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What Paddle Shaft is Right for Me?
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What Paddle Shaft is Right for Me? 

Break down paddles come in many configurations. The primary purposes of a breakdown are adjustable feather angles and ease of transportation and storage when not in use. Most breakdowns are two-piece paddles, but three, and even four-piece paddles are available from some manufacturers.

I would recommend paddling with a one-piece paddle whenever possible. They are lighter, stronger, less expensive, and don't have joints that wear, get wiggly, and require maintenance. There is simply less to go wrong with them, especially out on the water when you probably can't do anything about a malfunction. The easier transportation and storability of a breakdown is a plus, but

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What is the Correct Blade Size For My Kayaking Paddle?
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If you plan on primarily paddling easy flat water, small blades (junior or even kids sized) might be best, or at least okay, though "standard" sized ones will also work fine. If you paddle white water, and I include ocean rock garden play and ocean surfing here, you will usually want slightly larger blades than used for touring, depending on how strong you are, and what kind of shape you're in. Larger blades grip the water better for the repeated boat acceleration and deceleration done in white water and surfing. Flat water cruising is more efficient with smaller blades, as this allows a faster stroke rate, and you can rest even more by just slowing the pace some.

I would recommend 100 to 105 square inches of blade surface for a white water kayak paddle within its typical length range. A blade size about

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What Feather Angle Should My Kayaking Paddle Be?
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What Feather Angle Should My Kayaking Paddle Be?

Feather angle refers to the blade plane configuration of a kayak paddle. When the two blades are in the same plane as indicated by being able to lay it with both blades flat on the floor at the same time, it is unfeathered, (also called no-feather or zero feather). A feathered paddle is indicated when the blades are at any angle away from the same plane, and only one blade will lay flat on the floor at a time.

It can be right or left feather (see next topic), and at any angle up to 90 degrees. The typical range of feather angles found is from a low of about 45 degrees to 90 degrees as the highest. I've heard of angles below 45 degrees, but not seen any.  The feather versus no-feather issue is probably THE most hotly debated topic in the sea kayaking community, approaching that of religious war fervor. It is much less so among white water paddlers. Feathered paddles provide better forward speed, mainly through better ergonomics and

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What Length Should my Kayaking Paddle Be?
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What Length Should my Kayaking Paddle Be?

Mostly Touring Paddles:
For any kayak paddle, shorter gives (within limits) more power, longer conserves energy. The limit for the best paddle length for you is dependent on several different variables. The width of the boat you paddle is probably the single most important factor. Paddling style would be second, and then your body size would be third.

Narrower boats like most conventional "hard-shell" "sit-in" kayaks require the least paddle length. Most inflatable kayaks are pretty wide and require a significantly longer paddle. The width of folding boats and "sit-on-tops" is usually

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What Kind of Paddle Should I Buy?
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For starters, you need to figure out what you are going to use your proposed paddle for. Are you interested in white water paddling or flat-water touring. Some paddles made today can be used for about anything, but after you know more of what you're doing, you'll discover that certain paddles are better for specific uses. It's sort of like buying a car. A Jeep will go about anywhere, and do about anything. But, a dragster or Indy car will dust a Jeep at the track, a compact car will be much cheaper for commuting, and a semi-truck will haul lots more cargo. You won't want to take the dragster or Indy car off-road, though, or pull your tandem axle travel trailer with the compact, or drive the kids to school in the semi -- okay, you get the idea....

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