The best 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 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

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

user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Werner Skagit FG IM Kayak
$108 - $135
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Bending Branches BB Special Canoe
$80 - $99
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Werner Ikelos Kayak
$332 - $415
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon Kayak
$200 - $209
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Shuna Kayak
$228 - $285
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Viper Canoe
$136 - $159
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Impression Solo Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Camano Kayak
$199 - $304
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle Canoe
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Cyprus Kayak
$332 - $415
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Bounce Kayak
$60 - $79
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Whisper Kayak
$52 - $64
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Magic Kayak
$52 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Economy Paddle Canoe
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Kayak
$90 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Bound Shred Carbon Kayak
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Golden Light Canoe Paddle Canoe
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Standard T-Grip Canoe
Advanced Elements Ultralite Pack Paddle Kayak
Advanced Elements Touring 4-Part Paddle Kayak
Advanced Elements SUP Paddle
Werner Zen 85 Stand-Up
$183 - $227
Riveraholic Pro-Paddles Kayak
NRS Ripple Kayak Paddle Kayak
$97 - $129
Aqua-Bound Lyric Stand-Up
Bending Branches Amp 1-Piece Stand-Up
$242 - $284
Advanced Elements Twilight Travel Paddle Kayak
$50 - $63
Werner Powerhouse Kayak
$208 - $310
Bending Branches Expedition Plus Canoe
$120 - $149
Advanced Elements Orbit Paddle Kayak
$77 - $99
Bending Branches Impression Kayak
$170 - $199
Bending Branches Arrow Canoe
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Hybrid Kayak
Pau Hana Carbon & Teak Adjustable Stand-Up
Bending Branches Java 11 Canoe
$120 - $149
Harmony Sea Passage Paddle Kayak
$47 - $89
Werner Grand Prix 86 Stand-Up
Bending Branches Sunburst 11 Canoe
Werner Rip Stick 89 Stand-Up
$259 - $304
Carlisle Outfitter Canoe
Bending Branches Loon Canoe
$64 - $74
Werner Trance 85 Stand-Up
$259 - $304
Werner Double Diamond Kayak
$365 - $372
Cataract Navigator Guide Paddle Canoe
Carlisle Predator Fiberglass Paddle Kayak
Werner Thrive 95 Stand-Up
$131 - $175
Bending Branches Angler Classic Kayak
$112 - $164
Ascend Glide Adjustable Stand-Up
Bending Branches Explorer Plus Canoe
Adventure Technology Quest Glass Kayak
$206 - $239
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