Kayaking Gear

Boats, Paddles, & Spray Skirts

Cope sits in a 17'3  Caribou Current Designs  beauty. It's sleek design and low features make for a fast float. This boat is 52 lbs empty and can hold up to 375 lbs. Her name is Ginger.  Trailbride commandeers Goldie Hawn, a 15 year old, 17'  Seda Swift  vessel. This Cadillac of kayaks provides stability without compromising weight. Empty, Goldie weighs only 48 lbs, and can hold up to 400 lbs capacity.  For paddles we both use  Werner Carbon paddles  and carry one extra paddle.  We both paddle with 1.7 Neoprene Sprayskirts to stay warm and keep the surf out.

Cope sits in a 17'3 Caribou Current Designs beauty. It's sleek design and low features make for a fast float. This boat is 52 lbs empty and can hold up to 375 lbs. Her name is Ginger.

Trailbride commandeers Goldie Hawn, a 15 year old, 17' Seda Swift vessel. This Cadillac of kayaks provides stability without compromising weight. Empty, Goldie weighs only 48 lbs, and can hold up to 400 lbs capacity.

For paddles we both use Werner Carbon paddles and carry one extra paddle.

We both paddle with 1.7 Neoprene Sprayskirts to stay warm and keep the surf out.

 
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Safety Equipment

In the cockpit of our boats we each carry a paddle float, hand pump (strapped to the deck), large sponge, first aid kit, waterproof headlamp, VHF radio, maps, pee bottles, and a liter or two of water.


sleeping

 
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Tent - We use MSR's Hubba Hubba NX 2 Person tent. It's heavier than a few other two person tents (Copper Spur, Nemo), but it's larger sleeping space and vestibule space makes up for the extra 7 oz pack weight. This tent is super reliable and sturdy. MSR is a great company with fabulous customer service. Instead of a footprint we use a piece of Tyvek

Sleeping Bags- Trailbride sleeps in Feathered Friends Egret UL 20  and Cope sleeps in the Swift Nano 20 from Feathered Friends. 

Sleeping Pad & Pillows- Getting enough sleep is very important. We both carry Thermarest XLite Neo Air as well as Universal Couple Kit by Thermarest. We don't carry pillows, but instead stuff clothes into our sleeping bag stuff sacks.  

Sleeping Clothes- We both have leggings for sleeping in. Cope sleeps in Under Armor 4.0 Leggings and Shirt. Trailbride sleeps in Under Armor Cold Gear Leggings and a Patagonia Cap 1 Long Sleeve Shirt

Cooking & Cleaning

 

Stoves- For light-weight expeditions, where fuel canisters can be easily replaced, we use the MSR Pocket Rocket. For international or high elevation travel we will use the MSR Dragonfly. 

Pots, Pans, & Utensils- We use the MSR Titanium pot set and swear by the long handled Sea to Summit Titanium spoon, small bic lighter. 

Water Purification & Storage- When weight is not an issue, or water sources are sketchy, we will use a Katadyn water filter. When we are trying to save weight, we will either use Aquamira water treatment drops or the Sawyer Squeeze. We carry MSR 10 L Dromedaries when fresh water is hard to come by. 

First Aid Kit & Toiletries- First Aid Kit (personalized to our needs), toothbrush & toothpaste, castile soap, sunscreen, hand sanitizer, dental floss, poop shovel, toilet paper, menstrual cup. 

  • There are many places that require a Wag Bag when paddling in the backcountry. Using a wag bag is very important to help keep places wild. We will also carry a thick garbage bag to put our individual wag bags into to help keep the smell down.

  • Have to pee while paddling and no landing in sight? This is a common issue when sea kayaking. Trailbride carries a Travel Urinal for Women to make it "easier" to pee into a plastic bottle. This requires Cope stabilizing the boat & Trailbride peeing into a bottle with the help of the "plastic penis". This is no easy feet (definitely not recommended in rough water) so some women choose to just pee in their wetsuits. These are not ideal options, so often Trailbride just holds it. But sometimes you gotta go.

Bear Can-When areas call for a bear can Trailbride carries a Bearikade (just over 1 pound empty!) and Cope carries a BearVault (at 2 pounds empty, it is heavier, but much cheaper). 

Headlamp & Knives- Small Leatherman knife and lightweight headlamp. 

 

Paddling Clothing

Bottoms- We both wear 3mm neoprene pants as well as booties. Sometimes we will paddle in swimsuits & Chacos. It just depends on the weather. When we get to camp we change into our dry sleeping clothes.

Tops- Trailbride paddles in a multi-layered system. The base layer is a 2mm neoprene vest. On top of the vest is a lightweight synthetic or wool shirt, a rain jacket, and a PFD. Cope paddles in a rash guard shirt and a NRS PFD. Cope's PFD is a very simple PFD, offering very little options for pockets, but a great deal of range of motion for his arms. PFD's are a personal preference. When we get to camp we change into dry clothes.

Headwear & Gloves- Cope wears a trucker cap and Trailbride wears a visor, and both carry beenies. We often paddle in 3mm neoprene gloves to keep the blisters at bay and our hands warm. 

 
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Electronics

Phones & Music-iPhone 7s & iPhone 8, headphones, portable speaker

Lights-For solstice adventures we string up some waterproof, battery powered lights on the boats.

Batter Pack & Wall Charger-We carry two battery packs-an Anker and SolPro Solar charger. The SolPro has solar panels and charges an iPod! We carry a USB wall plug-in too.