How to pick a paddle. Well it's not an easy task, so it's probably a good idea to read up on your options first. There are a few factors to take into consideration, including:
- Blade: what kind of kayaking will you be doing? Do you need great speed or great manouvreability or just an easy pull?
- Shaft: what kind of kayaking will you be doing? Do you need a split shaft, or a ultra strong kevlar shaft or just a basic one that's easy for the kid's to hold?
- Feather: this is the angle at which the blades are offset to each other. Again you need to think about what kind of kayaking you will be doing. Multisporters need to think quite hard about this, while recreational paddlers don't need to be so concerned.
- Length: this is something you're going to need to discuss with the shop staff. Once again it depends on what kind of kayaking you will be doing, so make sure you get good advice and don't just pick up any paddle thinking it will do.
- Weight: for those of you taking your kayaks on long journies this is something you may want to consider. What felt as light as a feather when you start your journey, can feel like a piece of concrete by the end. So get some good advice from your salespeople about this.
- Construction: if you are a multisporter there are factors to think about ie. the nylon carbon composite strength vs. the carbon's lightweight aspect.
All things now considered, have a browse through this site at your options and chat to the Fergs Kayaks staff - remember we're paddlers too, so because we use them we know the features of each of them.
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