Wondering what to expect in paddling gear in 2019? We got a glimpse of what's around the corner at this year's Paddlesports Retailer show and figured you might like to know. Paddlesports Retailer is an industry trade show where gear manufacturers, retail buyers, media, and industry advocates all come together to exhibit and highlight the exciting new products, innovations, and ideas coming in the year ahead.
The all-new Topwater Angler series, offering the PDL, 106, & 120 models, was a must-try sensation on the water. With their newly engineered DoubleU™ Hull on all three boats, the Topwater series is designed to deliver a "large fishing kayak performance, in a compact, nimble package." Learn more about the Topwater 106 Angler, Topwater 120 Angler, or Topwater PDL Angler from Old Town.
After the overwhelming success of the Tango and Whiskey kayak paddles launched last year, one might think it'd be a good time to for the folks at Aqua-Bound to kick back and take a break. Think again. Coming out in September and October of this year, respectively, there will now be 4-Piece Breakdown and Bent Shaft versions of these performance kayak paddles. Check out the introspective reflection on the new designs on Aqua-Bound's site and find more details there.
Speaking of never settling, Hobie announces some advancements on the already revolutionary boat that rocked the art of kayak fishing. With the first major redesign of the Mirage Outback in over a decade, you'll appreciate the kick-up rudder, H-Track storage components, and Guardian Retractable Transducer shield. Check out the full narrative of the Hobie Mirage Outback redesign from Hobie.
No feat of brute personal strength, the latest Tahe Outdoor Zegul kayak weighs in at a mere 35 pounds, allowing for one-armed transportation and makes for an exceptionally responsive paddle. Keep an eye on Zegul for more information as 2019 rolls around.
In 2019, BIC is introducing some changes to the Tough-Tec Performer and Tough-Tec Cross SUP board family that is all about efficiency. Thanks to a change in the Tough-Tec construction, these boards have shaved pounds (up to 6 pounds) from their prior weight while maintaining durability and price. With 5 Tough-Tec models ranging from 9'2" to 11'6", this will be a game changer for SUP in 2019.
Introducing the lightest packrafts in Kokopelli's lineup, the Rogue Adventure series offers both the Rogue-Lite (pictured) and the Rogue Packraft weighing in at 4.8 pounds and 7.5 pounds, respectively. They liken the Rogue-Lite to be like rolling up your packraft into the size of a paper towel roll that can be strapped on a bike, thrown in a pack, or easily transported in any vehicle. As pre-sales wrap up, be sure to watch the Rogue-Lite and Rogue Packraft to open up soon.
The brand new EasyRider trailer from Yakima is designed to haul bigger kayaks and fishing kayaks. With a double-decker design, the EasyRider has a max capacity of 500 pounds, so load a heavy kayak or fishing kayak on the bottom level while still maintaining plenty of room for your other gear on the top level. The aluminum frame and wide bars make it stable, light, and easy to maneuver or store.
Featuring their own removable pedal-drive system, The Catch 130HD is a highly anticipated launch for anglers interested in a 12.5 foot thermoform boat with plenty of room to stand on and store your tackle.
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