Trail Mix: The Perfect Kit for Paddling

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There’s a watery world out there, but you’ll need more than your hiking boots to explore it. Gear up for your next kayak or paddle board adventure with these essentials.

A version of this story appeared in the summer 2020 issue of Uncommon Path


Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105 Sit-On-Top Kayak

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 105 Sit-On-Top Kayak

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


Pelican Go G40 Case

Pelican Go G40 Case

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


NRS Vapor Personal Flotation Device

NRS Vapor Personal Flotation Device

Cushy foam and breathable mesh paneling give this life jacket all-day comfort. $79.95


Werner Camano Straight 2-Piece Paddle

Werner Camano Straight 2-Piece Paddle

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


Nite Ize RunOff Waterproof Phone Pouch

Nite Ize RunOff Waterproof Phone Pouch

You can still operate the touch screen and front and back cameras while your phone is sealed in this watertight pouch. $34.95


Croakies Lycra Suiter Floater Retainer

Croakies Lycra Suiter Floater Retainer

Snap this floating retainer to your shades to prevent against sinkers if you take a spill. $13


O’NEILL Tow Polarized Sunglasses

O’NEILL Tow Polarized Sunglasses

The polarization cuts glare off the water, and the lenses have 100% UV protection. $59


Peter Grimm Hasselhoff Lifeguard Hat

Peter Grimm Hasselhoff Lifeguard Hat

The massive brim offers unmatched protection from the sun, and an elastic band on the inside fits most noggins. $25


Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag

Sea to Summit Big River Dry Bag

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


Astral Loyak Water Shoes (Men’s & Women’s)

Astral Loyak Water Shoes

Maintain balance and ground feel with these lightweight, nonmarking kicks. Drainage ports ensure they dry quickly. $90


Boardworks SHUBU Solr with Paddle Stand Up Paddle Board with Paddle, 10′6″

Boardworks SHUBU Solr with Paddle Stand Up Paddle Board with Paddle, 10′6″

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


Carve Designs Capistrano Crushable Hat

Carve Designs Capistrano Crushable Hat

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


FCS SUP Regular Essential Leash, 10′

FCS SUP Regular Essential Leash, 10′

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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