, the Zydeco excels at flat-water recreational paddling and offers a surprising comfort to weight ratio. We think the Zydeco is one of the best-performing budget kayaks on the market.




    Ideal for everything from river trips to road trips, the original Rumpl Puffy Blanket is the perfect partner for wanderlust-inspired journeys. It’s small enough to pack into a kayak stern and cozy enough to sub for a sleeping bag in mild weather. Better yet, each Rumpl Puffy is constructed from recycled materials, treated with a DWR coating, and equipped with a Cape Clip and corner loops for ultimate versatility. It’s equally at home snuggled on the couch or rigged up as a hammock under quilt.


    Astral’s takeout-to-taproom footwear is a welcome upgrade from regular water shoes. The Loyak and Hiyak both offer water-ready uppers and super-sticky G-Rubber soles, with the perfect blend of flexibility and protection. Built-in drains and silt dumps help vent water and sand out of the shoe. The Loyak is offered in men’s and women’s sizing and colors; the Hiyak is unisex and women should order one size down.

     Loyak: $90 Hiyak: $125




    For those who need the ultimate cold water protection, the Kokatat Supernova Semi-Dry suit offers a Durable Water Repellent Hydrus 3.0 fabric and latex wrist gaskets. The neoprene cinch neck keeps out most water without the need for an uncomfortable neck gasket. It’s important to note that this is a semi-dry suit, and will not provide complete protection from immersion for long periods of time. The Supernova provides excellent protection for flatwater recreational paddlers and fishermen, but should not be used by whitewater boaters.


    ARC Tie-Down Cam Straps are an excellent alternative to rope. Unlike ratchet straps, they are very hard to over-tighten, meaning it’s much harder to damage your boat with a cam buckle. They eliminate the need to constantly tie and untie rope, and our ARC logo straps pack conveniently back into their own mesh storage bag.




    If your loved one paddles into the colder months, a pair of NRS Hydroskin Gloves is an excellent way to keep hands toasty while retaining mobility. .5 mm neoprene and a DWR coating protect fingers from the cold, and the wrist pairing snaps help make sure you don’t take home just one glove, while the other is still hiding in the shuttle vehicle. For the fair-weather paddlers out there, NRS’s Boaters Gloves provide extra paddle grip and blister protection without overheating your hands.


    If you know someone who’s always hiding their keys at the takeout, the Pelican 1010 Micro Case is a perfect storage solution to keep car keys dry and tucked away while on the water. It even fits into the pockets of many life jackets.



    The (much) littler cousin of the original Puffy Blanket, the Rumpl Beer Blanket keeps hands warm and beers cold, and stuffs into its own tiny little pocket when you’re done. It’s the ultimate stocking stuffer for any beer drinking camper, and packs down so small and light that it’ll earn a place in even the most compact camp kitchen set.


    August - Sept Operational Update

    August - Sept Operational Update

    New Farmville Store Operations for August 08/15 - 09/31
    Tues -Thurs = Curbside Pick Up by Appt for Orders placed Online or over the Phone. Virginia Deliveries. US Shipping.
    Friday - Saturday = Restrictive In Store Shopping. Must wear Mask.
    Sunday - Monday = Closed 
    The Hampton Store Hours:
    Sun - Wed = Closed
    Thurs - Sat = 9-5
    One thing to keep in mind:
    We are a small, family business and take the input of our staff to heart when navigating these interesting times. We are doing our best through this disruptive moment in history. Our procedures have allowed us to stay open for these last 5 months while many retailers and manufacturers were forced to close. We are a small business. So the precautions we take are to protect ourselves, to protect you and to stay open for business.
    Right now, we are selling out of kayaks and canoes faster than we can get them in stock. Our supply chains have been drastically disrupted. Because of the high demand and the inability to resupply readily, we cannot do demos at this time. We just don’t have the available models to offer demos.
    We’ve had about 5% of our customer base ask for the ability to shop in-store to physically see the differences in product. We understand your desire. We have opened up our accessories showroom, and the front warehouse showroom to in store shopping on Friday and Saturday. Our Hampton Store will open for walk in customers as well, (Thurs - Sat, 9-5)  though they will restrict the amount of customers in the shop at one time. Customers must wear a mask to enter these areas
    The mask as a shield:
    [Asked why it was dishonorable to return without a shield and not without a helmet, the Spartan king, Demaratos (510 - 491) is said to have replied: “Because the latter they put on for their own protection, but the shield for the common good of all.” (Plutarch, Mor.220)“]
    I assure you that we can also talk you through the limited options we have left on our 800-442-4837 phone lines while walking you through the choices on our website. We are down to our lowest inventory levels in decades, and selling out of stuff by the hour. We encourage customers shopping online to buy a product if you see it available online, as that is the most accurate inventory for our Farmville Store. We do still oversell stuff on occasion but have been making every effort to avoid that issue. 
    A final message from our GM, Vince:
    "Please be patient with us and understand that the decisions we've made and continue to make are driven by our love of supplying paddlesports gear and our love for our staff.
    We have been very fortunate and thank you all."
    Much love to you all