Canoe and Kayak Accessories

June 7, 2011
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Once you have a boat, there are always a few other items needed to create a safe and enjoyable experience on the water, and to get your boat to and from the water. Personal flotation devices, paddles, dry bags and car racks are some of the most important accessories.

Granite Gear

Granite Gear’s Nimbus Core pack makes transporting bear canisters into wilderness areas where bears are present a little easier. There are two full-length lateral pockets in this canoe-camping pack designed just for them. Bear Hugs are heavy-duty bear canister-shaped zip sacks. Bear Hugs slide in your pack to fill the voids on each side of your bear canister, which is required for hiking in areas where there are bears. Bear canister systems are typically a “bear” to pack, and Bear Hugs “tame” the process. Nimbus Core, $280; Bear Hugs, $15. Granite Gear: 218/834-6157; granitegear.com.


When you carry a kayak with your hand inside gripping the cockpit rim, the bottom of the kayak naturally moves up and out, away from your leg. The problem is, your kayak ends up at thigh level, swinging around and banging against you. The klip-n-go attaches to the cockpit rim of your kayak and its strap allows you to carry your kayak at your hip, preventing arm strain and freeing your hands for gear; and the bottom of your kayak extends up and out away from your legs, so you are free to walk in a more natural motion. $25. klip-n-go: 920/659-3831; klip-n-gokayakstraps.com.


Lasso Security Cables are strong, easy to use and an effective theft deterrent for your kayak. Made from galvanized-steel aircraft cable and vinyl coated, the Lasso secures or removes in seconds. With Lasso protecting your kayak, would-be thieves are likely to go looking for an easier target. $49. Lasso Security: 707/498-9905; lassosecuritycables.com.

Sea to Summit

The Trash Dry Sack is a durable, lightweight nylon roll-top oval-bottom bag for your yucky leftovers on a camping trip. Lined with a plastic bag you brought from home secured at the top by a keeper strap, the Trash Dry Sack won’t roll around in the bottom of the boat and easily straps onto the outside of a backpack. It comes in 10-liter and 20-liter sizes. From $30. Sea to Summit: 303/440-8977; seatosummit.com.


New for 2011, the Carlisle Excursion paddle features a fiberglass shaft and reinforced blade to keep weight down. The company’s innovative Pad-Lok System ensures a secure connection and easy breakdown and storage. The two-piece Excursion uses a medium-size dihedral-shaped blade for clean exit and entry. These are well-suited for day touring. $150. Carlisle: 800/343-1555; carlislepaddles.com.


The new Extrasport Baja PFDs utilize a unique venting system with air channels and mesh spacers that allow proper airflow through the core of the vest. Mesh sides provide additional thermal regulation and superior range of motion, while multiple adjustment points along the shoulders, sides and waist provide a comfortable fit. The thin, broad, low-profile back section of the Baja PFD accommodates seat backs and seat rests on sit-on-top and recreational-class kayaks to reduce life vest ride-up while paddling. $130. Extrasport: 800/852-9257; extrasport.com.

This seat may be the key to keeping kids com­fortable on a weekend water adventure. It has a non-skid bottom with 2 inches of thick cushioning so you can place it on the floor of the boat and it will remain secure for children up to 80 pounds. $45. Harmony: 888/525-2925; harmonygear.com.


Revamped for 2011, the Kokatat Super Breeze Paddling Jacket offers upgrades such as a new low-profile, self-draining welded pocket with a splash-resistant zipper and key lanyard, hook-and-loop adjustable Lycra collar and cuffs, and a bungee drawcord waist with one-hand adjustable cord locks. $109. Kokatat: kokatat.com.


Thule offers solutions for the paddler eager to get out on the water. The Hood Loop and Quick Loop straps provide anchor points for the boat and load straps for the vehicle without undercarriage attachment points. Boat bow and stern tie-down loops are fastened inside the vehicle hood and protrude out through the seam to provide a secure loop from which to attach tie-downs. From $8. Thule: 800/238-2388; thule.com.


Evenkeel’s HullFlex design conforms to the boat to protect its hull, and a new universal attachment system fits car-top rack systems with round, square and factory crossbars with no adapters required. The HullRaiser features a J-cradle design with foam padding that keeps your boat safe from scratches and scrapes. The Hull Raiser is designed for car-top rack systems with round or square crossbars. Evenkeel, $99; HullRaiser, $119. Yakima: 888/925-4621; yakima.com.

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