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

Scotty #135 camera/compass mount

rated 5 of 5 stars Are you looking for a way to mount your action camera to your canoe/kayak/small boat? Look no farther than this hand little device. I'm reviewing the Scotty #135 camera/compass mount, an inexpensive, durable and versatile little bracket that will allow you to easily set up your camera on your boat to allow you to capture some great 'hands-free' shots while out paddling. Instead of a written review, I have put together a video review.  Please check it out. Full review

Pakboats XT-15 Solo

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A 15' solo folding, skin-on-frame kayak. I had been looking at Pakboats for a few years now and was tossing around my options, canoe or kayak? I live in an apartment and unless I was willing to go on a waiting list at my local canoe club for a storage spot I would most likely have to go the folding or inflatable route—carrying a canoe or kayak up 16 flights of stairs was out of the question. As I don't have a car, transporting it was also an issue, so a folding boat made the most sense. It all… Full review

Buff Sport Series Water Gloves

rated 3 of 5 stars Great gloves for fishing or paddling and sun protection. I received these fingerless gloves as a gift right before a five-day paddling trip. I brought them along and wore them whenever we were in the canoe. They definitely kept my hands from getting sunburned and were very comfortable. They have a grippy material on the palm which is great for holding onto your paddle. These gloves are also great if it is windy out.   However, I did notice that once they got wet, they stayed wet even overnight. Full review

Bending Branches Sunrise Glass

rated 5 of 5 stars This paddle has proven to be durable, efficient, and reliable over two full seasons of paddling 100+ days per year. It is a reasonably priced recreational paddle, with options for feathering. I would definitely recommend it for paddlers of canoes and kayaks, who are looking for a good basic paddle with positive performance and durability. My Bending Branches Sunrise Glass kayak paddle will soon be put away for the winter, but I have no plans or need to replace it for next year's paddling. In my… Full review

Elie Sound 100 XE

rated 5 of 5 stars Terrific overall kayak. Purchased new in April 2014 from REI. Wanted to find a good kayak for recreational use that wouldn't break the bank. Settled on two Elie Sound 100XE's at around $600 piece.   Having used three years now, I feel I can give some insight.   Majority of use has been on calm waters—lakes, creeks, and streams. I imagine a high end one can really move, but I have no issues moving quickly in this. Decent balance in width. Creature Comforts—The seat is very comfortable, allows… Full review

Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack

rated 4 of 5 stars Waterproof compression sack. Perfect for compressing sleeping bag and/or clothing for backpacking. Added bonus in that the bag is waterproof to protect your items. Have used for four years, big fan. Very easy to use. Full review

Ascend Sit On Top Kayak Cart

rated 5 of 5 stars There's an easier way to move your kayak, other than picking it up and carrying it. Why not try adding some wheels? I bought a set of Ascent Sit-On-Top Kayak Cart wheels at my local Bass Pro store. These are made specifically for sit-on-top kayaks that have scupper holes to allow drainage. The two posts on the cart simply slide into the scupper holes to instantly add wheels - no straps, no clamps! I've edited together a short video review. Please have a look. Full review