I sat down with Jim Macallister, the director of sales for one of the largest rafting companies in the world. We focus on the gear you need for your next big river trip or camping trip.
We also get the pleasure of hearing one of the greatest founders stories in the outdoor industry as Jim shares the Bill Parks story! We also find out why it all starts with the Otter raft but quickly moves to the NRS fishing frame and we can’t leave out the NRS strap, my favorite strap for everything of all time.
Click below and listen to the NRS Outdoor Gear Podcast with Jim Macallister:
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Show Notes with Jim Macallister
12:30 – the NRS fishing frame is a huge product that made things easier for many fishermen over the years.
13:45 – the Chinook pfd has been huge for the kayak space, but they make high-quality life jackets for all.
15:30 – the NRS strap and the pilot knife
16:05 – The NRS sun shirts and other sun protection.
28:00 – The Bill’s bag is another bag I’ve been using for most of my river life and don’t leave without it.
39:45 – We talked about the inflatable drift boat and what happened to it. This is the freestone drifter.
44:00 – I noted the drift boat season and the companies we’ve had on the podcast.
1:01:30 – I noted Canyon Coolers and the episode I put together with the founder in episode 211 here.
1:02:20 – Derek from Sawyer Oars and Paddles was on the podcast in episode 185.
1:08:00 – resource page
1:09:26 – Rig to Flip, Rig to Flip, Rig to Flip
1:13:40- Pete was on the show hear
You can find Jim at NRS.com
Top 20 Outdoor Gear items for a River Trip
- Otter raft
- the NRS fishing frame
- Chinook PFD
- NRS Strap
- Pilot Knife
- sun shirt
- Bill’s Bag
- Cooler – yeti
- Sawyer Oars
- throw bag
- Boulder Dry Box
- Raft Cargo Net
- Rig to Flip
(See fishing under options bar at NRS)
“I eat three meals now, and have no need for four.”
-Bill Parks (NRS Founder)
Outdoor Gear Resources Noted in the Show
Videos Noted in the Show
NRS Outdoor Gear Conclusion with Jim Macallister
Jim Macallister is here to break down the amazing gear that NRS has been producing for years now. We also hear the story of how Bill Parks, the founder, gave the company away to his employees after he retired.