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

Old Town Saranac 146

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I chose the Old Town Saranac 146 canoe because of its quality, features, size, and price. Not too small or too big (needed to fit on roof rack w kayak). It's fairly stable and can easily be paddled with a kayak paddle! The padded seats, rod holders and extra storage are nice for extra gear. Plenty of room for 2-3 passengers, poles, tackle, cooler, etc. A quality compact canoe (for the price) that seems very durable. You can't go wrong with legendary Old Town brand quality. My wife and I were looking… Full review

Ortlieb Dry Bag PS10

rated 3 of 5 stars Lightweight dry bag for storing the clothes inside the backpack. The fabric is neither too lightweight nor excessively strong. We’ve been using three of these bags for almost six years until we spotted massive delamination of PU coating inside and failures of welded seam. In 2012 we received three of these bags (in 12L size) as a gift from our friend. Prior to that we hadn't used the dry bags in our trips, protecting our gear by external raincovers and regular consumer plastic bags as liners. Full review

Aquapac Small Stormproof Camera Pouch

rated 4 of 5 stars Protects your camera in wet conditions. Highly waterproof thanks to the roll-top, but not as practical as a normal camera pouch. I wouldn't be me if I didn't constantly stop to take pictures while walking in the outdoors, so I like to have my camera close at hand. I keep it in an excellent little Deuter pouch attached to the shoulder strap of my rucksack. I can unzip the pouch, take out my camera, and put it back in with quick and easy movements using just one hand. The Deuter pouch has only one… Full review

Sea to Summit TPU Guide Waterproof Case for Smartphones

rated 4 of 5 stars Mostly waterproof and still fits into PFD pocket, but fiddly and pricey. I've had this phone case for 3 (?+) years, used while kayaking (carried usually in PFD pocket, so suffered the occasional full submersion, as well as getting banged around). Nice workmanship and design (few [none?] other soft cases are certified beyond IPx7), and I particularly like the fact that the zip goes along the long side of the phone, and gets rolled up tightly against it. This makes for a compact package that can get… Full review

Sea to Summit eVent Compression Dry Sack

rated 5 of 5 stars A perfect piece of backpacking gear; always have a dry sleeping bag. Compresses easy, and it has really strong straps. I carry a Kelty Cosmic 21-degree down long sleeping bag and a Sea to Summit pillow in a SM eVent compression bag. I carry a Mountain Hardwear Ratio 40-degree long down bag and a Sea to Summit pillow in a XS eVent compression bag. Below the eVent XS packed with The North Face Aleutian 50 synthetic long sleeping bag and a Sea to Summit Aeros pillow Ultralight.Below the Aleutian 50… Full review

Advanced Elements WaterTech Gear Funk Bag

rated 4.5 of 5 stars The Funk Bag is a medium-size duffel bag with ventilated top so damp gear doesn't get stinky in a sealed bag. It's tough and well-constructed with excellent straps. Terrific for carrying paddling gear, such as a wetsuit or several smaller pieces like neoprene gloves and boots. The waterproof bottom is a plus. The Funk Bag is a surprising design that really works. It looks like a medium-size duffle bag. The lower half is waterproof PVC, much like a well-made dry bag. The upper half is a tough PVC… Full review

Advanced Elements AirFusion Elite

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This 13-foot folding kayak has a combination of metal frame and inflatable support. It's light to carry and it's sporty to paddle. Easy to transport by bus or small car or carrying, the AirFusion is an environmentally-sensible choice. The tough construction lasts for years of use. I've tried most of the different kayak models made by Advanced Elements, and other brands as well. The AirFusion is a particular treat to paddle! It's excellent for recreational paddling on flat water and day trips. I… Full review