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Old 10-08-2014   #1
 
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I'm just curious what people are using for IK paddles. I have been using the NRS PTK but recently snapped a blade so I'm in the market for a new paddle. from what I can see there are not a lot of options in the length needed for an IK. What do people seem to like the best? Opinions? Thanks

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Old 10-08-2014   #2
 
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Because I already had a 230cm paddle for my touring kayak (24" wide), I just kept using that when I got an IK (Hyside Padillac tandem, 40" wide); I think it worked fine. I also used it when I got an Aire Lynx (37" wide); seemed fine. I recently got a 220 to use with a narrower sea kayak (22" wide) and find it works well with the Lynx (have not tried it yet with the wider Hyside).
I am not saying shorter would not work (better?); just reporting my experience.
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Forgot to mention that the 220cm paddle has blades designed for high angle sea kayak paddling -- this means that the blade is a bit larger than a low angle touring paddle -- so it grabs more water and so is a bit more like a WW blade. I know that Werner will custom make a WW paddle (with strong WW blade) to a longer length -- others may chime in on that option.
Blade probably depends on how aggressive your IK paddling is going to be and length on which IK (for example, Air Force vs. Hyside).
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I used a Carlisle day tripper 230cm with my Trib Strike.The length was fine. I dont think Carlisle makes these any more.After several years of abuse it broke at the site where those metal buttons slot in at the joint, the blades never gave me a problem. I got another similar but used one and its doing fine.
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You don't need a huge paddle. Get a 200cm kayak paddle that is light and stiff - you'll be glad you did!
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i dunno randy...
i'm used to a 230, and the last time i used a 220 i felt a difference.
my hyside paddilac's got big tubes and i'm way taller and way fatter than you... just sayin the difference was noticable...

i use a 230cm nrs ptr. the blades braek. it happens. the 2peice version isn't much better. blades break and the take-apart system breaks too. 2piece becomes 3piece ya know.

but why have werner make you a longer shaft of one of their standard paddle. the way i see it, i'd rather break a nrs-ptr every year or 2, and only pay $60 for it instead of shelling out for a $300 werner.

i'm in the midst of this dilema right now, and i think i'm gonna get another ptr230. not a breakdown this time tho.
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Last spring I was in the same boat, and I found a thread about this same topic from a couple of years ago. I tried searching for it now, but the computer is running slow, and didn't turn it up.

Anyway, as a result I got a pair of 215 Werner Tybees. I have used them this summer and like them quite a bit. At $120 ea, they didn't break the bank. I use them with my blue Lynx II and the blonde (yellow blades) earned her the name Smurfette.
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i dunno randy...
i'm used to a 230, and the last time i used a 220 i felt a difference.
my hyside paddilac's got big tubes and i'm way taller and way fatter than you... just sayin the difference was noticable...

i use a 230cm nrs ptr. the blades braek. it happens. the 2peice version isn't much better. blades break and the take-apart system breaks too. 2piece becomes 3piece ya know.

but why have werner make you a longer shaft of one of their standard paddle. the way i see it, i'd rather break a nrs-ptr every year or 2, and only pay $60 for it instead of shelling out for a $300 werner.

i'm in the midst of this dilema right now, and i think i'm gonna get another ptr230. not a breakdown this time tho.
But you have to paddle with that heavy POS. You paddle a lot Ben - treat yourself.
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i used a Werner Powerhouse for years and loved it but had to sell it because i needed a breakdown to pack and take with me when I moved to Asia. You dont need an IK specific paddle unless you are lazy. Just lean a little bit into each stroke, not only will you discover that a regular hardshell paddle works great but that extra little lean will help your bracing and strength of each stroke
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I used to paddle my strike with my regular hardshell paddle when I forgot to pack my IK one.Its not too bad if you are running shallow mank, but immediately becomes noticeable in deeper pushier water.Its definitely more tiring using a short paddle even if its lighter.
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