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  One More Question on Paddles - Length
  Posted by: djlen on Apr-25-13 7:03 PM (EST)
   Category: unassigned 

OK, I just pulled the trigger on a Kayak, a Rack and rigging to carry the boat etc.
I bought this stuff at REI and got a really amazing discount....very happy.
One problem. They don't sell paddles that are adjustable in length. My question is at 5'5" tall in a 25" wide boat, recreational kayaking in rivers/streams some of them very narrow and twisty and shallow, can you guys give me an idea of your thoughts on the paddle length that would be appropriate for a guy my size under those conditions?
I will get a 15% discount on any paddle that I buy so I'm thinking I want to buy it there as well. They have small diameter shafts which I think would be good for me. And I will be buying a Fiberglass paddle. Just need an idea of length.


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  Even with the width, I would encourage
  Posted by: ezwater on Apr-25-13 7:09 PM (EST)
you to go to high angle style. For that, I'll bet you could use a 215 cm paddle. Maybe less.

REI might let you exchange if you guess wrong.
  paddle fit guide
  Posted by: nickjc on Apr-25-13 7:51 PM (EST)
215-220 for a low angle touring blade
205-210 for a high angle touring blade
195 for a ww blade
here's a link to werner's fit guide.
I would go with a small bladed high angle touring blade.
  Other considerations
  Posted by: Dr_Disco on Apr-25-13 9:26 PM (EST)
Be sure you get a two piece paddle. I have done a reasonable amount of paddling in mangroves which have narrow, twisty routes with restricted space overhead. It is easier to paddle that with half a paddle (i.e., a "canoe" paddle). In other words, learn basic canoe strokes as well as kayak strokes and use a paddle that allows both.
  What is a man grove, anyway?
  Posted by: ezwater on Apr-26-13 12:55 AM (EST)
Does that have to do with the Florida Keys?
  Posted by: willi_h2o on Apr-25-13 10:48 PM (EST)
-- Last Updated: Apr-25-13 10:52 PM EST --

Repetitive motion every 1/2 second or quicker.
Longer paddles have more material and will be heavier.

It is the device that transfers your energy into
making the boat move forward, be patient, choose wisely.

REI is a great store, but it may be well worth your
while to shop around a bit in South Jersey.


  Low/High Angle?
  Posted by: djlen on Apr-26-13 5:43 AM (EST)
This will give you an idea of how new I am to kayaking.
Can someone explain High vs. Low angle paddling?

BTW, I do have extensive canoe knowledge but I don't think that translates into kayaking.
  Nevermind.....I Googled it
  Posted by: djlen on Apr-26-13 11:10 AM (EST)
Thanks for all the assistance!!


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