Class V Partners

LL Bean

L.L. Bean, Inc. is a leading developer and retailer of quality outdoor gear and apparel. Founded in 1912 by Leon Leonwood Bean, the company began as a one-room operation selling a single product, the Maine Hunting Shoe. While its business has grown substantially, the company remains committed to the same honest principles upon which it was built – a focus on the customer, continuous product improvement, respect for people, wildlife and our natural resources and a 100% satisfaction guarantee. L.L.Bean is proud to sponsor conservation organizations that ensure quality outdoor experiences and help people enjoy the outdoors in a responsible manner.

Timberland Pro

In 1999, The Timberland Company recognized an opportunity to bring premium, durable boots to the professional tradesman. Timberland PRO® continues Timberland’s heritage by assessing unmet needs of those who work in the most demanding environments then developing solutions that deliver ultimate comfort, durability and protection – all day long. Timberland PRO® offers a complete range of high-quality professional footwear, apparel, gloves and accessories, exclusively designed for the safety market and distributed through a professional network.

Class IV Partners


100% employee-owned NRS is the world’s leading manufacturer of paddlesports apparel and accessories. Founded in 1972 in a college professor’s garage, NRS has become a major force in the outdoor industry, inspiring and equipping countless anglers and paddlers in the U.S. and around the world from its headquarters in Moscow, Idaho.

Class III Partners

Current Designs

Current Designs Kayak manufactures the finest sea kayaks, recreational kayaks and touring kayaks in both composite and polyethylene and offers a full line of kayaks for paddlers of all levels.

Granite Gear

Granite Gear’s gear is truly tougher than granite and matches purpose with weight, comfort and durability.

Northstar Canoes

Northstar Canoes was born of obsession. Founder Ted Bell’s love of canoeing spans decades, continents and companies. A former champion racer and builder extraordinaire, Ted knows precisely what makes an enthusiast’s heart pound. Today, after a 6-year hiatus, he’s back to producing the finest composite canoes ever made.


Kokatat is the leading watersports wear manufacturer with a comprehensive line of technical paddling apparel. Our products are designed by paddlers for paddlers to meet the most challenging weather and water conditions. You’ll find a rich history of innovation, expedition field-testing, outstanding customer service and quality control behind every Kokatat product.


Exped means expedition equipment, and through ingenious simplicity and innovation, Exped gear maximizes the users outdoor experience. Exped is based in Zurich, Switzerland with a subsidiary in Seattle.

Wenonah Canoe

Wenonah uses Kevlar, Royalex and other advanced materials to build light, tough, responsive canoes to satisfy the most demanding wilderness travelers.

Class II Partners

Peerless Handcuff Company

Now in its fourth generation, Peerless Handcuff Company remains a family business committed to producing the finest restraints available. These products are used by law enforcement, correction and military agencies throughout the US and abroad.

Pelican Intl

Pelican International is the world’s leading manufacturer of plastic boats, producing leisure and fishing kayaks, SUPs, canoes and winter toys.


Patagonia is a designer of outdoor clothing and gear for the silent sports: paddling, climbing, surfing, skiing and snowboarding, fly fishing, and trail running.

Bending Branches

Elevating the paddling experience since 1982, Bending Branches is an American manufacturer of lightweight, durable paddles.

Werner Paddles

Werner Paddles is the leading manufacturer of high quality kayak and canoe paddles, offering great performance and value at several price points. NFCT is proud to receive support from Werner through their Healthy Waters Initiative. to learn more visit is the leading resource for paddlesports information with consumer reviews, launch maps, classifieds, buyers guides, photos, forums and much more all free to use.

Darn Tough Vermont

Darn Tough Vermont is an American manufacturer of premium, all-weather outdoor socks with headquarters in Northfield, Vermont offering footwear for skiing, hiking, running, biking, hunting, kid’s and casual styles with and unconditional lifetime guarantee.



Concept2, based in Morrisville, Vermont, is the leading manufacturer of world-class racing oars, indoor rowers and the SkiErg.

SOG Specialty Knives & Tools

SOG has accompanied elite US Special Forces and law enforcement professiona for decades. With a well-earned reputation for engineering, precision and quality, SOG continues to be trusted by the world’s best.

Brant & Cochran

Brant & Cochran operates out of its South Portland, Maine shop where it makes and restores vintage axes to be used and treasured for future generations.

Class V Partners

American Canoe Association

Atlantic Coastal Kayaker

Class IV Partners

North Country Hospital

189 Prouty Drive
Newport, Vermont

Somerset Public Health

Community National Bank

Charles River Canoe & Kayak

160 Riverview Ave
Waltham, MA
(617) 965-5110

Class III Partners

Three Mountain Associates


Appalachian Mountain Club Maine Wilderness Lodges

Class II Partners

Adirondack Mountain Club

Maine Sport Outfitters

115 Commercial St
Rockport, Maine

Adventurous Joe Coffee