Here’s a run down of a few of the things that kayakers, canoeists and SUP paddlers may like as a pressie from Father Christmas. All could be useful and all are items that I either own or have tested.
I am assuming that other large bits of kit are already on the list!
Present Ideas for Paddlers
The GoPro range is pretty much what most paddlers would be after if they were in the market for a POV action camera. More cash = more features but the GoPro Hero 4 Black edition covers the bases and have the best middle ground of features. If the price point if the Hero 4 Black is a little too high there are a number of other suitable choices.
GoPro Hero 4 Session – GoPro’s smallest offering.
GoPro Hero – Basic no frills GoPro that packs a punch.
GoPro Hero+ – similar to the GoPro Hero but with the addition of Wifi and LCD screen.
The world is full of GoPro accessories. Some good, some not so good (or even that useful!). Below are a few of the accessories that I would have no hesitation in buying again.
It’s tough to go wrong with a good book. All of these are well worth a read for both the new and more experienced paddler.
Books from the legend William Nealy are always worth checking out. As well as being humorous they are also very informative.
White Water Safety Movie form Eddyline Films
A great deal of paddling time is spent in cold (and wet) environments. Keeping warm and dry makes the whole experience far more enjoyable.
One the hardest areas to keep warm are your hands. Paddle Mitts (aka Pogies) are a great way of keeping hands warm even when wet.
After your hands its your head that can quickly get chilled, especially if you end up rolling or going for a swim.
Booicore produce a great full length changing hoodie for want of a better a description. Great for keeping your modesty intact.
Thermals are key for any boater. Wet and warm is fine, wet and cold is pretty miserable. You can go for wool, synthetic or a blend of the two.
Having a small LED light is always a great idea. Keep it in the car or even better in your PFD or boat.