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Escape the Summer Heat and Hit the Water with This Great Paddling Gear

We paddlers tend to reach for a boat, life jacket, and paddle as opposed to cranking up the A/C as a way to escape that summer heat. As temperatures begin to peak, here's a few summer essentials that are certainly worth reaching for.

1. Delta 15.5 GT

by Delta Kayaks

What is it?

It's a comfortable cruiser with superior load-carrying capacity and sure-footed performance that inspires confidence in all conditions.

Why buy it?

With its moderate beam and leggy waterline, the 15.5GT delivers rock-solid stability and impressive glide that entices you to tour farther.

How do I get one?

Check out the dealer locator to find a dealer near you on Delta's website.

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2. Deeper Smart Sonar PRO+

by Deeper

What is it?

Deeper sonars are portable, castable fish finders that connect with your smartphone to display fish, vegetation and bottom contour.

Why but it?

Deeper sonars are small, lightweight and incredibly powerful, making them the ideal fish finder for kayak/SUP anglers.

How do I get one?

You can purchase Deeper sonars on deepersonar.com and Amazon. Visit Deeper’s website to learn which sonar is best for you.

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3. Rogue

by Kokopelli Packrafts

What is it?

Named Men’s Journal “Gear of the Year”, this versatile packraft goes up to class 2, protects you from the elements, and rolls down 12x9x6in.

Why buy it?

Weighing 7lbs 8oz, take the Rogue backpacking, bike packing, or any multi-sport adventure where a heavier boat doesn't get the job done.

How do I get one?

Purchase at Kokopelli's website or with one of their retailers.

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4. Sitka LT

by Eddyline Kayaks

What is it?

The Sitka LT is designed for the paddler looking for a lightweight, high performing kayak with effortless maneuverability and a perfect fit.

Why buy it?

This is a fully outfitted seaworthy kayak with perimeter lines, bulkheads/hatches, retractable carry handles, bungees and drop down skeg.

How do I get one?

Find your nearest dealer at Eddyline's website.

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5. Seawave

by INNOVA Kayak

What is it?

The Innova Seawave is a serious inflatable kayak, with serious seat and deck options. Paddle solo, tandem, or add a 3rd seat, deck, & more.

Why buy it?

Innova inflatable kayaks are lightweight, eco-friendly, dependable, tough, & fit in a backpack. The Seawave has lots of room & paddles fast!

How do I get one?

Order online at innovakayak.com or at a dealer near you!

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6. SK Airless Cart

by Suspenz Storage & Transport

What is it?

The SK Airless Cart rolls effortlessly while fully loaded with a kayak and all your gear with a sturdy aluminum frame with stainless steel hardware.

Why buy it?

This cart has non marring rubber bumpers to protect the hull from dings, dents or scratches that features a single side kickstand for loading kayaks.

How do I get one?

You can buy the SK Airless Cart from the Suspenz website found below.

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7. Santee 116 Sport

by Hurricane Kayaks

What is it?

The Santee 116 Sport is a recreational kayak that gives you room for tackle boxes, rod tubes, dry bags and perhaps the family dog ― appropriately clad in a doggie PFD of course.

Why buy it?

In addition to the extra space in the cockpit, the Santee 116 Sport also features a sealed rear bulkhead and easy to use hinge hatch, and at 36.5 pounds you aren't sacrificing performance for extra space.

How do I get one?

You can find a dealer near you on Hurricane's website below.

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8. YakPad Paddle Saddle with High Backrest

by Cascade Creek Company

What is it?

Yakpads gel seats are designed to increase the seat comfort of any kayak or canoe by incorporating an elastomer gel into the cushioning which virtually eliminate potential pressure points

Why buy it?

As an added bonus, the seat pads insulate the paddler from the a hot seat. One of the most common complaints around kayaking is seat discomfort and most factory seat pads do little in the way of actually cushioning the paddler.

How do I get one?

You can order a YakPad in the link below. The YakPad also comes in a low back and no back option.

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