Paddling Gear

Whether it’s an afternoon relaxing on the lake or a whitewater river expedition, you’ll find the best paddling gear, essentials, and apparel right here for your next kayak, canoe, or packraft trip.

We’ve got reviews, ratings, and price comparisons on the boats, paddles, and accessories to outfit you safely, plus, apparel, PFDs, and waterproof storage to protect your valuable gear.

See our top paddling gear picks in any product category below. Or browse independent equipment reviews and ratings by real canoeists and kayakers to select appropriate, dependable, real world-tested gear for your next paddle.

Recent Paddling Product Reviews

SealLine Blocker Compression Dry Sack

rated 5 of 5 stars This dry sack has become an integral part of our canoe camping equipment. Though we use it primarily for canoe camping, it has also proven worthy for winter cabin camping and car camping. This 30L size is large, but its compression feature allows us to pack an XXL sleeping bag into a compact size, reducing space demands in the canoe and/or kayak. This sack is lightweight, durable, waterproof, and is a bright orange, high visibility color. I can highly recommend this dry bag for campers, backpackers,… Full review

Perception Prodigy 10

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I received this kayak as a gift and it is my first kayak ever. I have used it for paddling on flat water and slow moving streams. As a newbie paddler, this has been a great first boat. It is very stable and maneuvers well. The cockpit and seat are comfortable for my 6'3" frame. After years of asking my wife for a boat, she surprised me with a kayak. I have enjoyed many hours paddling Lake Lanier here in Georgia as well as the Etowah and Chatahoochee Rivers. The Prodigy is a great learner's kayak,… Full review

Dagger Alchemy 14.0L

rated 5 of 5 stars I chose this model for purchase after a season of renting different types for evaluation. I live on the waterfront of a narrow flatwater high current river. Good performance going up or down stream. Rugged hull for rocky landings to explore tiny islands.   I've dumped and hit everything in the river, and expect this boat will last a lifetime. Skegg is awesome. Very good storage capacity and a very comfortable seat, knee pads etc... I'm 5'8" 220 lbs and even with dry suit and rain skirt this is… Full review

Old Town Twin Heron

rated 5 of 5 stars Old Town produced a great family recreational kayak in the Twin Heron. Excellent learning kayak and wonderful for a quiet day on lake or stream. I've paddled most of my life and this is the most comfortable kayak or canoe I've had. Visited the Old Town factory in Maine and found a great deal on a Twin Heron kayak. Couldn't wait to get it in the water! This 60-pound kayak is easy to handle out of the water with two carry handles and lots of places to grab when you lift it onto a vehicle. Unique colors… Full review

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120

rated 4 of 5 stars Super stable and tracks well. This is a great kayak for touring around lakes and rivers. Great for beginner paddlers and beyond. I've been a canoer my entire life but decided that my big 15' canoe was a bit too heavy for me to man-handle alone so I sold it and bought the 12' Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 kayak which weighs about 49 pounds (30 pounds less than my old canoe).   I had never sat in a kayak before and I was a little nervous about how different it might be from my canoeing experience. Full review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100

rated 5 of 5 stars Are you looking for a moderate sized, sit-on-top kayak that's easy to transport, comfortable to sit in, handles well, and is capable of carrying enough gear for a backcountry adventure? Then you should consider the Wilderness Systems TARPON 100 sit-on-top kayak. I've prepared an in-depth video review of the Wilderness Systems TARPON 100 sit-on-top kayak.  I bought this kayak as a birthday gift for my wife, but I love it so much I'm considering getting one for myself. This 10 foot-long kayak weighs… Full review

SealLine BlockerLite Compression Dry Sack

rated 5 of 5 stars Dry bags (also called dry sacks if lightweight parts of packing system) are valued pieces of gear in our outdoor equipment arsenal. We use them primarily for canoe camping, but also for winter cabin camping and car camping. It is said “you can never have too many dry bags” when canoe camping, and since we follow that mantra, we always pack lots of them. My primary expectation is that such a bag will keep my gear dry in any conditions. This bag from SealLine certainly meets that challenge, and… Full review