For an overnight SUP short tripThink light, lightweight, and versatile gear that goes the distance without weighing you down. Here are some of our favorite pieces of SUP gear you need to fit your needs devices.
There’s little difference between most inflatable trip support gear – and then there’s it Red Paddle Company. , British import that broke the code of length to toughness with double-layer molten coating and fiberglass reinforcing beams that slide along its rail 12’6″ Voyager $1,649 USD; redpaddleco.com). The 2021 updates include shorter twin fins that make loading this unexpectedly lightweight (24.2-pound) board easier on the beach.
They also offer better aft stability on the water, paired with an innovative V-hull that keeps the water-tight nose breaking apart, tracking straight through the stream.
Keeping the feet comfortable is key. I have paired 0.5mm neoprene NRS HydroSkin Wetsock ($29; nrs.com) elegantly and capable Chaco Torrent Pro water shoes ($100 dollars; chacos.com) to quickly combat any cold and wet immersion.
Simplistic but difficult 5.11 Range Ready Merino short sleeve wool ($69 USD; 511tactical.comThe base dried quickly and (fortunately) resisted the smell to do double duty off the river, while being lighter Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt ($89 USD; howlerbros.com), with its mesh-lined rear yoke, shields the midday sun from overheating.
Waterproof zip-top access The SUP Deck Bag from Red Paddle Co. ($149; redpaddleco.comDesigned for quick access to items on the water every day, versus 60 liter stuffed camp items Waterproof roll top dry bag ($69 USD; redpaddleco.com).
Thanks to the additional mounting points and pockets, hydration essentials are easily stored: between a Hydrapak Shape-Shift 3L Bladder ($38; hydrapak.com) installed above the load, and Clean Canteen TKWide Isolated 16oz ($29;
kleankanteen.com), which turned from a coffee mug into a leak-proof water bottle, without any long-lasting flavors.
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