Forget the pink, this is about form, function and comfort!
There was a time when the outdoor industry had a tendency to focus on manufacturing outdoor gear that was tailored mostly for men. However, in the past decade or so, manufacturers (even those in the hunting and fishing industries) have taken great strides in creating products that are geared specifically for women and for good reason. According to the Outdoor Industry Association, 44% of all outdoor participants are female. That is a huge number especially when you consider that over 135 million people participated in an outdoor activity in 2010. Which brings us to this…
Did you know that ACK offers a variety of paddlesport and outdoor products geared towards women? Of course, we do! While we don’t have concrete numbers, you’ll find that like the outdoor industry as a whole, women make up a huge percentage of our customer base. That’s why we are constantly on the lookout for quality, specialized, outdoor gear tailored to women.
I have personally used many of the products we sell on paddling and camping trips and I thought it would be a great idea to share the list with you.
Ocean Kayak Venus 11 Kayak – Let’s start with the obvious, a kayak! While most kayaks are meant to be unisex, Ocean Kayak developed the Venus 11 Kayak with the woman in mind. It’s a great general use recreational kayak and as one customer described it “This boat is ridiculously light.” — which is primarily what makes this a great choice for the female paddler.
Stholquist Cruiser PFD – Probably the most popular product we sell to female paddlers is our PFDs. More specifically the Stholquist Cruiser which I personally enjoy using myself. The Cruiser is made for woman and features a smaller cut, shortened torso and supportive inner cups along with a variety of other features you will appreciate.
NRS Women’s HydroSilk Shirt - When it comes to paddling apparel, comfort is key but I must admit, I want to look good too! The NRS Women’s HydroSilk shirt is not only stylish but is also the perfect solo layer when it’s warm out and it also makes a great base layer when it the weather turns cooler. More importantly, the shirt material provides UPF 50 for protection against the suns rays while the nylon/spandex blend quickly wicks moisture away and dries fast.
CamelBak Hydration Backpack – Stay thirsty my friends…not in this case. It’s important that all women, men, children and even pets stay hydrated. When paddling, hiking or biking, fighting with your water bottles can be annoying. Instead, pack up a CamelBak Hydration Backpack designed for Women. You’ll have water readily available while doing your part in conserving our natural resources.
Teva Dozer III Water Shandal – Spring has to be the best time of the year to combine paddling trips with hiking adventures. Be prepared to tackle anything whether on land or water with the Teva Dozer III Water Shandal…yes, Shandal. Sandal meets shoe, get it? It’s simply provides great traction, comfort and safety.
Outdoor Research Oasis Sun Hat – Speaking of spring, protect your face and head for that matter from the sun with the Outdoor Research Oasis Sun Hat. It will keep you cool, offer protection from harmful UV rays and the wicking band will keep perspiration in check.
Immersion Research J-Lo Sprayskirt – Here is an unexpected product developed for women, a kayak sprayskirt! The Immersion Research J-Lo sprayskirt features a shorter tapered tunnel (to fit a women’s torso), and super stretch hip panels to make it easier to slip on. The J-Lo features bungee construction for a dry seal on a wide range of cockpit rims.
Go Girl Urination Device – I know this list is getting long but how can I NOT mention one of my favorite paddling/camping products, the Go Girl Urination Device. Ok, so what is a Go Girl anyway? Simply put, it is a device that allows you to urinate while standing up. It’s neat. It’s discreet. It’s hygienic and I highly recommend it!
These are just a few of the many items designed for the female outdoor enthusiast. I do encourage you to visit our website and type “woman” or “female” to see what else we carry. On a side note, don’t manufacturers realize that women collectively make up a higher percentage of all retail sales in the U.S.?
Everyday, we look to expand our product offering and outdoor gear for women is absolutely no exception. We invite you, our female customers, to tell us what products you think we should carry by visiting our product recommendation page. We value your input and we look forward to serving you again soon!