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Palm Equipment

Since 1979, Palm’s founder Andy Knight has kept things simple – make gear for paddlers. Our mission is to enable a lifetime of paddlesport fun for everyone, with respect for the environment. We believe that with better equipment comes safer, more enjoyable experiences. Our products are designed in-house and made by those who share our values. Our home is in Somerset, UK, and we have a base in Asbach, Germany too, as well as our own manufacturing facilities in Hanoi, Vietnam. Palm Equipment and our associated brands VE Paddles, Islander Kayaks, Dagger Kayaks and Wilderness Systems are available through a worldwide network of specialty shops, activity centres and distributors.

gear for paddlers

since 1979
Our brands

Palm Equipment

Making gear for paddlers and water professionals since 1979, including buoyancy aids, clothing, and accessories. Designed in the UK and made in our factories in Asia – distributed and sold in stores worldwide.


Islander Kayaks

Sit-on-top and sit-in kayaks for everybody. Surf, tour and explore with your friends and family. We design and make kayaks here in Clevedon, UK for sale in speciality retailers throughout Europe and beyond.


VE Paddles

The home of Aircore technology. Vertical Element (VE) Paddles are handmade in Britain from high-end prepreg composites – for stronger, more damage-tolerant blades. Available online and at premium retailers.


Dagger Kayaks

From the mountains to the sea with Dagger’s whitewater, touring and crossover kayaks. Founded in 1988 by Joe Pulliam and friends in Tennessee – today we mould much of the Dagger line here in Clevedon under license from Confluence Outdoors, for distribution throughout Europe.


Wilderness Systems

Sea kayaking, touring, fishing and sit-on-tops. Wilderness Systems kayaks are the leaders in their class. We manufacture key models at our Clevedon factory under license from Confluence Outdoors, supplying paddlesport stores in the UK.