What is the best length for a kayak paddle?

What is the best length for a kayak paddle?

Kayak Paddle Sizing Guide

Kayak Width Under 23″ 28″ to 32″
Paddler Height Recommended Paddle Length
Under 5′ 200 cm 220 cm
5′ to 5’6″ 210 cm 230 cm
5’7″ to 6′ 220 cm 230 cm

How long should my paddles be?

As a starting point for determining your paddle length, Laird Hamilton (the pioneer of paddle boarding) advises to make your paddle length 3-4 inches above your head. He then suggests adjusting from there based on your needs, mobility and experience.

What is a good weight for a kayak paddle?

Generally, kayak paddles’ weight ranges from 1.5 to 4 pounds. A paddle is considered lightweight until it exceeds 2 pounds, or 36 ounces.

What shape kayak paddle is best?

Wing-shaped blade The wing blade is designed with one blade face with a shallow scooped shape intended to increase the efficiency and power of a forward stroke. This is a good kayak paddle choice for racers and may be uncomfortable for the recreational paddler who prefers more mellow, low-angle strokes.

What happens when you use too long of a paddle for kayaking?

A short paddle usually won’t reach out far enough to paddle in this relaxed, “touring” style. Conversely, a long paddle planted nearly horizontally in the water becomes cumbersome if too long. Naturally the size of the paddler, arm and torso length, all affect the length one should choose.

Can a 300lb person kayak?

The Wilderness Systems ATAK 140 is a buffed-up 14′ version of the ATAK 120 and is the perfect kayak for a 300lb person. The kayak features a sit-on-top design and comes with a lot of cargo space. Additionally, the kayak allows taller and bigger kayakers to stretch out.

Is 240 cm paddle too long?

Some suggest there is no reason to reach out beyond 220 cm, while others prefer the laid-back long stroke of a paddle at least 240 cm. For a while the trend was to go with a very short (215 cm and less) paddle, using a vertical stroke similar to canoeing.

How do you prevent blisters when kayaking?

Blisters are easily prevented if you wear fingerless gloves, either those made for cycling or paddling. I bought a pair and I have never encountered another blister. The gloves create an extra layer of protection from repetitive movement.

Can kayak paddle be too long?

Are all kayak paddles the same length?

Paddle Length Figuring out the right size (length) of paddle is surprisingly straightforward. The wider your boat is, the longer your paddle needs to be. Your height is also a factor, especially for a narrower boat: Taller paddlers need longer paddles.

What happens if your kayak paddle is too long?

What size paddle do I need for a 32 kayak?

32 inches: Look for a paddle between 220 and 240 centimeters in length. 34 inches: Choose a paddle that is between 230 and 250 centimeters long. 36 inches: Find a paddle that falls between 240 and 250 centimeters in length. 38 inches: You will probably be the most comfortable with a paddle that is 250 centimeters long.

Why do I get blisters when kayaking?

Friction and pressure with the kayak and excessive moisture from sweat and damp clothing can also cause blisters on the lower back, armpits, hips, bum, knees and heels. If improperly treated, these blisters can become a serious, potentially trip-ending problem.