Kayaking

  • ​If you're a serious kayaker or canoeist, then chances are you already know how to get in and out of your boat while it's sitting alongside a dock. Should you just be renting one for a bit of fun, though … well, that's where the EZ Personal Launch enters the picture.
  • ​Cyclists in Canada will soon be able to pedal from the Atlantic coast to the Pacific Ocean, without having to share a road with a single car. The Great Trail will stretch 15,000 miles through each of the country’s 13 provinces and territories and touch three oceans.
  • An add-on electric drive like the ElectraFin is a great way to take some of the "paddle" out of paddle sports. The all-new Bixpy Jet is the latest, and it packs serious versatility. It'll power your kayak, your canoe, your stand-up paddleboard ... and even you. ​
  • While kayaks are great for exploring your local waterways, they can be a hassle to carry over long distances. It was with this in mind that Pakayak created the Bluefin 14. It's a modular kayak that comes apart into six pieces, that can then be carried like a backpack.​
  • ​Sea kayaking is like a lot of other activities, in that just because you enjoy doing it, doesn't mean you're doing it right. Well, that's where Motionize Paddle comes in. It's a system that uses your smartphone to assess and improve your paddling.​
  • Traditional PFDs are an important part of water safety, but they can be entirely uncomfortable to wear in or out of the water, especially during activity. To improve comfort, startup Aegis Lifeshirt integrates inflatable protection into the shirt you're wearing anyway.
  • Since introducing its first folding kayak in 2012, San Francisco startup Oru Kayak has been growing its lineup with modestly evolving origami-inspired kayaks like the Bay+. Its latest is the all-new Beach, a 12-foot model designed for super-quick set-up and stable paddling.
  • This year we saw plenty of new designs and innovation aimed at water lovers. We've plucked our favorite motorized toys, paddle-propelled watercraft and towables from our 2015 coverage.
  • The Swiss-designed Boner Kayak's name doesn't translate over so well to English, but that's okay because slick design is a universal language. The kayak breaks down into three pieces that nest together and fit easily into the trunk.
  • Paddling lakes, bays and rivers by kayak is a rewarding experience, but it can also be quite tiring. That's why Klepper offers paddlers the benefit of a solar-powered electric drive in its E-Kayak.
  • Tucked away in one of the most distant corners of last week's Boot Düsseldorf show was one of the show's most interesting products: the ultra-versatile Klepper Backyak. It's a kayak that can hike to water's edge on your back. But it's also a sailboat, a snow sled and a floating sun deck.
  • The Oru origami-style kayak made a big splash in the foldable boat market, raising close to $450K on Kickstarter and earning all kinds of media and industry attention. Rather than resting on its accomplishments, Oru has designed the upgraded Bay+.