By Benjamin Orkin
After paddling nearly 1,200 miles in the Canadian Arctic over a 95-day period with my younger brother Sam, we had ample opportunity to see what critical paddling gear held up after heavy use in the field. Faced with hundreds of miles of upstream travel, numerous portages, unpredictable weather, frozen lakes and canyons, and enough bugs to drive anyone insane, the following are items we wouldn't leave home without on the next trip.
Rugged and versatile, this shirt will keep the bugs away.
Tough muck boots to keep your feet dry for muddy landings and wet portages.
Gear up for foul weather with rain pants that won’t let you down.
SanpDragon’s durable canoe-specific pogies provide both warmth and dexterity.
A durable and comfortable work pant to resist wear and tear in rough terrain.