Standard Equipment List for Whitewater Kayaking

Official Papers

Paddling Clothing

This is the only things you absolutely have to bring, and some of this you can pick up in the shop at Madawaska. Keep in mind, the time during which you are kayaking greatly affects the clothing choices you make. I personally don't like to be cold, but also tend to overheat very easlily and sweat a lot so I have to be careful not to overheat. Typically, I dress to be slightly cold standing still, so that when I start working, I'll warm up to the right temperaure without having to remove any clothing.

Kayak and Kayak Accesories

Until you decide that you want to get into this sport, I suggest renting or borrowing as much of this stuff as you can. And even when you do decide to get into it completely, try and buy used. You can get a lot of this stuff at steep discounts and you really want to try out a lot of different equipment before you start to buy. As the sport becomes more popular, the equipment is getting better and better. Go to a shop, aska million questions, read as many cataloges as possible, repeat until you feel comfortable spending one or two grand on a full "kit"!

if you have this stuff already, by all means bring it. It's much better to lean on your own equipment if you have it.

Roof Racks

Sleeping / Camping Accessories

Optional Accessories

The grounds at Madawaska are first rate.They basically have everything you need. Unless you are camping out, you don't need to bring anything else except clothing and towel and toiletries.

I highly suggestyou let them cook for you and you stay in the bunk house. The food is really good and the bunk house is a welcome confort after a hard couple of days kayaking.

 

 

 

Wet and Dry Suits

NRS Hydroskin Wetsuit Shirt

The hydroskin shirt has a front that attracts warmth. Used incombination with a farmer john, it's pretty successful at keeping you warm.

My experienve with this has been pretty positive. If you want to be warmer, squeeze into a dry suit.

 

NRS Hudroskin Farmer John Wetsuit

The farmer john is very comfortable with a two sided zipper for wasy pee breaks and knee padding which is pretty thick. Used incombination with a hydroskin shirt or rash guard, it's pretty successful at keeping you warm.

My experienve with this has been pretty positive. If you want to be warmer, squeeze into a dry suit.

 

Outter Wear

EMS Summit Tech Fleece Jacket

For me, the best place to get fleece seems to be EMS. They have their own brand and while it may not have all the stylings of a North Face or Mountain Hardwear or Patagonia, they’re not far. And…it’s fleece…it does the same job. They have regular fleece jackets and pants, but also technical fleece systems (with the protected and reticulated knees, shoulders, butt and elbows, etc). All in all, if you’re looking to bulk up your closets insulation layers, and haven’t signed the dotted line on that gear sponsorship, I would definitely go there first! Whether you’re looking for gloves or a neck gaiter or a whole insulation layer.

Just for walking around camp with.

Clothing

Duofold Varitec Long Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

The first time I tried out a Duofold shirt, I was surprised at how it performed considering how little it cost. It's a great way to build up your gear quickly without spending all your money on some big brands advertising!

I brought this along specifically for those hot days where I might just want a t shirt in the water. I actually didn't use it but its always good to have just in case.

Duofold Varitec Short Sleeve Hydroduct Tee

The first time I tried out a Duofold shirt, I was surprised at how it performed considering how little it cost. It's a great way to build up your gear quickly without spending all your money on some big brands advertising!

I brought this along specifically for those hot days where I might just want a t shirt in the water. I actually didn't use it but its always good to have just in case.

Patagonia Active Sport Boxer Brief

You need synthetic underwear because you are going to be cold and wet.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later top

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Duofold Ultra Tec Heavy Weight Base Later pants

Once again, I went for value when picking out my base layers. My other base layer was the bergelene brand available at EMS.

I brought this along in case it got really cold at camp. I used it to sleep in and was really happy I brought it along.

Smartwool Socks

Smartwool's Expedition Trekking line was the winner of Backpacker Magazine's Great Sock Test. They expertly control temperature and moisture, cushion your digits and are extremely durable. Wicks and evaporates moisture to keep feet and shoes dry. Keep your feet cool in the summer, warm in the winter and not too bad for odor prevention either. I can't see myself ever buying another brand of sock

Usually, I am using these socks for hiking. But here, they were just for walking around and in case I needed them for the cold water. But it was warm enough that I didn't need em at all.

Crocs

Crocs are ugly, but they are the best thing ever thought of for anybody who needs easy to slip on footwear that doesn't get funky when wet.

