The best gear for your long weekend getaway to the river.
No matter what passion you ply on the Poudre this summer—from whitewater rafting and kayaking to playing bean bags and making cocktails at the campsite—these hot gear picks will keep your game elevated.
ROVR CAMPR COOLER
Sure, we love Yeti as much as the next guy or gal, but here’s something totally new in coolers. The RovR CampR cooler is not only made in Colorado—bonus—but it features mountain-board wheels to move 80 quarts of food, microbrews and party supplies easily to your riverside campsite. This beast is packed with extras like a removable dry storage bin and can even hook up to your bicycle. ($449)
TENKARA ROD CO. MINI SAWTOOTH ROD PACKAGE
The beauty of a Tenkara fly-fishing rod is that it turns any outing to the water into an opportunity to wet a line. Lightweight and compactible, the carbon fiber Mini Sawtooth expands to nine feet and includes the line and three hand-tied flies guaranteed to catch fish. Actually, it’s the quality of the rod that’s guaranteed for life, but we hope you catch something. ($249)
ASTRAL LIMITED EDITION LE9 GREENJACKET PFD
If you’re going to play on the Poudre in any serious way, eventually you’re going to invest in a good PFD—or, life jacket, for the river nubes out there. The Astral Greenjacket is not only a throwback for the iconic Astral brand, it’s a top choice for guides and pros and hardcore recreational boaters. Just be prepared for the young gun raft guides to be jealous as they float by this summer. ($285)
CHACO Z/2 COLORADO SANDAL
For river folks, there’s still really no substitute for a pair of Chacos, and the brand’s limited-edition National Park Foundation colab project is full of feel-goods, including being made in America with vegan-friendly materials. The classic Chaco Z style sandals are indisputable for customizable durability that you can boat, hike and chill in. ($130)
OUTDOOR RESEARCH LA PAZ SUN HOODY
The balaclava-style hood on the cross-seasonal La Paz adds that needed swag when worn with your trucker hat and keeps the sun off your neck and ears. It’s made from a blend of organic cotton and breathable, stretchy synthetics for comfort, performance and looking good. ($85)
HELINOX BEACH CHAIR
At any riverside party, don’t be the guy stealing other people’s camp chairs just because you were too lazy to bring your own. With the Helinox Beach Chair, you’ll have no more excuses. These ultra-light chairs fold back up into their carry bag in a snap, and you can even backpack with them—not to mention canoe, raft, kayak or car camp. Bent legs keep it from sinking into loose sand and dirt. ($149.95)