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Astral Hiyak

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.05.01 PMAstral Hiyak: AKA “The De-funkifier” This is Astral’s view of a proper bootie. It offers ground conforming stability, excellent foot protection and insulation without neoprene. The result is a lighter, more durable and faster drying water boot with phenomenal gripping power. Because these shoes dry so quick they don’t hold in that funky odor, we have selected the Astral Hiyak for our 2015 ‘New Car Smell’ award!

Thick Skin Union Suit

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.05.08 PMThick Skin Union Suit: AKA “The United Front” The IR union suit is a unique one-piece cold weather base layer made with soft, heavyweight, stretchy, double sided polyester fleece. An innovative super stretch neoprene collar allows you to enter the suit via the neck opening, thus no zippers or closures. Mens union suits feature a front fly. Perfect under a dry suit or as a base layer for any outdoor pursuit in cold weather. For theses reasons, we are naming this union suit as our 2015 best layering piece for cold weather paddling!

The Royale

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.04.52 PMThe Royale: AKA “The Weekend Warrior” is the best class V spray skirt ever made. Big water chargers- this one’s for you.The foundation of the Royale is IR’s proprietary “fin” shaped rand designed to make maximum contact with the rim and resisting implosion to the very end. In addition to the rand shape, there are two sticky rubber patches under the deck on the sides to provide additional implosion resistance. The deck neoprene has also been extended 2″ past the rand (like on the Klingon) to offer unsurpassed dryness on a variety of rim shapes. In the high wear areas IR uses the most expensive and strongest 4-way stretch kevlar available, and all of the seams are glued, taped and stitched. They also have studied dozens and dozens of the most popular rims to dial in a fit that will accommodate a very wide range of boats, which wraps up why the Royale has taken our ‘What more can you ask for?!’ category for 2015! Does every paddler need an expensive whitewater sprayskirt designed to survive the stoutest of drops? No, of course not. But for those of you who do, we think you’ll find the Royale to be an essential piece of paddling gear.

IR Neo-Lined Guide Shorts

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.04.44 PMIR Neo-Lined Guide Shorts: AKA “The Keep Your Cool”, Tight fitting  neoprene shorts can be a great thing if you’re sitting in cold water all day, but tight fitting neoprene shorts on their own? Not so great as they are prone to tearing and, well, they’re tight-fitting shorts that can be unflattering. Our answer is IR’s Neoprene Lined Guide short. It’s two shorts in one- an IR Guide short with a separate 1.5mm neoprene inner short attached to the waistband. Because you’ll be warm while you keep your cool, this pair of shorts is the winner of our ‘Problem Solver’ category for 2015!

Nano Short Sleeve Paddle Jacket

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.03.46 PMNano Short Sleeve Paddle Jacket: AKA “The Never Winter” IR’s new Nano short sleeve paddle jacket is a high performance, lightweight short sleeve paddling shell perfect for summertime playboating and river running. Because we know you’ll be day dreaming of the Ocoee when you try this top on, we’ve chosen it as our favorite piece of river gear for the Ocoee in 2015! Features – 70D Nylon, 3 layer fabric laminated with our proprietary WhiteOut™ waterproof breathable technology. Wide, one-piece sticky neoprene waistband, neoprene neck and bicep gaskets, no inner tunnel.  All seams designed from the ground up to maximize seam tape performance.

Rival Long Sleeve Paddling Jacket

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.03.36 PMRival Long Sleeve Paddling Jacket: AKA “The Perfect Compromise” is IR’s high performance paddling jacket made with proprietary 3-layer WhiteOut™ waterproof breathable technology bonded to a 70 denier nylon shell. The neck seal is a snug, but comfortable neoprene neck gasket, while the wrists feature latex gaskets- making this jacket our favorite piece of Comfortable Dry River Gear for 2015! The jacket also features an adjustable neoprene waistband and a fabric inner tunnel. All seams are sealed. *Note that neoprene gaskets are NOT dry gaskets- they do a pretty good job of keeping water out, but if you want a true dry top, you need to go to a jacket with latex gaskets.

