Comfortable Clothing for Canoeing

Canoeing is one of the most popular spring pastimes. With the threat of winter behind you, it’s time to paddle out on the nearest river or lake. Though canoeing seems like a relatively quiet way to spend an afternoon, it’s more physical than you’d expect. Plus, you need to be prepared for every scenario, including that unexpected dip in the water if your canoe tips over. To make sure you’re as comfortable as possible, be sure to heed the following tips when dressing for your canoeing trip.

Comfortable Clothing for Canoeing

Layer Accordingly

Though Spring temps can be warm, you may find that some afternoons are still chilly. You can never be too prepared, and layering ensures you’re ready for whatever comes your way. Choose a wicking polyester base layer that can keep you insulated while keeping perspiration away from your skin when you get active. Your outer layer should be something windproof and waterproof like a light quilted vest or a tech jacket. The great thing about these layers is that they can be removed if the day gets warmer than expected.

Pay Attention to Your Belt

Concerning your belt, you should pay close attention to the one you choose. You’ll be sitting in the canoe for most of your trip. A bulky belt can cut into your stomach while you’re paddling. And a weak belt can become a hassle if it gets too loose or comes undone during your trip. Our D-Lock Tactical Web Belt is crafted especially for active situations like canoeing. It’s a military grade belt that’s not only strong enough to keep your pants in place; it doubles as a tie down strap when you need it most. Our Trekker Waterproof Belt is even more ideal for canoeing as it can withstand water exposure and it lies flat. So, you won’t have to worry about sacrificing comfort while you’re in the canoe.

Dress for the Water

Even if you’re an experienced canoer, you should dress as though you’re going to end up in the water. You never know what could happen. You could experience some unexpected rough water, or you could get the urge to take a dip later in the day. Your layers above the waist are easy to remove. Make sure that your shorts are just as easy to wear. Stick with board shorts or a material that’s either waterproof or moisture-wicking. You don’t want to end up in bottoms that get weighed down when they’re wet.


You need shoes that feel comfortable during long periods of sitting. They should also keep your feet protected from water and help you stabilize your feet on the foot pegs and bulk heads of the canoe. Forgo the urge to wear flip flops, sneakers or everyday shoes. Instead, opt for specially crafted river shoes, which are designed with canoeing needs in mind. They’re made to get wet, stand up to the elements and keep your feet protected all day.

Canoeing might not be as aggressive as whitewater rafting but you still need to think carefully about your wardrobe. What you wear can be the difference between a pleasant afternoon and a miserable experience.

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