Normally when buying a kayak, you have to settle with the maneuverability of a sit-in or the freedom of a sit-on-top. With the Necky Vector 13 Kayak ($900), you can have both. This 13-foot polyethylene craft features a touring seat with backband, a mesh storage pouch, a bottle holder, a quick seal bow hatch with a Cross Lock buckle system, a nylon tank well cover, and an optional rudder system for an extra $200.
It was only a matter of time until we saw electric surfboards, but Wavejet ($TBA) isn't quite what you'd think. Instead of strapping an outboard engine to a crazy-large board, the Wavejet is a Personal Water Propulsion (PWP) engine that attaches to and can be used with a variety of watercraft, including kayaks, boogie boards, and, yes, surfboards. Its twin-lithium ion battery pack is good for over 30 minutes of cruising, and offers 20 lbs. of thrust, or enough to make it 2 to 3 times faster than paddling and a helluva lot more fun.
Typical meals out on the trail involve a fire, some beans, and some uncomfortable smells emanating from tents. The Kanz Field Kitchen ($600 and up) brings a touch of gourmet to your outdoor adventure, thanks to storage space for a camping stove, cookware, a working platform, and an optional icebox, and quality construction materials like aluminum and baltic birch plywood.
If you're considering buying a full-time water bottle, you're probably already conscious of the positive effects that can have on the environment versus buying bottled water. So why not take it the rest of the way with the Klean Kanteen ($38). Available in two distinct finishes — mirror polished or brushed — this sturdy container features a body, cap, and ring made from a single piece of stainless steel, and complimented by food-grade silicone and sustainably harvested bamboo. Green has never looked so... metallic.
It's easy enough to go down to your local sporting goods store and pick up one of the myriad kayaks available, but if you want an experience that's a little less... pedestrian, check out the Cedar Strip Wood Kayak ($TBA). Recalling kayaks of days gone past, this 18' 4" vessel is handcrafted from a composite of Western Red Cedar strips and glass fiber, and features watertight storage compartments, adjustable foot braces, included seat and backrest, carrying handles, and deck rigging, all while weighing only 38 lbs.