GEAR GUIDE 2008 : PADDLING

WATERSHED ANIMAS

The Animas is a little big to wear while you’re paddling (3,300 cubic inches), but it easily fits inside your flatwater boat’s storage space, and the bag truly shines once you hit land. The Animas is comfortable enough to take on longer treks in wet conditions and the patented Zip Dry technology makes it airtight and idiot proof. Store your most expensive camera inside the Animas, it’s not getting wet. $115.

KOKATAT DESTINATION SHIRT

A quick dry shirt that keeps the elements at bay without causing heat stroke. There’s mesh all over, making this one of the most breathable paddling shirts you can find. $79

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MORE GEAR & ACCESSORIES

PATAGONIA RIO FRIO

Sure, the Rio Frio could help save your life like other PFDs, but it also helps to save Mother Earth. Patagonia stuffs this PFD with PVC-free Gaia Foam, a lighter weight foam alternative that has less environmental impact than traditional PVC based foams. $120.

TEVA ARENAL

A lower volume shoe perfect for boats without a lot of foot room, the new Arenal features quick dry uppers, full toe protection, and super grippy “Spider Rubber” soles. $75.

MITCHELL REMEDY

After the success of their racing paddle, the Premiere, Mitchell is targeting creek boaters and demanding river runners with the new Remedy. With a bent wood shaft and foam core blades wrapped in carbon fiber, the Remedy comes in at a super-light 29 ounces, but still offers the durability and strength that creek boaters need to get down the river. $450 (bent shaft).

FNA GUIDE

A hand crafted helmet made from 80 percent Kevlar fiber. And really, why wouldn’t you want to protect your head with Kevlar? $150.

LEVEL SIX EL CAPITAN

Solid shorts to be sure, but we love them because they come in camouflage. $49.99.

HELMET HERO

Leaps and bounds above the original GoPro cameras, the waterproof Helmet Hero can record up to 56 minutes of TV quality video (with a 2gig SD card). It attaches to any helmet and quick releases to attach to your wrist or paddle. The coolest feature? Set the camera to “Photo Every 5 Seconds” mode, and you can shoot hands free pictures every five seconds for up to two hours. $169.

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