Choosing a paddle - size question and other stuff
So good news - I have determined my choice of Kayak is going to be the Dagger Katana 9.7. I think size wise it's perfect for me. I'm 5'8", 140lbs. It also seems to have the best blend of speed on flats and white water capability out of the three I was looking at (Pyranha Fusion and LL XP9 were the other two).
Now it's time to choose a paddle. Austinkayak.com has the best deal out of any website I've found, which will save me at least $400 over buying it from anywhere else, so I want to choose a paddle from them. They basically throw in a free life jacket, in addition to no tax and free shipping, so that can't be beat.
The paddles they offer with the boat in my price range are as follows:
AquaBound Shred Carbon Whitewater Kayak Paddle
AquaBound Shred Hybrid Whitewater Kayak Paddle
Werner Desperado CF Whitewater Kayak Paddle Straight Shaft
The rivers near me are a blend of flat and mild class I to II rapids. If we drive 45 minutes north, we can find class III. I'm thinking we will be doing the latter 70% of the time because of the proximity, and I will have to work my way up to class III as I'm not quite ready for that yet (although I do plan on getting there).
This is why we are choosing crossover boats in the first place. Since these paddles appear to be solely for white water, would I be better off going with a different type?
There's also this one:
AquaBound Sting Ray Hybrid Kayak Paddle - Posi-Lok
The sizing is where I get confused the most. The first three I listed come in anywhere from 190 to 200cm, and the last one is sized anywhere from 210 to 240cm. I think it might be a difference between the first three being solely for whitewater, and the last one being more for flat water. Am I correct?
Ideally, I'd like something that works in both flat and white, just like the kayak. According to sizing charts whether white water or flat based on the width of my boat (25"), 220cm is where it shows I should be.
Thanks in advance for everyone's help. I'm excited to get into this, but I do have tons of questions!