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Aqua-Bound "Manta Ray Carbon" Paddle

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Aqua-Bound "Manta Ray Carbon" Paddle

Paddle Make & Model

Brand:
Aqua-Bound
Model:
Manta Ray Carbon
MSRP ($):
179.00

Aqua-Bound’s “Manta Ray” paddle designs feature a larger blade profile to fit your paddling style. They’re available in three different shaft materials, several ferrule designs, and carbon or fiberglass blades. The multiple options allow paddlers to create combinations that fit both paddling styles and wallets.

 

 

Features:

  • 0 and 60 degree ferrule
  • Composite Ferrule
  • Carbon fiber shaft with carbon reinforced blades
  • abX blades

Specs:

  • Blade Size: 7.25" x 18"
  • Shaft Type: 100% Carbon
  • Lengths Available: 210 cm - 250 cm
  • Weight: 29.5 oz

Photos

Paddling the Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon with striper
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon with my Jackson Cuda
manta ray carbon with jackson coosa

User reviews

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5.0

Loving this paddle...

I decided that the paddle I had been using was sub-par. It was a fine paddle, I just didn't know what to look for when I bought it. When I decided it was time to bring my paddle up to the level of my other gear, I started with research.

I came to the conclusion that I was a high angle paddler. The Aqua Bound Manta Ray Carbon Paddle has a blade design that is geared toward the high angle paddler's stroke. I can already tell a big improvement in the efficiency of my paddle stroke with the Manta Ray.

I also knew that I wanted my next paddle to be lighter than my old one. The Manta Ray Carbon weighs in at just 29.5 oz. You will be hard pressed to find a lighter paddle for the same price. The value (light weight for the money) is what sold me on this paddle.

Somethingi read in other reviews and I have experienced myself is the stiffness of the Manta Ray. In many cases, stiffness is not considered a positive attribute. However, it is a positive when it comes to kayak paddles. The stiffness of the Manta Ray ensures that every bit of energy you put into your paddle stroke is transferred to propelling you forward. The low weight also helps with arm fatigue on a long paddle.

I bought this paddle primarily for use with the Jackson Kayak Big Tuna. Since this is a wider than normal boat, I decided to go with the 240 cm size.

I would definitely recommend this paddle to anyone looking for a strong and lightweight paddle that won't break the bank. My only regret is that I didn't buy it sooner.

Darrell

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
Used:
7-15 times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
light weight, adjustability, cost, stiffness
Cons:
none
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5.0

Great Paddle!

I've been kayak fishing for two years now and while I've changed my kayak, rods, lures, reels, pfd's and more in that time but one thing has stayed with me from the start...my Aquabound Manta Ray Carbon. Love this paddle. I've used and abused this paddle the past two years and it is holding up great. While my wife's paddle of a different make that was bought at the same time is starting to have issues, mine is still performing like new. The Manta Ray Carbon is super light weight and really moves my Cuda 14 with ease. Great paddle and I have no doubt I'll get many more years use out of it before having to shop for a new paddle. When that time comes, chances are I'll just buy another Manta Ray Carbon!

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
Used:
30+ times

Pros & Cons

Pros:
Durable, great design, worth the money
Cons:
I might be wrong, but black is the only color option(?)
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(Updated: November 05, 2013)
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5.0

Over 200 miles, I am very happy with my choice

Towards the end of my 2011 paddling season, I decided it was time to get a new paddle. My paddle was starting to show all the abuse I had given it, and it was starting to take on water. Up to this point I had really only used the paddle that I had received free with my first kayak. While it was a good paddle and stood up to my abuse for close to four seasons, in hindsight it was dumb luck that I had ended up with one that fit me well and was comfortable to use.

I started to look at different paddles and realized I knew almost nothing about how a paddle worked or how to choose one. With performance paddles costing more than $400, I needed to educate myself on how to select a paddle properly. After doing a lot of research online and talking to people who knew a lot more than I do about paddles, I was ready to start to start the selection process.

I determined that my paddling angle was medium to high, and that I needed a paddle that was at least 230cm long. The next step was to try out lots of different paddles out on the water. To do this I borrowed paddles and visited shops to demo them. I probably tried a dozen different paddles that fit my rough specs. At that point I had a good idea on the paddles I liked, and it was time to pick one.

I decided on the Aqua-Bound “Manta Ray” series, as I really liked to large blade profile. One thing I liked about all the Aqua-Bound Ray series was the options. Not only do they have three different blade profiles - Eagle Ray, Sting Ray, and the Manta Ray - they also have a choice among aluminum, fiberglass, or carbon shafts with three different ferrule types and fiberglass or carbon blades. This was great, because depending on how much coin you are ready to drop you can choose the options that fit you the best. The prices range from $90 on the low end to $200 for the full carbon model with all the options. Since I had a $250 budget I chose the full carbon paddle with the TLC ferrule.

When the paddle arrived, the first thing I noticed was how light it was. The whole paddle felt lighter than half of my old fiberglass one, and it was 20cm longer. When I got it on the water, it did not disappoint. The 100% carbon shaft was comfortable to hold, and efficiently transferred power to the blade without flexing. Then the large Carbon abX Resin blades of the Manta Ray transferred that energy to the water. The TLC ferrule did not wiggle or seem loose, even though it makes blade feather adjustments quick and easy. The Manta Ray definitely made paddling easier and more enjoyable.

After a season of paddling and over 200 miles, I am very happy with my choice. As with all my gear, it has not been babied and has been used hard. It has proven to be very durable, and still performs like the first day I got it wet. The Manta Ray is not the most expensive paddle, but it is a solid choice. With all the different options, every kayak angler should be able to find an Aqua-Bound paddle that fits them and their budget.

User Info

Waters Fished:
  • Large Rivers
  • Small Creeks
  • Large Lakes
  • Small Ponds
  • Salwater Flats
  • Saltwater Bays
  • Offshore
Used:
30+ times
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon with my Jackson Cuda
Paddling the Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon with striper
manta ray carbon with jackson coosa
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