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With the holidays fast approaching, we at Waterways get that it can be hard to find something for the kayaker in your life that they either don't already own or want. For those of us who want to see that spark of glee when they finally open up that present, here are a few recommendations from our team that focus on cutting edge products that will certainly elevate your kayaker's next adventure, as well as a few good all-rounders that anyone can enjoy.
For Who? Big Fish v2 owners who value extra maneuverability or miss their Jon Boat.
New to the v2 Big Fish lineup is the 360 Rotating Seat, a highly requested feature by staff and customers alike. Keep your eye on the ball and your line in the water with this easy locking mechanism that allows you to swivel on the fly. This is a perfect gift for any Big Fish v2 owner not only for the extra features it provides but also for how easy it is to install.
For Who? EZ Rider Seat users that want the perfect, comfortable fit for them on the water.
Comfort tops my priority list when it comes to extended adventures on the water. The new Lumbar Support option for the EZ Rider seat proves that comfort is not only easy to achieve, but also affordable. If you love the breathability and adjustability of the EZ Rider seat but notice that your lower back feels stiff after long paddle sessions, consider upgrading your seat with this new option that won’t break the bank. The two-dial system allows you to find just the right spot to support your lower back while also deciding how much support you need. It’s easy to use, easy to drop in and easy to have a great time with this upgrade.
For Who? The angler that wants to go the extra mile in style.
The Motor Drive from Feelfree is an absolute must-have for anglers looking to cover more water. Simply swap out the storage pod from your Overdrive pedal system, connect your battery, insert the Motordrive and effortlessly switch from pedal to motor power on the fly. Have you or your paddler ever bitten off more than they could chew? Give them some extra bite with this no-brainer of a feature.
For Who? : Photographers, bloggers, vloggers and anyone who values an added layer of waterproofed security to their adventure.
Any of the Dry Tube series (3L and up) offer level 2 submersible protection for phones, cameras, wallets and the like. They’re lightweight and come with a shoulder strap for carrying as well as strapping to the kayak. Just roll down the top, fix the clip, and venture out with the confidence in knowing that your gear is safe-- even if it falls into the water. These are great, easy gifts for any aspiring adventurer and come in a variety of fun themes and colors like the Tropical Collection.
For Who? The one family member you never know what to buy for.
The insulated 25L Cooler comes with a rubber gasket that keeps your food and perishables cold for extended outings. A drain plug in the bottom makes cleanup easy, and the different colors allow you to match your style with the rest of your dry gear or even your kayak. Another great feature these coolers bring comes from the way that they sit in the rear of most every kayak from the Feelfree family.
For Who? The paddler who refuses to wear anything besides that crusty orange life preserver y’all found in the back of a Denny’s parking lot.
A good PFD is only good if you wear it, and these models offer just the right level of comfort and features to keep your kayaker wearing their PFD. The comfortable fit afforded by these models is only highlighted by the mesh backs which work perfectly with the EZ Rider and Gravity seats. With front pockets large enough to easily fit even the largest of phones with extra features like a knife holder, it’s easy to see why all of our employees are wearing them on their adventures. The Sturgeon and Chinook serve as wearable tackle boxes, fit to the nines with extra pockets for pliers, hooks, line and everything else you hate to fumble around in your boat for.
Written by Sam Hager, Waterways Store Manager
Edited by Jake Smith, Waterways Marketing team member