Last month, Salt Lake City, Utah hosted the Outdoor Retailer Summer Show, one of the major sporting goods events of the year. Nearly 1700 manufacturers – representing camping, cycling, watersports and outdoor activities – took this opportunity to showcase their 2016 line, unveiling new products and features to retailers around the world.
During the show, Advanced Elements of Benicia, CA – one of the largest manufacturers of inflatable kayaks and gear – introduced their new WaterTech™ Gear line of deck and cargo bags designed to fully complement Advanced Elements inflatables.
As explained by Clay Haller, President of Advanced Elements, Inc., “Although we have always had a quality-built line of gear bags, they never really felt like a unified family of bags. So, we decided to start over from scratch to not only build a well thought-out family of gear bags that integrate with any kayak or watercraft, but a set of gear bags that really integrate well with Advanced Elements kayaks and paddle boards.”
The new WaterTech accessory line consists of seven models ranging in size from 3 to 60 liters.
QuickDraw™ Deck Bag: AE3501
Easily access your essentials while paddling. Designed with adjustable attachment straps and d-rings, the QuickDraw deck bag is equipped with a water resistant zipper, an interior roll-top removable liner, and bungee lacing. A semi-rigid, contoured shape provides visibility when accessing items, making it a handy companion when out on the water. MSRP $59.99.
Deep Six™ Deck Pack: AE3503
The Deep Six™ Deck Pack is a heavy-duty, water-resistant deck bag with a series of unique features. The Deep Six™ provides a series of attachment points and straps to secure your gear anywhere and, with a roll-top opening, it’s easy to load and unload. Other features include cinch flat shoulder straps for snag free travel, a front zip pocket for essentials, and reflective paneling for low-light visibility. Capacity: 30 Liters. MSRP $79.99.
PackLite™ Roll Top Dry Bag Set: AE3506
A nifty, ultra-lightweight set of three rolltop drybags in three sizes – 3, 5 and 10 liters – for dry storage options. Bag measurements are 7 x 8.5 inches, 6.5 x 10 inches and 9 x 16 inches. Available as a set only. MSRP $25.99.
StashPak™ Rolltop Dry Bags: AE3507 and AE3508
Rugged, water-resistant rolltops with detachable straps, four d-rings and a detachable pouch for small essentials. Available in two sizes – 20 and 40 liters – each StashPak can be stored in the compact detachable pouch when not in use. 20L measures 10 x 21.5 inches and the 40L measures 13 x 26 inches. MSRP $49.99 and $59.99.
A rugged, 32-liter, water-resistant roll top pack with comfortable shoulder straps, side mesh pockets and back panel bungee deck lacing. MSRP $69.99.
Abyss™ All-Weather Duffel Bag: AE3505
A large, 60 liter duffel constructed from a rugged, weather-resistant PVC Tarpaulin, with an extra wide opening for easy loading. Other features include an interior mesh pocket for small items, cinch flat shoulder straps for snag free travel, and reflective paneling for low-light visibility. Capacity: 60 Liters. MSRP $69.99.
Funk Bag™: AE3504
And at the end of the day, the Funk Bag is perfect for hauling around damp and dirty gear. The PVC Tarpaulin bottom makes sure you “don’t leave a mess” while the mesh top and side walls allow ventilation so that your gear doesn’t build up that all too familiar “funk”. Other features include a water resistant side pocket for small items such as keys and a phone, a removable shoulder strap, and a reflective panel for easy low-light visibility. Capacity: 45 Liters. MSRP $59.99
The WaterTech Gear line is now in stock, see more on the Advanced Elements product pages at AirKayaks.com.