I am a short person with short arms and don't even know whether that comes into play here but I will be buying my first Kayak paddle and am looking for suggestions as to brands, length, and how much should I be spending.
Can I get a decent paddle, relatively light weight for $50 - $100?
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Posted by: abz on Apr-24-13 7:30 PM (EST)
Werner paddles has a nice tool on their website to estimate the ideal paddle length. As a new paddler, you will most likely paddle in a "low angle" style (more relaxed approach which requires a longer paddle length).
Posted by: seadart on Apr-24-13 7:58 PM (EST)
You want to include information on the boat and kind of paddling you will be doing, flat water, ocean, surf etc.
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Posted by: djlen on Apr-24-13 8:23 PM (EST)
Stay short IMO |
Posted by: seadart on Apr-24-13 10:46 PM (EST)
If it were me I would stick to a short paddle, you might not want a carbon fiber paddle so you can use it to push off the bottom on shallow creeks. I lived in Bucks County PA and my boss lived in the Pine Barrens. Only did canoe paddling then, but if I were going back to small twisty streams there I would go with a short paddle to avoid the snags and overhead branches etc, and so you can paddle close to the hull to get around obstacles, mostly branches. If you post on the general section there is a Celebrity Poster from the Pine Barrens who can weigh in.
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-25-13 1:22 AM (EST)
"Can I get a decent paddle, relatively light weight for $50 - $100?"
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Posted by: djlen on Apr-25-13 5:38 AM (EST)
I will be doing most of the very shallow rivers/streams in Jersey. There is one called Wading River for obvious reasons, so I guess carbon fiber might be the way to go although like many I don't want to spend a ton of money.
Posted by: Waterbird on Apr-25-13 11:42 AM (EST)
Just type "paddle" into the search box for all sales.
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Apr-25-13 8:35 AM (EST)
Fit Guide for length|
Posted by: Celia on Apr-25-13 9:38 AM (EST)
Below - Werner has one that can help with the length part.
An adjustable paddle is an option|
Posted by: willowleaf on Apr-25-13 11:16 AM (EST)
I agree adjustable length and |
Posted by: adbass on Apr-25-13 11:43 AM (EST)
angle is a good idea and not necessarily expensive (not that $120 is expensive). I've used one of these Lavika glass paddles for a while and like it. http://www.pelicansport.com/lavika/product_info.php?cPath=28_23_41&products_id=152
Posted by: djlen on Apr-25-13 6:13 PM (EST)
I just learned a ton about what I can afford, what I want in composition and what length paddle would be best for a midget like myself.