By Dave Shively
Photo by Robert Zaleski
Just because you’ve shed your paddling gear for reentry into civilization doesn’t mean you need to give up on outerwear created for paddlers. “You want to be associated with your passion,” says Tyler Lawlor, who co-founded Level Six in 1997 behind a simple Lycra/rubber top. His line has expanded to include everything from performance apparel for the Canadian Canoe/Kayak team to kids wear and casual threads. The Concept jacket is a thick, fleece-lined softshell that is stretchy, windproof and water-resistant-just right for camping or a night out on the town ($150, levelsixinc.com).
NRS catches a broad aesthetic with jackets like the Vortex and North Shore (pictured), beefing up the tracksuit look with flexible fleece and versatile, breathable fabrics ($70; $120, nrsweb.com). For easy breathing and easy assembly (no wrinkles, plus snap buttons for weary knuckles), ExOfficio’s ExHale shirt has welded ventilation slots, and lightweight, ripstop nylon for simple packing as well ($90, exofficio.com).
Outdoor Research softens up its line of weather-resistant rugged outerwear with the Vantage pants, featuring a Dri-release waistband and triple-stitched organic cotton coverage with a slight spandex-blend stretch and an articulated cut ($70,orgear.com). Teva originally released the B-1 in a limited-edition camo color scheme for the 2009 Teva Mountain Games. Now the shoe’s well-cushioned fit, suede/leather upper and Vibram sole are available in a variety of earthy tones ($90, teva.com).