New Gear from Kayak Touring 04
The Amigo from Seda can be paddled solo, or open the big front hatch and find room for a second paddler. It’s 18 feet long and 25 inches wide, and weighs 50 pounds in Kevlar. $2,100; $2,650. (619) 336-2444; www.sedakayak.com.
Bending Branches has introduced a new 12-laminate ergonomic bent-shaft wooden kayak paddle, and a new dripless blade. Here we see the Tailwind, $150, and the Tailwind Crank, $185. They come with three blade shapes: Day, Evening, and Twilight. (715) 755-3405; www.bendingbranches.com.
The Paddleboy Scupper Pup comes with two sizes of crossbars to fit any size sit-on-top kayak. It will carry 200 pounds and disassembles, without tools, into four parts. $85. (260) 485-7121; www.paddleboy.com.
The new 4-by-4 Expedition Touring Skirt from Brooks is made of strong embossed poly Supplex, seam-sealed, with reflective safety strips and an implosion bar that cinches up to deflect pooling. D-rings on the base of the deck will hold optional pockets or your own accessories. $169. (604) 986-3441; www.brookspaddlegear.com.
Kokatat has introduced a new waterproof breathable fabric for paddlesports, Tropos, to offer paddlers a mid-range choice between entry-level coated nylon and Gore-Tex. It’s shown here in the SuperBreeze paddling jacket. Tropos is a durable multi-ply nylon Taslan(r) face fabric with custom DWR treatment and a monolithic micro-porous urethane custom coating, designed to withstand immersion and wet flex. Jacket is $99. (800) 225-9749; www.kokatat.com.
Feathercraft is bringing its tradition of quality, workmanship, and attention to detail to its new full lines of dry bags, dry packs, and sleeping pads. The dry bags come in both a light and a heavy fabric; in flat, oval, and tapered shapes; and in sizes from 3 to 40 liters. There’s a bag to suit every need. Bags are $10 to $78. (604) 681-8437; www.feathercraft.com.