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

Kokatat Men's Tropos Light Drift Jacket

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a reasonably priced paddle jacket, very roomy and comfortable for paddling. I use to for cool weather canoeing, and it has served me well for that use. I have room for a light fleece under it, and room for a PFD over it. Though I am a woman, I use men's jackets, as I really prefer LONG sleeves. The jacket is very comfortable to wear while paddling, even as I wear it under a PFD. The sleeves have a roomy cut, and the velcro splash cuffs are soft, and not irritating as some velcro cuffs can… Full review

Sea Eagle Sport 370

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Sea Eagle 370 is everything I hoped it would be, and more. The Sea Eagle 370 is everything I hoped it would be, and more. This inflatable kayak is what I’ll call quality with value.  I wanted to get something to make my camping trips with my daughters more fun and appealing to them.  Since they vary in age range, hiking (especially longer ones) aren’t always ideal. So I targeted something to play on the water with, and I researched a LOT before deciding upon the Sea Eagle 370.  I am very… Full review

Wilderness Systems Ripper

rated 5 of 5 stars Ripper kayaks are easy to transport, extremely maneuverable, and stable even in rougher waters. These 8-ft kayaks can take your water enjoyment to a new level. Go to the spots boats can't reach, fish from it, or just enjoy the beauty of your local rivers, creeks and bays. We have three of these Wilderness Ripper kayaks and have kayaked in them for almost ten years. They still are in as good a shape as when we first bought them...well, maybe a few cosmetic scratches here and there, but nothing else. Full review

Innate Mentor Storage Sacs

rated 5 of 5 stars I used Innate's Mentor Storage Sacs during my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2011, and have used them on every backpacking trip since. With their iconic air-valve, no storage sac is so easy to close, which when rolling and unrolling multiple times per day accounts for a lot of saved time and hassle. I used Innate's Mentor Storage Sacs during my thru-hike of the Appalachian Trail thru-hike in 2011, and have used them on every backpacking trip since. With their iconic air-valve, no… Full review

Mammut Ambient Light Dry Bag

rated 5 of 5 stars Dry bag that transforms into lantern. This translucent dry bag is pretty simple, except for a small sleeve in its base. This sleeve allows you to place a headlamp in the base which lights up the translucent material turning it into a effective lantern.  You can clip it inside your tent, or hang it anywhere. It works really well and is much better then a headlamp for getting changed inside a tent, or anything of the like.  Full review

Wilderness Systems Pungo 120

rated 5 of 5 stars Great kayak, stable. This was the first kayak I ever used, and it is a great beginner all around boat. Handles a little bit of white water, goes great on the lake, hard to tip, and easy to get in and out of. Full review

Wilderness Systems Pungo 100

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing kayak for a smaller person, tracks good, turns nice and very stable! I really like that I can brace my legs in this one if I'm hitting some rough water. I'm 5'4" and 120 lbs. Someone bigger might find it a little tight. Full review