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    Gnaraloo Inflatable SUP

    Inflatable stand-up paddleboards like the Gnaraloo ($1,020) are gaining popularity, and with good reason: there's no easier way to get on the water when you have to drive to the put-in. When not in use, the Gnaraloo rolls up into its included backpack (along with a pump and collapsible paddle). When it's go time, six minutes is all it takes to pump it up. And while inflatables aren't quite as rigid as solid boards, which makes them less than ideal for surfing, they perform just as well on flatwater and even better on rivers, where rocks can ding hard-surfaced boards.

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    Astral Porter shoes

    Take a pair of boat shoes and cross them with Vans slip-ons and you'll wind up with something like the Astral Porters ($85)—grippy water shoes designed for hanging on the lake or the river. Cordura fabric up top dries quickly once it gets wet, while drainage ports underfoot release water.

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    Norquay canoe paddles

    Built in Northern Ontario by Teal Paddles and hand-finished in Montreal, Norquay's 100 percent cherrywood canoe paddles ($225)—like the Huron Beavertail, shown here—are as nostalgic as they are functional. The hand-painted blades, which are stiff enough for multi-day trips, conjure fond memories of summer camp.

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    Bluetooth Boom Movement Urchin speaker

    The pocket-size Urchin ($150) is appropriately named: it looks like a sea creature. And it kind of is. The water-resistant unit can shrug off up to five minutes under a hose and attaches to a backpack or shower wall with one of three included mounting systems.

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    Orvis outdoor shower

    Outdoor showers aren't just for vacations in Fiji. Orvis's teak-floored stall ($325) can be set up anywhere you've got a spigot. And for those in chillier climes, it can be adapted for hot-water use.