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

Klymit LiteWater Dinghy (LWD)

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I use it in the sea, and I like it. It's light, easily packable, and it holds its own quite well once in the water. I became attracted to the concept of packrafting since the first time I knew about it. The idea of a boat you can carry with you everywhere really turned me on. The problem was that most packrafts are quite expensive... until I found the Klymit Litewater. I ordered it via Amazon. I was a bit worried, as it had to get through Spanish Customs, but it arrived O.K. I use it in the sea,… Full review

Skwoosh Fishing Chair Seat Pad

rated 5 of 5 stars Hard seat? Then add some skwoosh for your tush... Skwoosh is a US company specializing in seat pads. They cover every conceivable option from wheelchairs to motorcycles. So they know a thing or two about providing some skwoosh for your tush. Learn more about them and their plethora of products here: http://www.skwoosh.com. I spend a lot of time in my kayaks. Twenty to thirty mile paddles are the norm. While anything to make that more comfortable is welcomed, increasing my center of gravity is not. Full review

NRS Extreme SAR Drysuit

rated 5 of 5 stars Very durable dry suit for long duration use. I have used this suit for swift water and ice water training for many years and highly recommend this product As stated above, I have used this suit for many years teaching swift water and ice water rescue. Also use it for SUP paddling in all conditions year round. In my opinion this is the best rescue suit made. Full review

ZRay Drift 14'

rated 5 of 5 stars This kayak holds two people and or 485 pounds. It deflates into its own backpack. I bought this kayak from Costco last year to go fishing on the lakes. It came all folded up in a backpack. It took me a few tries to get it set up right, but once it was set up, it was great. I am 340 pounds and this kayak will carry me, my fishing equipment, and camping gear. What I like about it is that when I am done with it, I just deflate it and store it away. I don't need a kayak carrier on my truck. This kayak… Full review

Wilderness Systems Tarpon 100

rated 4.5 of 5 stars My husband and I bought the Tarpon 100 kayaks for each other for Christmas 2017. We are extremely satisfied with the kayaks and can't wait for warmer weather to take them out this spring! So far we are very happy with the Tarpon 100 kayaks. We have used them in the bay and various lakes. I love the size in that we can throw them in the back of his truck without using a carrier. They were great in the bay in the Outerbanks—even had our dog on the kayak with us! Wilderness Systems builds a sturdy… Full review

Seaward Kayaks Chilco

rated 5 of 5 stars Beauty and performance at a reasonable price point. From their website, "Seaward has produced the finest handcrafted kayaks in the world for 30 years. Our reputation is based on quality, innovation and attention to detail. When you purchase a Seaward Kayak you buy a product on which you can depend to take you further."   Find them here http://www.seawardkayaks.com Seaward Kayaks is located in Canada and hand builds all their composite boats from the finest materials. They sell direct to the consumer… Full review

BIC Sport Bilbao

rated 4.5 of 5 stars A tough little kayak with surprising performance... Mention BIC and most people think about lighters and writing pens, but they make so much more. In 1979 BIC Sport was founded by the Bich family, makers of BIC pens and lighters. BIC Sport grew from the family’s passion for water sports and expertise in sustainable manufacturing. By the late 1980s BIC Sport was a world leader in windsurf manufacturing. Since then they have expanded into surf boards, paddle boards, small sailboats, and kayaks. Full review