Water Sports

Old Town's new ePDL+ technology doesn't just make a better kayak, it creates a better fishing boat for most anglers.

Twelve kids and six adults tested more than a dozen water toys to determine which were the most durable and fun

Some experienced surfers might scoff at them, but these user-friendly soft-tops are the best wave-riding gateway drug

Common sense is a good place to start

We asked 13 testers to take the plunge on this year's newest fleet of watercraft. These boats floated to the top.

SUPs has become a crowded field, so we narrowed the field down to this year’s four stand-out winners

Six testers rode nearly two dozen surfboards. These were the ones that came out on top.

Keeping your dog safe on the water is easy. Designing PFDs for canines is hard.

The five-time Ironman world champion says she unknowingly wore a banned wetsuit in competition. Triathlon organizers have decided not to punish her.

Purpose-built platforms for a variety of experiences

Leave the heavy lifting to these pieces

A new wave of inflatables is approaching shore

Masterful sleds for a variety of conditions

Surf companies have been ignoring compelling research that could make wetsuits warmer and easier to paddle in. Two scientists are making sure someone listens.

Cold water is no obstacle if you’re prepared

The first Yulex wetsuits were expensive and stiff, but with more wetsuit makers adopting the technology, that’s changed

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Whether you want to fish, float, or just relax, add these destinations to your water-adventure hit list

For serious training sessions that end in the ocean, any old bikini won’t do. Here are our favorite specialized sets.

Six accessories to get your entire crew on the water

This hybrid twin fin will change how you hunt for waves

Your ticket to trout-filled waters

Cast in comfort, even on the hottest days and most remote streams

This batch is up for adventures big and small

These bottoms can tackle any wave—and then hit the bar

Stowable craft that can handle whatever the water deals you

Escape the crowds with a self-supported weekend paddle

From comfortable wetsuits to bags that protect my board from dings

They'll be ready for whatever the coast can throw at them

Score peak-season waves no matter how low the mercury goes

Make the most of the warm days with these river and lake essentials

Seven pieces that offer sun protection, breathability, and waterproofing—on and off the river

Brush up on your knowledge before you hit the waves

From setting up a vise to gathering materials, here's everything you need to tie a basic fly

A smoldering solution for a wide range of conditions

Gear to make landing lunkers easy, no shooting required

Suits for women with butts, boobs, and big-wave dreams

Treat your skin to reef-safe protection and soothing aftercare

'Big Ben' profiles former professional surfer Ben Wilkinson, whose current career is working with unwieldy Hawaiian trees

Two Outside gear editors go head to head in a contest to see who can set up the new Oru Inlet kayak fastest

It's not good enough to simply keep one with you while you're on the water. You've got to know how to work it.

Really, I just needed an excuse to take a dip

It’s summer. Board shorts should be part of your regular rotation. Here are some of our favorites.

“What to Bring” showcases how too much or too little gear could ruin a day out on the water

Are you going to paddle in to shore, find a bathroom, strip down to your ankles, use the toilet, suit back up, and risk missing waves?

These runners-up to the 2019 Outside Summer Buyer’s Guide will help you make perfect casts to perfect fish

Packs, cases, and other stuff that survive a good soaking

Here’s what to know when shopping for a SUP

Gear so capable, the trout will practically come to you

Gear so capable, the trout will practically come to you

An asymmetrical board with a blazing performance

A space-age-looking inflatable with versatility to spare leads this year’s picks

This year is a celebration of the past—each of the boats at the top of our list is a revamp of a bestseller. Some might say that looking back is a sign that the sport isn’t progressing, but we don’t agree.

An assortment of oars to take you where you want to go

Boards, apparel, and accessories for all kinds of watery pursuits

John Oppito taught himself to handcraft surfboards in high school. Now he's winning awards for his exquisite East Coast creations.

For fly-fishers, falconers, and horseback riders, a sling pack is perfect for easy, one-handed access to gear

In this video from Rio, sales manager Zack Dalton demonstrates how to properly rig a fly rod from start to finish

Bikinis that stand up to every wave for women who rip

A boat that can jump out of the water like a dolphin? This I had to try.

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Gear editor Emily walks us through Alpacka Raft's Wolverine during the brand's trip to the Outside office.

After years of fishing in borrowed men’s clothing, Linda Leary launched a line of practical apparel and totes in an array of funky designs

Board basics for a season on the waves

Here's the gear I chose for my first fly-fishing setup

Even better, they’re all cheaper than $50.