We love the trail, but canoeing and kayaking in the backcountry is its own kind of freedom: It's just you, your boat, and a world of water to explore. Whether you're riding the currents on a river or gliding over a glassy mountain lake, these six products will help you get your paddle on faster, easier, and more comfortably than ever before.
Advanced Elements AE1007-E
AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite
Inflatable boats have long been a solution for storage-challenged paddlers, but they don’t perform quite as well as hardshell craft. The AE1007-E narrows the gap with two key design features: a stiffer-than-normal floor and aluminum ribs, which help with speed and tracking. We appreciated the stability on the choppy waters of the Colorado River. The kayak carries enough gear for a two-nighter, and it inflates in 10 minutes via a foot pump ($39, sold serparately). Its high-back foam seats are comfy during long paddling days.Buy Advanced Elements AE1007-E AdvancedFrame Convertible Elite now for $999.