This is the trip where I first saw a pair of Crocs! This dude was broncoing in a hole, and got out to portage over some rocks to do it again. He kept doing it over and over, and every time he would slide out of the yak, pull the crocs out of the hull, put them on, and pick up the yak.

His crocks were and ugly orange, and all i could think was, they must be pretty functional, because they sure are ugly. And he confirmed. And from then on, I decided I needed a pair.

Kayak and Kayak Accessories

Perception Blaze 7.3 Kayak

I really like this balm. Its very much like "Unpetroleum" that i took on Alaska trip and loved.

Aquabound Paddle

Bottom line, this is not ever an optional item. I have to have at least one on my trips. It's really water absorbant but rings out like a shammy and packs away dry right after you've used it on your whole body!

Stohlquist Wedge PFD (Personal Flotation Device)

The wedge was recommended to me by the guy at Jersey Paddler. It has a side zip design with a mesh pocket to hod stuff and a knife clip right in front in case you get cught in a strainer. Also, its pretty low profile and out of the way so you have lots of arm and neck mobility.

I really like this pfd. works really well for me.

NRS Sprayskirt

Pick up a good spray skirt. It keeps the water out!

This worked well for me. No complaints.

Mesh Duffel

When you are schlepping around wet gear for the whle week, it's imperative to let it breath. this mesh duffel allows your stuff to air out even when you are carrying it around to avoid that dreaded mold from attcking your stuff.

Definately suggest bringing along onle of these. Since I left Canada and drove for 10 hours with wet gear in a warm car, I wanted to make sure it at least didn't get funky.

NRS Clear Drybags

I never realized how important it was to be able to see your stuff until I did my first trip. that was when I traded up and picked up these see through bags. Best decision I ever made.

NRS Split Stern Flotation

without thse, you pretty much aren't going enywhere. You can get them at any kayak shop and it really doesn't matter what kind you get. As long as they stay inflated.

 

Padz Kayak Deluxe Outfit Kit

I really haven't gotten a chance to use these yet, but I brought some just in case I have some fit issues.

 

Yakima Hullraiser

The hullraiser is specifically designed to cradle your boat on your rof and keep it there.

Its so easy to keep your boat where it's supposed to be, you can't even beleive it.

Accessories

Dermatone Lip Balm with biner

I bring lip balm everywhere I go. This is my favorite.

Packtowel Camp Towel

Bottom line, this is not ever an optional item. I have to have at least one on my trips. It's really water absorbant but rings out like a shammy and packs away dry right after you've used it on your whole body!

Sigg Water Bottle

I used to always use and suggest nalgenes wide mouth lexan water bottles. However, the week before my trip to hike the Grand Canyon all this stuff about PCB's and the 2,3,7 plastic recycling thing came out. I didn't want to take a chance, so I took the opportunity to switch to aluminum Sigg bottles. I know these don't leach into your body and cause chromosomal irregularities!

I haven't used thes in the bottom of my boat yet, but I'm sure they'll work fine.

Bullfrog Sunblock

I like gel sunblock better than the normal lotion kind because I tend to sweat a lot and it lasts much longer. I also use bullfrog but couldn't find it this time around in the camping store.

On this trip, I brought along the bullfrog sunblock, but for the most part, I barely ever used it. But I would definately lug it along in case you have that burnable skin type.

julbo nomads

The Julbo Nomads are my favorite shades because of how closely they wrap around my face and their low profile. What I also liked about them was that they have plastic clip on side sheilds rather than the botton on leather ones.

I went back and forth between using shades and not. in the end, I found that what i really wanted was just somehting to stop water going in my eyes, but clear. I'll get something for next time.

Petzl tikka

Since I bought the Petzl Tikka to replace my Black Diamond Gemini head lamp, I have never looked back. The Tikka is the perfect size and wieght, and it has all the functionality you really need in a head lamp.

You don't really need this if you are staying in the bunk house. But if you are camping, you know the drill!

Food

Gatorade Packs

Gatorade is thirst aid... Oh .. Sorry. That song is catchy.

Pure Protein Bars Chocolate Deluxe

This is the best tasting protein bar on the market in my opinion.

Fruit Bars

Fruit bars are my favorite food. And you can get them pretty much anywhere.

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