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Paddling Gear & Accessories For Sale at our Newton Paddling Store

At Charles River Canoe & Kayak, we are a full-service Paddling Store carrying a complete range of paddling gear and accessories. Browse the list below and click the images to read more about our offerings. If we don't have it in stock, we are happy to special-order any item from these manufacturers.
Because we are paddlers ourselves, we know what gear works best for your paddling style. We carry only the gear that we like and that we feel will work well for you. Come visit our Paddling Store and see what you've been missing!
 
Kayak Paddles
 
Canoe Paddles
 
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Car Racks and Transport
 
Life Jackets (PFDs)
 
Paddling Clothing
 
Spray Skirts
 
Canoe & Kayak Carts
 
Safety Gear
Canoe & Kayak Trailers
 
Dry Bags & Electronics Cases
 
Nautical Charts & Compasses
 
Kayak Fishing Accessories
Gloves & Shoes
 
Books, Magazines & Videos
 
Spare Parts
 
Special Orders
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Kayak Paddles
The most important considerations in paddle selection are durability, weight, and comfort. We've chosen our paddle lineup to provide the best paddle at each price. You'll find a few highlights below. As always, enjoy free paddle demos every day so you can see for yourself!
Werner
We've chosen Werner as our primary light-to-ultralight paddle line because their quality, comfort, and durability are unmatched. We carry the Premium Touring fiberglass paddles and the Performance Touring carbon paddles for both low-angle and high-angle paddling styles. For the ultimate in light weight and smoothness in the water, try the Performance Touring paddles with Foam Core blades, like the Cyprus.
Epic
Epic produces exceptionally light fiberglass and carbon paddles, and their niche is Wing paddles for racing and fitness paddling. A Wing maximizes the power and efficiency produced by the paddle, and results in about 15% more force than a traditional blade shape of the same size. Try the Small Mid Wing in full carbon construction if you are racing, or the Active Tour for an ultralight touring paddle.
AquaBound
AquaBound produces excellent paddles for the budget-conscious. The Hybrid Ray series, with carbon shaft and nylon blade construction, are a significant improvement in blade design, weight, and feel in the water compared to cheaper aluminum-shaft paddles. The Carbon Ray series, with carbon shaft and carbon/nylon blade construction, are even lighter where it counts: in the blades.
Bending Branches
For a basic paddle, we offer the Bending Branches Whisper, which combines a plastic blade with an aluminum-shaft.
Cannon
We carry the Cannon Cascade as our basic paddle for kids. Specifically designed for smaller paddlers, the Cascade features a small-diameter shaft for smaller hands, excellent durability, and an appealing combination of weight and price.
Adventure Technology
We carry the AT Grasshopper as our inexpensive fiberglass paddle for kids. A fiberglass paddle offers lighter weight, and AT's excellent blade shape will keep your kids smiling. Best of all, it's super-durable!
Werner Paddles Epic AquaBound
Bending Branches Cannon Paddles Adventure Technology
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Canoe Paddles
The most important considerations in paddle selection are durability, weight, and comfort. We've chosen our paddle lineup to provide the best paddle at each price. You'll find a few highlights below. As always, enjoy free paddle demos every day so you can see for yourself!
Bending Branches
Bending Branches produces excellent wood canoe paddles. The Loon is an inexpensive yet durable wood paddle. The Arrow is constructed of stronger laminate woods (basswood, butternut, and maple) and looks great. The Beavertail is a long, narrow blade that is more efficient for deepwater paddling and has a wonderful, dark color from the black willow and red alder laminates.
Fox Worx
Fox Worx produces outstanding wood paddles. We carry the Standard Bent, which offers light weight, improved efficiency due to the bent shaft, and great feel in the water.
Carlisle
We carry the Carlisle Economy canoe paddle as a basic, aluminum shaft and plastic blade option. We use this strong and durable paddle in our rental fleet with great results.
Bending Branches Fox Worx Carlisle
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Life Jackets (PFDs)
The key to selecting the right life jacket is comfort — if it's not comfortable, you are less likely to wear it, and if you don't wear it, it won't help you. Beyond that, you want to pick the vest that fits your needs (pockets for food and gear, handwarmers for cold days, etc.). Women should at least consider a female-specific vest, which is designed to fit a woman's shape and often has a shorter torso.
We carry a wide selection of life jackets from a variety of manufacturers to ensure that we have a vest that fits you and your taste. All our vests are designed specifically for kayaking and canoeing and the motion involved in those activities.
Astral Buoyancy
