Grandpa is considering a Perception Acadia Scout and paddle for a coming series of grandsons, oldest turning 7 next spring. Understand that the Scout may be discontinued, but bigger question is an appropriate paddle. Looking for something above aluminum, but below the $275 full graphite models (they can spring for those when they're ready). Have seen listings for the Werner Sprite and Aquabound Sharkie at about $60. Would appreciate your experience and suggestions.
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Kids are not adults|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Nov-22-12 8:39 PM (EST)
Might try Sawyer|
Posted by: old_user on Nov-23-12 11:01 AM (EST)
I know Sawyer makes kid specific paddles.
I'll Be the One|
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-23-12 11:20 AM (EST)
You can't do better than a custom fit. Either make a Greenland paddle for cheap or have one made for some $.
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-23-12 2:58 PM (EST)
Burn the grandson's name in the paddle. That would be special.
A bit of a rant here ... Its painful to|
Posted by: onnopaddle on Nov-23-12 3:37 PM (EST)
Posted by: Kudzu on Nov-23-12 5:59 PM (EST)
$75 is a bargain. Jump on it!
Onno kids paddles|
Posted by: natehanson on Nov-23-12 6:40 PM (EST)
I have a very happy Onno user in my family. His kids paddle is far better than anything else that's out there.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-23-12 7:06 PM (EST)
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Nov-25-12 6:58 PM (EST)
I got a two piece adjustable paddle from Pat, very light with cool green blades. The eldest grand kid loves it!
Nice vids Pat|
Posted by: Andy_Szymczak on Nov-27-12 8:40 AM (EST)
And Onno is looking good!
Posted by: Big_Dave on Nov-23-12 7:38 PM (EST)
I hear the Acadia Scout is discontinued but is being re-issued as the Prodigy XS. I talked to the Perception rep and it's the same hull but with upgraded outfitting. I'm in the market for at least one in the spring. Check out the video on their website. My grandkids use the Werner Sprite and the Adventure Technology Grasshopper paddles. They work fine and are a good fit for 5 and 6 year olds.
Another kayak to see|
Posted by: FrankNC on Nov-23-12 8:47 PM (EST)
I like the sit on top for kids listed here:
Wing paddle for kids|
Posted by: corinneandchazross on Nov-24-12 9:57 AM (EST)
Second the GP|
Posted by: underhills on Nov-24-12 4:42 PM (EST)
My daughter has an Acadia Scout and this winter I am making her a second GP. She has out growen the first one. I like the GP for the price and ease of getting it to fit her, since I can scale everything down. She likes it since I can customize it for her. Her first one was purple. Her first one was made out of a 1x4 so I could make the loom small and this one will be a cedar 2x4 and I will just carve it down until it fits her hand. I don't use any fancy treatments or epoxy on hers since it may only be used for a year. I just coat it with Danish oil which I have around the house. Banging hands has never been an issue with her even though it has happened it hasn't stopped her.
Posted by: jbernard on Nov-24-12 7:55 PM (EST)
for the GP. I am not a GP guy. I am a giant blade euro guy, but... I could not find anything good for young small kids. I bought the Werner Sprite and didn't like it. So I finally made a smallish greenland paddle out of a red cedar 2x4 for $19. I used the free video and plans that are easily found on the internet. Extremely light and balanced for young kids and the pull through the water is something they easily handle. Good luck
Let The Kids Choose|
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-25-12 4:59 PM (EST)
These are the good fun years of paddling, having bought every kid's paddle available to try out on the narrow made for kid's Poco SOT by Ocean Kayak. You can't fool kids, they want the real mc'coy like what the grown ups paddle. They don't want another scaled down toy version. Discovered this when the 7 year old picked up her mom's translucent Swift paddle and took off on her own out into the surf and ocean. Been trying to get her to do this for years. Even at age 10 and paddling surfski, it was hard to ween her from the the Swift, until I got her the Onno Small Wing paddle, which she has been using for the past four years until now, when she switch to the larger Onno Small-Mid Wing.
Playtime is learning|
Posted by: willi_h2o on Nov-25-12 8:58 PM (EST)
Kids are sponges absorbing what we teach them.
Posted by: clydehedlund on Nov-26-12 5:01 AM (EST)
For some of them middle school kids really know their physics. Especially, the talented Hopkins kids I paddled with a few summers ago.
Posted by: old_user on Nov-26-12 8:51 AM (EST)
I've got a 10 year old and a 6 year old in Kayaks.. Biggest thing I'd say is don't push them. Load up the kayaks and go.. If your there 20 mins and there done.. Go Home. Keep it fun When my son was 9 I pushed him once to go a little longer and it didn't go well, and he didn't want to go with me again for a while.. So now I know when the kids come I let them call the shots and come back by myself for the long paddling days..
Posted by: B.inboats on Nov-26-12 10:05 PM (EST)