Heading for the water this summer? Consider the following products.
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Hats for the Heat:
• Paparazzi Thwarting Sun Visor: For sure, intrusive and insistent paparazzi might not be your problem when out and about, but this ultimate sun visor and virtual identity mask can at the least protect your face from the harsh glare of the sun, if not only from prying cameras. The reflective visor pulls down over your face to block 99% of harmful solar rays (its one-way reflective, 19 1/4-inch-long by 10-inch-wide surface does the trick) while providing 50+ UPF protection. The visor, which pivots at two points, has seven levels of adjustment so you can set it for whatever level of sun protection -- or anonymity you desire. A moisture-wicking headband to repel sweat completes the picture. $15; www.saintchic.com.
• Hytail Hats: Made for women, this chapeau has a wide band on the back the literally lifts one's hair off the neck, keeping you cool and comfortable on the summer's warmest days. No Velcro or buckles with this hat, which accommodates women with either short or long hair. In addition to fitting comfortably and available in white, black and pink, the Hytail fits easily in a purse, workout bag, glove compartment or pocket. $24.99; www.adactivewear.com.
• Bokos Sandals: These one-piece-design sandals are made to last, easy to clean and just the thing for wearing around the pool, on a boat or at the beach. Constructed using nonporous rubber for an anti-slip security with just enough stickiness and the added virtue of eliminating foot odor, Bokos come in a variety of sizes and colors for men and women. An extra inducement: Bokos, in the word of the Minneapolis, Minn., the footwear company responsible for this product, boast an "interlock" design, which means they can easily fit into an overnight bag or carryon. $18; www.bokosusa.com.
• Astral Aquatic Footwear: Among the offerings from this line are the Brewer (for men) and the Brewess (for women), the Ronny and women's-specific Linda, and the Porter. The Brewer and Brewess ($99.95), built with a quick-drying Cordura fabric and a sticky, high-friction rubber outsole, is designed for use in kayaking, rafting and just being around a lake or river. The light-weight Ronny and Linda ($99.95 and $94.95, respectively) are meant for high-back kayaking, with easy-access pockets and maximum ventilation, while the Porter ($84.95) for surfers is a technical shoe equipped for quick drying and featuring a durable upper and heel lace that is adjustable and can lock into place. https://astraldesigns.com.
Beach Towel Bonanza:
• Luxe PackTowl: This fast-drying towel from Cascade Designs feels luxurious and eliminates those hard-to-manage, water-laden beach towels of the past. Made of a looped terry-knit microfiber fabric that has a fluffy cotton feel, the PackTowl soaks up to five times its weight in water yet can be easily wrung dry in 30% of the time it takes to dry a similar-sized cotton towel. In addition, a silver-ion odor control system helps keep the Luxe fresh and smelling good. The beach towel, which offers a hang loop and storage pouch, comes in deep sea, orchid, rainforest and sunburst colors, measures 36 inches by 59 inches. $44.95; www.packtowl.com.
• Sandusa Beach Towel: The primary selling points of this unique cotton beach towel are that it is waterproof, which is unique in itself, and "anti-sand," which is supposed to indicate that the product's nylon base backing has "loop-less" fibers that sand will not stick to. Pick up the towel from the beach and, according to Sandusa, it will be sand free. In addition, because it is constructed to be waterproof (water cannot pass through to its underside), the beach towel can also be used to wrap your wet gear, protect car seats after a day at the beach or protect electronic gear from a sudden rain storm. The Sandusa Beach Towel comes in a variety of striped designs and measures 13 by 24.5 inches. $49.95; www.sandusa.net.
Zoinx Sunglasses: It is not that these sunglasses merely block damaging UV rays that make them unique, rather it is a patented clip integrated into the temple that allows active wearers to fasten them to their bag or belt, and also includes a sport strap, a zippered pouch and a flotation insert to keep them from ending up in Davy Jones' Locker making them appropriate for beach or pool. Moreover, the sport strap links with the sunglasses' temple clips to help keep your shades in place when you are moving about. Zoinx sunglasses are available in a variety of frame styles and finishes. The Aviator style, which comes with bronze or green lenses, like all the glasses is made of thermoplastic polyamide, which is durable, flexible and hypoallergenic. $119; www.zoinxsunglasses.com.
Slipins: These lightweight outfits are perfect for summer travel. Described as "smooth active wear that fit like a second skin," Slipins come in a variety of colors and styles, designed for wear over wet suits while enjoying water sports from surfing to paddle boarding. They can also be worn on their own, in the water, poolside or sightseeing. These varied quick-drying outfits carry a 60+SPF rating for sun protection. $75 to $150; slipins.com.
Matador Pocket Blanket: Unfurled from its integrated, attached storage pouch, this water-resistant and puncture-resistant blanket is large enough at 64 by 44 inches to accommodate two or more persons sitting on it while still folding into itself as the size of a wallet. Ultra-compact, the blanket, which weighs all of 3.2 ounces and is only 92 microns thick, has weighted corners for security of setting and a key loop for easy transport. Keep it in your pocket and be ready to relax in comfort and ease on the grass or sand at any time. $24.99; matadorup.com.