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2017 Paddling Buyer's Guide


Rapid Media’s annual Paddling Buyer’s Guide has all the buying tips you need, all in a FREE digital issue. Inside its 324 pages, discover 798 of the hottest canoes, kayaks, paddleboards, paddles, PFDs and other accessories. 

In this guide, you'll learn:

How to decide which boat or board is right for you

What to look for when testing a new kayak or canoe

How boat design affects performance

What accessories are worth the investment

What's inside?


Discover hundreds of the hottest new kayaks and accessories, perfect whether you’re an expert sea kayaker or a dedicated day-tripper. Experts share their top five red flags when searching for your next boat, the nine must-have paddling apps for kayakers and how to choose between a rudder or a skeg. Plus, get the story behind Olly Hicks’ record-breaking expedition from Greenland to Scotland to solve a mystery. And: Is innovation killing sea kayaking?


Discover trophy-catching rides inside. Get savvy on the latest kayak fishing innovations and trends, including interchangeable accessories, motors and pedal drives. Plus, pro anglers dish on fishing kayak buying advice, and find our how to save your local fishing hole.


Looking for a lakewater cruiser or a tough-as-nails expedition ride? Open the 2017 Paddling Buyer’s Guide and find the canoe of your dreams. Get expert advice on outfitting the perfect fishing canoe, and how to decide between bench and bucket seats in your boat. Plus, experts offer tips on the five canoe modifications anyone can do—yes even you! There’s more: James Raffan dispels five common myths about canoeists, Jay Kolsch sets fire to his boat, and Brook Sutton unleashes the toughest canoeist of all time.


More new boards than you can shake your stick at. Get pro advice on selecting the ultimate accessories for your board, tips on selecting the right board and find out whether an inflatable PFD is right for you. Plus, meet modern day SUP hero Josh Collins, discover the secret power of early morning miles, and an Olympian lays down the law on life lessons.


Get a sneak peek at the best new boats for creeking, river running, freestyle and more. Experts share tips on sizing your whitewater kayak for a perfect fit. River rescue guru Jim Coffey uncovers the seven rescue essentials you probably forgot to pack, and get the low-down on how to know when it’s time to replace your PFD. Plus: Chris Gragtams shares the paddling advice your buddies forgot to tell you; Krystle Wright on dropping waterfalls at midnight; Why portaging doesn’t make you less of a boater; And how whitewater can save your life.