Outdoor Water Sports Equipment
How Do You Find the Best Outdoor Water Sports Equipment at the Best Price?
We have been involved in most outdoor water sports at one time or another over the past few decades and you could say that this has given us a good insight into what makes the best water sport equipment and what makes the best water sport accessories.
The list of watersport activities is almost endless with new sports being added virtually every year. What seems like a fringe sport now will most likely find its way into the mainstream over the coming years, just like many of today’s mainstream activities did. Here are some of the most popular outdoor water sport activities in the world today:-
Stand Up Paddle Boarding (or SUP as it’s often called)
Many of these activities actually have sub categories but maybe that is something we can tackle at another time. As you can see, that’s quite a list already and that is just what I could reel off in a couple of minutes.
Therefore it seems like the list of manufacturers, suppliers and brands is even more endless. This makes choosing the right water sport gear a harder task than it should be. When I say choosing the right gear what I mean by that is that, once you have identified which equipment you need, you need to find out who makes the best ones, where you can get them and how much you will have to pay for it.
Identifying what you need can be broken up into categories, well that’s how we do it anyways. The first category is what is necessary and the second category is what is nice to have.
Necessary equipment seems pretty straight forward to most people. If you are going to be paddle boarding then you will need a SUP board and a paddle (see, I told you it was straight forward). Nothing else which is necessary right? Well, one particular piece of watersports equipment which we always see as necessary is a life jacket. Being safe on the water is not a nice to have, it’s a necessity. Sure you can buy a SUP board and paddle and be on your way but without a life jacket you are putting yourself, and possibly others, in danger. I won’t labor the point here as we have already covered this topic (you can read it here).
Nice to have’s are more about the things which make your activity a bit easier or a bit more enjoyable. Waterproof dry bags for keeping things dry, such as cell phones and cameras or even your clothes. You get the idea, things which you don’t need but you will probably end up buying at some point anyway.
Now, where is the best place to buy water sports equipment? It usually boils down to two places to get your water sport gear from, in your local store or online. The upside of buying at your local store is that they will have good knowledge of the products they sell. Downsides of local stores is that they will only recommend what they have in stock.
Buying water sports equipment online will give you access to a much bigger selection and usually you can get it at much better price. One of the other benefits of buying online, and we think this is a big benefit, is that you get access to customer reviews. Real people using the gear you want to buy and letting you know how it performs, whether it is as good as the manufacturer says it is and whether you are getting good value for your money.
Why not check out some of our water sport equipment reviews:-