How do I choose a kayak paddle?

What kayak paddle is right for me?

Measure Your Body Height

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. 29 to 33 inches wide: Try a paddle that is 230 centimeters long. 34 inches or wider: Try a paddle that is 240 centimeters long.

How do you determine kayak paddle length?

Take the width of your kayak on the top horizontal axis, and then take your height on the left vertical axis, where they meet is your paddle size.

Does length of kayak matter?

Length: Longer boats cruise more efficiently and offer lots of storage space for overnight touring gear, while shorter hulls turn more quickly. A few inches in length won’t matter much, but two feet or more will be noticeable. Depth: Deeper hulls offer more room for long-legged kayakers, plus a little more storage.

Are kayak paddles measured 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.

What is the easiest kayak to paddle?

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Product Type of kayak Features
Old Town Canoes & Kayaks Dirigo 106 Sit-in Good for progression
Ocean Kayak Malibu Sit-on-top Very stable
Sevylor Quikpak K1 Sit-on-top inflatable Compact to store and transport
Wilderness Systems Pungo 120 Sit-in Stable in rough water

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.