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

Advanced Elements Rapid Up Sail

rated 4 of 5 stars When you are looking for that extra little push during a long day on the water the Advance Elements Rapid Up Sail provides. Having attached this to both a single and tandem kayak, the Rapid Up Sail can produce enjoyable speed with favorable winds. Living on the coast in SW FL, I am surrounded by water, so I spend a great deal of time paddling...both kayak and canoe. Over the years I have seen some pretty elaborate and expensive canoe/sail setups, even on kayaks...but that's not what I was looking… Full review

Stellar Kayaks Small Wing Paddle

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Affordable easy to use. For use with a sea kayak, a small blade seems right if you cannot go over 5 mph. You do not need any more power. These wings give me plenty of punch to go upwind or to move in surf and I am learning to back down on easy water as not a lot of stress is needed to get to hull speed. This wing design has no twist making it more forgiving. The length feather adjustment is great. It is fun to use different lengths on different boats in different conditions. This is my second season… Full review

Seals Extreme Tour Sprayskirt

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Good skirt. Without suspenders, the tunnel slides down whether I use it over a dry top under one or especially when used with a tunnel top then water pools and leaks on my lap. It seems you have to use the suspenders. A bit of a bummer because my Kokatat dry top with a tunnel cover seemed like such a good idea. Neoprene deck seems tough and stays on the kayak well.This is a good skirt just not the right thing for cold water surfing or rolling.  Full review

Current Designs Sirocco

rated 3 of 5 stars Stable in waves and cross chop. I have been in worse, imagine there are better. The kayak is smooth to reach its hull speed 4.5 mph or so then hits the wall pretty hard, which can take some of the fun out of riding breaking waves. The boat has a tendency to stick rather than glide. Splashes up wind in a chop, surprising me with a face washing now and then. Turns well in and about the rocks. Wanders a bit in open waters, deploying the skeg helps. The skeg control works amazing well for being over… Full review

Duluth #3 Original Duluth Pack

rated 5 of 5 stars Great pack for canoeing. The traditional envelope type canoe packs fit in the bottom of a canoe and stack well. We have done a lot of BWCA camping over the years and canoe packs work much better than hiking packs. You can carry a lot of equipment on a canoe trip and the pack only has to be comfortable in general for portages. Frost River and Duluth Pack build great packs and for the budget conscious you can generally find them used. Full review

Pelican Marine

rated 5 of 5 stars Smartphone protection is critical in outdoor adventure environments. I believe Pelican Marine offers the best overall smartphone protection with a thin, unobtrusive, full function durable, hard-shell, waterproof case. In the years of owning a smartphone, I am in constant pursuit of maintaining the integrity of that ever-evolving piece of electronics that accompanies me on all my adventures. It sounds ridiculous to refer to your smartphone as an investment, but due to their equally ridiculous price… Full review

Outdoor Products Ultimate Dry Sacks

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Great bag for the price. Picked up at Walmart for $10 per 3-pack. These dry bags worked well. While I didn't get them wet, I was also unable to squeeze excess air out of them after they were sealed, so I know they were air and water tight. The only thing that kept me from giving them 5 stars was the shape of the largest one. They are all basically round bottomed bags, but the largest one was I feel too narrow and long. If they made the area of the base larger and the bag slightly smaller I think… Full review