(also available in plaid and stripe, $89, howlerbros.com)
If you’ve got a tropical paddling escape in the works or are just dreaming of hot and dry desert floating, nothing beats a loose and lightweight long-sleeve for staying cool when paddling in the heat. If you have the time to comb through thrift-store racks or know the right truckstop, you might find the perfect paper-thin pearl snap. But then you risk wearing someone else’s musk, or worse, a shortened timeline before cheap-buy threads wear away. Howler Brothers’ well-built poly-cotton Crosscut Snapshirt provides the best of both the worlds, covering extended abuse and light, easy breathing sun protection. I wore this shirt for three straight days on a November San Juan River trip and didn’t swap it out to layer at night (unlike regular cotton), and perfect to paddle in under a PFD, with its vented back and extras like the sunglass wipe under the hem that make a welcome update to a classic must-pack item.
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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.
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.