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.