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TOPIC: Kayak Paddle

Kayak Paddle 2 months 3 weeks ago #1


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So I went on a float trip this weekend in a rented kayak, 11 miles on the Youghigheny River. I became quite familiar with the Jackson fishing kayak that was in my local outfitter's rental fleet, and I must say it was quite nice. The paddle, however, was terrible. I felt that it was way too short, and it was missing the little rubber discs that keep the drips away. This combination put quite a bit of water in the boat and had my pants completely soaked, along with making it a challenge fighting a current and paddling upstream, as I had to move my hands every stroke. I see no easily referenced thread on how to select a paddle, and as I will definitely be buying a kayak very soon, I'd really like to know what the rest of you look for in a paddle, how to determine a proper length, and what the different designs are supposed to do.
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