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

Dagger Katana 10.4

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I purchased this boat for flexibility on small creeks, rivers, and some surf play as an alternate to my touring sea kayaks. I am very pleased with this boat. This boat is not a rec boat, yet is for an experienced kayaker. I live on a river where the flow varies day to day due to dams/flood control. Some days it is a grinder, others it is swift and dangerous. I purchased the Katana 10.4 as an alternative to the expedition touring kayaks that I have. Spoiled by the speed and tracking of a sea kayak,… Full review

Tributary Tomcat Tandem

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Overall a good inflatable kayak and fun to use. I like the length of this kayak—plenty of leg space for both people. I don't like the valve covers very well. I prefer the kind on the NRS Outlaw II.  I also prefer the seat valves on the Outlaw II over the ones on the Tomcat. This is a fun kayak and is good in both calm and white water. I don't like how water catches in the front and the back of the self bailer when you are done and want to dry it out. When I get home I have to unroll it and let… Full review

Pacific Outdoor Equipment Gobi 60

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I've used this pack on numerous canyoneering trips and two trips down the Colorado River thru the Grand Canyon. It's stlll like new with some wear in the form of scuffs. Excellent well made product! Very well made pack, good workmanship throughout. I would recommend this pack to a serious outdoorsman. Great for canyoneering, whitewater, hiking in wet conditions etc. Had it for years and beat it up and it's still going strong without one issue! Full review

Malone Stax Pro2 Kayak Carrier

rated 3.5 of 5 stars The Malone Stax Pro2 kayak carrier is a rooftop collapsable single or double kayak tie-down system. It's simple to install and folds down when not in use. It makes transporting kayaks safe for highway speeds and for narrow roofline vehicles. I bought the Stax Pro2 from a local kayak outfitter. It came highly recommended by them, and I found out why. It's a great system to secure kayaks to existing roof racks on your car or SUV. It has high impact ABS plastic clamps which fit over your crossbars… Full review

Eddyline Sea Star

rated 5 of 5 stars Solid kayak with a nice balance of volume, speed, and stability. Glad to see that these fine kayaks are still out there.  After trying various kayaks at Seattle's NWOC and renting a couple different models from Eddyline through the 1990's, I decided on a Sea Star. My 1999 Sea Star was purchased used from the owner of Eddyline around 2002.  It was one of his personal boats with a custom two-color fade on the top deck. It was stored under his home's north eave next to a cherry tree and was looking… Full review

Old Town Dirigo 106

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great rec kayak for lakes and slow rivers, capable of light overnight trips. Have had this kayak almost three years. I've dragged it, banged it, shot over ice and hit bottom more than a few times. Aside from a few scratches, the hull is perfectly intact.  It's easy to get in and out of, has a very comfortable and well adjustable seat, a fairly big water-tight hatch on the back (enough for a tent and sleeping gear), a little water-tight hatch on the dash for keys or a cellphone (I use this hatch… Full review

Eddyline Sea Star

rated 5 of 5 stars Amazing kayak. Very well built and designed. Its long water line gives it speed and allows it to track well. Moderate to high-volume boat which can be used on anything from weekends to longer expeditions. Rudder is probably its Achilles heel and can lose its shape in very hot weather. All in all a superb craft. I have been the proud owner of an Eddyline Sea Star since the very early '90s and it's difficult to say enough good things about it. I've taken this boat on twelve-day salt and freshwater… Full review