Posted by: old_user on Sep-10-12 5:08 PM (EST) Category: Paddles
Hi, I'm new to the board. I've had a canoe for a couple of years, but just got a kayak. I'm not sure what length paddle I should get. I've checked all the charts and I'm between a 220 and 230 on most. (for low angle) I'm 6'1 and my boat is 23.5" wide. (Tsunami 160) Since I'm borderline between both sizes, is there a general rule of which way to go when in doubt? I know a demo would be the best option, but I don't have anywhere to do so. My current paddle came with my boat (craigslist) and it's way too short. It's actually a WW paddle. I kind of want to go with the 220 as I could see myself getting a narrower boat one day. (I plan to get a nice paddle.)
I know you can't give me a definite answer, but maybe a little help. Thanks
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Why not get an adjustable one?|
Posted by: FrankNC on Sep-10-12 5:14 PM (EST)
Even Aquabound has telescoping ferrules these days.
I agree with Frank. I like mine.|
Posted by: string on Sep-10-12 5:23 PM (EST)
Go with a 4 piece Lendal|
Posted by: tsunamichuck1 on Sep-10-12 5:24 PM (EST)
and or an adjustable length paddle. You can just buy a new shaft for the Lendal, and 4 piece breaks down for travel.
when in doubt|
Posted by: desertdave on Sep-10-12 6:43 PM (EST)
I would go with the shorter option. Many people tend to go to shorter paddles over time, it seems. You already mentioned a more narrow boat as a potential option.
Posted by: BigandSmall on Sep-10-12 8:03 PM (EST)
I found the Epic paddle wizard to be a good start. For what it's worth I'm 6' 1 and 3/4 and paddle a 23 1/2 wide boat Delta. I quite like my Onno full tour adjustable from 212-222 with a lever lock. I seem to be keeping it on 7 lately which is 219cm.
I started with a 240 and now have an |
Posted by: string on Sep-10-12 11:46 PM (EST)
Onno that adjusts from 217-227.
Posted by: magooch on Sep-11-12 10:02 AM (EST)
I'm 6'-2" and have many paddles to choose from; when I know I'm probably going to be in a lot of wind and rough conditions, I want a longer shaft (230). Depending on the boat, there are some operations that just take pure force and the longer shaft allows better leverage. Playing in big waves and surfing, I've found that you can't have too strong a shaft, so I would caution about adjustable length ferrules.
Posted by: old_user on Sep-11-12 11:18 AM (EST)
Thanks for all the help. I was thinking the 220 would probably be the way to go. From what I've read, people tend to go from a longer to shorter paddle much more than the opposite. I'll probably go with a 220 or an adjustable.
The real variable to consider is....|
Posted by: holmes375 on Sep-11-12 12:22 PM (EST)
the shaft length best suited to you and your boat(s). Unfortunately, the industry is generalised around overall length which fails to consider the various blade shapes and dimensions.
My experience is that |
Posted by: rpg51 on Sep-16-12 8:23 PM (EST)
shorter ends up being more comfortable for most people. I had an Onno and loved it. Sold it only because I made the switch to a Greenland paddle and I've not looked back. Onno is highly recommended.