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Gear & Equipment

There are many different types of boats and accompanying gear that are required for the various paddle sports. This page will give you all the guidance and information you need to make the best choice to meet your specific equipment needs.
  1. Equipment Maintenance (24)
  2. Gear Definitions (19)
  3. Kayaks (16)
  4. Paddles (7)

Putting Together a Dry Bag to Bring on Your Kayaking Trips
The article explains why and how to put together a dry bag to bring on your kayaking trips.

Vibram FiveFingers Signa Water Shoe Review for Paddling
Here is a review of the Vibram FiveFingers Signa from a kayaking, canoeing, and paddleboarding (SUP) standpoint.

Kayaking Dry Bag Supplies Checklist
Here is a Checklist to help you pack your dry bag for the kayaking season

Vibram FiveFingers Signa Review Summary
Here are the summary details of my testing of the Vibram FiveFingers Signa for kayaking and standup paddle boarding.

All About FiveFingers for Kayaking and Water Sports
Here is a guide to all you need to know about FiveFingers for kayaking, canoeing, standup paddleboarding (SUP) and virtually all water sports where they can be worn.

FiveFingers Maiori Kayaking, SUP, and Creekwalking Review
Here is my assessment and review of how the Vibram FiveFingers Maiori performed under testing, specifically while kayaking, paddleboarding, and creekwalking.

How to Size Vibram FiveFingers Toe Pockets Shoes
Here is my advice on how to properly size your foot for FiveFingers products. recently testing the Maiori and the Signa, two of Vibram’s latest FiveFingers shoes and their own ones made specifically for the water, I learned a few things about how to choose and wear comfortably Vibram’s toe-pocket shoes. Here is my advice on how to properly size your foot for FiveFingers products.

FiveFingers Maiori Kayaking Features
Here is a review of the Vibram FiveFingers Maiori from a paddling standpoint after testing them out in my Pyranha whitewater kayak, and in environments typically experienced by whitewater kayakers.

How to Choose the Right FiveFingers For You
Here is a guide to help get you choose the right FiveFingers for you. First introduced in 2005, the Vibram FiveFingers have become more than just a novelty in the active lifestyle shoe market. They are designed to mimic the benefits of feel of being barefoot with the benefit of a rubber sole. Perhaps you’ve wanted to try out FiveFingers but didn’t know where to start or how to choose one.

The Tilley T7MO Organic Cotton with 3D Mesh Hat Review
While not exclusively a canoeing or kayaking hat, the Tilley T7MO Organic Cotton with 3D Mesh Hat certainly does have a number of paddler friendly features incorporated into it. Read my full review here.

How to Put On FiveFingers by Vibram
Here is a guide on how to put on a FiveFingers toe pocket shoe. Each FiveFingers has a different set of instructions on how to put it on that is dictated by the unique features of each. Here is a basic guide that will work for all FiveFingers shoes for kayaking, canoeing, and SUP watersports.

The Hat With the Owner's Manual
In this piece I’d like to explain some of the nice to knows before wearing your Tilley T7MO Organic Cotton with 3D Mesh Hat by Tilley Endurables.

Coghlan's Emergency Survival Poncho (Blanket)
The Coghlan’s Emergency Survival Poncho takes the concept of the emergency blanket and turns it into a functional article of emergency clothing. Here is a review of the Coghlan’s Emergency Survival Poncho.

Putting on Kayaking Gear
This guide will help you sort out the most efficient way to suit up and put on your kayaking gear for your next trip.

Kayak Rudder Tips
When properly used, kayak rudders can be a huge benefit in the paddling of kayaks. Here are some tips that will help alleviate unnecessary frustration when it comes to your kayak rudder when transporting your kayak, upon launching your kayak, and when you’re about to land your kayak.

When to Use a Kayak Rudder
It is true that knowing how to properly use a kayak rudder will make paddling a more enjoyable experience. However, knowing how to use a kayak rudder is not as important as knowing when to use a kayak rudder. Implicit in that statement is the fact that just because a kayak comes equipped with a kayak rudder, it doesn’t mean this kayak component must always be used.

How to Use a Kayak Rudder
Most people assume that kayak rudders are used to turn the kayak. While they will aid in turning the boat, that is not their main function. The rudders on kayaks are primarily used to keep the kayak moving straight, otherwise what is known as kayak tracking. Here are some tips on when and how to use the a kayak rudder. How a Kayak Rudder Works. How to Deploy the Kayak Rudder. How to Steer a Kayak Using a Kayak Rudder

How to Use a Kayak or Canoe Bilge Pump
One might argue that paddling bilge pumps are a required safety item for all sea kayaks and canoes. This how to will explain the how to use and store a bilge pump in your kayak or canoe.

