25 Days of Gear: Bending Branches Sunburst

A proven performer updated with the flex and response of wood plus carbon-light swing weight

($215, bendingbranches.com)

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.

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MSR AutoFlow Gravity Filter

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Re-fuel High Performance Sports Wireless Earbuds

Sweat-resistant Bluetooth earbuds that are perfect for flatwater exercise paddling or relaxed floats.

Howler Brothers Crosscut Snapshirt

A welcome update to a classic must-pack item for paddling in the heat.

Sealline Bulkhead Compression Drybag

A rugged roll-top drybag with a rebuilt valve.

Outdoor Tech's Turtle Shell 3.0 Waterproof Speaker

Durable, waterproof Bluetooth speakers that float

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Astral Donner Shoe

A water-ready trail shoe.

GoPro Hero 5 Black

An action cam with voice control, 4k video and a touch screen.

Bramble Camp Towel

A larger microfiber towel that still packs small.

Flannel Camp Wear

Flannel-lined work pants and a fleece-lined flannel shirt make the perfect gift of cold weather camp gear for a paddling dirtbag.

GSI's Glacier Stainless 8 Fl. Oz. Hip Flask

A convenient hip flask to boost your holiday spirit(s) in the backcountry.

Voormi River Run Hoodie

A gossamer-thin, made-in-the-USA merino wool sweater.

Xero's Z-Trek Lightweight Packable Sport Sandal

Lightweight sandals that fit easily into a kayak and wear well in any situation.

Therm-a-Rest and Grand Trunk Down Pillows

Two down pillow options for comfort campers and intrepid paddlers.

Practical Power Luminoodle Light Rope

An ultra-bright string of white LEDs to light up your life.

Alpine Laboratories Pulse Camera Remote

An intelligent camera remote that allows full control over your camera.

Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech Hammock

A durable hammock using a patented nylon blend.

Stocking Stuffers from UST

Small ticket items for intrepid campers.

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is a small, portable battery to power your gadgets.

Pakpod

A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.

Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero

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Platypus Meta Water Bottle and Filter

A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.

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