For Frequent Paddlers

This blow-up kayak is nearly as sturdy as the hard-shell kind, and a lot easier to stow in your studio apartment

Editor's Rating:

The Good: Well priced, heavy-duty construction, paddles like a regular kayak

The Bad: Carrying case has no backpack or shoulder straps

The Bottom Line: The next-best thing to a hard-shell kayak for travel junkies and those short on space

One of the few disadvantages of being an even moderately active gear head is, well, all the gear. It only takes a few pastimes—say, snowboarding, backpacking, and maybe mountain biking—to transform any garage into a YMCA stock room-style nightmare. And if you're a twentysomething living in a studio, forget stowing big-footprint items like a kayak.

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