Astral Buoyancy is the cutting-edge manufacturer of life jackets. First off, they've eliminated the use of environmentally harmful PVC in their foam. Second, they've pioneered new designs like the V-Eight (high-back) and Camino (full-back) that feature enhanced breathability, and the Norge (men's) and Abba (women's) that feature flexible kapok that conforms to your body. Finally, folks find the hand-sculpted foams very comfortable, and their designs are sharp. We even have their kids' vest (the Otter)!
Kokatat
Kokatat produces top-quality products made in the U.S.A. The OutFit (men's) and MsFit (women's) are great for general paddling, with comfortable fit and backpacking-style shoulder straps. The OutFit Tour and MsFit Tour add more pockets and accents for sea kayakers. The Orbit Tour is a minimalist vest for someone looking for a more compact vest (racers love it!). The Ronin Pro is a full-featured rescue vest for sea kayakers and whitewater paddlers.
Stohlquist
Stohlquist brings a different fit and feel to our life jacket offerings. We carry the Cruiser (women's) and Trekker (men's), which are both high-back vests perfect for paddlers looking for some extras like pockets and reflective accents.
MTI – Marine Technologies
MTI is a local company that produces high-quality vests for the budget-minded.
We carry two mid-level vests. The Velocity is a full-back vest that is the perfect compromise between comfort and price, and we use this vest in rental, so we know it holds up to years of use. The Dio is a high-back vest with two zippered pockets and stylish reflective accents, designed for recreational kayaks.
For sea kayakers looking for a full-featured vest without the price tag, we offer the Slipstream. Featuring lots of pockets (including a VHF pocket), fleece hand-warmers, reflective accents, rear attachment point, and padding shaped to help keep you cool.
We also carry two inflatable vests for those looking for a lower-profile option. Both are inflated by triggering a carbon dioxide cartridge. The Helios is an inflatable vest that wears like a Type II vest (over the shoulders and around the neck). The Fluid is a tiny, waist-mount system that you pull up over your arms and inflate when you need it.
We also carry a full size-range of kids' vests that will fit anyone from infant on up!
Extrasport
The Extrasport Universal Livery is our economy vest for someone focused on price. The Livery is specifically designed for kayaking and canoeing, so it's much more comfortable than the cheaper vests you find at discount stores, but it won't break the bank.
Astral Buoyancy Kokatat MTI
Stohlquist Extrasport
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Spray Skirts & Cockpit Covers
Your spray skirt keeps water out of the cockpit while you are paddling, so the primary considerations are the seal around the cockpit and the seal at your waist, waterproofness, and comfort.
Cockpit covers are designed to keep water and wildlife out of your boat during storage. The concerns here are seal around the cockpit, waterproofness, and durability.
Snap Dragon Design
Snap Dragon skirts are the choice of our guides, so we know you'll love them. They offer complete waterproofness in the materials and the best cockpit seal we've seen. We carry two neoprene skirts, the Ocean Trek (neoprene deck and tube), and the more comfortable Glacier Breathable (neoprene deck and Gore-Tex tube) in both men's and women's versions.
We also carry nylon and neoprene cockpit covers from Snap Dragon. Choose neoprene for a better seal and more durability.
Seals Skirts
Seals Skirts make the best nylon skirts we've found. They offer a great cockpit seal and good outfitting, including an implosion bar and removable suspenders. The Adventurer is their basic nylon skirt with a drawstring waist and urethane-coated nylon fabric. The Tropical Tour is constructed using a waterproof/breathable fabric and has a very nice adjustable neoprene waist.
We also carry nylon cockpit covers from Seals that fit a number of hard-to-fit boats.
Snap Dragon Design Seals Skirts
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Car Racks
We carry a full line of car rack products to fit your car, boat, situation, and budget, from inexpensive foam-block kits to complete Thule rack systems. We are happy to discuss your transport options, and we always show you how to tie down your boat! We can even install your rack for you.
Thule Hull-a-Port
Thule
Thule produces complete car rack systems that can carry boats, bikes, skis, and more. We've chosen Thule racks because they fit almost all vehicles on the road, have a variety of well-designed accessories, and have a lifetime warranty.
A basic Thule system consists of crossbars and towers to attach the crossbars to the vehicle. In most circumstances you'll add an accessory to attach your boat to the rack, like the Hull-a-Port (shown at right).
We carry a wide variety of watersports accessories so you can tailor your system to your situation. For example, if you'll be loading your kayak alone, consider the Hullavator, which practically lifts the boat for you. For a comprehensive discussion of available attachments, learn How to Transport Your Boat.
