Paddles

Category

Canoe
Kayak
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Brands

Carlisle
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other
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Advanced Elements
Riveraholic
Harmony

User

Unisex
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Kids'

Price

less than $25
$25 - $49.99
$50 - $99.99
$100 - $199.99
$200 - $299.99
$300 - $399.99
$400 - $499.99
$500 and above

Recent Paddle Reviews

Advanced Elements Touring 4-Part Paddle

rated 4.5 of 5 stars This is a sturdy and reliable paddle that takes apart into four pieces, so it fits well into the bag of a folding or inflatable kayak. The price is good. I've used it for three years of recreational flatwater paddling. The Touring paddle has become my preferred paddle, after experience with plenty of two-piece paddles, and two other four-piece paddles. I've used it for over three years. I initially tried it because it is an Advanced Elements paddle, and I am a big fan of their folding inflatable… Full review

Advanced Elements Ultralite Pack Paddle

rated 3 of 5 stars This is the most affordable kayak paddle I've found that can be taken apart into four parts. It is great for using with folding or inflatable kayaks, as it is packable and portable and weighs about 24 ounces. The slim metal shaft suits small hands. I have not used it for whitewater or challenging conditions. Kayakers need spare paddles. I chose two of these Ultralite Pack Paddles to go with the Lagoon inflatable kayak given to me a year and a half ago, by the manufacturer. One I keep as a lightweight… Full review

Werner Ikelos

rated 5 of 5 stars Great buoyant large blade. Looks good and performs great. Been using the Ikelos bent shaft for a number of years. It is an exceptional and rather large paddle, light and stiff, but with comfortable bent shaft it performs very well. Foam core construction makes for a very buoyant blade with smooth surfaces on both sides. Paddle enters water cleanly and when rolling it does provide enough support even if not at a perfect angle. In some respect it is one of the best paddles to teach roll with. I have… Full review

L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle

rated 5 of 5 stars A classic redone with a robust edge guard and modern wood finish. This paddle isn't for white water, but on a lake or quiet stream, it's a lovely paddle to hold and use. I received this paddle as a birthday gift from my wife yesterday. I'm quite taken with it—it's so "Moonrise Kingdom." The wood used is straight-grained and clear of imperfection. The paddle is understated and beautiful. Beavertail paddles are a classic choice for lake paddling. Once the paddle is submerged, its shape allows it… Full review

Bending Branches Viper

rated 5 of 5 stars Most comfortable paddle I've used for long distance paddling. The curved shaft really makes a big difference. I purchased this canoe paddle to replace my 20-year-old Bending Branches bent paddle that finally took some damage after many miles. This one has the curved shaft as well as the bend where the paddle connects. The curved shaft really makes a big difference for comfort, it just feels good. I also feel like I can steer better with the Viper as opposed to my old bent paddle, maybe it's just… Full review

Bending Branches Bounce

rated 5 of 5 stars Excellent price, lightweight, and comfortable grip. I received this paddle as a Christmas gift. It was my second paddle, and I LOVED it. The quality, weight, and ease of use made me think this was a very expensive gift. It has a nice, natural grip and is pre-wrapped, so I have not had to add the usual Yak-Grips that I always put on my paddle shaft.  I have a small boat (9.5 foot kayak), and this paddle pushes me quickly through the water, even in a very strong head wind. I have also used it through… Full review

Bending Branches BB Special

rated 5 of 5 stars This is the only paddle I’d recommend for flat water and lake paddling. This paddle provides you more power more efficiently with each of your strokes. You can easily spend much more on a paddle, but you’ll not really gain much in performance. (Note the grip and oval shaft) Finish is excellent. After more than two decades of use, my paddle looks much newer.  Firstly, in the interest of full disclosure, openness, and honesty, I’m biased toward wood paddles. I neither want nor need any high… Full review

ZRE Power Surge FW-Z Light

rated 5 of 5 stars Hand made in the USA carbon fiber work of art that makes heavier paddles obsolete IMHO We purchased two ZRE Power Surge Light paddles a year ago and they still make us smile every time we use them or even just pick them up. At near 8 1/2 ounces (varies slightly by length), they allow two Medicare-age paddlers to paddle for four hours without even having our arms get tired. My wife has arthritis in her hands, so I phoned Mr. Zaveral himself for advice. He told us what measurements to take and then… Full review

