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Paddling Gear, Kayaks & Paddle Boards

Explore boats and watersports gear that’ll let you play on the water in comfort, style and with peace of mind.

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Watch out for the big bright thing

UV rays won’t block themselves. This gear’s got your back. Or legs. Or neck. Or…

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For adventure, just add water
(and some gear)

Roughly 70% of the earth’s surface is water. We’ve got 100% of what you need to play in it.

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Protect your future fun

“Safety is thrilling!” said no one ever. Your health and safety are super important though—so gear up accordingly.

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Helpful advice and inspiration

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How to Choose a Kayak

Not all kayaks are created equal. Learn what to consider when choosing between recreational, touring, inflatable or folding kayaks.

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Stand Up Paddle Boarding (SUP) Basics

Learn the basics of stand up paddle boarding (SUP), including essential gear and basic techniques on the water.

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Paddling Safety and Rescue Gear

Safety is essential when out on the water. Learn about the basic safety equipment you should have on board when paddling your favorite waterways.

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Paddling gear at REI

Time on the water is time well spent. REI has a wide variety of paddling gear and watersports equipment that allows you to get the most out of your jaunts out to sea or on the lake.