Choosing your kayak paddle

The choice of paddle is as important as the choice of Kayak. .

A good paddle will become an extension of the body.  It's important to consider the type of paddling you are going to be doing and get the best balance of weight, strength and flexibility.  

Considerations for choosing the right paddle. Blade Material

Sea Touring Paddles have three options for blade material. Whitewater blade material Options. Blade Size

Blade size is a important consideration, large powerful blades can get you from A to B in fewer strokes, whilst smaller blades can improve endurance and reduce strain on your wrists and shoulders.  With Sea Touring you have the option to carry a choice of blades such as lighter smaller or mid range blades  for covering distance and larger more durable blades for catching waves and playing in rock gardens.

As a general guideline for Sea Touring paddles: (Numbers represent the surface area of the blade in cm2 
Shaft Options
 
Sea Touring Paddle Shafts
Shaft Material Options

Carbon composite (G1F) - A high carbon to glass ratio 75/25 which provides the best balance of flex, load and crush strength for sea touring.

Glass composite (EG1) Glass fibre shafts reinforced with Carbon wraps in all joint areas
Glass composite (EG) Glass fibre shafts reinforced in all joint areas

Straight standard  shaft 29mm OD  -  Straight shafts are the strongest and most reliable versatile type of shaft. The straight shaft allows for the widest range of paddle strokes and ensures easy straight forward hand movements along the shaft.  Straight shafts are lighter than cranked shafts and are suitable for all types of advanced paddling techniques.  If you want a paddle suitable for advanced and challenging conditions then a straight shaft should be your first choice.
 

Straight Narrow  shaft 27mm OD - the same performance and features as the standard shaft but designed for paddlers with a smaller hand size.  The narrow shaft is suitable for those with a small to medium hand size, but it is very much down to personal preference.  As a rough guide, a narrow shaft would suit someone with a hand length of up to 17cm.  

 

Modified Crank 29mm OD - Cranked shafts can help with wrist alignment and can help minimize wrist and tendon problems with some paddlers.
Cranks can help align your wrists in a more ergonomic position; reduce fatigue and help gain the confidence of full hand contact.
Cranks however add weight.  Hand position is also limited.  Think of a straight shaft as a manual gear shift, more performance and efficiency in experienced hands and a crank as an automatic, easier for the novice and those that require a little less stress on the joints.
 
Whitewater Paddle Shafts
Shaft Material Options

Carbon XPS - A carbon and glass ratio of  50/50 provides  for a high performance shaft with a high load crush strength 

Glass composite - Glass fibre shaft - with reinforcement in joint areas

Straight standard  shaft 29mm OD  -  Straight shafts are the strongest and most reliable versatile type of shaft. The straight shaft allows for the widest range of paddle strokes and ensures easy straight forward hand movements along the shaft.  
 

Straight Narrow  shaft 27mm OD - the same performance and features as the standard shaft but designed for paddlers with a smaller hand size.  The narrow shaft is suitable for those with a small to medium hand size, but it is very much down to personal preference.  As a rough guide, a narrow shaft would suit someone with a hand length of up to 17cm.  

 
 
Joint Options
Blade Joints - all three and four piece paddles utilise the Paddlok joint to ensure a strong rock solid joint that has been tried and tested by expedition paddlers for many years.  The Paddlok joint gently expands forming a tight solid fit time after time.


Paddlok - The Paddlok joint is a simple fuss free joint used for both blade and centre joints.  Feather angle is fixed.  The joint is tightened using the supplied paddlok key.

Switchlok - The Switchlok is a variation of the paddlok joint and allows the feather angle to be adjusted.

Vari Paddlok - The Varipaddlok is a combination of paddlok joint providing 2 or 4cm of additional length and a switchlok joint for feather adjustment.  Available for both Standard and Narrow shafts


Alloy Leverlok - The Alloy Leverlok provides both length and feather adjustment and is mounted on Carbon shaft with built in index hand grip.  Adjustment is quick and easy and requires no additional tools.  Available for both Standard and Narrow shafts.



Nylon Leverlok - The Nylon Leverlok is a strong robust joint and provides both length and feather adjustment.  Index grips on straight shafts can be removed.  Grip areas are covered in a protective sleeve of either a black gloss plastic shrink or a rubberised shrink grip.  Now available for both Standard 29mm OD shafts and Narrow 27mm shafts.  The Nylon Leverlok is our most popular choice of centre joint due to its ease of use, durability and low maintenance.