The Gear Guy's Holiday Picks

For the Paddler

Oct 30, 2006
Outside Magazine

Olympus 720 Stylus SW
Want to take pictures, but worried about the camera getting wet? Fear not—the new Olympus 720 Stylus SW is waterproof to ten feet. Plus it has seven-megapixel resolution, a 3x zoom, a big two-and-a-half-inch LCD screen for image framing, and even image stabilization for sharp pictures when careening down Class 4 rapids.

Kokatat Gore-Tex PacLite Paddling Jacket
Paddling tourists will appreciate the light weight, breathability, and watertight seams of this jacket, made with Gore's lightest waterproof-breathable material. Splash-repelling collar and cuffs and a neoprene waistband ensure you stay dry.

Aqua-Bound BilgeMaster Pump
You're out on the water, and sooner or later some of it will get into your kayak. Get it out fast with this handy pump, which has an easy-to-grip T-handle, a sturdy steel piston, and the ability to clear a gallon of water with a mere seven-and-a-half strokes.

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