Review: Toad & Co. Summer Styles for Standup Paddlers

Comfortable, warm, bright and built to be on the water. There’s no such thing as June Gloom in the Toad & Co. Aquaflex Capri Tights. Photo: Black-Schmidt

Our Picks For Summer Style and Comfort from Toad & Co.

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Toad & Co. (founded in 1991 as Horny Toad) has been the self-proclaimed “Original Trail to Tavern Brand” for more than 20 years. It offers a vast collection of comfy outdoor and lifestyle garments that feature subtle style and versatile function for a sweet look that flies as well on the water as it does in the office. All of their products are made from recycled polyester and 100 percent organic cotton, offering natural fits with eco-friendly materials. For this review, our female tester tried out the Aquaflex Capri Tights and Tank, while our guys gave a go in the Men’s Trailbreaker SS Crew.

Reviewer Rebecca Parsons put the Aquaflex Tank and Tights to the test on the water. They passed.

Aquaflex Capri Tights – $69
Aquaflex Tank – $65

The Aquaflex Capri Tights and tank are ultra-lightweight, making them the ideal paddling/workout outfit for mild to hot temperatures. The tights are three-quarter length with air ventilation along the sides, a zippered pocket to stash your keys, Polygiene odor control to ward off the post-paddle funk, and they’re 50+ UPF sun protective. The tank has a built-in sports bra and a cute back detailing, completing the fun and flirty outfit with function to boot. The combination breathed well on a hot Southern California day and dried exceptionally fast after our tester hopped in to cool off. The zippered pocket came in handy and made for less anxiety about losing our critical belongings in the drink. To us, a good outfit is one you feel comfortable and confident wearing on the water but are able to forget about entirely during a workout. The Aquaflex combo fulfilled those parameters swimmingly. –RP

Reviewer Mike Misselwitz blending in with the beach scene in the Toad & Co. Trailbreak SS Crew.

Trailbreaker SS Crew – $45

Toad & Co.’s tout as “The Original Trail to Tavern Brand” is exemplified well in the Trailbreaker SS Crew—made from a unique polyester yarn made from upcycled coffee grounds—is an eco-friendly option with subtle style that compliments in any setting short of a ballroom. Maybe it’s the coffee grounds, maybe it’s the physique-molding fit or maybe it’s the exceptional softness of the material…all I know is, this  thing is my new favorite T-shirt. It comes in mild, earthy tones for a casual and natural fashion statement I felt confident in on the beach and in the office. It smells less than my average crew after a hard workout and seems to wick moisture better, too. Try it with Toad & Co.’s Trekker Anorak jacket on a rainy day on the tavern, or pair it with some denim to hit the tavern. This thing might just be your new one-crew quiver. –MM

See also:

Crossover Wear For SUP Women.

Summer Sunglasses Review Series