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

Stohlquist Contact Fingerless

rated 4 of 5 stars A surprisingly good pair of gloves for the price. Decent fit and breathable enough in most conditions. Have held up really well over the past few years. I bought these because they were on sale and I need something to stop my hands from blistering. I get terrible blisters on the sides of my thumbs and between my thumb and first finger when I kayak or canoe without gloves. I’ve been using them for about 3 years now, and they have minimal visible wear. There’s nothing that stands out as making… Full review

Old Town Pack

rated 4 of 5 stars This is a great all-around recreational solo canoe. It maneuvers on a dime, weights just over 30 lbs, and can take a beating. If you can still find one I would recommend picking it up, since they stopped making Royalex and other options in the Old Town line are about 20 lbs heavier. I picked up an Old Town Pack on a scratch and dent deal at my local outfitter for just over $350 about 5 years ago. I had been planning on adding this to my "fleet" due to an aging back and wanting a really light option… Full review

Sea Eagle Sport 370

rated 4 of 5 stars Very good for flat water, but challenging for fishing. UPDATE 8/28/16: Took the SE370 down Bear River in Colfax, Calif., for some low key white water. She stood up just fine, bounced off rocks and made the requisite hard turns to avoid bad spills. Came to a screeching halt at one point when we didn't clear a big rock. The kayak stopped dead, I went flying forward, and the seat pulled loose (but didn't leave the boat). I got settled back down, bounced the boat free and I was off again. No damage… Full review

L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle

rated 5 of 5 stars A classic redone with a robust edge guard and modern wood finish. This paddle isn't for white water, but on a lake or quiet stream, it's a lovely paddle to hold and use. I received this paddle as a birthday gift from my wife yesterday. I'm quite taken with it—it's so "Moonrise Kingdom." The wood used is straight-grained and clear of imperfection. The paddle is understated and beautiful. Beavertail paddles are a classic choice for lake paddling. Once the paddle is submerged, its shape allows it… Full review

Red Paddle Co 11'0" Sport

rated 4 of 5 stars Portable inflatable paddle board in the sport touring category. Easy to transport and set up. Comes complete ready to paddle, just add water. I will start this review with the caveat that I am a rank beginner stand-up paddle boarder, having only attempted the sport once in the ocean, on vacation, and it did not go very well. Also, since I am so inexperienced I could not give this excellent paddle board a 5-star rating simply because I did not have it long enough nor do I I know enough at this time… Full review

Wenonah Minnesota 3

rated 1 of 5 stars Spent a week in Boundary Waters Canoe Area with this. Most uncomfortable seating in a canoe I've ever been in. Rented this, would never buy one. Spent a day of this week in a Bell Canoe, what a difference a little seat height makes. Full review

Wilderness Systems Pungo 140

rated 4.5 of 5 stars Love my Pungo 140. THIS awesome kayak should not be listed as a recreational kayak only. It's a cross-over. It's also a touring kayak. To me a touring kayak should be able to hold gear and track well while it carries that gear. Full review