Some like the flex and response of a wood paddle; some like the weight of carbon for long miles. I like both. So when it comes to making distance, whether down the Yellowstone River to its confluence with the Missouri, across random expanses of central Washington, to a canoe transit of Banff National Park, I’ve gotten plenty of use out of the Bending Branches Sunburst. This year, BB updates the proven performer with a heftier red alder throat and basswood accents, sticking with the same profile and fiberglass reinforced blade with Rockguard tipping that tops a crazy light (17-ounce) and dependable carbon shaft, available up to 60-inch lengths, in straight and bent options.
The complete holiday gift guide from our editors.
The new AutoFlow remains the best gravity water filter out there.
Sweat-resistant Bluetooth earbuds that are perfect for flatwater exercise paddling or relaxed floats.
A welcome update to a classic must-pack item for paddling in the heat.
A rugged roll-top drybag with a rebuilt valve.
Durable, waterproof Bluetooth speakers that float
A water-ready trail shoe.
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.
The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is a small, portable battery to power your gadgets.
A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.
The Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero is the ultimate camp chair for light-and-fast adventures.
A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.