Women’s Oneida Semi-Dry Top

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.03.28 PMWomen’s Oneida Semi-Dry Top: AKA “The Double Take” Performance and style meet in this Semi-Dry Top designed specifically for women. Ideal for touring, kayak fishing, rafting and SUP this top will offer bombproof performance and fashionable styling for a variety of climates and activities. Because we know the Oneida will keep you unbelievably dry AND turn heads, we’ve awarded it with our ‘Functional Fashionista’ title for 2015! Features  Bombtech 2.5 ply fabric:  durable, waterproof and breathable, Female specific performance cut ergonomically designed for superior comfort and fit, Reinforced panels protect the high wear elbow area, The neck is latex free and adjustable for comfort and easy use, Latex gaskets at the wrist keep water out.

Gauley Dry Top

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.03.20 PMGauley Dry Top: AKA “The Wing Man” When the elements call, the  last thing that should hold you back is your gear.  Our mid-level Gauley Dry Top provides performance, breathability and ergonomic fit for whatever the moment throws at you. Since you’ll never miss a beat in this top, we have awarded it our ‘Go With the Flow’ title for 2015! Features – Bombtech 2.5 ply fabric:  durable, waterproof, and breathable, Performance cut ergonomically designed for superior comfort and fit, Reinforced panels protect the high wear elbow area, Standard quality latex gaskets, 4-way stretch glideskin neoprene on neck and wrists for added comfort, Double tunnel construction to keep water out when used in conjunction with a spray skirt.

Women’s Gauley Dry Top and Dry Pants

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Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.02.49 PMWomen’s Gauley Dry Top: AKA “The Everyday Champion” is the winner of our ‘do-it-all’ title for 2015 because it can handle anything the elements throw at you. Designed specifically for women the Gauley Dry Top provides performance, breathability and ergonomic fit for whatever mother-nature can dish out. Features – Bombtech 2.5 ply fabric:  durable, waterproof, and breathable, Female specific performance cut ergonomically designed for superior comfort and fit, Reinforced panels protect the high wear elbow area, Standard quality latex gaskets, 4-way stretch glideskin neoprene on neck and wrists for added comfort, Double tunnel construction to keep water out when used in conjunction with a spray skirt.

Women’s Gauley Dry Pants: AKA “The Bring It On” The Women’s Gauley Dry Pant is designed to move while keeping you warm, dry and comfortable when it counts the most.  Ergonomics, performance and breathability at a premium without sacrificing style. The Gauley Dry Pants are the winners of our ‘Nature Calls’ category because you’ll never have to dance around holding it in these stylish dry pants again! Features – Bombtech 2.5 ply fabric: durable, waterproof, and breathable, Female specific performance cut ergonomically designed for superior comfort and fit, Reinforced panels protect high wear areas, Standard quality latex gaskets, Double tunnel construction combines with the double tunnel of your dry top for extra dryness, Stylish wide-cuff ankles easily adjust for maximum performance.

Palguin Dry Top

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Palguin Dry Top: AKA “The You Only Live Once” Whatever the weather brings, the Palguin Dry Top will keep you warm, dry and comfortable year round. Bomber Gear’s most advanced Dry Top featuring the highest level ergonomics, performance and breathability available. With that said, this top easily wins our ‘Gear Head’ award for 2015! Features -Polartec ® NeoShell® , the lightweight yet amazingly durable, breathable and waterproof 3-ply fabric, Performance cut ergonomically designed for superior comfort and fit, Tricot nylon woven reinforcements protect  high wear areas, Highest quality latex gaskets for superior  durability, 4-way stretch  glideskin  neoprene on neck and  wrists for added  comfort, Double  tunnel construction to  keep  water out when used in conjunction  with a spray skirt.Screen Shot 2015-03-26 at 3.02.27 PM