The 6 Best Kayak Outriggers

This review has been updated 9 times since it was first published in February of 2019. Paddling a kayak is undoubtedly fun, but it can also be dangerous — especially if you tip over. These outriggers attach to your vessel to add stability and make falling out less likely, so you can row, fish, and move around with confidence. While these can reduce the risk of injury, they’re not a sufficient safety mechanism on their own, so be sure to have that life jacket on at all times. When users buy our independently chosen editorial recommendations, we may earn commissions to help fund the review.

Editor's Choices
Top 6 Kayak Outriggers

6. Hobie Sidekick AMA

  • Also works well for sailing
  • Can be transported in small vehicles
  • Not universally compatible

5. Inspired by Nature

  • Floats won't absorb water
  • Makes it easy to stand
  • Some kayaks need additional hardware

4. YakGear OR1O

  • Work well in rough water
  • Won't make turning more difficult
  • Require you to shorten your stroke

3. Spring Creek Manufacturing

  • Available in three colors
  • Also fits most canoes
  • Floats weigh only 5 pounds apiece

2. Scotty Stabilizer System

  • Easy to store deflated pontoons
  • Offers 30 pounds of buoyancy
  • Rod holders in the bases

1. Brocraft Stabilizers

  • Great for fly fishing
  • Assembly is simple
  • Good choice for novices

2. Maxwell RC8

  • Maximum pull of 1320 pounds
  • Large through-deck hawsepipe
  • Handles all types of chain

1. Lewmar V3 Go FF

  • Failsafe anchor lock
  • Easy to install
  • Reliable worm gearbox

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