Does the paddler in your life already have all the purpose-built paddling equipment they need? The Astral Donner is an excellent shoe for paddlers who want a versatile piece of footwear they can wear day-to-day but still use to scramble around shore or as their camp shoe on multi-day trips.
Though not really a paddling shoe per se, the Donner easily finds its place on overnight paddling trips around camp or on extended hikes. It’s still packable but more of a sturdy trail shoe than Astral’s flagship Brewer. The Donner is super comfy and has no trouble sticking to slick surfaces. It comes with both male and female models (the women’s version is the Tinker). It’s quickly become my favorite go-to shoe to wear around downtown but I’ve also worn it while scouting roadside gnar, hiking on muddy trails, or going for a jog. The Donner/Tinker will make a great gift for paddlers who want a water-ready shoe for daily use.
Astral Donner; $100 (www.astraldesigns.com)
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Sweat resistant bluetooth ear buds that are perfect for flat water exercise paddling or cruisy tours.
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A multipurpose, rechargeable power station and LED light.
An action cam with voice control, 4k video and a touch screen.
A larger microfiber towel that still packs small.
Flannel-lined work pants and a fleece-lined flannel shirt make the perfect gift of cold weather camp gear for a paddling dirtbag.
A convenient hip flask to boost your holiday spirit(s) in the backcountry.
A gossamer-thin, made-in-the-USA merino wool sweater.
Lightweight sandals that fit easily into a kayak and wear well in any situation.
Two down pillow options for comfort campers and intrepid paddlers.
An ultra-bright string of white LEDs to light up your life.
An intelligent camera remote that allows full control over your camera.
A durable hammock using a patented nylon blend.
Small ticket items for intrepid campers.
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A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.
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A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.