Kayaking Info

Kayaking Resources

Our Kayak Lines

The kayaking industry continues to change pretty much yearly. Our mainstay kayaking line for all of our 30+ years in the kayak business has included Liquid Logic, Dagger, Pyranha, Hurricane, paddles from Werner Paddles and Idaho's own NRS, as well as Perception, CareFree, Current Designs, Wilderness Systems and Hobie. 

dagger kayaks hurricane kayaks pyranha kayaks liquid logic kayaks
hobie kayaks perception kayaks wilderness systems kayaks  current designs kayaks


We carry a complete selection of recreational and fishing kayaks, PFDs, wet and dry suits, shoes, dry tops, layers and even PFDs for you paddling pup! Click here for more about our Idaho paddling culture and history.

Our Idaho Whitewater and Kayaking Culture

Idaho River Sports was founded in 1987 as Boise's first dedicated paddling shop with the best in kayaks, paddles, paddling gear for recreation and whitewater. We were involved in events like the Payette River Whitewater Rodeos and today's North Fork Championships,

(Photo: co-founder Stan Kolby playing in the South Fork of the Payette River circa 1992)

Throughout these pages we will provide information for selecting the right kayak, how to care for it and places, opportunities and events for paddlers.

Types of Kayaks

Depending on the type of material, prices for the vessels can vary greatly. Plastic is usually the cheapest, with kayaks of this material ranging from $250 to $1,500, while Kevlar, considered lighter and stronger than other kayak materials, is the priciest, costing up to $4,000 for a Kevlar kayak.

Built for specific environments, there are a variety of these boats available: whitewater kayaks, surf kayaks, racing kayaks, sea or touring kayaks, and hybrids, often labeled as recreational kayaks.