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Old 04-30-2015   #1
 
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Which paddle? Large Jackson Karma

Hello,

I have been scouring the internet for a guide on what size paddle to get and I haven't had much luck. There are no paddling shops near me to try paddles out. I am 6'2" and am paddling a large karma. I am new to white water and a few people have told me to just buy a cheap paddle for now--But it doesn't make much sense to me to spend 1-150$ now and 2-300$ later.

Any recommendations on shaft length and model? Was looking at a 197-200cm....

Thanks!

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Old 04-30-2015   #2
 
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I'd go more on 200+ size for regular river running and 200- for play boating.

NRS has a sizing guide on their sales pages.

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Most people say to buy cheap as a fair number of people will loose a paddle when they start out.

That being said, love the analogy of your paddle is your engine and is directly related to your experience. 6'3" and have been paddling only werner paddles over 200 in length. Last year I bought my first 197 and I have been happy with it. I was not going to buy it until I brought in my old paddle and compared it to the 197. Went with the Werner Sho Gun and love it, also in a Karma L as my big boat. I wish I had multiple paddles for types of boating, something I should work on I guess.

I would go the somewhat middle ground if I were you and get a fiberglass werner powerhouse or something similar and always remember to hold onto it
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Get a 200cm 30 degree straight shaft Werner Powerhouse fiberglass paddle. Done.
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Get a 200cm 30 degree straight shaft Werner Powerhouse fiberglass paddle. Done.
Agreed. Except I wonder if 200 cm is long enough for your height. I'm only 5'7" and use a 197...
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Agreed. Except I wonder if 200 cm is long enough for your height. I'm only 5'7" and use a 197...

I am 6'2 and I have the 200cm powerhouse, it's a good fit but I think my next paddle will be something close to a 203/205/207 in length
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Not sure if this helps at all but i am 6' and paddle a 197cm. Its just what I had learned with so I feel comfortable with the shorter paddle. That being said my next paddle likely will be a 200cm and will become my river running/creek paddle. Then id just use the 197 for playboating.
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Old 05-01-2015   #9
 
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I am 6' and run a 197-198 powerhouse, don't remember lol. I ran a 196 and it was fine but did feel a hair short. I know guys same height who run 192-194 so it really is a preference thing...go with comfortable grip. Longer means more leverage equalling more power and also more chance of shoulder injury especially with a powerhouse or other large size paddle. Med size blade and longer length could be an option too, like a Sherpa.


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Advance technology Geronimo 197 30 degree.Great paddle
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