Indie Ogden Review: Nomad Paddle Outfitters

13254071_236027750102665_7207252118081816151_nUtah is a fantastic place to be during the summer, and there are endless mountains and rivers and trails to explore. Along with summer adventures, though, comes summer heat and the best way to beat the heat is with some paddle boarding fun.  As a woman, I often felt intimidated going into outdoors shops to check out gear and even more so trying to rent it. When I found out about a local women-owned rental company, I  knew I had to meet them.

Hali and Sara ae both outdoor enthusiasts with years of experience working and playing in the outdoors so when an opportunity arose for them to start a company together, they leapt at the chance.

“We were eager and excited to do something that would help people get outdoors more easily and get excited about our wild places. We have such spectacular access rivers, lakes and mountains just outside our backdoor and we though paddleboards would be a great way help people get out there. ”

Nomad Paddle Outfitters not only rents out inflatable SUP boards but also sit on top kayaks for kids, inner tubes, hammocks, dry bags for phones and of course, life jackets. Because they do not have a store front, you meet them in the brightly lit and visible Wal-Mart parking lot on Wall. I felt super safe meeting them, and it was an easy location to find.

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Renting the SUP boards was incredibly easy, I just texted Hali through the number on the site, reserved my two boards, chose one of the two meetup locations and picked up the boards. The entire exchange took no more than 20 minutes. Hali even helped load up the board and threw in a waterproof phone case so I could take photos on the water.

Causey Reservoir, this time of year, is so beautiful and green.  On the day we drove up the reservoir was swarming with swallowtail butterflies. It was so incredible to see dozens flying all around us. The water was calm as well; it was a perfect day to paddle around with kiddos.

The SUP boards we rented had bungee cords in the front to tuck in shoes and drinks and plenty of room for each of us to ride with a kid.  Our littlest kiddo was a little freaked out at first, I am sure some passers-by may have assumed she was being kidnapped, but after a few minutes she calmed down and even got brave enough to sit up and dip her feet in.

My oldest was a big brave bird, and she even jumped in the water with her life vest and a pool noodle.  My husband finally had the chance to cliff jump in Utah; another adventure checked off our bucket list.

After our adventures, we drove back to town and met Hali back at Wal-mart where we returned the boards and life vests and exchanged high-fives. As far as renting gear goes, this was the easiest and quickest transaction I have ever had!  Noman Paddle Outfitters has some rad toys to choose from and because of their vast knowledge of gear and local outdoors, they can help you pick the right one.

As for advice for women venturing into the outdoors Nomad Paddle had this to say, “Get as much experience and confidence in your passions as you can. Be all in. We need more woman who can paddle like a boss and hike like an animal. ”

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Mikaela is a transplant from Portland, fell in love with Ogden her first day in town and created Indie Ogden the next week. She enjoys outdoor adventures with her husband, 2 kiddos and fur baby and making a mess crafting. You can find her at a local cafe or cycling around town with her family.

49 Comments

  1. I’d LOVE to paddle board with my hubby and best friend sometime in July or August, either on the Ogden river or at Pineview, or a nice quiet lake close to Ogden.

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    • If you find a lake, let me know! I love the calm and relaxing waters.

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  2. Hello my name is Isabel, just moved to Bountiful, UT with my family from Arizona. I’d definitely go paddle boarding with my husband and it would be our first time lol. I just heard of pine view reservoir so we would definitely check that place out.

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    • Welcome to Ogden! You’ll love Pineview 🙂

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  3. This looks like so much fun!! I’ve always wanted to try! I’d totally make my husband try this with me this summer😆

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    • I am sure it wouldn’t take much convincing 😉

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  4. I would love to take a paddle board to Causey also. I have never been paddle boarding and I think that would be a great place to start! I would bring along my amazing boyfriend who I have been with for an amazing 8 years! Thanks for a chance to do something fun and adventurous with the one I love!

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    • Never? You have to try it! I am so excited for you and congrats on 8 years.

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  5. I’d go paddle boarding right there in Ogden and I’d bring my 6 year old who loves the water.

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    • I don’t think there are any places in Ogden, but a short drive away are some rad spots

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  6. I’d love to try paddle boarding. I take each of my kiddos on a date every month & this would be perfect for me & my son. I will probably let him decide where.

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  7. I would take my oldest son. He’s away for the first 6 weeks of summer and I would love to do something like this with him when he gets back.

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  8. Would love to try out Causy with my sweet Fam! We love anything outdoors and Nomad SUP will be our go to for future rentals!

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    • Causey really is the best place for family fun

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  9. I’d love to take my kids paddleboarding with my hubby up at Causey or Bear Lake!

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    • oooh! I have never been to bear lake, I will have to check it out.

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  10. I would like to go paddle boarding with my family out at Causey! It’s so beautiful out there!

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    • It really it, it’s so green right now too

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  11. My new husband and I are outdoor addicts! We were lucky enough to to paddle board for a few hours on Causey last year and would be thrilled to do it again! Gotta switch up the mtb every once in a while right?

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    • Totally, plus paddleboarding after mountain biking sounds pretty rad.

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  12. It would be so awesome to win these and take our girls and Girl Scouts paddle boarding in island park in July on the cute river there. Thank you for this opportunity. ❤️

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  13. I have never paddle boarded. And i would love to test it out on Causey. And then take it out to Moab. I was there a couple weeks ago and saw people paddle boarding on the Colorado. That would be so fun!

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  14. would be taking the fam, we love paddle boarding!! we need to check out causey, only been to pineview!
    We ♥ Ogden!! thanks for the chance to win

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    • I love Pineview, but I think Causey won me over

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  15. I have never been paddle boarding but it has been on my summer bucket list for awhile now! I have been trying to convince my boyfriend to go up to Pineview or Bear Lake and try it with me because it looks like so much fun and we are always wanting to try new things together.

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    • If it is on your bucket list, you have to cross it off!

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  16. I love going up to Causey during summer, and it’d be wonderful to take my boyfriend or my best friend paddle boarding up there 🙂

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    • Right on! I bet they would love that too

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  17. I love paddle boarding with my 2 kids. We always go up to Causey in July &Aug, it’s so beautiful and peaceful.
    #indieogden

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    • it really is the most amazing place

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  18. I have never been paddle boarding – only been a spectator (ridiculous, right?!!), but my 13 year old daughter has and LOVED it! So I would take her again to Pineview (although we are fairly new to Utah and I am open to other suggestions!). My only concern is transporting them….I do not have a rack of any kind on my small car. Can you rent a trailer or rack of some sort as well? I must be the most ignorant person when it comes to this and I appreciate any feedback!!

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    • Guess what!? Nomad can provide a pump for you if you don’t have a rack. You just throw the gear in your trunk and pump it up when you get to your location.

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  19. my family is coming from the midwest the end of June and they would absolutely love this!

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    • That would be such a fun thing to show them

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  20. Girl, this is so cool. I’d love to force my husband out with me. I’ve never done anything like this before, so glad Ogden had a place i can try!

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  21. Mikaela! This sounds so fun!! I’ve never paddle- boarded before, i would love to force my husband to play with me!

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    • I forced my husband as well and now he loves it!

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  22. I’d love to take my Dad paddle boarding at Causey! He’s an outdoor enthusiasts and I get my love of water and nature from him. It would be an awesome Father’s day gift! When we go would be sometime this summer. I’m sure we can fit it in July or August!

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  23. Ooooo! I’d probably take my hermano because the guy needs to get out of the house more and not spend so much time working.

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