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

Crazy Creek Canoe Pad III

rated 2 of 5 stars My webbed canoe seat is not adjustable, and sometimes I like a bit more height, and sometimes I like a bit of padding on long trips. This canoe pad was low-priced, and was bought to replace a homemade pad I had been using. However, I found this pad to be rock hard, very uncomfortable,and I have actually replaced it with a better pad. I saw that this seat was  advertised as having 1" thick  "memory foam", and thought it might be comfortable but not too squishy. Well, the "memory foam" is only the… Full review

BIC Sport YAKKAir Lite 1

rated 3 of 5 stars After two years of light use, one of the seams in the inflatable floorboard gave way, making the floorboard unusable. I was able to fashion a rigid floorboard out of rigid insulation paneling, and the boat actually tracks better now than it did with the inflatable floorboard. But the failure of that part makes me doubt the quality of all the other parts. Full review

Osprey Ultralight Dry Sack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Super lightweight dry bag. Great for multiple uses and extremely durable for its weight. I have been using it to keep all of my electronics safe and dry while backpacking. I have the 8 liter version of this ultralight dry sack. I use it for may different activities and outdoor trips. Use it to keep electronics dry, use it as a food storage bag to hang. Packs down extremely small and folds into itself. I would recommend this to anyone who wants to have a reliable dry sack without the extra weight. Full review

NRS Men's Boaters Gloves

rated 1 of 5 stars A boaters glove that dries very slowly and falls apart when wet. As an occasional kayaker I would hope a boaters glove would hold up for more than one season. The palm material is thin and got even thinner with use. It is now falling apart. They take a long time to dry. I have bicycle gloves that dry faster. Full review

Granite Gear eVent Sil Compression DrySack

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Haven't tested it yet, but it's a dry bag. I purchased this Granite Gear compression/dry sack along with my Big Agnes 30 (degree) sleeping bag at the same time. The personnel at the store helped me get the smallest one that would fit the bag, as compactness was my main concern. The size medium Granite Gear sack was the perfect fit for this sleeping bag, although mine says its 18 liters, as opposed to 16. The first time out two of the little knobs came right off in my hand when I was compressing… Full review

Bending Branches Viper

rated 5 of 5 stars Most comfortable paddle I've used for long distance paddling. The curved shaft really makes a big difference. I purchased this canoe paddle to replace my 20-year-old Bending Branches bent paddle that finally took some damage after many miles. This one has the curved shaft as well as the bend where the paddle connects. The curved shaft really makes a big difference for comfort, it just feels good. I also feel like I can steer better with the Viper as opposed to my old bent paddle, maybe it's just… Full review

Wenonah Spirit II

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Great handling and stability loaded for two weeks on flatwater; light enough for 60-year-old to portage. We've owned our Kevlar ultralight Spirit II with the clear skincoat (yellow kevlar color) since 1997. Named the "B-Attitude" after Bea and Barb of Wilderness Paddlers up in Ely, Minnesota, we bought her as a "blem" from the factory on the way back to Michigan from Ely.  The Spirit II is a little shorter than some of the other touring/tripping models by Wenonah and has a slight bit of rocker. Full review