River Equipment, Rentals, and Accessories
Now the you've found your dream river and picked the outfitter you want to raft with, you need some gear! It's a safe bet to say that every company includes a raft, paddles, personal floatation device, guide, and food on all trips, but there are odds and ends you may want to purchase yourself. Or perhaps you are looking to do a private rafting trip, but you don't have any equipment. Don't worry, you have a plethora of options. Check out our detailed what-to-bring lists for day trips and for overnight trips.
In most rafting towns there is at least one river store. Some are tiny and only offer odds and ends such as sunscreen, visors, and paddle jackets, while larger stores sell everything from hardshell kayaks to PFDs to wetsuits. The people who work at these small-town river shops tend to be extremely knowledgeable about their gear and will willingly answer any questions you might have.
There are also many places online you can get gear, and sometimes find great deals too.
Adventure-16 - This small chain has 5 stores located in Southern California, as well an extensive online catalog. They carry a wide variety of footwear, clothing, and outdoor equipment.
Altrec offers all kinds of equipment with many great deals.
Clavey River Equipment is named after the famous Class V tributary to the Tuolumne River. They sell a wide variety of rafts and equipment.
Get Out Outfitters - Camping and outdoor equipment for every outdoor adventure. Whether it be Hiking, Fishing, Camping, Hiking, Backpacking, Climbing, Kayaking, Rafting, Horse Packing, Dog Sledding, or just enjoying the outdoors.
Kayak Online is a great place to find both rafting and kayaking gear, as well as outdoor clothing and links to outfitters
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Outdoorplay is a great resource for buying everything kind of whitewater gear. They even sell PFD's for your mutt! They offer great discounts too.
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Pacific River Supply - Founded in 1970 by Jim Cassidy, a world-class river guide, this raft and inflatable kayak distributer has an excellent online store.
REI - Usually a safe bet for clothes and nick-knacks, but the paddling sections are often limited to sea kayaking with very little rafting gear or accessories.
River Connection - Find equipment, apparel and accessories for whitewater river rafting, kayaking, camping and fishing. Also provides rescue gear and boat repair information.
River Store in Coloma-Lotus is the locals' favorite. They have a huge selection of kayaks, gear, and accessories. The folks who work there are very helpful and full of useful information and tips.
Sierra Outdoor Center in Auburn and Coloma offer kayaks and equipment for river runners with a new online store.
Sierra South is Kernville's outdoor and river store. The store has been in operation for many years and has a great selection of gear, rafts, and accessories, as well as classes and roll sessions.
Sierra Trading Post - Great online store as well as a large warehouse/ outlet in Reno, NV.
Sonoma Outfitters - With selections from nearly every outdoor clothing and equipment manufacturer, this online store is sure to have what you need.
Stitches 'N Stuff makes all the rafting accessories you might need for an overnight trip. Drop bags, cam straps, rafting floors, and other sorts of raft accessories are available . The gear is very well-made and they even do custom designs.
Whitewater Rafting Supplies - Online store for whitewater rafting equipment.
Whitewater Research and Safety Institute makes awesome looking helmets that are also the safest on the market. They come in several awesome colors (including pink!) and they have a sun brim built-in.
Disclaimer: River descriptions and classifications may change due to natural events that may create new hazards or flows. C-W-R advises that any paddler that uses this site be additionally informed by seeking out local news and updates for changes on this river.
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