Paddles

Recent Paddle Reviews

rated 5 of 5 stars
Werner Ikelos

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Bending Branches Sunrise Glass

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon

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

rated 3.5 of 5 stars
Stellar Kayaks Small Wing Paddle

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

rated 4.5 of 5 stars
Advanced Elements Touring 4-Part Paddle

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

rated 3 of 5 stars
Advanced Elements Ultralite Pack Paddle

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Werner Ikelos

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle

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

rated 5 of 5 stars
Bending Branches Viper

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: 3.5 of 5 (1)
Stellar Kayaks Small Wing Paddle added Jul 6, 2017
Backwater Paddle Company Assassin added Nov 18, 2016
$140 MSRP
Advanced Elements Ultralite Pack Paddle added Jun 29, 2016
$45
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
ZRE Power Surge FW-Z Light added Oct 5, 2015
$325 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Sanborn Canoe Co. Minnesota added Sep 17, 2015
$170 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Viper added Sep 22, 2014
$160
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Sanborn Canoe Co. Gunflint added Jun 5, 2014
$135 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Mitchell Paddles Premier added May 22, 2014
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Impression Solo added Apr 28, 2014
$200
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Infusion added Apr 19, 2014
$90 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Field & Stream Aluminum Canoe Paddle added Apr 3, 2014
$25 MSRP
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Old Town Golden Light Canoe Paddle added Sep 1, 2013
$35
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
L.L.Bean Beavertail Canoe Paddle added Aug 27, 2013
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Aqua-Bound Sting Ray Carbon added Mar 20, 2012
$190 - $219
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Expedition added Mar 20, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Sunrise Glass added Mar 19, 2012
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Bounce added Jan 29, 2012
$80
 
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Bound Fin Stalker added Oct 4, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Otter Creek Paddle Works Cub Paddle added Jul 27, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Whiskeyjack Whiskey Chaser added Jun 29, 2010
$145 MSRP
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Whiskeyjack Whiskey Jill added Jun 29, 2010
$145 MSRP
Advanced Elements Touring 4-Part Paddle added Jun 17, 2010
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Accent Vision Polymer added May 21, 2010
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Little Dipper Carbon added May 10, 2010
$350 MSRP
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Werner Skagit FG IM added Apr 20, 2010
$135
user rating: 5 of 5 (2)
Werner Ikelos added Apr 20, 2010
$415 - $490
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Shuna added Apr 20, 2010
$228 - $285
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Camano added Apr 20, 2010
$205 - $380
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Werner Cyprus added Apr 20, 2010
$415 - $490
user rating: 5 of 5 (3)
Bending Branches BB Special added Apr 13, 2010
$100
user rating: 5 of 5 (1)
Bending Branches Whisper added Apr 13, 2010
$65
user rating: 4.5 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Magic added Apr 13, 2010
$52 - $59
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Economy Paddle added Apr 13, 2010
$25
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray added Apr 13, 2010
$90 - $219
user rating: 4 of 5 (1)
Aqua-Bound Shred Carbon added Apr 13, 2010
$195
user rating: 3 of 5 (1)
Carlisle Standard T-Grip added Apr 13, 2010
$30

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