Here was the answer for the globe-trotting angler: a boat that weighed so little (17¿¿ pounds; 28¿¿ with oars, pump, and carry bag) that you could backpack it on a bicycle, check it as luggage at the airport, drop it out of a floatplane, and then pump it up bankside to run Class III water down any river on earth-all while carrying gear for a monthlong expedition (it has a load capacity of 515 pounds). Using fins, you can maneuver the 92x42-inch Water Strider to fish tight spots. You can portage it around waterfalls. Drape it with camo netting to sneak up on waterfowl. The only prerequisite for owning one, besides access to a fair chunk of change, is a sense of adventure. $1,395; 406-375-0251; waterstrider.com -K.M.