Flatwater Paddling

We carry 20+ models of Flatwater Kayaks by Hurricane, Perception, and Wilderness Systems. We have 30+ years of paddling experience to help choose the right boat for you! Call us at 1-800-339-0814.

Aug 172016


We are having a summer clearance SALE on all our kayaks, stand up paddle boards, and summer sportswear!

Our best prices of the season are available now for you to get another month of great paddling in. Come in and see what we have for new paddling equipment, a nice upgrade on your old boat, or  try a SUP board for the new challenge and sport of ‘stand up paddling. . We still have a great selection of both for you to check out.

 Posted by at 3:53 pm
Jun 092016

Stand UP Paddling is the crazy new sport you see people doing out on the lake. It is challenging, fun, aerobic, and gives you a GREAT ‘core workout! It takes a lot of balance… but there are some great board designs that are lightweight, wide, and stable, to help you have fun on the water, without the feeling that ‘you might fall in’ any minute! We like it best, early in the morning, or at dusk, when the water is flat and calm.

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Supp…ing around at ‘full height’ gives you a relaxing, fun experience to see the sights in and out of the water from a new perspective, while getting a workout. You aren’t going very far, for nearly as long as you might in a kayak. It’s really fun to ‘Stand Up’ and paddle! We love it!

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Taking it to the ocean with you on vacation proposes a whole new challenge riding rolling waves, watching for striped bass, and for the more experienced, actually ‘surfing’ some waves! It’s the best.. for a ‘sunset cruise’ on Cape Cod Bay!


At Mountain Travelers we have chosen Michael Dolsey SUP Boards from Virginia. With a Surf background, (who knows more about board design!) Our Dolsey boards are designed to be lightweight (+/- 30 lbs), super stable, and fast cruising through the water for efficiencey. We have a ‘poly/plastic’ model that is more durable, and our favorites, which are a ‘poly carbonate’, wood veneer, with carbon fiber rails, that is a really nice, fun, paddling board. Our prices range from $849 – $1249.

Come check out our Michael Dolsey Designs Stand UP Paddle Boards!  The colors are beautiful! Hand picked by us !

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 Posted by at 4:07 pm
Jun 092016

Kayaking has grown as a sport in recent years for lots of reasons!


There’s nothing much better than getting out on the water on a hot summer day, to cool yourself off, to get away from the busy…ness of  life, and relax, and enjoy the calming, pleasure of watching water, wildlife, and the beauty of the Green Mountains. Our local Chittenden Reservoir is a jewel of a lake for finding privacy, remoteness, and a ‘close to wilderness’ experience, just a few miles from home. How lucky are we… to have it in our backyard!

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PK,  paddling Chittenden Reservoir, and a Moose sighting close to the same spot , in the back cove by Mt Carmel.


Here at Mountain Travelers, we pride ourselves in fitting the right boat to the right person. Whether you are a first timer, who has a friend who wants you to go with them, a ladies day “kai…yakking’.  A guy wanting to get into some remote cove for some great bass fishing, or a more experienced paddler, looking to upgrade to a lighter, more efficient, sleeker boat design… We have a boat for you! We are experts with 40 years of paddling experience, schooled on the coast of Maine, we know kayaks and can explain why we recommend the best boat for what reasons.

You will have your kayak for 10+ years. In 2 years, it won’t be about ‘the deal you got’ … because you weren’t sure you were going to like it. We know you’ll love it! It’s about ‘the paddling experience’… the fun you have…If you spend the little extra $100-$200  ( a couple dinners out!) to get the right boat size, that fits you, or is lighter by 10lbs, so you can lift it onto your car, or a ‘MAN’ size boat for a man! … all those things are why WE are a specialty store that cares, compared to a big box store with ” the deal”! !

Come check out our selection of affordable polyethelene kayaks by Perception and Wilderness Experience, and our upgrade Polycarbonate kayaks by Hurricane, for a quote on the lightest, most efficient paddling kayaks available in the area. We care about the boat ‘fitting’ the person, for the uses they have in mind.

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We also have an expert, certified, THULE Rack Master, in house, to help you figure out how to ‘carry’ your kayaks on your vehicle safely, considering the needs of single women, or the guy who wants to carry cargo boxes, bikes, and ladders as well… There are 100’s of different car shapes to challenge us! We install for FREE with a full rack system.

Come talk to us and we can send you home with a catalog and a quote on the best boat and auto rack for your needs!

 Posted by at 3:23 pm
May 252016

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Our Hurricane kayaks from North Carolina, and Michael Dolsey SUP boards from Virginia, via Maine, have arrived and are on display for you to see. We have one more shipment coming next week from Confluence (Perception/ Wilderness Systems ) and then we’ll be up to speed for the summer. All our life vests (PFD’s), paddles, and paddling accessories are in as well. Dolsey SUP’s are big, and stable and really lightweight, all in the 30 lb range. The colors are awesome! Come check them out for some summer fun on the water!

2015 Dolsey SUPS

 Posted by at 5:11 pm
Jul 232015


We have a nice selection of  kayaks now on SALE.

Summer is just mid way through, and there are two more months of paddling pleasure for those of us lucky enough to love being out on the water.

Fishing Kayaks

Fishing from a kayak….

We have several models in camo colors, perfect for men to fish from. We recommend a little longer kayak, in the 12 to 14 ft range, for men who are 160  – 200+ lbs.  They get better  flotation,  better foot room, better buoyancy, better stability, better tracking, better glide, and a better ride.

Bigger boats are more seaworthy in choppy water, and larger bodies of water.  If your boat length is too small,  you will just bob around like a cork, waddling across the water, as opposed to cruising with speed and comfort. Men need a boat their size!  ( NOT the same size as their wives!)

Same with LITTLE women…

We have several boats on sale, made especially with smaller women in mind. For the same reason, they fit better, the cockpit is smaller, the width is narrower, they are lighter.  The weight is under 40 lbs so they are a more reasonable weight to try to load and unload by themselves. We even have paddles with a ‘small shaft’ to fit small hands, to make paddling easier and more comfortable for women.

We have a performance polyurethane boat by Perception in a 10 ft length, called the Tribute, that weighs 36. lbs , with a super comfortable, adjustable seat, and waterproof rear hatch.

As well as,  several beautiful models in a polycarbonate material by Hurricane, that are nice and light, a bit stiffer, glossy finish, very stable, and weigh only 33.5  lbs for the 10 ft, and 36.5  for an 11.6 ft boat. They glide through the water so much more effortless than a basic plastic boat. They are a pleasure to paddle.

Come check out what we have left on Sale!


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