How do I know what length kayak paddle to get?
Measure Your Body Height
Then, compare it to the width of your kayak and find the correct corresponding measurement. If you are 5 feet 5 inches or shorter and your kayak is… 23 inches wide or smaller: Try a paddle that is 210 centimeters long. 24 to 32 inches wide: Try a paddle that is 220 centimeters long.
How long should my paddle be?
The general convention for determining the correct paddle size is to take the rider’s height and add 9-10 inches. If you’re 5’11” ideally you should get a paddle about 80-81 inches, or 6 feet 8 or 9 inches. This is the recommendation for the average user.
Is a kayak paddle measured from tip to tip?
Paddles are sized by overall length: tip to grip (or tip to tip). However it is far more accurate to measure your correct size by using only the shaft (and grip in the case of canoe paddles), as the blade can vary greatly in length.
How do you measure for a paddle?
An easy way to measure in the field is to place the grip of the paddle between your legs while sitting. Mark where the shoulder of the blade hits you. The shoulder on a straight shaft should be at your forehead; the shoulder on a bent shaft should be at your nose.
Can kayak paddle be too long?
When using a paddle that’s too short or too long, you’ll end up over exerting yourself and working harder than necessary to build up speed and keep the kayak on track. If the length isn’t right, your hands will tend to move along the shaft, resulting in the development of blisters.
What size whitewater paddle do I need?
Paddles are conventionally measured in centimetres. In general, a paddle 196-200 cm in length is good for paddlers between 5’8″ and 6’1″. For paddlers between 5’3″ and 5’8″, a paddle 192-196 cm in length should work great. For paddlers taller than 6’1″, a paddle between 200 and 204 cm’s will be of ample length.
Is a longer kayak better?
Longer kayaks have a number of advantages: they are usually easier to paddle, more stable, and capable of carrying heavier loads with less loss of performance. They also track better, move faster, and glide farther with each stroke than shorter boats, allowing greater efficiency with less effort.