It has been a great river sup season here in Central Idaho. The deep winter provided us with great river flows. As our sport keeps progressing and evolving each season so does our gear. Here is a list of my favorite River SUP Gear this season.
Bic River SUP ~9’2 inflatable is 36 inches wide and 6 inche thick. This is a super stable board when blown up to 15 psi. It has a rigid feel that early inflatables lacked. The moulded quad fin works great for keep your line and is perfect when running shallow sections. The rocker tip drives through rapids and helps keep tip from diving. Another excellent feature are all the straps for pulling yourself back up or lashing gear. http://www.bicsport.com/sup/boards/product/id-92-sup-air-river-x-36.html
Astral Green Jacket and Hiyak Shoe~ The Green Jacket is an award winning PFD. This is a super comfy life jacket. It is a rescue pfd which allows you to release the belt to free yourself from your leash. This was well thought out with all the features you need but not overkill. The Hilak has a super sticky rubber sole which gives you traction even on slippery rocks.. I like the support the high top offer when travelling over rocky terrain. I’ve loved all my different Astrals for SUP https://www.astraldesigns.com/
Patagonia R3 Wetsuit from Wetsuit Warehouse~ The R3 is a 4.5/ 3.4mm which means my chilly days are over. This is my ideal suit for river sup and Pacific Northwest surf trips. Made with anatomical patterning and high-quality neoprene that meets Patagonia’s rigorous standards for stretch and durability. The torso and thighs are lined with midweight chlorine-free merino wool; hydrophobic recycled polyester micro-grid thermal lining in the arms, legs and hood dries fast, minimizes weight and offers excellent flex. The floating front-zip provides ease of entry and maximizes freedom of movement through the shoulders and chest. 100% external seam sealing eliminates leaks. Other features include a durable, water-resistant recycled polyester outer lining, hidden key loop and long-lasting Supratex kneepads. All seams are triple glued, blindstitched and internally taped at high stress areas.
https://www.wetsuitwearhouse.com/ is your one stop shop for all your wetsuit needs and accessories.
G-Form pads~ I recommend pads to anyone considering whitewater sup. I’ve been using the knee and shine pads for years. They fit fairly tight yet, you don’t notice any restriction of movement. They do not get weighed down by the water and dry quickly. You can also use these pads for mountain biking!