Water, Water All Around

You never know what Mother Nature might throw your way when you're out there, having adventures. An unexpected downpour? Always a possibility. A river standing between you and your campsite? Don't rule it out. Here, the best waterproof gear to keep you and your valuables nice and dry this summer.

We're always looking for more reasons to get outside, but the Great Outdoors presents some challenges, many of them wet.


Here, we present a cross section of the extremely wide world of waterproof essentials: from dry bags to monoculars, and everything in between.

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Your wet, hot summer adventure begins and ends with a quality dry bag. This one, designed by Filson, is lightweight, includes a roll-top buckle handle, and features sonic-welded seams to keep every drop of water out. Plus, its compact design makes it perfect to stuff into a canoe or kayak.

Dry Bag, $60, filson.com.

If the calming sounds of nature aren't enough—and you're looking for a livelier summer soundtrack—this water-, stain-, and dirt-resistant bluetooth speaker fits the bill.

Wireless Bluetooth Speaker by UE Roll, $70, brookstone.com.
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Stocking up on new outdoor gear can be an investment, but Kaufmann Mercantile's Otter Wax can waterproof those things you already own. Like your jeans, should you be so inclined.

Denim & Canvas Waterproofing Wax, $12, kaufmann-mercantile.com.

A rugged adventure calls for an equally rugged camera. This mountable, water-resistant case with an interchangeable lens system will let you snap from anywhere using your iPhone 6 or 6s.

Optrix 6/6s Pro (4-Lens Kit), $170, optrix.com.
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This summer, we will always have the Monovid 8x20 Monocular from Leica handy on every nature outing. You can use it as a tiny telescope, half of a pair of binoculars, or as a macroscope—hey, there's no shame in getting nerdy about it!

Monovid Monocular by Leica, $450, bhphotovideo.com.

Tents aren't usually eye-pleasing, but Poler's version does a fine job in terms of aesthetics—and functionality, of course. It has two doors and two vestibules for stashing gear, plus the seams are taped and sealed with a 3000mm waterproof coating to keep rain out.

The Two Man Tent, $262, polerstuff.com.
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Even if you're not penning the next great American novel (or even if you are!), Rite in the Rain's notebook offers a handy solution if you need to jot down notes in poor weather conditions. The special coating on each page acts as a shield against moisture.

Notebook, $17, riteintherain.com.

As with tents—and, really, most backpacking gear—the look and style of outdoor boots usually plays second fiddle to its utility. But these by Swims are waterproof, and look absolutely fantastic.

Barry Workboot, $240, swims.com.
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You know that moment when you're diving straight into the water, only to remember you're still wearing your favorite—and definitely not waterproof—watch? Never fun. Scoop up this boldly designed Cobalt V Touch Leather Watch by Momentum to avoid such a scenario ever happening again.

Cobalt V Touch Leather Watch by Momentum, $245, jet.com.

You probably already have a light, solid rain jacket to get you by, but what about pants for those really wet and muddy moments? Danish brand Rains created these simple and stylish pair for just such occasions.

Waterproof Pants, $450, rains.dk.
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