2014 Canoe & Kayak Buyer's Guide


If it floats and you push it with a single-bladed paddle: Tandem and solo canoes of every description, from expedition-ready tripping canoes to family friendly craft and whitewater canoes.


If it floats and you propel it with a double-bladed paddle: Hardshell kayaks of all types, including sea kayaks, whitewater boats, surfskis, and sit-on-top kayaks for recreation and fishing.


If it holds air, floats and you can’t find it in the pool-toy aisle: Inflatable river and ocean craft of all kinds, including paddle rafts, oar-rigs, catarafts, duckies, inflatable kayaks and canoes.

Folding Boats

If it has a skin, a frame and an instruction booklet: Kayaks, canoes and other water-worthy craft that can be disassembled for storage or transport.

Stand Up Paddleboards

If you stand on it and paddle: SUPs of all types, from wave-shredding performance boards to sleek racers and all-around performers for flat water, surf and river rapids.


These paddles will help you glide, trek and charge through the water. Canoeist, or kayaker, learn more in our paddle guide.


View products from all of the apparel brands in our Buyer's Guide.


Do you want to upgrade your kayak? Maybe you need equipment to help transport and store your boat? Come visit our accessories guide to find the gear you need.

Camping Guide

If you plan on staying the night during your next paddling adventure, check out our camping guide. You will find products that help you comfortably stay the night so you are ready to hit the water in the morning.