Gear Buyers Guide
As important as getting the best kayak or canoe for your purpose is getting the paddle, P.F.D and other gear that best suits your interests and meets your needs.
The next vital element is safety and understanding the water. There is a wide variety of safety gear available to meet your needs, abilities and paddling agenda.
Take a look at the following links for an overview of what to look for and scroll below for some brief information on each section. If you don't find what you are looking for or still have questions that have not been answered, please don't hesitate to give us a call or stop by. We are always happy to help.
Paddles come in a variety of shapes and sizes. Selecting the best paddle for your purposes is vital to enjoying your time on the water.
Kayak and canoe paddles come in a variety of lengths and styles. It is important to consider a number of factors such as your height, width of the kayak, type of kayaking and your personal preferences.
A personal flotation device, or lifejacket, is vital for anyone spending time on the water in a kayak, canoe or any watercraft.
Lifejackets specifically intended for kayaking or canoeing are typically cut higher on the torso and provide more adjustments to provide a comfortable and secure fit.
Spray skirts provide a means of keeping you dry and connected to your kayak. Spray skirts come in a variety of sizes, designed to fit both you and your kayak, and in a number of different styles. Your paddling needs will determine what spray skirt is best for you.
As the popularity of kayak fishing continues to grow, so do the number of accessories available. These accessories include various types of rod holders, anchors and bait buckets. The variety of styles is tremendous and almost any kayak, sit-on-top or sit inside, can be outfitted with the accessories that best match your fishing needs.
Safety on the water is essential and should not be overlooked. Paying attention to your surroundings and knowing your limitations is the first safety essential whenever you are on the water. Following that there are a few safety items that every paddler should have with them.
Take a look at a few of the items we have listed here. These are just to provide suggestions and a starting point. The type of kayaking you will be doing will also determine any additional items that may be important.
Wetsuits, Dry Suits, Dry Pants & Dry Jackets
Dressing appropriately for both the water and air is vital for comfort and safety.
Wetsuits come in a variety of lengths, styles, cuts and materials. Cooler weather may require a full wetsuit, but as the water and air temperature rise a "shorty" may better fit your needs. Wetsuits allow a thin layer of water to enter the suit and then warm to your body. Give us a call or stop by and we can discuss the possibilities the meet your needs.
Dry suits, or separate dry jackets and pants, do not allow any water to enter. This is an excellent option for cooler paddling as it keeps you nice and dry. Dry gear is also excellent protection against the wind, and thus paddling jackets are used year round depending upon the conditions of the day. As with wetsuits, your options are plentiful, so stop by and let us show you what may be best for you.
Gloves, Pogies & Booties
Gloves suitable for kayaking or canoeing are available in a number of styles and, of course, sizes. Neoprene is a breathable material that provides both warm and protection from the numerous weather situations that kayakers can be faced with.
Pogies are ideal for paddelers whose hands seek protection from the weather but do not want to compromise their feel of the paddle.
As with gloves, booties provide both warmth and protection. A bootie with a rubber sole is ideal for negotiating the rocky beaches of Long Islands North Shore.
Dry Bags, Deck Bags, Cell Phone & GPS Cases
Dry bags come in a variety of sizes and colors to keep your important gear protected from the elements. They provide an easy way to keep your lunch, change of clothes or other miscellaneous gear dry and ready for when you need it.
Deck bags are designed to strap to the deck rigging of your kayak. They can be waterproof or water resistant and are designed for ease of use - keep items you need at your fingertips. They come in various styles and colors.
A cell phone or GPS case can be handy on the water. Designed specifically to keep these items dry, handy and easy to use this is an item to be considered.
Sit-On-Top Seats & Accessories
There are a number of different sit-on-top seats and accessories on the market depending upon the type of sit-on-top you have, the manufacturer, and the type of water you paddle, your needs will be different.
Seat options range from a simple backband to a high-back padded seat with a large pocket for storage. The styles vary as to the manner in which they connect to the kayak. Thus, knowing what kayak you have is important when looking at sit-on-top seats.
The accessories are wide ranging, whether your interest is surfing, touring, fishing or just exploration. Stop in to take a look at your various options.
Transporting your kayak from your car to your put-in point does not need to be a hassle or involve multiple trips from the waters edge to the parking lot. There are a number of carts on the market today designed to traverse the sand, gravel, road or grass that stands in your way.
A sturdy cart will allow you to load your gear into your kayak and simply wheel everything down the water. The carts then collapse for storage inside your kayak or canoe.