Kayak Camping: Everything You Need to Know Before Hitting the Water

Oreos and milk, spaghetti and meatballs, wine and cheese. Sometimes it really pays off to combine your two favorite things. Luckily, perfect pairings don’t have to stop in the kitchen and can extend to your outdoor adventures.  Enter kayak camping.  That’s right— kayaking and camping, all in one. If you’ve never heard of kayak camping…

Are Inflatable Kayaks Any Good?

Last summer, I found myself in a predicament that many fellow kayakers find themselves in. I wanted to purchase my very own kayak, but I was very limited on storage space and didn’t really have a way to transport a full-sized kayak.  After doing some research and making some compromises, I came to an excellent…

What to Wear Kayaking: An All-Seasons Guide

The great thing about kayaking is that it’s a year round recreational activity— that is if you dress right, of course. Many people hang their paddles up for the year when the first brisk cold front blows in, but that doesn’t have to be the case! With a little preparation, you can experience the seasons…

New to the Paddle? Here’s What to Bring Kayaking

The key to safely enjoying any kind of outdoor activity is to be adequately prepared. Even though nothing ruins a trip faster than forgetting the essentials, it can be easy to get caught up in the excitement and anticipation and forget a few key items. This is especially true for kayaking! If you’re in a…

Kayak Types: Differences and Best Uses Explained

Long or short, narrow or wide, hard-shelled or inflatable— you can find kayaks in all shapes, sizes, and materials. Though they all get you where you need to go on the water, some are designed for specific scenarios. We’re here to break down the main kayak types to help you determine which is best for…

Best Kayak Paddles: 2021 Edition

Like kayaks themselves, kayak paddles come in a variety of shapes, sizes, and designs. Some are geared towards speed while others aid paddlers in nimble movements on the water. If you’ve ever owned a kayak paddle that you just love, you know the difference it can make! Every year, kayak and paddle manufacturers up their…

6 Oru Kayak Accessories I Really, Really Want

I’ve had my Oru kayak for about six months, and we’ve gotten to know each other pretty well by now. My Oru Beach LT stays perfectly folded in the trunk of my SUV so that I can be ready to paddle anytime, anywhere. I can have that yak unfolded and in the water in about…

The Year of the Yak: How COVID-19 Created a Kayak Sales Boom

In an age of face masks, Zoom happy hours, and takeout on the couch, people are looking for more and more ways to get outside and into nature. Thankfully, the outdoors offers us a ton of ways to stay active and entertained while also staying socially-distant. It didn’t take long for the quarantine-fatigued masses to…

Best Kayak Accessories: 2021 Edition

It’s been a record year for kayak sales due to COVID-19 and quarantine pushing people to find new ways to get outdoors while staying socially distant. Whether you’re new to kayaking or a seasoned pro, there’s no denying it’s the perfect hobby during current times (and will be long after!) As Fall approaches, it’s time…