Wrong paddle length?

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Coco
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Wrong paddle length?

Post by Coco » Sun Aug 29, 2010 1:17 pm

Hi ...

I've been lurking on this board off and on for a bit, and have really enjoyed reading the comments that the members have provided, but didn't really notice this 'paddle' section until after I purchased one.

I've got the AE AdvancedFrame 10.5' kayak on order (hasn't arrived yet). I'm about 5'2", and ended up ordering a werner camano 2 piece 240cm paddle with a small shaft ... but now I'm thinking that I probably should have gotten a shorter paddle. Thankfully I purchased it from REI.com so I think I can straighten it out if I need to.

So basically, after looking at some of the comments in this area of the board I'm thinking that I should have opted for a shorter length. :?

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Post by Coco » Sun Aug 29, 2010 2:43 pm

I wound up canceling the order for that paddle ... was only available in the 240cm length and I didn't want to risk it. Figure that I'll call AE on Monday to get a better idea of which length I should consider, and if it's 230cm may wind up with the AXIS 230 instead.

Not sure.

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Post by dspid2404 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:30 pm

Here you go. Check out this video. I will answer your question. The person demonstrating is 5'3" so it is compariable to what you will need.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=TsWxLXCCxdE

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Post by dspid2404 » Sun Aug 29, 2010 3:32 pm

By the way, Youtube is great source for information on kayaking, from paddle length to technique. It is usually the first place I check.

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Post by JCOOLEY » Mon Aug 30, 2010 12:45 pm

Being that you are 5'2" a 230 cm paddle is probably the right size. The 240 is a bit long and better suited for a taller person.

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Post by Coco » Mon Aug 30, 2010 4:51 pm

Excellent ... thanks for the feedback. Did end up buying something, hopefully it'll work out ... should arrive about the same time as the 'yak, so I'm hoping to test it out this weekend.

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Post by diemonde » Thu Sep 02, 2010 10:59 pm

This probably goes for anyone here:

The old trick in choosing a paddle was taking your arm up and getting your fingers just around the highest blade. However different paddling styles have something to do with choosing the right length. If you are using the high-angle stroke you normally end with something shorter and with a low-angle technique with 10cm longer.
However in a AE Frame or Expedition you will have to cross the width (needed for the airtubes) so that's the first thing you will have to consider. The best thing is get in an AE kayak in a store and try different lengths. For most low-angle paddlers 240cm will be perfect. If you are a high-angle paddler 230cm will be enough. If you are a bit shorter you would normally go for a shorter paddle, however because you are sitting lower you will need some extra cm to get those paddles in the water when you are a low-angle paddlers. My wife is only 5' and she can handle a 240cm paddle with ease.

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expedition...

Post by lancepearson » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:00 pm

I have an expedition and had a 240 cm carbon shaft paddle for a narrower Kayak. It wasn't quite long enough for me at 6'4" tall in a 32" wide
Expedition. Now have a carbon fiber Manta Ray blades and shaft which ought to be just enough for the style I use. I don't imagine I'll be a high angle paddler much as I don't plan on any white water with a 13' kayak. It is amazing how light these paddles are. When I used the 240 cm, I noticed I was touching the sides of the Expedition more often than I wanted to in my stroke and read up...learned I needed a longer paddle. Gave my son and the other narrow kayak and paddle to him.

Lance P.

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250 cm

Post by lancepearson » Sat Feb 11, 2012 5:01 pm

the new one is 250 cm and for the most part the longest you can get. I spent $190 but saw some you could burn up to $500 on and thought what I spent was a lot.

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