New Paddles and Accessories for 2006
Slice, Bending Branches: The new touring line of paddles has a high-angle blade with slight dihedral and light swing weight. An adjustable ferrule lets you set the length from 210 to 240 cm, depending on the paddler and the conditions. $95-$135. (866) 755-3405; www.bendingbranches.com.
Cyprus, Werner Paddles: Designed for high-angle paddling, its foam-core blades create a buoyant stroke. The Cyprus also features Werner’s ergonomic neutral bent-shaft, and is available with a small shaft for smaller hands. $375-$450. (800) 275-3311; www.wernerpaddles.com.
Wall Storage, Yakima: Get your stuff off the garage floor. The basic storage unit can be configured to hold boats, bikes, skis, and other gear. Base unit, $249; shelves, $89. (888) 925-4621; www.yakima.com.
Ultralight.9, Adventure Medical Kits: Fast and light is becoming key to outdoor gear. This waterproof kit weighs 10 ounces and is designed for four people for four days. $37. (800) 324-3517; www.adventuremedicalkits.com.
Hydrostar Multistrobe, Seattle Sports: The LED flash and signal light is waterproof to 50 feet, with a red-green split light for night paddling. $29.95. (800) 632-6163; www.seattlesportsco.com.