Kayak Paddles

The best kayak paddles, reviewed and curated by the Trailspace community. The latest review was added on December 27, 2018. Stores' prices and availability are updated daily.

Recent Kayak Paddle Reviews

Werner Ikelos

rated 5 of 5 stars It's my go-to paddle when I paddle rough water and in surf conditions. The big blade doesn't slip when you crank on it, and it's super-light. The Ikelos is one of my favorite kayak paddles. The weight might make you think it's a potato chip, but I use it for tough conditions and it has held up great. The ferrule system is the best one in the kayak paddle market, period. It's almost like it becomes a one-piece, the lock is so positive. The only downsides? It's a very big blade, so it'll kill your… Full review

Bending Branches Sunrise Glass

rated 5 of 5 stars This paddle has proven to be durable, efficient, and reliable over two full seasons of paddling 100+ days per year. It is a reasonably priced recreational paddle, with options for feathering. I would definitely recommend it for paddlers of canoes and kayaks, who are looking for a good basic paddle with positive performance and durability. My Bending Branches Sunrise Glass kayak paddle will soon be put away for the winter, but I have no plans or need to replace it for next year's paddling. In my… Full review

Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon

rated 5 of 5 stars I recently purchased a 240cm long Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon kayak paddle. I needed something longer and lighter than the paddles I already owned. I bought this specifically to use on a new, wider sit-on-top kayak. This two-piece paddle is very light and performs very well. I've put together a video review below. Please have a look. Thanks —Wayne Full review

Stellar Kayaks Small Wing Paddle

rated 3.5 of 5 stars Affordable easy to use. For use with a sea kayak, a small blade seems right if you cannot go over 5 mph. You do not need any more power. These wings give me plenty of punch to go upwind or to move in surf and I am learning to back down on easy water as not a lot of stress is needed to get to hull speed. This wing design has no twist making it more forgiving. The length feather adjustment is great. It is fun to use different lengths on different boats in different conditions. This is my second season… Full review

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

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

Carlisle Magic

rated 4.5 of 5 stars I am not a kayaker, but when I purchased a new solo canoe, it was suggested to me, that in addition to my regular canoe paddle, I look into getting a basic kayak paddle, to try with the solo canoe. I saw this Carlisle Magic paddle at LL Bean, and it looked as though it would meet my needs. It has done quite well for me, and I can recommend this paddle as a basic, recreational paddle for a kayak or canoe. I had never used a kayak paddle before I purchased my solo boat; I have found this basic paddle… Full review

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Werner Skagit FG IM
$108 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Werner Ikelos
$332 - $415
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon
$157 - $199
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Shuna
$228 - $285
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Camano
$199 - $304
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Cyprus
$332 - $415
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Bounce
$60 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Whisper
$52 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Magic
$52 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray
$90 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Bound Shred Carbon
Advanced Elements Ultralite Pack Paddle
Advanced Elements Touring 4-Part Paddle
Riveraholic Pro-Paddles
NRS Ripple Kayak Paddle
$97 - $129
Advanced Elements Twilight Travel Paddle
$50 - $63
Werner Powerhouse
$208 - $310
Advanced Elements Orbit Paddle
$77 - $99
Bending Branches Impression
$150 - $199
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Hybrid
$112 - $149
Harmony Sea Passage Paddle
$55 - $89
Werner Double Diamond
$365 - $372
Carlisle Predator Fiberglass Paddle
Bending Branches Angler Classic
$105 - $164
Adventure Technology Quest Glass
$206 - $239
Adventure Technology Geronimo Fiberglass Whitewater
Advanced Elements Axis
Ascend Tournament
Carlisle K1 One-Piece Paddle
Werner Athena
NRS PTK Kayak Paddle
Werner Ovation Carbon Core
$408 - $510
Werner Player
Kokopelli Packraft 4-Piece Breakdown Paddle
Bending Branches Slice Glass Plus
$97 - $149
Bending Branches Navigator
$225 - $299
Werner Sherpa
$208 - $310
Carlisle Day Tripper
$35 - $49
Werner Side Kick
$248 - $260
Ascend Trek
Werner Camano Carbon
$292 - $365
Werner Baja Fiberglass
Werner Kalliste
$332 - $415
Aqua-Bound Shred FG
$97 - $129
Aqua-Bound Eagle Ray
$112 - $219
Werner Rio FG IM
Werner Little Dipper
$220 - $284
Aqua-Bound Shred Carbon 4-Piece Breakdown
Werner Stikine
$292 - $372
NRS PT Guide Paddle
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