I've been using VE paddles for around 3 years now and other competitors such as Werner, Select, Lettmann or AT seem inferior. I think VE have nailed the weight to surface area of the blades which allow you to transfer so much power into each stroke, making these paddles perfect for all disciplines of whitewater kayaking. I've never had any issues with durability either and would easily trust VE in any grade of whitewater. One of my favourite things about VE paddles is the fact that they are custom built to any feather, length or hand you could wish for(there's even a chart to tell you which size would be best for you depending on your height and discipline of paddling!) Also, there is an option to convert the paddles into either 2 or 4 way splits if need be. This is great if you're trying to space save for trips abroad or just as an emergency pair! Combinations of Carbon blades/shaft or Glass blades/shaft are available if you don't want to splash out on full carbon blades or want something a bit more durable.
Can't say enough about smith goggles. They never fog up and just simply get the job done. I have used the Oakley line and prefer the Smith tenfold. This is my first of two pairs of excellent Smith goggles.
These shoes have withstood the test of time over the last couple years. It's no wonder they were made for Rafa on clay at the French Open. The durability on these shoes is up there with the best of them. I originally got these shoes back in college, and up until recently, I still had them kicking around. I'm not a big toe dragger, but the side support has stayed in tact for years. The only part that actually wore through was the sole, but hey after 5+ years, that isn't too bad. Obviously the style points are what primarily made me want to get the Courtballistec, however they were perfect for my grinder gamestyle. It is honestly worth spending a little more money and getting a higher quality shoe thats going to last a little longer. I have always preferred Nike Tennis since they give me a nice narrow fit around my feet. This model is tough to find these days, but ebay has a couple kicking around. Definitely worth finding!
I use these skis on groomers rippers and for shredding the park. With Jib Rocker press and butters are easy and fun, zero camber underfoot and love play with on boxes and rails. Bindings are fully centered mounted, Domain are totally bidirectional skis, super fun for high speed reverts and carving switch. Yes, i love these skis.