Choosing The Just Right Kayak Paddle
First, you must understand that having the correct paddles for your kayak is as important as having the right kayak.
When you have the correct paddles you will find more enjoyment in kayaking, as well you will not feel fatigue when you finish your experience.
Experts tell us there is a, rule set that helps us to determine the correct paddles. We can consider the rule now. You will need to start by considering your height and arm length, since everyone is different.
Kayak paddle rules: How to Choose Length: Length is important. Stern passenger rule: standing firmly on the ground, place the tip of the paddle blade at your feet with the grip leveled at eye length.
Bow passenger rule: You will need a paddle somewhat shorter than that of the tern operator. Level the paddle matching the mouth:
Type of Kayak Paddles: Various types of paddles are available today; however wood is still the most common type. The types of wood include Sitka Spruce. Spruce wood however is a bit harder to locate. Sitka spruce paddles are light, yet strong, yet after many usages the wood tends to split. Maple paddles is heavier, yet many kayakers enjoy this type of paddle more so than other types. Ash paddles is heavier yet, offers flexibility more so than other paddles. Ash paddles tend to spring, which assists in lessening the shock of lethargy, especially at the onset of paddling. Ash is a type of wood that is sometimes laminated.
Choices: Wood: Sitka Spruce, Maple, Ash Aluminum: Lightweight and strong Laminate: Double paddles
Aluminum paddles have a tendency to dirty the hands quickly, since aluminum paddles are often light and made of strong material.
Laminated paddles provide a variety. You can purchase laminated paddles, which you can utilize with alloy shafts, alongside wooden blades. The combination provides strength, which arranges the blade to meet the alloy shaft alongside the ribs of ash wood. This is idea for cruising, while you will need other types of paddles to compete.
What type of blades is suitable for me? It depends. The shape of blades will depend on what you intend to do with your kayak. For instance, if you intend to race, you might consider the square-tip blades. The spoon shape, modified or beaver tail blades is ideal for cruising. Each blade has a round corner. In addition, beaver tail blades are commonly employed in zigzag ski racing or kayaking. (Slalom)
Overall the blade type will depend on your level of stamina and strength. Experts recommend that you experiment with a few types of paddles to decide which product is best suited for you.
If you select the smaller blades and the blades are not suited for you. You will end up getting less water to pull your strength, while if you choose the longer blades; you could very well pull more water against your paddles than you have strength to perform.
In other words, balance is essential in kayaking, choosing paddles, as well as choosing blades.
How should I choose if I ride in the kayak alone? Solo kayak riders tend to choose the double blade paddles. You want to keep in mind that paddles longer than usual is best when you ride alone. In addition, you want to consider that you will need to learn how to feather along with the kayak. In other words, the double paddles are idea for those riding along, yet you will need superb balance to master the kayak.
Overall, the basic kayak paddles is the double blade styles.