Enlightened Kayaks' T16.0, designed by John Winters and made of DuraLight thermoformed material, combines stability and efficiency. It is 16 feet long, 24 inches wide, and weighs 52 pounds. $1,199. (859) 426-8380; www.enlightenedkayaks.com.
The Pelican MityLite 3N LED Flashlight is water resistant, has a brilliant LED beam, an unbreakable body, and fits in your pocket. $15. (800) 473-5422; www.pelican.com.
EK Ekcessories will keep your stuff afloat. Oval Float Key Cat, $3.49, a neoprene Eyewear Retainer, $4.99, and the Barrel Float Cat, $7.99. (435) 753 8448; www.ekusa.com.
Adventure Medical Kits has redesigned its kits into injury-specific compartments that include only those contents essential for proper treatment. Day Tripper, $38. (800) 324-3517; www.adventuremedicalkits.com.
The Top-Shelf traveling table from GCI Outdoor provides you with not only additional surface area but also an out-of-the-way place to store your trash. $33. (800) 956-SEAT; www.gcioutdoor.com
Exped's inflatable Down Mattress packs small and light, but its goose-down stuffing offers superior insulation. $139. www.exped.com.
The Balanced Wing Rudder for sea kayaks by WildWasser, constructed of glass-filled nylon, is an efficient blade that produces less drag than traditional rudders. (303) 444-2336; www.wildwasser.com.
Riverside Cartop Carriers' Paddle Kit foam blocks use otherwise empty bar space to carry paddles safely. $18. (800) 292-2904; www.riversidecartop.com.
The Gemini IV from Cricket Designs is the latest in their line of fine hand-made canoe paddles, designed for cruising with a very thin blade protected by Dynel edging. $245. (800) 243-0586; www.cricketdesigns.com.
The Plunge Drytop from NRS is made of waterproof/breathable Entrant, with stretch panels running from the shoulder blades under the arms to conform with your movements. $210. (800) 635-5202; www.nrsweb.com.
Sawyer's Water Filter features the Innova two-stage biological filter system, and meets EPA recommendations for removal of bacteria, giardia, cryptosporidium,
and E. coli. $35. (800) 940-4464; www.sawyerproducts.com.