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Here in the water sports department we often get asked, “Do I need to wear a life jacket when I kayak... even in flat water?”  It is a good question, and it has a really important answer - YES. Almost all of the US states require you to have a life jacket with you when on the water, no matter the water conditions.  The details will, of course, vary state to state. The key is you should always have a life jacket when heading out for a paddle whether in your kayak or on your paddleboard.  More importantly, you should always be wearing your life jacket when you are paddling.   It is easy to brush the PFD (personal flotation device - aka lifejacket) off as a non-essential but it is just as important as your paddle and kayak.  You never know what could happen out there and it is alw... More

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  In honor of the health campaign, this month you can get a great deal on a sit-inside kayak while also contributing to a great cause!  If you love to fly fish, check out the hot pink Emotion Glide™ Sit-Inside Angler Kayak.  We are excited to offer $100 discount off the regular price of the Emotion Glide™ Angler Kayak in the Lifetime Store Online. In addition to the discount, Emotion Kayaks (which are manufactured by Lifetime Products) will donate $25 from each pink Glide™ kayak sale to Casting for Recovery®.  Casting for Recovery® is a non-profit organization which supports women who have or have had breast cancer. This innovative organization was founded on the prin... More

Whether you’re new to kayaking or you’re a seasoned veteran, you know one thing about the sport of paddling - it’s fun!  As Lifetime Products grows as a company and we, the water sports division, grow as a category, we want to make sure we make our mark in the paddlesports industry.  To keep us moving in the right direction, we’ve come up with some brand-spanking-new logos to bring the fun and excitement of the sport to each and every kayak we make.  The water sports community is fun, energetic, and unique, we wanted a logo that represented the quality Lifetime is known for, yet exhibited the upbeat environment found throughout the kayaking industry.  And here you go! The new Lifetime watersports logo is an abstract representation of a kayak in water with elements of fun and advent... More

Every summer, my church plans some sort of camping/boating outing for many reasons but mostly to have fun and enjoy each other’s company. This year was no different. We ended up on the hills of Heber City at Heber Valley Camp. Knowing I worked for Lifetime, I had several requests to bring kayaks for our day at the lake. So, I checked out the trailer with 12 Lifetime Monterrey Kayaks and we spent all day Saturday paddling around. Needless to say, Lifetime kayaks were a hit! I heard nothing but positive compliments about the boats. Many people were amazed at the stability of the kayaks. A lot of people who had never tried kayaking expected the kayaks to feel like canoes that can tip with any sudden movement. But, they’re not! Kayaks have a much wider, flatter hull than a canoe so they are a lot more stable – ... More

  It is quite common in the wild world of outdoor sports, for companies to sponsor up-and-coming paddlers.  Lifetime has just taken on the sponsorship challenge.  As you may have read in my earlier blog about our Lifetime Hooligan Youth Stand-up Paddleboard, we found a Utah local who is sure to make a splash in the paddleboard world. We would like to introduce you to our super kid, Mac!!  He is only 10 years old but is quickly becoming a master of Stand-up Paddleboarding!  Mac’s dad, Gary, is a long-time surfer and has bestowed his wisdom and skill upon his son.  Mac has been entering paddleboard contests around  Utah, and has been blowing away his competition!  He recently placed 1st in the Weber River Paddleboard Race and the Jordenelle Reseviour Paddleboard Race.&n... More

Many people don’t know this, but Salt Lake City, UT is currently home to one of the largest Outdoor Industry shows in the world - Outdoor Retailer!  And for those of you not familiar with Lifetime’s home base, we are only 30 minutes north of Salt Lake. So lucky for us, this show is smack in our backyard. While we did attend this show last year, we went bigger and better than ever this year! The show began for the Water Sports industry on Wednesday, August 1 at the Open Air Demo held at Jordanelle Reservoir.  Jordanelle Reservoir is a beautiful venue for a demo day, especially since it is in such close proximity to the show and to infamous Park City, Utah. We took all of our current Lifetime Kayak models out so retailers and potential dealers from all over the world could give our boats a ... More

Stand-Up-Paddleboarding (SUP) is one of the hottest new trends in the water sports world. Over the past few years, it’s gone from a small time activity to a huge, world-wide phenomenon. Last season we unveiled our adult paddleboard, the Lifetime Freestyle XL SUP. This season, we wanted to make sure the whole family could enjoy this new and rapidly growing sport. We scaled down our adult paddleboard, added some new features, and made the Lifetime Hooligan SUP  - a fantastic youth paddleboard that fits a wide range of younger paddlers. The Lifetime Hooligan was designed to be extremely stable and easy to use. We wanted to be sure those first-time jitters could melt away once the paddler realized how stable and safe this board really is! This board also incorporates a cutting-e... More

Our water sports team is constantly trying to improve our current lineup, as well as design new innovative and stylish kayaks.  We looked at our popular Daylite and Lotus models carefully, put our heads together, and out popped the Lifetime Monterey!  The Lifetime Monterey Kayak is the newest addition to our kayak family, but it still has many of the great qualities of its cousins, the Daylite and the Lotus. The new Monterey is 8’ in length and 29.5” wide.   We have added enhanced tracking channels to the bottom of the kayak which will help keep the kayak from turning side-to-side with each paddle stroke.  It will also allow the paddler to go a greater distance with less effort - who doesn’t want that?!  As with all Lifetime kayaks, the Monterey is extremely stable an... More

Happy Memorial Day!  From all of us here at Lifetime, we wish to extend a heartfelt "thank you" to all of the men and women who bravely serve, or have served, our country.  It is because of your courage and sacrifice for our country's freedom that we are able to celebrate today. Today is a day many of us celebrate with barbeques, parades, shopping sales, and fun with friends and families.  However, may we all also take time to reflect on the true meaning of this day.  We also wish to extend congratulations to Michele A. of Kingstown, RI who is the lucky random winner of our Lifetime Payette Kayak giveaway!  Thanks to everyone who entered.   If you are looking for a fun way to enjoy the water this summer, you can find the entire line of Lifetime Kayaks and Paddleboards a... More

Every year, the Lifetime sales and marketing team attends an internal Sales and Marketing Conference.  This year, things were a bit different. We had 30 kayaks and paddle boards to test paddle at Sand Hollow - one of the most scenic reservoirs in Utah. It is exhausting just to think about…..exhausting in a good way, of course! To kick things off with our kayak training a few weeks ago, we began with a training clinic and question and answer period. Many of our employees are just like you -  they are a beginner or are just getting into the sport of kayaking.  Our more advanced staff members were excited to help out as well. This was exciting for me as I love to share my love of paddle sports with anyone who will listen…….or paddle. :)  I discussed paddle t... More

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