Thule Ascent 1100 Cargo Box
We also carry Thule Cargo Boxes, which offer amazing flexibility for additional gear storage. Whether you want to store your paddling gear, luggage, or skis, Thule has a box for you. We carry the Ascent 1100 and Frontier, both of which hold 11 cubic feet and can accommodate skis up to 210cm (for you nordic skiers out there).
If you don't want to install the rack yourself, we are happy to assemble the rack and mount it on your vehicle for a fee of $25. If you purchase accessories with your rack, we will install most at no additional charge; if you purchase accessories but not a rack, we will install them for $10. Assembly and installation of a Hullavator or Slipstream is $25 per unit.
Riverside Cartop Carriers
For a less expensive rack option, we carry foam-block cartop systems by Riverside. While not as secure as a Thule rack system, with proper tie-down a foam-block system will do the job. Foam-block systems work best with a single boat, but can carry multiple boats in certain circumstances.
Thule Riverside Cartop Carriers
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Canoe & Kayak Carts
A cart can make transporting your boat much easier. Carts are designed for specific applications (stern, center, and sit-on-top kayak), so choosing the correct one for your situation and taste is key.
Paddleboy
We've chosen Paddleboy carts because they are easy to use, sturdy, and come in a full range of designs. Among Stern Carts (where the cart goes on the stern and you pick up the bow), choose the Peanut for a less expensive option or the Original Large
Paddleboy
for a more substantial cart. If you prefer a Center Cart (where the boat balances on the cart), choose the Mighty Mite, which folds to fit into most kayak hatches. If you have a sit-on-top, the Scupper Pup is your best choice.
With all these carts, attaching your boat to the cart is easy, and they contain necessary straps to hold the boat during transport. Come see for yourself!
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Dry Bags & Electronics Cases
Keep your electronic devices and other valuables from getting wet with a waterproof electronics case or dry bag — on or off the water! We offer a variety of cases in different sizes, colors, and styles to fit your needs, whether you want to protect your phone, iPod, tablet computer, clothes, camping gear, books, or anything else.
Aquapac Seal Line
Seattle Sports Pelican
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Nautical Charts & Compasses
Plan your paddling adventure and stay on course with the use of a nautical chart and compass. We stock versatile water-resistant charts by Maptech covering many parts of the new England coast. We stock a variety of marine deck compasses for kayaking, from the simple and inexpensive clip-on styles to the Brunton 70P for recessed deck-mounts. We also carry the navigational bible Fundamentals of Kayak Navigation by David Burch.
Maptech Brunton Seattle Sports
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Safety Gear & Towing Systems
Prepare for expected and unexpected hazards and rescues with our selection of safety gear and towing systems. From whistles and lights to rescue floats and paddle leashes, we offer a complete selection. Our sales staff will help you find the right gear — make sure you practice using it in real conditions before you need it!
Seattle Sports Fox 40 Whistles
ACR Electronics Kokatat North Water
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Kayak Fishing Accessories
Equip your kayak with the latest fishing accessories to help land the big one. From rod holders (we stock a variety of Scotty-mount and recessed options) to paddle parks to anchor systems, we'll help you pimp your ride so you feel at home on the water and catch more fish.
Scotty Harmony
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Books, Magazines & Videos
We carry a variety of kayaking instructional books, guidebooks, videos, and more. Our magazine selection includes Sea Kayaker, Canoe & Kayak, and Atlantic Coastal Kayaker. Come down and we'll help pick out the perfect book for you.
Books, Magazines & Videos
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Spare Parts
Get your boat back in shape with our selection of spare parts. We stock canoe seats and thwarts, deck bungee and line, kayak deck fittings, a variety of kayak hatches, and more. We can also order a wide variety of spare parts (including kayak rudders and skegs, canoe gunwales, etc.). We can also repair canoes, kayaks, and SUPs — view our boat repair services for more information. Call ahead at (781) 891-6575 to make sure we have the part you need before you come.
Sealect Designs Essex Industries Valley Canoe Products
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Special Orders
We can't stock everything, so if we don't have it in our Paddling Store, we are happy to order items from any of the manufacturers on this page! Call us at (781) 891-6575 if you have questions or want to order.
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