Sunday, Nov. 16, 2003

Napali Kayak

Inventor: Murray Broom

Get a bird's-eye view of marine life gliding beneath you with the new transparent Napali kayak. Made of a clear plastic that allows for spotting sea turtles and dolphins, it folds into a bundle the size of a backpack. The plastic shell is soft and flexible like a shower curtain yet tough enough to resist punctures from sharp sticks and rocks. The stiff carbon Kevlar frame helps keep the kayak's shape, and at 26 lbs., the craft is just half the weight of some fiberglass models. The narrow, one-seat design is good for long-distance solo touring, but remember to steer clear of sharks.

Availability: Now, $4,289
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