It’s already snowing in many parts of the U.S. For some, that means it’s time to pack up their hiking shoes and outdoor gear for the year and hunker down for another winter. For others, they’re just getting the party started. If you fall into the latter camp, and watersports are your thing, we’re coming up on the best time of year to score some truly stellar deals on kayaks. Yes, it’s finally Black Friday and we’re a few days away from Cyber Monday. (Don’t say we never did anything for you).
We’re rounding up some major discounts on everything from Black Friday backpack deals to Black Friday discounts on camping equipment. If huge retailers like Amazon and Moosejaw are already hinting at great deals this early in the day, you can expect plenty more to come. Whether you’re planning the itinerary for your next outdoor adventure right now or saving up for later, Black Friday and Cyber Monday are the best times of year to load up on new outdoor gear, including quality kayaks, kayak accessories, watersports accessories, and more. Here’s our quick guide to finding the top deals today and this holiday shopping season.
Best Black Friday kayak deals
Every year, the Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals change daily and, in some cases, by the hour. We’ve rounded up some of our favorite deals below, but keep your eyes peeled for even more great deals to come this holiday shopping season.
How to choose a kayak during Black Friday
This might seem obvious, but the first step before buying any new kayaking gear this Black Friday and Cyber Monday is to take stock of what you already have. If you’re a newbie, it’s simple: You probably need all the essentials before hitting the water. Think about the obvious, like the kayak itself, the paddles, and a PFD. Consider other important accessories like a roof-mounted kayak rack for your car, a waterproof storage box for your personal effects, a wide-brimmed hat, and a long-sleeved sun shirt to protect your skin.
It might be worth it to start small with a wide, entry-level kayak that’s ultra-stable and designed for beginners. Once you’re more confident on the water, consider upgrading to a longer, narrow kayak built for speed and better tracking. Wilderness Systems offer affordable, entry-level kayaks that are perfect for amateurs. If portability is a factor, consider an inflatable kayak from Intex or a foldable alternative like the origami-inspired Oru Inlet.
Avid kayakers may already have most, if not all, of the gear they need. But, perhaps it’s time for an upgrade. Maybe you want to add fishing gear to your kayak setup to make things a little more interesting? Maybe your significant other is newly interested in kayaking, so this Black Friday and Cyber Monday could be ideal for shopping tandem kayaks. If you really want to step up your game, check out some of the more advanced touring kayaks from brands like Eddyline and Stellar. They’re pricey, but you’re worth it, and there’s no better time to buy than this week.
Where to find the best kayak sales
Like most years, the best Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals will be found online. Of course, shopping from home makes even more sense in the time of COVID. So, make a plan not to leave the house, sit in your favorite lounge pants, and shop some truly amazing deals at these retailers from the comfort of home:
- Amazon’s annual Black Friday and Cyber Monday deals are some of the best anywhere. You may not need to look anywhere else to stock your kayaking gear closet this year, as we’re expecting kayak deals of as much as 40% off. In many cases, Amazon Prime members score free delivery to boot.
- We’re expecting deep discounts of up to 30% or more on the best outdoor gear brands, including Arc’teryx, Mountain Hardwear, Smartwool, and more.
- Sea to Summit: Another of our favorite outdoor gear brands, Sea to Summit promises deep discounts on paddling-related accessories.
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