2016 Holiday Gear Guide: Great Gifts For Your Favorite Paddler

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Holiday Gear Guide: Here’s What We Recommend

The holiday season is a great time to stoke out your friends and family on some new gear, perhaps introduce them to a new product, or treat them to a long sought after item. There are so many great options it can be overwhelming at times. This year, SUP Examiner has decided to ease the burden on our valued readers by providing you with a list of our top 12 recommendations with the release of our Holiday Gear Guide.

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Sea Eagle NeedleNose SUP: Inflatable SUPs are rapidly expanding in popularity across North America as we slowly learn the benefits of what our friends and fellow paddlers across beyond the seas have known for years. Travel ready and easy to maintain, the Sea Eagle NeedleNose SUP is one of the most underrated inflatable SUPs on the market. Our founder has been paddling a 12’6” variant for well over a year and swears by the design – he even rescued an endangered sea turtle last summer while exploring a local waterway near his home. MSRP: From $1,245. Available as a 11’6”, 12’6” & 14’. Visit www.seaeagle.com

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Hamboard Classic: If you’d like to replicate the fun and excitement of stand up paddling on land, look no further than Hamboard for an authentic land paddling experience. The 6’6” Classic comes in a beautiful natural bamboo, in addition to a selection of eye catching retro surf colors. Perfect for beginners or advanced riders, the Classic is easy to learn and allows you to grow with the board as your skills progress. A Hamboard is an excellent surf and stand up paddling training tool and you just may find you’re spending less time on the water as you get your land paddling groove on. MSRP: $499. Visit www.hamboards.com

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Vaikobi V Cold Paddle Pants: If you want a pair of performance driven paddling pants to protect your legs from the wind and cold this winter, Vaikobi’s V Cold paddle pants are quite possibly the best option on the market today. We’ve tested and reviewed these pants in the past and they are a staple in our cold weather paddling gear quiver. Unlike a wetsuit which adds thickness and therefore bulk, Vaikobi’s unique hydrofleece construction provides warmth without sacrificing comfort and performance. All the benefits of a wetsuit without any of the drawbacks. With a pair of these pants in your quiver, you’ll start looking forward to cold weather paddling just so you can use your gear! MSRP: $129 AUD. Visit www.vaikobi.com

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Timex Ironman Sleek 150 Sport Watch: Watches make a great stocking stuffer. Keep track of your time on the water, plan and execute interval training sessions, and more! The Timex Ironman Sleek 150 is our favorite sport watch for paddling. The sleek, low profile design and large face ensures your watch does not interfere with your paddling, yet is quick and easy to read at a glance. Water resistant, slim buttons, and filled with the features you need the most, the Timex Ironman Sleek 150 comes in a range of color options and is one of our favorite items in this year’s Holiday Gear Guide. MSRP: $79.99. Visit www.timex.com

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Grassracks Paddleboard Rack: You pay a lot of money on your board, so treat it right and display it with style. Able to support up to 130 lbs, the natural bamboo grain of Grassracks paddleboard racks are sure to impress the most discerning of paddlers. Easy to install and it looks amazing, a new paddleboard rack from Grassracks is the perfect gift for the paddler who has everything. MSRP: From $118. Visit www.grassracks.com

 

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MTI SUP Safety Belt: With this well-designed beltpack PFD you and your loved ones can paddle with the piece of mind knowing you are wearing one of the best beltpack PFDs on the market. MTI’s compact design has all the safety benefits of a full sized inflatable PFD, plus several great features you will not find on other models, such as a large zipper pocket, multiple sliding D ring attachment points, neoprene liner for comfort against your skin, and buckle placement on the side for ease of use. Available in black or pink, the MTI SUP Safety Belt is an essential item for paddlers of all ages and a must for any Holiday Gear Guide. MSRP: $109.95. Visit www.mtiadventurewear.com

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DeckBagZ Retro SUP Deck Bag: If you are looking for a unique accessory which is sure to solicit the envy of other paddlers, then a DeckBagZ Retro SUP Deck Bag is just the ticket. Handmade in Florida, these neoprene deck bags attach to your board by either clipping the attachment points to a bungee system, with a set of suction cups, or via EZ Plugs and instantly transforms your board into a true adventure ready watercraft. DeckBagZ have a ton of cool, customizable accessories and are available in a selection of colorful designs. The perfect gift! MSRP: $119. Visit www.deckbagz.com

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Bluesmiths Lane Hydrophobic Shirt: Bluesmiths makes some great apparel and our favorite is their Lane Hydrophobic Shirt. Once you wear one of these you will never want to paddle in anything else. Designed with comfort and performance in mind, the Lane’s hydrophobic construction sheds water so quickly you’ll not only stay dry, but when wearing the Lane in cooler temps, it will help keep you warmer by not retaining any water. Great for SUP, outrigger or simply surfing, you cannot go wrong with this shirt. Available in men’s and women’s styles in a fantastic spectrum of color options. MSRP: $79.99. Visit www.bluesmiths.com

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Electric Stacker Sunglasses: Designed in Southern California by folks who enjoy getting out on the water just as much as you do, the Electric Stacker are one of the best pairs of sunglasses on the market for water sports. OHM lenses and lightweight flexible frames with a built in lense ventilation system, the Electric Stacker are the only sunglasses we have tested which absolutely do not fog up while paddling. You cannot go wrong with the Electric Stacker. MSRP: $180. Visit www.electriccalifornia.com 

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KanuLocks Straps: Protect your investment with a set of lockable straps from KanuLocks. Never again will you have to worry about your board on a roof rack while you run errands after a paddle or meet up with friends. KanuLocks incorporates two strands of stainless steel cable to make them cut-proof against knives and scissors. Available in a range of lengths to accommodate multiple boards, KanuLocks are a must have item for all paddlers. MSRP: From $89.95 AUD. Visit www.kanulock.com

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Merrell All Out Blaze Sieve: Not everyone lives near a sandy beach and with the rise in popularity of paddling on rivers, having purpose designed footwear is more important than ever before. In steps Merrell, maker of the best hiking boots on the market, with an amazing pair of water shoes perfect for paddling. More than just a sandal, the All Out Blaze Sieve features both toe and heel protection with a grippy Vibram sole. Protect your feet while looking great. MSRP: $100. Visit www.merrell.com

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404 V3: Rounding out our 2016 Holiday Gear Guide is the 404 V3. Possibly the best all around production board on the market, if you are in the market for a fast board which can handle a wide range of conditions from flat water to chop, then this is the board for you. Designed and tested by a team of the fastest paddlers on the planet, the 404 V3 simply works and works well from nose to tail with a finely tuned rocker line, clutter free deck area, and the perfect width to volume ratio. Available as either a 12’6” or 14’ with two construction options. MSRP: From $2,049. Visit www.404basecamp.com

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