Stormy Kromer Original
The original six-panel hat is better than ever. The Stormy Kromer Original was first designed in 1903 by a cold locomotive engineer. Today, the iconic hat comes in three materials: cotton, waxed cotton and wool. We like the wool model with pull-down earflaps for winter fishing. The hat stays put, no matter how hard the wind blows and wool stays warm even when wet. The hat combines the warmth of a beanie with a brim to reduce glare. Register your hat’s unique serial number and Stormy Kromer will replace it free against damage or loss.
Costa del Mar Tuna Alley
Sunglasses are for summer, right? Wrong, snow and ice reflect more light than water and sand. Costa del Mar’s Tuna Alley have a large frame to completely block sun from entering the eyes. Blue-mirror lenses are great for white, bright, high-glare situations. Go with the amber lenses for low-light, overcast winter days. Internal spring hinges and rubber pads on nose and temple prevent the shades from slipping. Each pair is hand made and backed for life.
XtraTuf Ankle Boot
Wet feet are a winter angler's Achille's heel. How many times do your socks get wet between loading the kayak and unloading at the launch. XtraTuf's Ankle Boot are easy to put on and take off and keep your feet completely dry. The boots have a non-slip sole and tough rubber upper. The top of the boot is cut to allow free movement and two tabs make it easy to pull them on. One danger facing anglers is feet overheating and sweating on the way to the launch. The Ankle Boot features their Xpresscool lining that wicks moisture off the feet. These boots are so comfortable, I've been wearing them for yard work, trips to the farmer's market and on rainy days.
Stio CFS Board Pant
Summer is still five cold months away, but it is never too soon to start gearing up for hot fishing. Stio's CFS Board Pant is designed for stand-up paddlboarders, so they are perfect for stand-up kayak anglers. The pants are constructed of a stretchy boardshort material that moves in four directions making it easy to go from standing to sitting without the pants bunching up or sliding down. Side pockets are convenient but low profile. There's even a hidden pocket to safely hold car keys. The pants tie at the top for a low-profile closure. I love the weighted cuffs that keep the pants from riding up when wet. They material dries fast and moves easy when wet, it is easy to wade or swim in the Board Pant.
Level Six Reign Pant
In between trunks and dry suits, a pair of waterproof paddling pants provide protection while keeping the angler cool and comfortable. Anglers paddling a sit-on-top kayak are completely exposed to the elements, Level Six Reign Pant keeps them covered with 3-ply breathable fabric. Cordura patches on heavy wear areas protect against fish spines, hook points and sharp shells and rocks. We love the two-panel design in the foot that fits better into wading shoes. We’ve found a million uses for the pockets and waterproof zipper. Stay comfortable in the shoulder season with these paddling pants.
Kayak Angler Subscription
Not sure what to give the angler on your list? Get them a subscription to Kayak Angler magazine! Every quarterly issue is packed with fishing kayak reviews, great saltwater and freshwater hotspots, the latest rigging techniques and pro fishing tips for every species, plus industry news and fishing reports on what's biting near you. The lucky recipient will also get access to each issue on their phone, tablet and computer. Plus if you select an 8 or 12 issue subscription, we’ll send them a FREE gift at no extra cost!
Under Amour Cold Gear Swacket
After extensive testing over years of winters, we’ve found UnderArmour’s Cold Gear hard to beat for warmth and comfort. I have three Cold Gear sweatshirts in my closet and each winter starts with the purchase of a new UA sweatshirt. This year I'm excited to get the new UA Swacket. A cross between a sweatshirt and jacket featuring the same great water-resistant and moisture wicking materials in a zip-up jacket with hood. A brushed interior traps heat while moisture wicking exterior removes sweat to stay warm whether you’re paddling hard or fishing easy.