(also available in plaid and stripe, $89,

If you've got a tropical paddling escape in the works or are just dreaming of hot and dry desert floating, nothing beats a loose and lightweight long-sleeve for staying cool when paddling in the heat. If you have the time to comb through thrift-store racks or know the right truckstop, you might find the perfect paper-thin pearl snap. But then you risk wearing someone else's musk, or worse, a shortened timeline before cheap-buy threads wear away. Howler Brothers' well-built poly-cotton Crosscut Snapshirt provides the best of both the worlds, covering extended abuse and light, easy breathing sun protection. I wore this shirt for three straight days on a November San Juan River trip and didn't swap it out to layer at night (unlike regular cotton), and perfect to paddle in under a PFD, with its vented back and extras like the sunglass wipe under the hem that make a welcome update to a classic must-pack item.

Paddling down southeast Utah's hot and silty San Juan River.

Paddling down southeast Utah’s hot and silty San Juan River. Photo Aaron Black-Schmidt

25 Days of Gear Homepage

The complete holiday gift guide from our editors.

Camelbak Ultra 10

The reigning champ for quality hydration packs

Gear Aid ARC Rechargeable LED Light and Power Station

A multipurpose, rechargeable power station and LED light.

GoPro Hero 5 Black

An action cam with voice control, 4k video and a touch screen.

Bramble Camp Towel

A larger microfiber towel that still packs small.

Flannel Camp Wear

Flannel-lined work pants and a fleece-lined flannel shirt make the perfect gift of cold weather camp gear for a paddling dirtbag.

GSI's Glacier Stainless 8 Fl. Oz. Hip Flask

A convenient hip flask to boost your holiday spirit(s) in the backcountry.

Voormi River Run Hoodie

A gossamer-thin, made-in-the-USA merino wool sweater.

Xero's Z-Trek Lightweight Packable Sport Sandal

Lightweight sandals that fit easily into a kayak and wear well in any situation.

Therm-a-Rest and Grand Trunk Down Pillows

Two down pillow options for comfort campers and intrepid paddlers.

Practical Power Luminoodle Light Rope

An ultra-bright string of white LEDs to light up your life.

Alpine Laboratories Pulse Camera Remote

An intelligent camera remote that allows full control over your camera.

Grand Trunk OneMade Double TrunkTech Hammock

A durable hammock using a patented nylon blend.

Stocking Stuffers from UST

Small ticket items for intrepid campers.

Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger

The Goal Zero Venture 30 Recharger is a small, portable battery to power your gadgets.


A packable tripod for lightweight photo adventures.

Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero

The Big Agnes Helinox Chair Zero is the ultimate camp chair for light-and-fast adventures.

Platypus Meta Water Bottle and Filter

A soft-sided, packable water bottle with an integrated filter.