Male Rowing a Raft Grand Canyon

Struggling with what to buy your favorite dude or dad who loves to paddle? 

Our experts have scoured our huge gear catalog to come up with the Top 2022 Paddlesports Gear Gifts For Him.

We are sure the kayaker, rafter, or SUP'er in your life will love these unique paddling gifts that can be tailored to fit him and his paddling style.  

Our Top 5 Must-Buy Items

1. Kokatat Men's Limited Edition OM Dry Top

The Kokatat Men's OM Dry Top (GORE-TEX Pro) - Colorado Limited Edition is the The Ultimate River Running Dry Top. Back by popular demand, this limited edition features a sleek Colorado flag logo on the cuff. 

Kokatat OM LE

2. Astral PFD

There is a good reason Astral PFDs have been sold out at most stores all year long. 

Simply put, Astral makes the best lifejackets on the market.

For the Raft Guide or Kayaker
For the

The Green Jacket is the best PFD we
have ever used. This lifejacket offers tons
of storage, advanced materials, and a
highly adjustable fit.

The YTV is a minimalist PFD that is
focused on comfort. It's low profile
design make it perfect for


3. Immersion Research Dry Suits

Immersion Research offers free repairs on their drysuits for the first year. Between their White Salmon, WA and Confluence, PA repair centers, you can rest easy knowing that no matter how hard your guy is on your gear, IR has your back.

We like the 7 Figure Drysuit for most paddlers because the cut is comfy and moves with you when paddling. For those who are especially hard on their gear, IR's Devils Club Drysuit is constructed with the "Carhartt of drysuit material" and is the most durable on the market.

Immersion Research
7 Figure Drysuit
Immersion Research
Devil's Club Drysuit


4. NRS Guide Shirt

The quick-drying NRS Guide Shirt delivers lightweight sun protection that breathes freely and stays looking fresh no matter how long Dad works (or play). 

Excellent ventilation under the arms keeps you him while its nylon/polyester blend keeps him comfy PLUS delivering UPF 35 protection.

NRS Guide Shirt


5. NRS Hydroskin Longsleeve Shirt

The Hydroskin Longsleeve Shirt from NRS punches well above it's weight. At CKS we are always surprised how much warmth a Hydroskin layer adds considering how thin the material is. He can wear Hydroskin on it's own for those luke-warm days, or combine with a dry-top for winter paddling. This is one layer every paddler should have in their gear bag.

NRS Hydroskin Longsleeve Shirt

Check out our review of NRS Hydroskin Apparel here

More Top Gifts for Men:

Astral Brewer 2.0 Shoe

The beefed-up sole, mesh top panel and draining holes on the Brewer are ideal for stepping in and out of boats on rocky shores. Plus, they often can double as side-canyon hiking shoes.

See why we think Brewers make the best gifts >>
NRS Silkweight Hoodie

It's got UPF 50+ sun protection, thumb holes, and a comfortable hood with a collar that stays out of the way.

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Funluvin Fleece Shorts

It's all about style on the River. Let him look good and feel good with quick-drying Fleece shorts from Funluvin Fleece. 

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IR Highwater Hoodie

This lightweight fleece hoodie is a piece of gear that feels equally comfortable under your guy's ski jacket, under his drysuit, or at the bar in a mountain town when he's taking you out after a day of adventuring together.

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