We’re not all fair weather paddlers. In fact, there’s one particular breed of thick-skinned water lovers that view every month of the year as “paddling season.” Now, this isn’t an intervention. We support them in their quest, but we’re also here to help them stay warm, safe, and comfortable in the process. We’ve handpicked our 11 favorite winter gifts for paddlers who recreate in cooler climates.
[This article is part of our Holiday Gift Guide series. For more great gift ideas, see 9 Last-Minute Christmas Gifts For Paddlers.]
311 Cup Holder
$16 | scotty.com
Perfect for paddlers of all kinds, this Scotty cup holder is designed for cans, coffee mugs and insulated sleeves. It is also a convenient accessory rack to hang lures and tools and can be mounted on a horizontal or vertical surface. It also includes a versatile “mount anywhere” button and rod holder post mount.
Legacy Dry Suit
$1,185 | kokatat.com
Designed with whitewater paddlers top of mind, this front-entry drysuit from Kokatat is easy access and is guaranteed to keep kayakers dry when paddling in any weather. Gore-Tex Pro protection ensures water won’t get in, even when fully immersed. The suit also features latex gaskets with a neoprene punch-through neck and neoprene-lined adjustable wrist cuffs. Streamlined leg pattern and wraparound routing of the women’s drop seat reduces interference with the kayak outfitting.
Before you buy, make sure they stay warm and dry with our Guide To Using, Buying & Maintaining A Drysuit.
Women’s Torrens Thermal Crew Jacket
$239 | mustangsurvival.com
A great accessory for the canoeist or recreational kayaker in your life, this comfy jacket is contour-cut with a stretch-woven outer shell finished with DWR (durable water repellant) coating, specifically designed by Mustang Survival for outdoor enthusiasts who embrace adventure in any weather.
Consult The Complete Guide: What To Wear Kayaking for a head-to-toe review of paddling apparel.
$399 | thesupstick.com
Buying for the paddleboarder in your life who can’t deal with paddling season coming to an end? The SUPStick might be the solution. It is a dry-land paddle that provides a seamless transition from on-water training to dry-land training; think roads, streets and sidewalks. With a uni-directional wheel, carbon fibre spring and aluminum swing-arm, this land paddle truly gives you the feeling that you’re paddling on the water.
Read about the guts and glory of a year-round paddleboarder in It Is Never Too Cold To Go Paddleboarding.
$49 | nrs.com
It’s in the name! The mitten-style design of these best-selling neoprene gloves from NRS increases warmth without compromising on grip or dexterity. A great gift for paddlers who refuse to take a break over the winter months.
Mitts aren’t the only style of paddling handwear, so which should you choose? Weigh the pros and cons with our article on How To Decide Between Kayak Gloves, Mitts & Pogies.
$54 | nrs.com
A cold weather paddler’s nemesis: brain freeze. We can’t guarantee that we won’t go upside down at some point, but we can guarantee protection for our brain bucket. Suitable to wear under helmets, this 2.5mm neoprene hood is perfect for extra protection and warmth.
For more cold-weather paddling gift ideas, see our roundup of 7 Cold Water Paddling Essentials.
175 Everyday Long Sleeve Thermal Cold Weather Base Layer
$70 | icebreaker.com
This highly breathable and versatile crewneck shirt is perfect for backpacking, paddling, hiking and adventure. Quick-drying, odor-resistant fabric makes it a suitable choice for a base layer on multi-day paddling trips. The garment is made from 100% merino wool for warmth and moisture-wicking properties.
King Vacuum-Insulated Beverage Bottle, 40-oz
$22 | thermos.com
A chilly day out on the water would not be complete without a hot brew. This 40-oz vacuum insulated flask is a double win: it keeps liquids hot for 24 hours or cold liquids cold for 24 hours. The lid doubles as an insulated serving cup; the twist and pour function allows you to pour without moving the stopper.
Women’s Polartec Power Dry Outercore Habanero Liner
$190 | kokatat.com
Comfort meets functionality in this 4-way stretch, Polartec fleece onesie. It’s one of our favorite garments to wear under drysuits. Why? Because it’s moisture-wicking, dries quickly, has front and rear relief, and has an articulated design with flat-stitched seams. Give the gift of comfort to that special paddler in your life.
Get more great cold-weather gift ideas in our roundup of 7 Gear Choices To Extend Your Paddling Season.
3MM Freestyle Wetshoe
Starting at $74 | nrs.com
Whether you’re buying for the paddleboarder, kayaker, or canoeist in your life, these rubber-soled neoprene booties are built to please. With seams sealed to keep the cold water out, and quick-drying VaporLoft fleece for lining, these boots are a great choice for cold-weather paddlers who suffer from chilly toes.
Treat your tootsies right with our guide to the Best Paddling Footwear.
Men’s Heavy Thick Wool Socks
Starting at $16 | Pack of 3
These heavyweight, wool-blend socks are ready to tackle cold weather. Designed with comfort and performance in mind, these socks are a perfect accessory piece for the kayaker who sports a drysuit or dry pants while paddling. Even if these socks aren’t worn on the water, there’s no such thing as “too many socks.”
Find more ways to stay warm, dry and cozy with 9 Accessories For The Comfiest Kayak Camping Trip Ever.