WHAT: A comfortable and deceiving paddling dry suit
WHY: Protection from all the dangers the water can throw at you (except capsizing)
The Stohlquist Shift ($899) might look like a pant-and-jacket duo, but it is actually a one-piece paddling suit that adapts to a range of wet environments, whether it is the Pacific Ocean or a Nevada river. Composed of three layers of nonporous nylon, the Colorado company’s specially designed fabric lengthens the suit’s life by preventing salt-particle accrual while providing breathable, waterproof protection in cold conditions. A zip entry makes it easy to pull on or off and helps keep you cooler in warmer climates. “This is the only dry suit that you can fully vent, and still be protected from rain and wind,” says senior designer Ryan Lightbody. The suit also features a spray-skirt tunnel, which creates a seal over the skirt to fend off excess water, and a removable hood with draining capabilities while rolling or swimming. The Shift comes in a range of sizes and with all of the standard trimmings, including wrist gaskets and integrated waterproof dry socks.