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Everything a City-Based Kayaker Needs to Own

Runners, hikers and campers have it easy when it comes to city living.


The city-based outdoors lover is faced with multiple conundrums. The first: finding an escape plan to leave society behind for the woods and mountains. A close second: how to squeeze multiple hobbies’ worth of gear into a tiny apartment. Urban-dwelling trail runners, hikers and campers have it easy — their collection of equipment is small enough to fit under the bed or in a closet. Even mountain bikers and skiers can easily get creative enough to find indoor space for their outdoor pursuits. But kayakers? They’re presented with a unique challenge. That being said, it isn’t an insurmountable one. With the right collection of items and a little creativity, a kayaker can flourish in the city. Here’s how.

Ultra-Sil View Dry Sack by Sea to Summit $35
This dry sack offers 35L of space, which is more than enough, and also features a clear window so that you can see what’s inside.

Waterproof Phone Case by LifeProof $56+
Because accidents happen, and you’ll need Google to guide you back through Sunday afternoon traffic after a long weekend on the water.

Terra-Float 2 Universal by Teva $95
Sandals are the best boat shoes, and these are coming back into style in town too.

Clearwater PFD by NRS $100
You’re going to need one of these; might as well make it a slim one that’s easy to store.

Skagit Four-Piece Paddle by Werner $150
It packs up into four separate pieces, so it’ll fit in the back of your only closet.

Bay ST by Oru Kayak $1,359
The original origami kayak is easily the most packable and portable available.

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