How to Put on a Canoe or Kayak PFD
At first it may seem silly to write an article on how to put on a canoe or kayak pfd. While properly wearing a kayaking or canoeing PFD would seem like a remedial task, you’d be surprised how many paddlers out there do not wear one correctly. This step-by-step will give you an organized way to ensure you are properly while kayaking and canoeing.

5 Tips on Wearing a PFD While Kayaking or Canoeing
One of the most important things paddlers of canoes and kayaks can do is wear their PFDs. PFD stands for personal flotation device. It is a life jacket. While it may be cool to not wear a PFD, it can also be deadly. Here are five tips on wearing a PFD while kayaking or canoeing to ensure you are making the most of your PFD usage.

Dry Suits, Dry Tops, Wet Suits, and Paddle Jackets
When the paddling gets cold kayakers, canoeists, and rafters must decided when to wear a dry suit, wet suit, dry top, or paddle jacket. This article will help you figure out which is best for you.

Put on a Half-Cut Whitewater Kayak Helmet
While there are many stylistic and functionally different options in kayak helmets today, the “half-cut” variety have become the most popular. It is true that “half-cut” helmets are usually more comfortable and easier to put on but they require proper adjustment, at least initially. This method will instruct the kayaker on the most efficient way to put on a half-cut whitewater kayak helmet.

How to Put on a Full-Cut Whitewater Kayak Helmet
While there are many helmet options for the paddler, “full-cut” whitewater kayak helmets offer the most protection for your head. Of course anyone can get a “full-cut” helmet on their head by merely pressing it down over the ears and pulling the strap tight but there may be some pain in the process. This method will instruct the kayaker on the most efficient way to put on a full-cut whitewater kayak helmet.

How to Choose and Buy a Whitewater Kayak Helmet
This guide will help you navigate your way through the world of setting out to choose and buy a whitewater kayak helmet. Nowadays kayak helmets are made of a variety of different materials and there are different styles and types to choose from.

The Anatomy of a Kayak Helmet
One of the most important articles of kayak gear a whitewater kayaker will buy is a whitewater kayaking helmet. While most kayak helmets are purchased based on price or on style, very few are bought due to their features. The first step in knowing what to look for in a kayak helmet is knowing the parts that make them up.

The Essential Canoe Equipment
This a list of the canoe equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in the sport.

The Essential Kayak Equipment
This a list of the necessary kayak equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in the sport.

The Essential Kayaking Equipment
This a list of the necessary equipment a person needs to buy when getting started in kayaking.

Before You Buy a Wetsuit
This article from About.com's Waterskiing Guidesite provides an excellent explanation of how to buy and put on a wetsuit.

How to Put on a Wetsuit
Putting on a wetsuit can be an exhausting task. This article gives you some tips that will save you a lot of heart ache the next time you decide to wear yours.

The Top 4 Digital Underwater Cameras
This gear review takes a look at the top 4 underwater digital cameras. If you're looking for a great camera that won't get damaged in the water, this article is for you.

Vibram FiveFingers Booties for Kayaking and SUP Paddleboarding
6 models of the Vibram FiveFingers (booties with toes) models that are good for kayaking, canoeing, rafting, and paddleboarding (SUP)

How to Put on a Dry Suit
This guide will help kayakers, canoeists, and rafters to avoid frustration by teaching paddlers how to more effectively put on a dry suit.

How to Put on a Dry Top
Dry tops are a whitewater kayaker's best friend. But, they aren't always easy to put on. Here are the steps of how to put on a dry top with minimal frustration.

How to Put on and Attach a Spray Skirt
Here is a guide on how to put on a neoprene spray skirt and how to attach it to the cockpit of a kayak.

2007 Canoe Review
This article contains a detailed review of the 8 newest and most desired canoes of 2007. You will want to know what these seasoned boaters are saying before you buy your next canoe.

SUP – Kayak Hybrids : What You Need to Know
Learn about SUP - Kayak Hybrids and how to determine if a paddle board that can be paddled like a kayak is for you.

Maui Jim Ikaika Kayaking Sunglasses
This is a review of the The Ikaika Sunglasses by Maui Jim for canoeing, kayaking, and standup paddleboarding.

How to Know if You Can Install a Hatch on Your Kayak
Here's a guide to tell if you can install a hatch on your sit-on-top kayak.

How to Choose a Kayak Hatch to Install on Your Kayak
Here are some guidelines to help you choose a kayak hatch to install on your sit-on-top or other plastic kayak.

How to Cut a Hole to Install a Kayak Hatch
Instructions on how to cut a hole in a kayak in order to install a kayak hatch.

How to Install a Kayak Hatch
Step-by-step instructions on how to install a kayak hatch into a sit-on-top kayak.

All About How to Install Kayak Hatches
A guide to all you need to know about choosing and installing a kayak hatch on your sit-on-top or other plastic kayak.

Can Plastic Kayaks and Canoes Be Repaired?
An explanation of why high density polyethylene kayaks and canoes are difficult to repair.

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