A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path.
One of the most versatile sit-on-top kayaks, the Tarpon 105 has a comfortable adjustable seat, a large rear storage well and a water-bottle strap and dry box all within the paddler’s reach. $849
Store your phone, credit cards and sundries in this watertight vault. A lashing point on the top allows you to clip it to boat bungees. $39.95
Cushy foam and breathable mesh paneling give this life jacket all-day comfort. $79.95
This lightweight fiberglass-and-carbon paddle features asymmetrical dihedral blades for easier pulling and less flutter. Its two-piece design allows for easy storage. $285
You can still operate the touch screen and front and back cameras while your phone is sealed in this watertight pouch. $34.95
Snap this floating retainer to your shades to prevent against sinkers if you take a spill. $13
The polarization cuts glare off the water, and the lenses have 100% UV protection. $59
The massive brim offers unmatched protection from the sun, and an elastic band on the inside fits most noggins. $25
Stash layers and a towel in this 35-liter dry sack. Not the size you’re looking for? You can get it in volumes as small as 3 liters or as big as 65 liters and a range in between. $54.95 for 35 liters
Maintain balance and ground feel with these lightweight, nonmarking kicks. Drainage ports ensure they dry quickly. $90
There’s little to no learning curve on this inflatable craft, which is stable enough for cruising and yoga on calm water. The bundle also includes an adjustable fiberglass paddle, a deck pad, a pump and carry handles. $849
A 3-inch brim blocks sun and spray, but the special sauce about this hat is that it’s crushable. Stuff it in your pack or under boat bungees and it will totally retain its shape when worn. $38
This 10-foot stand up paddle board leash has a coil, so it won’t get tangled or create drag. $39
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