by Luke Rovner (Kayak Hipster)

Gliding through glass on a crisp, winter morning can be an experience like no other. Whether we’re extending our paddling season, or seeking out remote, chilly destinations, cold-weather paddling comes with much higher risks than paddling in warm weather. This short guide will showcase a couple of items and areas to consider when paddling in cold temperatures.

by Tom Watson

For blue water paddlers, a good pair of paddling gloves is a standard piece of gear/wardrobe. Perhaps not always worn, but seldom left behind. Typically our hands are challenged by friction/grip, temperature of the air, windage, spray and other sources of wetness and the eventual immersion of the entire hand.

This video from Luke (aka Kayak Hipster) is a follow up on the discussion of things that always live in our kayaks. Luke discusses kayaking in different regions, the importance of having some sort of paddling community, and considerations when storing gear.

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This is my first winter paddling. I have my gear and my gang and my safety limits. What I need is a hood. Is the Kokatat surf skin as warm as a neoprene hood?

Product Review Spotlights

Scupper 14

Swell Watercraft
Have been using the Scupper 14 for over a year now. Very stable and swift in the water. The kayak has you sitting below the waterline with a haul…
I bought these boots about 3 years ago for cold weather paddling and they are still in great condition. They keep my feet dry and therefore warm up…
These are without a doubt the best full finger warm weather boaters gloves I have found . They give complete 100% full range dexterity in motion they…

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Trip Spotlight

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Highlights of kayaking and camping trip to Blake Island Marine State Park in Washington State, with video in 4K UHD with stunning drone aerials, see full video, and several key highlights at the timestamps. This is one of our favorite kayaking destinations in the Pacific Northwest, and is just a couple of hours drive from Seattle.

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If there are times that you can't kayak as much as you would like due to an injury or because the weather's not great, there are still things that you can do to become a better kayaker. Lex, the Paddlin' Dutchman, shares five things you can do to stay on top of your game.

Whether you paddle with a group or you enjoy paddling solo, there may come a time where you would need to do a solo recovery. Even if you can roll, the day may come where your roll doesn't work for whatever reason. Following this "what if" reasoning, sooner or later you will be in the water and you will need to get back into your kayak. There are a number of alternative ways of doing this and many of them require some type of floatation device.

by KayakHipster

Since the last fishing video, which was my first kayak fishing video, I've been out on super early mornings, stayed out on late evenings, been out in some passing rains a couple of times, and then chased away by big storms as well. But overall, every time, it still continues to be a fantastic reason to be out on the water. For this video, I'm putting together some highlights from recent outings, as well as some updates and takeaways.

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Gerda Lenselink - Lowell Lake, VT

Each week a winning photo will be selected from the many pictures that have been submitted by paddlers around the world!

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Lisa Stocking takes you through a 5 minute paddle exercise routine. This routine is great for all kinds of paddlers, and can help create healthy movement patterns. Do this routine everyday to improve mobility. All you need is your paddle!

by KayakHipster

A quick discussion about items that I like to keep in my kayak all the time. I've used them or lent them unexpectedly many times, and I was always thankful they were there already.

The fall season is upon us, and dressing up to go paddling is becoming a little more complicated. Answer 4 questions about water type, water temperature, air temperature, and weather forecast to instantly check what you should wear before going paddling!

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So now that I have a dry top w/ latex cuffs and neck how do I store it? Looking for any advice that will help me keep this top good for years, . . . or at least until I don’t want it anymore.
I was looking forward to Friday. It was special for several reason. First among them I would be enjoying the company of 3 of my favorite paddlers. Second was the perfect weather forecast and the local fall colors on display. Third I was excited about using my new splashproof Lumix FZ300.
I’m curious about GoPro and related cameras (I assume there are other manufacturers). Specifically, I’m wondering if the waterproof models float without some sort of tethered float? What mounting options have kayakers found most useful?...

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There is nothing worse than wet gear, so check out these great dry bags ranging from 5L to 105L. The right size, material, and closure-type will be different for each paddler and outing, so this list has something for everyone at different price points.

by Eric Jackson

The idea of crossing an eddy line backwards might stress you out at first, but with a little bit of practice, you'll find that you can do this right side up. In this video, Eric Jackson demonstrates the backwards peel out.

by ​Wayne Horodowich

As I look out through the large window in front of my computer desk, I see the sun peeking out from behind the many rain clouds, smoke coming out from my neighbors chimney... All these signs are my indicators that I need to begin winterizing. Winterizing is different for everyone depending on where you live and how you choose to spend your winters.

Product Review Spotlights

Tarpon 140

Wilderness Systems
This kayak feels great on the water. It smooth a fast for its weight. A bit of tilt but it is more stable than one thinks. Low profile is great in…

Great paddle float for self-rescues... Unlike the inflatables this one is immediately ready to use. This may seem unimportant to some but when you go into the water in Canada you want to get out as soon as possible...

Fox 14

Nova Craft Canoe
I've been kayaking for the past 25 years and recently decided to get back into canoeing. I bought the Nova craft Fox 14 as I wanted a shorter, light…

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Featured Articles

When on the water, you need to do three basic things in your boat: go forward in a straight line, stop or go backwards, and turn. There's a stroke for all three!

If you've started planning full day-long trips, weekend trips, or multi-day trips on flat, open water, you're in the market for a touring kayak. We've compiled a list of the 12 best touring kayaks of 2021 - perfect for all of your fall paddling trips!

Need help loading your kayak onto the roof of your vehicle? Austin Kayak and ThatBassFishingDude demonstrate an easy way to get big kayaks onto any roof rack.

Recent Articles

This video is a follow up on the discussion of things that always live in our kayaks. First, I want to…

For a lot of reasons, this has been a confusing fall. You certainly don’t need us to go into why, but…

Gliding through glass on a crisp, winter morning can be an experience like no other. Whether we’re…

If there are times that you can't kayak as much as you would like due to an injury or because the…