Kayaking is one of those activities where, if you’re not already interested in it, you sort of forget about it being on the list of fun things to do in the summer. In fact, kayaking is terrific upper body exercise, because you’re not only using the muscles of your arms to paddle, but you’re engaging your core to stay stable on the water as well. Depending on the location, sea kayaking can be a tranquil experience that allows you to incorporate physical activity into your vacation, and maybe even see a little sea life. Here are some kayak accessories from LeisurePro that will make you feel like a new paddler!
This travel paddle from Conquest will most certainly fit in a carry on bag should you decide to take your hobby on the road, but it will work just as well at your favorite watering hole. Some may question the strength and durability of a paddle that breaks down into four pieces, but the designers at Conquest have taken that into consideration when creating this tool. A sturdy fiberglass shaft is not only able to withstand the water’s force, but resists cracking and dents that plague aluminum shafts, and weighs in at under 3 lbs. Each paddle is contoured with three choices of blade positions, to lessen or increase the level of resistance, and therefore your energy output. And no need to worry about losing grip on your paddle — the Dura Flex travel paddle has superior buoyancy.
Kayaks are not just for pleasure sports; in fact, many people utilize a kayak for fishing in their local lake or river. For those who like to cast a line from the comfort of their kayak, we bring you the Catch Cooler from Seattle Sports. This deckside cooler gives you easy access to your catch of the day, and plenty more than one, depending on what you’re catching. Comprised of two parts, the interior bag has a roll-down and buckle enclosure to keep contamination out, and the heat-reflective exterior case has a zippered closure for added security. A number of attachment point straps and bungees allow for secure attachment to your kayak for the length of the journey. Avid kayak fishermen would be wise to invest in the Catch Cooler.
If you’ve ever sat in a kayak for more than 15-20 minutes, you are probably familiar with the rump-numbing sensation that comes with sitting on a piece of hard plastic in one position. If you think kayaking is going to be your thing, invest in a good seat, preferably one with a back rest like this self-inflating seat from Seattle Sports. Self-inflating means that the materials used to pad the seat are littered with air cells that compress and contract, which makes it great for compression storage when not in use. Two adjustable nylon straps with swivel gate clips make it easy to secure this seat to any kayak, and operation is as simple as opening the valve to let air into the seat, and opening it to compress it down. If you want even more firmness to your seat, just open the valve and blow. So little work for so much added value to your kayaking experience!