Spring/Summer Paddle Essentials

Gearing up for Summer Paddling

7 Summer Gear Essentials Reviewed

Snowflakes and icy river banks begone, spring is upon us at last. With warm temperatures throughout most of the country, that means shedding our drysuits for the season and gearing up for sunny days on the water. Whether you're chasing snowmelt or dam released flows, whether you're kayaking, rafting or SUPing, here are some pieces of gear that have kept our writers comfortable this spring.

Sweet Protection Shambala Paddle Shorts

Excellent insulation with a sleek style for summer


Immersion Research Klingon

A dry and versatile spray skirt with implosion resistance


WRSI Trident Helmet

Lightweight composite material and a wide sun brim


Immersion Research K2 Union Suit

A one piece fleece for any temperature


Bomber Gear Palguin Dry Top

Made from the lightest-weight waterproof fabric we’ve seen


NRS Hydroskin 1.0mm Top

A versatile, wind resistant neoprene shirt


NRS Hydroskin Socks

Insulation for your extremities