Paddle Sports

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Many moons ago, The Backpackers Shop® (then widely known as Ohio Canoe Adventures, Inc.) was a mom-and-pop canoe shop off the beaten path. Things have changed a lot since then, and the canoeing boom of the '60s, '70s, and '80s has lead to the enormous kayak boom of the '90s and beyond. We now stock hundreds of kayaks from Perception, Perception Sport, Dagger, Wilderness Systems, Jackson, Native, Hurricane, Diablo and Current Designs. Whether you're interested in an entry-level recreational kayak, a fishing kayak, an open cockpit kayak, or a technical sea-touring kayak, we will help you find the right one for your adventures. 

This is the best time of year to check out our impressive kayak show room as we have hundreds of kayaks in stock. Our friendly, knowledgeable staff will be happy to show you around. 

The Backpackers Shop is now the only outdoor store in Ohio that features a test pond to try out products. The pond, located on the west side of the store, will be open on a weekly basis beginning the summer of 2016. We will also be offering canoe and kayak lessons at the pond. Stay tuned to our website and Facebook page for updates.

Although kayaks are now more popular than canoes, we haven't abandoned our roots as a canoe shop. We offer a wide variety of canoe models from Wenonah and Mad River for recreation and touring.

A more recent trend with paddleboards led us to stock models from Basilisk, Focus, and C4 Waterman. 

Don't worry about car topping that canoe or kayak. The Backpackers Shop® is known far and wide for its expert installation and inventory of Yakima and Thule multisport racks. Of course, our selection of paddling accessories is unmatched!

Whether you're a veteran kayaker or an untrained beginner, The Backpackers Shop is the place for you. 


featured product reviews

  • NRS Basic Touring Safety Kit

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 11, 2016

    Whether you’re a gear junkie or not, this kit has all your kayaking essentials at a great price. Included in the kit: a whistle, a paddle float, a bilge pump, and a boat sponge.

  • Wenonah Spirit II Canoe (with Kevlar layup)

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 11, 2016

    A legend among canoes, the Spirit II is a good balance between a long-hulled canoe and a short-hulled one. The Kevlar model is extremely rugged yet still fairly light and offers plenty of room for gear.

  • Dagger Axis Kayak

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 11, 2016

    One of the few kayaks that can do almost anything with its sporty shape and drop-down skeg. This recreational kayak will treat you right on the shores of Lake Erie, the Ohio rivers, or almost anyplace your adventures take you. Available in 2 sizes.

  • Aqua Bound Hybrid Paddle Series

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 11, 2016

    With 3 blade sizes, these lightweight, strong, and affordable paddles are great for beginners or as an upgrade for the more experienced kayakers. Come in and talk with our kayak expert, Stephanee, who can help you figure out which size is best for you.

  • Seals Sneak Spray Skirt

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 11, 2016

    Comfortable and easy to attach, the sneak skirt is great for recreational and day-touring Kayakers. With its 2-way zippered entry, you’ll stay protected with easy access to your cockpit. Put any small gear in the two accessory pockets and you’re good to go.

  • NRS Endurance Jacket (men's & women's)

    Posted by The Backpackers Shop on March 11, 2016

    Made for windy and splashy conditions, the Endurance Jacket is made from a breathable fabric that allows heat and moisture to escape, but doesn’t allow any water or wind to sneak in. It won’t restrict your paddling, either. It’s the perfect splashguard jacket for experienced paddlers who venture out in almost any weather.

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