($29; also available in 10, 20 and 30 liter sizes, cascadedesigns/sealline.com)
It only takes one compromised gear load to appreciate the simple essential of a good day-tripping drybag. I like to forget about my drybags, tossing them in the bottom of the canoe or behind my kayak seat, where they wallow away the day sitting and half-floating in a pool of stagnant water that inevitably finds its home in the hull. But Sealline’s new Bulkhead series made me remember that not all drybags are created equally, where my laissez-faire, ignore-the-pool approach has often burned me, resulting in wet clothes and soggy goods at day’s end. Not so with the basic-looking, but overbuilt Bulkheads. Though these bags (the smallest, 5-liter version of the compression-style bag pictured) certainly don’t reinvent the roll-top, they do add a rugged one-way valve onto a solid, poly-coated ripstop base welded to keep water out and to keep closing, storing and forgetting, twice as fast.
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 proven performer updated with the flex and response of wood plus carbon-light swing weight.
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.