The temperatures are getting us excited to go outside and we are looking forward to safely planning a river trip or beach getaway. Check out our editor-approved gear picks for summer’s wet adventures.
Cover photo courtesy OtterBox
OtterBox Yampa 70 Dry Duffle
On river trips certain things just need to stay dry. That’s when gear belongs in the OtterBox Yampa 70—a waterproof duffle bag that also features a durable harness when you need to throw it on your back and go. The interior pockets and tie-down points are nice bonuses for organization and convenience, but the real draw here is the tough nylon exterior that ensures your essentials won’t get soaked. $299.99; otterbox.com (image above)
By land or by sea, clear vision is key. Costa delivers high-quality adventure-ready shades with the Spearo, named in tribute to the stealth skills of spearfishers. Like their inspiration source, these sunglasses are made for fast motion, with lightweight yet sturdy frames and a precise temple design that prevents slipping. Most important are the enlightening polarized glass lenses, which help provide perfect sightlines for your next cast. $269; costadelmar.com
Vibe Sea Yellowfin 120
Vibe kayaks are designed by Georgia-based anglers, so they’re made for Southern waterways. The new Yellowfin has a sleek shape that’s built to offer a mix of speed and stability, but it’s also outfitted with some savvy features for gear transport to your favorite fishing spot. Most impressive are the two flush-mount rod-holders, 10 integrated top-loading gear tracks and a generous front storage area with a flexible top cover. $799.99; vibekayaks.com
Topo Designs River Short
Topo’s River Shorts are versatile enough for all kinds of waterplay—low-key casting, whitewater rafting and beach bumming. They’re made with breathable nylon that stretches comfortably when you’re splashing around, and they also dry quickly when you’re ready to trade the local waterway for the local watering hole. We also like the zippered back pocket that keeps keys and cash secure. $79; topodesigns.com
Chaco Z/1 Classic Chromatic
Now an explorer’s mainstay, Chaco’s Z/1 Classic blends the cool comfort of an open sandal with the rugged sole of a hiking shoe. The upper straps of these water-ready stalwarts are easily adjustable to find a snug and secure fit, while the sole beneath offers plenty of gritty grip for long days of traversing trails or hopping through creeks.
Patagonia Men’s LW A/C Shirt
During long days in the sand under the summer sun, you need a shirt that offers airflow. Part of Patagonia’s new Hot Weather Naturals line, the LW A/C Shirt is made with a blend of lightweight organic cotton and extremely breathable, soil-regenerative hemp. It’s sustainable comfort for times when the temps rise. $79; patagonia.com
Yeti Rambler 30 Oz. Tumbler
Keep your beverage of choice ice cold when you’re on the water or just enjoying mellow moments lakeside. The Yeti Rambler is made with kitchen-grade stainless steel with double-wall vacuum insulation so liquids stay chilly and refreshing on stuffy Southern days. You’ll also dig the magnetic lid that slides easily for fast sipping access. $34.99; yeti.com