Paddling Gift Guide

The weather didn’t cooperate with our planned Black Friday paddle, so below are a few few gift suggestions for the paddler on your Christmas list. If you’re looking for a local business to support, Rusted Moon in Broad Ripple and J.L. Waters in Bloomington have a more thorough selection of paddling supplies than the typical sporting goods store. And they have people who know what they are talking about to help you out.

padlding gift guide
NRS Straps

Straps – I don’t think you can have too many straps. Ratchet straps are not the best for securing a boat, as they can put a lot of stress on the hull without you realizing it, and they are terrible for securing gear. NRS ( has a variety of high-quality straps available. Some come with the length woven into them, or you can order them color-coded by length. Either tell whoever you buy them for how the lengths and colors coordinate, or let them unroll them on the living room floor for some extra Christmas-morning color.

paddling gift guide hat
Adams Extreme Condition hat

Hat – A large-brimmed hat can help a paddler stay cooler on sunny days, and  help with sun protection.


Ultra Dry 10L dry bag with phone bag

Dry bags – A selection of dry bags is always useful. For short trips a couple of smaller bags can keep your basic gear dry, for a longer trip several larger bags may be needed. Several different types are available, and some have a clear panel so you can see what is inside. And a waterproof bag or case for the phone is a must.

Kayak cart

Boat cart – using a cart can reduce the wear on a boat from dragging it to the put-in, and also makes it easier to maneuver it over rough ground.


NRS paddle bag

Paddle bag – Gives the ability to store and carry several paddles in a convenient package. It also protects paddles from abrasion during transport.

Mesh Duffle

Mesh bag – something is always wet on the way home; water shoes, boat sponge, towel, etc. and a mesh bag is a great way to carry wet gear in the same place. And if it gets left on the back porch for a day or so after a trip, it will be a bit less smelly than if left in a closed bag.

Windpaddle floating fish net

Floating fish net – This is a newer item, and I haven’t tried it, but it looks like it could be handy for the kayak fisherman on your list.

Doug Mark is an avid paddling enthusiast who once paddled at least once per month for 36 months in a row and enjoys paddling in all weather. He was once awarded a paddle by Canoe & Kayak magazine for best letter of the month; he doesn't believe that the decision of the judges was swayed at all by three-fourths of the letters submitted coming from prison inmates.



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