I'm not TOO heartbroken because it was just a cheapie aluminum and plastic thing that came with my (used) kayak. I've got a pro deal on Aquabound/BB stuff and am leaning towards the Eagle Ray Carbon, just on the fence between a 230 and a 240, wondering if I could get a few opinions.
I'm in a Dagger Blackwater 10.5 (27" wide), am 6'4" with a tall torso (I'd say evenly proportionate, 34" inseam and need Tall shirts if I want them to stay tucked in) and have not ventured out of flat water and slow river running (nothing more than a class II on rare occasion). I paddle for fun/touring, but am glad for the fitness aspect, and my natural stroke is low-angle, though I Really like to push water with a burst of high angle from time to time.. the rec boat is like an anchor though (or maybe it's just my 250lbs ~ lol).
I'm sick to death of reading/researching and know it's subjective and up to each individual. I don't have the option to try out paddles, just need one here by next weekend for a planned trip. Sorta leaning towards the 230 again, especially as I'm starting to look for a more touring-oriented (faster/more efficient and narrower) boat.
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10'6" boat for a 200+ guy is a little...|
Posted by: bigspencer on Sep-08-13 11:57 AM (EST)
I'm similar dimensions. I suggest |
Posted by: ezwater on Sep-08-13 12:48 PM (EST)
going down to 215 cm and using high angle paddling style.
I've tried a 210 (what my wife uses)|
Posted by: BrianM on Sep-08-13 1:08 PM (EST)
And it's not something I can sustain over 40~50 miles/2 days. I have a shoulder injury from years ago that prohibits a sustained high-angle stroke. Given that most of my time on the water is doing overnight trips, that's what I plan and buy equipment for. Especially since money is very tight...
Is it length, high angle or blade size|
Posted by: Yanoer on Sep-08-13 11:16 PM (EST)
that hurts your shoulder?
Wish I could say...|
Posted by: BrianM on Sep-09-13 9:46 AM (EST)
But the short paddle doesn't have Huge blades (smaller than the paddle I broke) and my right shoulder was bothered by both paddles after ~30 minutes or so at high angle. *shrug*
keep your elbows in|
Posted by: slushpaddler on Sep-09-13 11:41 AM (EST)
You may be able to find a compromise "hi angle" stroke if you keep your elbows tight to your body as much as possible, and let your torso do the work.
240 is right out|
Posted by: jesse59 on Sep-08-13 3:14 PM (EST)
Go 230 or 220 and don't stress about it.
Second the carbon Eagle Ray. It's a|
Posted by: shirlann on Sep-08-13 11:02 PM (EST)
Bought the 230 this morning...|
Posted by: BrianM on Sep-09-13 9:37 AM (EST)
just gotta wait on shipping now.
Now get a boat that won't work you |
Posted by: string on Sep-09-13 11:53 AM (EST)
to death. I am also your size ,and although your boat will float you, there is so much hull in the water, the resistance is ferocious. I have been where you are with the shoulder.