"Always be sure to get the very best paddles and oars as it will make the trip easier and conserve your energy longer."

Oars & Paddles Crucial To A Kayaker

These devices are like the engine of a car or the pedals on a bike. Very important that it be the right length and weight for each individual. By choosing the correct oar you will be able to retain strength and be able to paddle for longer distances and through strong currents and classes of water.

Always Choose The Best Oars & Paddles


Paddles are one item that must accompany a kayak if it is to move through the water and able to maneuver with the exception of one model. They also must be the correct ones if they are to do their job properly.

The fist thing that must be done when choosing paddles is they must fit the person who is going to paddle correctly if they are to do what they are needed for, this means if they are to large or to small they will not be able to be used correctly.

To choose the correct size paddle one should stand on the floor and hold the paddle with the blade on the floor and the knob at the top of the handle should be at eye level, this is the correct size for the person. If they are too short they will not maneuver the craft correctly nor will the speed that it is able to travel at be gained. If they are to long they will risk hitting the hull and will also drag through the water rather than slice the water causing the craft to move slower than it would with the right size paddle.

Paddles also come constructed from different materials, they can be made from different types of wood as well as different types of metal alloy. This means they are also different weights, while a metal alloy oar may work well for a child it will not work well for a large adult, as it would be to lightweight to get the right amount of stroke from it. The same as a heavy wooden paddle would not work well for a child or small adult as it would tire them faster and the weight will not allow them to paddle correctly.

The blade on the paddle is also important for different types of water, paddles with a blade that has a curved blade is named a power face, there is also a dihedral or spoon shaped blade. This blade will slice through the water easily and perform well. The offset of the blades is also important, and is between forty-five and sixty degrees and many professionals feel this type blade is less stress on the wrist and forearms.