For an overnight SUP excursion, imagine lean, light-weight, and adaptable equipment that goes the length without weighing you down. Below are some of our favourite items of SUP gear you want to outfit your rig.
There is little difference between most inflatable touring SUPs—and then there’s Red Paddle Co., the British import that’s cracked the duration-to-rigidity code with fused double-layer coating and fiberglass stiffening battens that slide in along the rails of its 12’6″ Voyager ($1,649 redpaddleco.com). Updates for 2021 include things like shorter twin fins that make loading down this unexpectedly lightweight (24.2-lb) board’s dozen rigging details easier on shore.
They also give greater rear security on the h2o, paired with an innovative V-hull that keeps the narrower nose breaking drinking water, tracking straight across current.
Holding ft comfy and connected is key. I paired a .5mm neoprene NRS HydroSkin Wetsock ($29 nrs.com) with the comfortable and able Chaco Torrent Professional water shoe ($100 chacos.com) to speedily beat any chilly and soaked immersion.
The stretchy but challenging 5.11 Range All set Merino Wool Shorter Sleeve ($69 511tactical.com) foundation dried out rapidly and (thankfully) resisted odor to do double obligation off the river, while a lighter Howler Brothers Gaucho Snapshirt ($89 howlerbros.com), with its vented, mesh-lined back yoke, held the afternoon sunshine from overheating.
The waterproof zip-top rated access of Purple Paddle Co.’s SUP Deck Bag ($149 redpaddleco.com) made for speedy reaches of everyday on-drinking water items, versus camp products stuffed in its 60-liter Water resistant Roll Leading Dry Bag ($69 redpaddleco.com).
With additional rigging points and pockets, hydration essentials stowed simple: among a Hydrapak Condition-Change 3L bladder ($38 hydrapak.com) lashed atop the load, and the Klean Kanteen Insulated TKWide 16oz ($29
kleankanteen.com), which went from espresso mug to leakproof h2o bottle, with out any long lasting campfire flavors.