Your Essential River Rat Gear Guide

From doggie life preservers to the most refreshing beer for your cooler, here’s our favorite Northwest-made stuff to schlep to the swimming hole.

By Benjamin Tepler July 12, 2016 Published in the August 2016 issue of Portland Monthly

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1. The K-9 Float Coat
From the Bend-based outdoor dog gear titan Ruffwear comes a canine life jacket par excellence. The rugged exterior comes with high-visibility reflective trim and a strategically placed handle makes it easy to give Fido a helping hand. $79.95

2. The Boundary Pack
With heavy-duty vinyl skin and well-engineered suspension systems, Seal Line's waterproof Boundary Pack is your best friend when it comes to kayaking across Waldo Lake. $99.95 for a 35-liter pack

3. The Drainmaker Shoe
Like a submarine surfacing from the deep, these Columbia Sportswear shoes dump water from 10 ports along the arch. Quick-drying mesh and a grippy outsole make them perfect for amphibious pursuits, like scrambling over rocks at Cliff Pool. $85

4. Oregon Swimming Holes App
In 2013, the indispensable, long-out-of-print Oregon Swimming Holes guidebook (Relan Colley, 1994) went digital. The app’s compendium includes 230 swimming holes, photos, maps, driving directions, and ratings. It’s also way cheaper than buying a $55 used copy on Amazon. $5.99 on iTunes

5. Waterproof E-Case
Store precious belongings in Seal Line’s touchscreen-friendly Waterproof E-Case, big enough for keys, wallet, and phone. From $19.95

6. The UPF 50 Fedora
Portlander Summer Kramer had a brush with melanoma before she founded SummerSkin. The sun-blocking clothing company makes functional everyday wear like this UPF 50 fedora, stylish enough to keep you from evoking an extra in Lawrence of Arabia. $68

The Ultimate Summer Cooler

Worthy’s Easy Day Kölsch
Fruity, orange finish

Caldera Lawnmower Lager
Light, sweet, drinkable

Fort George’s Three-Way IPA
Bold, aromatic, hoppy as hell

Occidental Hefeweizen
Banana, hints of clove, crisp

Enso Portland Sangria
Slightly fizzy, berries, rosé

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