Buyers Guide 2004
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THE RIGHT HELMET
Say so long to floppy fabric bills poking out from under your lid. SWEET's STRUTTER helmet borrows the sun-shading simplicity of the classic American ball cap and beefs things up with a carbon-fiber-reinforced thermoplastic shell. ($179; www.sweetprotection.com) JOSEPH CARBERRY
THE RIGHT SUNGLASSES
The Idaho Department of Fish and Game estimates there are some 3,000 trout swimming in every mile of the Middle Fork. Viewed through KAENON's polarized and snug-fitting RHINOS, those cutthroats might as well have bull's-eyes painted on 'em. Available in seven variable-tint lens options. ($170; 949-574-7918, www.kaenon.com G. S.
THE RIGHT PFD
ASTRAL, a new venture from the founder of Lotus Designs, specializes in comfortable, well-made PFDs like the new WONDERVEST. It's snug enough to support quick movements in the surf, but it's still beefy and buoyant for those sudden unplanned swims. ($136; 828-255-2638, www.astralbuoyancy.com) J. C.