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TRENDS 2012


DESIGN and INNOVATION


Dry (up)Load


Te jury’s still out on whether you’re better off packing your gadgets or leaving them at home. All the same, in response to the droves of consumers who feel naked without their iTings, accessories offering usability and protection for paddlers’ electronics are flooding the market. Tis year, look out for tablet cases that let you use your device through waterproof display windows, mp3 player protectors that keep the beat pulsing through the gnarliest rapids and camera cases that protect even advanced photographers’ kits from the harshest conditions. While we try to figure out whether we’re drowning in technology, at least our technology won’t drown.


Watershed’s case keeps


sand and water out of cracks and crevices where they


don’t belong.


For Us, By Us


Paddlers have long had to look to other outdoor industry brands for things like waterproof shells and base layers. Paddling companies are finally clueing in, offering more and better options in standard technical apparel systems that are found in everyone’s gear closet. Look for added paddle-specific


features like articulation for paddler ergonomics and construction to accommodate paddlesports- specific layering concerns like gaskets and skirts.


Kokatat’s Wool Core baselayer system is designed with paddling in mind.


42 Annual 2012


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