Kayak Gear Extras
June 1, 2011
Filed under Camping News
Granite Gear’s Nimbus Core pack (pictured) 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.