C&K’s 2010 Holiday Gift Guide



Immersion Research's Zephyr

You won’t find many waterproof-breathable jackets as reasonably priced as Immersion Research’s Zephyr. One hundred bucks gets you a foul-weather friend for drizzly days on the water, with a unique anti-microbial mesh liner to prevent post-paddling funk ($110, www.immersionresearch.com).

 

 

SNP Board Enhancer Kit

Cut off an extra slice this holiday season: Give your paddler more slice through the murkiest of waters with and application of Surf Nano Product’s water-repellent Board Enhancer Kit. The nanotechnology surface coating’s tests on surfboards and standup paddleboards show a serious reduction in water drag, and countless big-name board riders vouch for the improved glide after applying the clear-coat finish. But don’t just think about shaving seconds and easing strokes by using SNP on composite hulls or your favorite paddle; camera ports and housings, plus your favorite on-water shades will shed water more effectively with the added benefit of scratch-resistance for 6-12 months per application. ($35, www.surfnanoproducts.com)

High Peak USA Sleeping Bag

When all your winter paddling outerwear fits under the “waterproof-breathable” category, why should you expect anything less from your sleeping bag? High Peak USA debuts an affordable windproof/waterproof-breathable winter bag in its new Mt. Rainier, utilizing taped seams of Amphibia 3000 ripstop on the outside with double layers of hollow-fiber Thermolite Quallo fill in a mummy-style bag you can still zip up to a partner’s for added warmth. ($117, 20-degree, 3.7 lbs.; $125, 0-degree, 4.6 lbs.; $145, minus-20-degree, 5.4 lbs., www.highpeakusa.org)

Polar Bottles

Keep you holiday hydration BPA- and Phthalate-free with Boulder, Colo.-based Product Architects eco-friendly Polar Bottles, featuring the new Half Twist bottle with a patented cap and contoured mouthpiece for idiot-proof, no-spill swilling. A half-twist unseals the lightweight, watertight bottles for a quick sip. Check out the limited edition holiday bottle at their new online store ($24, 28-oz., Stainless; $12, 24-oz., recyclable HDPE plastic Light, www.polarbottle.com)

Helly Hansen Odin Insulator

When the dark days of winter make you reach for you favorite puffy down coat, complement your paddling kit with an easy-packing, synthetic insulator. Helly Hansen’s Odin Isolator Hooded Jacket provides that comfy down warmth, but without the goose – just superlight, water-shedding PrimaLoft packed in a smooth, yet tough, Nylon 66 Ripstop exterior, weighing in at 390 grams. ($230, www.hellyhansen.com)

Hyperflex USA Playa

Leave it to a New Jersey-based company to develop a neoprene hoodie fit for wicked coastal conditions. The Hyperflex Playa‘s wind- and waterproof, 2-mm rubber outer skin has an inner hollow-fiber lining to keep you toasty, pre- and post-paddle, sheltering your soggy core from the winter’s worst. Keep the oversized outer layer on at the club when the drinks start flying or that rainy walk home along your own local playa. ($119, www.hyperflexusa.com)

Contour Surf Wake Mount

Share and relive your on-water glory days in 1080p high-definition. Contour’s new Surf-Wake Mount allows you to take its low-profile, 4.3-ounce wearable HD camcorder ($319 coupled with the Waterproof Case) on the water, worry-free. The flat base of the fully buoyant mount attaches to your deck of choice with a 3M waterproof adhesive and features a full-rotating arm that covers every angle. ($40, www.contour.com)

Outdoor Research Sacks

“Drybag” can sometimes be a misnomer. And when you’re packing the invaluable electronic contents of modern life, damp isn’t an option. That’s why Outdoor Research doubles down on leakage protection with its Double Dry Window Sacks. With a urethane window to assist in quick item retrieval, the Hydroseal-coated nylon sacks with welded seams have a standard waterproof closure plus a roll-top waterproof top for added measure. They range from 5-35 liters. ($28-$40, www.outdoorresearch.com)

Canoe Kayak Apparel Guide 2010

A warm cup of tea or coffee can make or break a winter camping outing. You don’t have to abandon the drip for improvised instant coffee with Brunton’s Flip N’ Drip. Heat water right in the stainless carafe and then twist on the middle, mesh filter with your grounds or leaves of choice, top it off with the 16-oz. double-walled insulated mug, then grip, flip, drip, sip. ($60, www.brunton.com)

Watermans Applied Science Face Stick

With winter days short on sunshine, sunscreen is an afterthought, leaving you scrambling for just a pinch for your nose or neck. Pack Watermans Applied Science Face Stick as easily as you would a tube of ChapStick. With a potent mix of organic and mineral UV filters and sunscreen agents and available in flesh tone, it won’t run or grease up your hands, and will provide the broad spectrum protection you need. ($16, www.watermansappliedscience.com)

Related Posts:

  • No Related Posts

Add a Comment

Buyer's Guide

Buyer's Guide