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Sea Kayak Equipment & Gear

Please download and review the packing list above. If you conclude that you are missing some equipment and clothing we have prepared this webpage in affiliation with Patagonia, REI, Backcountry, and Altrec Outdoors to help you select and purchase gear for your trip. This following examples will also serve to show you what we feel is the "ideally outfitted" sea kayker for the waters, weather and climate of Patagonia, Chile. Whatever gear you decide to bring with you keep in mind that the Futaleufu valley is a rugged and remote destination that will test your clothing & equipment. Durability and reliability are key in determining what items to take. If something breaks and needs to be replaced you likely won't be able to do it in Chile. As of August 2005 all of the items listed below were in stock. In some cases these links will take you directly to the item pictured and others will bring you to the storefront in which you can find them. Try to place orders with these websites a least few weeks beforehand in case of the need to exchange items or in case of back orders.


You will want one durable, waterproof and breathable splash jacket to wear on the water, especially in the early mornings and evenings. Kokotat and NRS make some great splash jackets. The ones below are some of our favorites.



When it rains in Patagonia it really rains. Our storms come directly off the Southern Pacific and lose most of their moisture before reaching the Argentine border. You will want to have a good rain jacket with a hood in case the weather turns ugly. Check out the jackets from Patagonia and The North Face.


 
On chilly days you will want wear something under your splash jacket. Polartec fleece pullovers are ideal for this application and can be worn as stand-alone sweaters when off the river


 
A mid or light weight Capilene or Polypro shirt will probably what you wear most days under the spash jacket. They come on long and short sleeve varieties and often have anti-rash properties.



To accompany the splash jacket are the splash pants. These are worn over the wetsuit on chilly days and can even do double duty as rain pants on stormy days.



Under your splash pants you may want another layer of thermal protection. These can also double as long underwear for chilly days or for sleeping.

   
Booties are an one foot wear option for sea kayaking in Patagonia. They will allow you to easily walk safely in a wet environment without slipping. Our favorite is the NRS Attack Shoe from Altrec Outdoors.



Sandals are another sea kayaking footwear option. Check out the latest offerings from Chaco, Teva and Merrell.



If you are going to kayak in sandals having a pair of neoprene socks will help keep your feet warm and protected. Gloves can help guard against blisters and protect the tops of the hands from the intense Patagonia sun.



The sun in all areas of Patagonia is very intense, especially on the water. There is less ozone over the Antarctic regions than the Arctic and as a consequence we usually have more UVA and UVB radiation in our environment. Since most of our guests come from the Northern Hemisphere where it is winter they are less acclimatized to the sun. Sun hats are essential items for those not wanting to get burned or wet.



Most sea kayakers bring a personal dry bag to carry river essentials they want to keep dry. We found this great waterproof camera case from Aquatec.



 
Hydration is important, especially on the water. Plan on taking at least one Nalgene water bottle or a hydration system from Camelbak.



The sun is very intense in Patagonia, Chile - much more so than in the Northern Hemisphere. Make sure you come prepared. We recommend a waterproof sun screen, a zinc oxide sun block cream and a lip balm.



Patagonia is a pristine ecological environment. While spending time with us we ask that our guests try to preserve the environment as much as possible by using biodegradable products. We recommend Dr. Bronners and other similar soaps and shampoos for all of our sea kayak expeditions.


 
Sunglasses are essential items for Chile. Make sure your sunglasses have 100% UVA and UVB protection. Some people prefer polarized glasses to better see the river featues. If you wear eye glasses or sunglasses we recommend floating eye glass retainers.



You will need a flashlight for finding your way in the dark. A durable headlamp allows you to keep your hands free to carry other items or do other things that a simple flashlight does not. Make sure you pack extra batteries and a spare bulb.



If you are bringing a tent down to Chile make sure it is a three season with a full rainfly. Tents without a full fly just don't stand up to the weather. The days and nights in Patagonia can be beautiful but when the weather turns the rain can be intense. We recommend tents with double walls to keep out the wet. Below are some tents that we thought would work well in our region.



Before your trip make sure that your tent is fully waterproofed and seam sealed. We recommend weatherproofing even brand new tents. If yours has not been done in a few seasons it is worth the time to recoat it to make sure you don't end up spending the week in a wet leaky tent.



For sleeping bags we recommend synthetic fill bags over down fill. Patagonia is a wet region that can cause down to attract moisture and compress causing loss of loft. The bags we found most comfortable are those rated between 35 - 50 degrees.



We like the lightweight ThermaRest because of its compactness, portability, warmth and comfort. They are also easy to stow in our sea kayaks.

   
Waterproof single person bivy sacks can be a great option for those who like to sleep under the stars. If you elect to go the bivy option we recommend you bring an extra large rain tarp to throw over the bivy incase of a prolonged storm.


 
If you are going on any of our unguided sea kayak trips you will need a GPS unit and a waterproof place to store maps. We also recommend a waterproof bag to keep your GPS unit dry.






Expediciones Chile provides first class adventure travel trips in Patagonia Chile. Try rafting Chile on the famous Futaleufu River. Torres del Paine, Cerro FitzRoy, and Las Glaciares trekking Patagonia trips. Horseback Riding Chile in the rugged mountains of the Patagonia Andes. Try mountain biking in Patagonia, Chile and Argentina. Kayak in Chile on the Futaleufu river. Sea kayaking in Patagonia from the Andes to the Ocean. Get kayak lessons at our kayak school or swift water rescue training on Chile’s greatest river. Fly fishing in Chile has never been better from our CondorNest fly fishing ranch or Lago Yelcho. Ski Argentina, Chile and Patagonia during the Summer. Eco tours and yoga adventure travel vacations. Get information on Patagonia seasons, maps and our secrets of Patagonia tour all from our website.

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