Hi everyone. I'm looking for help in buying a paddle for a sit on top kayak and have no idea what to buy. I have a Malibu 2XL kayak and would be using it at the bay and on some rivers. I'm 65 years old and do have some minor arthritis.
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Given the width of your boat,I think a |
Posted by: string on Oct-31-12 2:11 PM (EST)
230 cm paddle will work unless you are unusually short.
Posted by: jimyaker on Oct-31-12 3:36 PM (EST)
220 to 230cm works well for most SOTs.
Absolutely , no aluminum. It is cheap |
Posted by: string on Oct-31-12 7:03 PM (EST)
Posted by: adbass on Oct-31-12 7:56 PM (EST)
it's best to avoid aluminium shafts. Glass and carbon just feel much better (warmer) and (for me at least) don't cause blisters. Both the Werner and Aquabound paddles already suggested should be quite acceptable.
Paddle for SOT|
Posted by: usantigoon on Oct-31-12 9:49 PM (EST)
Posted by: tjweaser on Nov-01-12 10:40 AM (EST)
Thanks everyone for your help. Much appreciated.
Posted by: jimx200 on Nov-03-12 11:23 AM (EST)
my Cannon paddle w/aluminum shaft..strong with zero flex. Btw, the difference between alum and carbon is just 6-8 oz..with aluminum more durable. I'm 6-2/210 and mostly use the 240cm length as it fits my more upright paddle style allowing me more power. Cannon is a family owned business who make their paddles in Minnesota. After 5 years of hard use, it's still going strong.
This is what not to buy. |
Posted by: seadart on Nov-03-12 1:44 PM (EST)
I also started with a 240 Al paddle.|
Posted by: string on Nov-03-12 1:49 PM (EST)
Now I use a 220 carbon one. I traded that Al after one trip. On the positive side, I could have dug holes and split firewood with it.
Posted by: jimx200 on Nov-03-12 9:30 PM (EST)
would aluminum give you tendon problems...weight? Paddle weights are all over the place by mfg. and I do like rigid with little or no flex, thus the alum. Btw, Canon also makes carbon fiber, hybrid, and fiberglass for those wanting lighter. And I like that they are made in USA..unlike some of the big name paddles that are made in China.
Weight, shaft diameter and flutter|
Posted by: seadart on Nov-03-12 11:16 PM (EST)
How about a Greenland style paddle?|
Posted by: ricknriver on Nov-08-12 12:19 PM (EST)
My switch from a euro style to a simple cedar GP really helped joint stress for this old dog. One of the GP builders can tailor one to you, your boat, and paddling style/needs. Their indexed loom and straight tracking blades allow a relaxed grip. They even come in exotic composite take-aparts now. Can even build your own off internet info. Just thoughts. R
Posted by: FrankNC on Nov-08-12 11:10 PM (EST)
I'd get your loom as wide as your boat for a Greenland style paddle. My loom is 22 and I think I should have gotten 24. For wider boats and Aleutian style paddle might be best.