Gear up: Part 1
There's no shortage of accessories to make adventure eco-cruising easier, safer, and more comfortable.
Water Goggle. Sunglasses won't cut it in the wind and spray. Oakley's H2O goggle offers the protection of a scratch-resistant Lexan lens, in a style that will stay put while riding. Oakley H2O L Frame, $37 to $65; www.oakley.com.
Gloves. Keep those hands warm, and maintain a grip on the bars. Jet Pilot Full Finger Glove, $30; www.jetpilot.com.
Cell Phone Dry Bag.You won't find many waterproof cell phones on the market. Protect what you have with a dry bag that lets you use the phone without removing it. Dry Pak Phone Case, $25; www.drypakcase.com.
Board Shirt. The protection of Lycra, with the comfortable cut of a T-shirt. Jet Pilot Boardshirt, $35; www.jetpilot.com.
Board Shorts. Board shorts offer cruising comfort, with an inner Lycra or neoprene liner that staves off the chafe of a long ride. Jet Pilot Boat Trip Rideshort, $60; www.jetpilot.com.
Water Shoes. Cruising requires a shoe that's comfortable while you're on your waterbike, walking on the beach, or back in the bush. Jet Pilot Reflex, $70; www.jetpilot.com.
Neoprene PFD. Neoprene PFDs conform to your body, making them more comfortable and adding a layer of insulation. Jet Pilot Cell Block, $130; www.jetpilot.com.
Rescue Whistle. Clips to your life vest, so it's there when you need it. Dakine Rescue Whistle, $2.50; www.dakine.com.
Riding Jacket. A must-have for fending off the chill and spray, while letting out excess heat and moisture. Sea-Doo Riding Jacket, $199; www.seadoo.com.
Handheld GPS. Get a waterproof model and loads of spare batteries. Plenty out there, but we have a favorite. Garmin GPSMap 76, $190; www.garmin.com.
Hydration Pack. The handy bite valve allows you to hydrate on the fly, and the backpack style lets you pack a few extras. Dakine Shuttle, $50; www.dakine.com.