We are reviewing the Yakgrips Comfort Kayak Paddle…
Source: bought it new
Price Paid: $9
We are reviewing the Yakgrips Comfort Kayak Paddle Grips made by Cascade Creek, designed for take-apart paddles. We use kayak paddles for solo canoeing and kayaking, and have found these grips to be an easy to use accessory, making paddling more comfortable. The company does make a grip with velcro , that can be used on solid shaft paddles.
- Easy to use
- Fit various shaft diameters
- Can be tricky to get in place
We had not gone searching for these grips, but rather stumbled upon them at a Paddlesports Show...my husband immediately realized that they could be the solution for an issue he has...very large hands and grip, on a standard size paddle shaft. I checked them out and saw that they could be nicely accommodating for my CMC joint arthritis, and my tendency to get blisters on long paddle trips, more effectively than the paddle/bike gloves I had previously used.
These inexpensive grips slide onto the paddle shaft (be sure the paddle and the grip are very wet, or you will get frustrated trying to slide them into position). Once on the paddle, I have found that they stay in the set position, and do make my grip more comfortable. They were also nice to have during some early season paddles, when the air temperature was a bit cold..better to hold onto neoprene than bare metal.
Once in position on the shaft (using correct paddle position guide), they are also a reminder for me to keep my hands in proper position...but they are not so bulky as to interfere with my changing hand position if indicated. For our recreational paddling purposes, they seem nice to have, and do not have any negative effect on our paddling strokes.
The grips come in nine different colors (for paddles that are take-apart), and only four colors for solid shaft paddles. Our grips live/stay on our paddles, no need to remove them between uses.
The grips are very reasonably priced, and it seems as though they will hold up nicely as we progress through the season.