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Old 09-19-2011   #1
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Buying a kayak paddle

I'm officially entering the (training wheels) kayaking world, picking up a SOTAR IK used. The guy has a Werner carbon bent shaft paddle for sale too. At first I wasn't interested, but this weekend I was out on a loaner and one of the "real" kayakers along let me try his Werner. Wow it felt great, especially with my tendonitis (wrist/elbow). I intend to do mostly Class III with the boat, with some Class IV. It won't replace my cat on the Lochsa, for example, but I might play with it on the L on low water to make it more fun. The guy wants $250. Thoughts? Yes or no, and how about cost? What else could I get that would be fine for an into level much cheaper? I won't be able to handle the paddle myself before I buy it.

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Old 09-19-2011   #2
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I'm not certain on this but I've heard whitewater kayaking paddles are too short for IKing. You might ask around.
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Old 09-19-2011   #3
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so i got burned out on the kayaking thing cause i don't like swimming every 50 yards so i switched to duckies a couple years ago. i use an nrs ptr paddle. gotta have a long one to reach over the tubes. i'm 6'4 and i use a 230cm. i used to use my old 197 and i felt like i had to lean a lot just to get it in the water. it felt weird and really unstable.
these nrs paddles have pretty big blades, which i like (not sure how that'd affect your tendinitis tho). and they only cost like 60 bucks new. 250 seems like a lot for a paddle that might not work as good as youd hope

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Old 09-19-2011   #4
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You always need a crappy paddle if you have an IK- as much as I thought I would use the hell out of mine, it is probably used by friends 3 to 1 more than I use it myself. I wouldn't want to loan out a $250 paddle to friends.

I'd start with one of the decent ~$60 cheapies (NRS, Carlisle magic etc) and see if you like the length. then get a sweet paddle for you to use.
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Old 09-19-2011   #5
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I agree with everyone else. But if you really want one im selling a carbon bent shaft paddle for much cheaper than $250. pm me if you are interested.
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