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

Pelican International Summit 100x

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Perfect recreational kayak for those new to kayaking, with a great balance of features for the price point. I bought the Pelican Summit 100X kayak last summer after having joined a group of friends to go kayaking in a borrowed kayak. I enjoyed it so much I started shopping for one of my own but I was on a limited budget. After research and a pretty thorough search in local stores, balancing price and availability, I settled on the Pelican Summit 10-foot kayak from Academy Sports. I had narrowed… Full review

LiquidLogic Remix 69

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This board is my first whitewater kayak and I've really honed my skills in on this one. It is a little longer than most creekers, but makes for a fast ride. Has some cool color options, and maneuvers well. Stable. Bought a Remix 69 used at NOC for their GAF sale. Great boat for my first kayak. Taken it down plenty of high class 3s and some 4s. Actually a good flat water paddling kayak considering the length and build. This makes it nice to use for casual paddling. The badass outfitting is great,… Full review

Wilderness Systems Pamlico 145T Tandem with Rudder

rated 5 of 5 stars This canoe is very stable. It does well on the bay with some wind. It can hold a little person in the middle of the two people. The storage container keeps all items dry!! It is a great for first timers and will keep you upright the entire time. It is great to take to a lake, bay, or somewhere with clam water. Full review

Dagger Zydeco 11.0

rated 4 of 5 stars The Dagger Zydeco 11 is a great recreational kayak that has the comfort and features usually only found on more expensive boats. Although it can feel sluggish, it tracks and maneuvers well for a boat under 12 feet. The Dagger Zydeco 11 is a sturdy, well made recreational kayak with the features of more expensive kayaks, yet at a reasonable price. With a roomy cockpit, knee/thigh padding, easily adjustable foot rests, and a padded and adjustable seat, the Zydeco keeps you comfortable even for long… Full review

Carlisle Magic Nylon

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am not a kayaker, but when I purchased a new solo canoe, it was suggested to me, that in addition to my regular canoe paddle, I look into getting a basic kayak paddle, to try with the solo canoe. I saw this Carlisle Magic paddle at LL Bean, and it looked as though it would meet my needs. It has done quite well for me, and I can recommend this paddle as a basic, recreational paddle for a kayak or canoe. I had never used a kayak paddle before I purchased my solo boat; I have found this basic paddle… Full review

Travelon Clear View Waterproof Pouch

rated 3 of 5 stars We specifically purchased four for our current Orlando visit (think water park and swimming pools). We only used one day so far, in Typhoon Lagoon. Well, it worked for three phones, but my daughter's HTC One's bag allowed water sometime within 3 hours of use and almost ruined her phone. We tested these out the night before the first use and all seemed good, so I think it must be the seal that failed. Full review

ONYX MoveVent Torsion Vest

rated 5 of 5 stars Feature rich, value priced PFD, perfect for kayaking. I found this brand PFD at a well-known general sports chain store after an exhaustive search for a comfortable life vestĀ for recreational kayaking that fit my restrictive budget and my 50s-plus female torso. I had tried out several other brand vests that I had bought then returned due to deciding I did not like the fit. I tried on the ONYX MoveMent Torsion vest in the local store, really liked the fit and the price, but did not buy it right… Full review