Sanborn Canoe Co. Minnesota

rated 5 of 5 stars The Sanborn Canoe Co. Minnesota 14° is a light weight (19 oz.) and durable paddle making all environments pleasant. The paddle is comfortable in the hands, takes a beating, and comes out still looking beautiful. Some may think the light weight compromises durability, but not with this paddle. I recently purchased the Minnesota 14° bend for an excursion in the BWCA.  I have paddled with many other well-known brands before with no complaints, but this paddle came out on top for paddles to own. Full review

Top-Rated Paddles

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user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Economy Paddle Canoe Paddle
$25
Kwik Tek Performance Kayak Paddle Kayak Paddle
$25
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Field & Stream Aluminum Canoe Paddle Canoe Paddle
$25 MSRP
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Standard T-Grip Canoe Paddle
$30
 
NRS Carlisle Standard Canoe Paddle
$30
Backwater Paddle Company Assault Hand Paddle Kayak Paddle / Canoe Paddle
$30 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Golden Light Canoe Paddle Canoe Paddle
$35
 
NRS Sawyer Tales Canoe Paddle
$40
Aqua-Bound Freedom 85 Stand-Up Paddle
$40 - $374
NRS PTC Canoe/Raft Paddle Canoe Paddle
$45
Carlisle Day Tripper Kayak Paddle
$42
Advanced Elements Ultralite Pack Paddle Kayak Paddle
$46
Carlisle Outfitter Canoe Paddle
$50
Carlisle K1 One-Piece Paddle Kayak Paddle
$50
Riveraholic Small Hand Paddles Kayak Paddle
$50
Riveraholic Large Hand Paddles Kayak Paddle
$50
 
Harmony Drifter Aluminum Paddle Kayak Paddle
$50
Advanced Elements Twilight Travel Paddle Kayak Paddle
$50 - $63
Advanced Elements Hula Stand-Up Paddle
$50 - $63
Riveraholic Pro-Paddles Kayak Paddle
$55
Sevylor Anodized Kayak Paddle Kayak Paddle
$55
NRS PTR Kayak Paddle Kayak Paddle
$60 - $74
Sevylor Whitewater Kayak Paddle Kayak Paddle
$55 MSRP
 
Aquaglide Vario Crossover Kayak Paddle
$59
Stearns Performance Kayak Paddle Kayak Paddle
$59
Advanced Elements Packlite Paddle Kayak Paddle
$60
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Whisper Kayak Paddle
$60 - $64
NRS PTK Kayak Paddle Kayak Paddle
$60 - $64
Carlisle Take-Apart Paddle Kayak Paddle
$62
 
Bending Branches Junior Canoe Paddle
$65
Sawyer Paddles Glide Canoe Paddle
$69
NRS PT Guide Paddle Kayak Paddle
$70
Advanced Elements Adaptour Adjustable Stand-Up Paddle
$70
Harmony Sea Passage Paddle Kayak Paddle
$70
Bending Branches Loon Canoe Paddle
$75
 
Harmony Shadow Paddle Canoe Paddle
$75 MSRP
Bending Branches Sunrise GS Kayak Paddle
$75 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Bounce Kayak Paddle
$80
Carlisle Guide Canoe Paddle
$80
NRS PTS Stand-Up Paddle
$80
 
L.L.Bean West Branch Canoe Paddle Canoe Paddle
$80
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Advanced Elements Touring 4-Part Paddle Kayak Paddle
$80
Advanced Elements Orbit Paddle Kayak Paddle
$80 - $99
Seattle Sports Zephyr Stand-Up Paddle
$80
Carlisle Taboo Stand Up Paddle Canoe Paddle
$85 - $99
BIC Sport Original AP Stand-Up Paddle
$90
L.L.Bean Kayak Paddle Kayak Paddle
$90
 
L.L.Bean Atlantic SUP Paddle Stand-Up Paddle
$90
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Infusion Kayak Paddle
$90 MSRP
Seattle Sports SeaWhisper Carbon Paddle Kayak Paddle
$90 - $95
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