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Fast, smooth, light.
- Dihedral means the blade angles so that water flows easily off the blade during your forward strokes, which minimizes flutter
- Cross-sectional shape provides strong bite with each stroke (think tight turns and quick response) and helps you link strokes smoothly
- Two-piece design makes the Manta Ray travel-friendly
- Slightly bigger blade (than the Aqua-Bound Sting Ray) for aggressive paddlers with high-angle strokes
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Great 'high end' paddle on a budget
- Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer
I have a Liquid Logic Coupe Kayak. The Coupe is a sit-on-top kayak that is meant to be equally at home on whitewater and flatwater. I need a paddle that is long to accommodate the sit-on-top, lightweight for kayak camping and other long-distance paddling, and broad\durable for whitewater paddling. I also need one that wasn't extremely expensive because even the most durable paddle with break after frequent whitewater use.
The Aqua-Bound Manta Ray was perfect for me. It comes in a wider range of lengths than most carbon paddles, it's reasonably durable, and very lightweight. The biggest thing it has going for it, though, is cost. It would be very difficult to find another carbon paddle for the price of the manta ray, which means I won't be out of luck when it does eventually wear out. The blade is broader than a standard touring paddle, so it works well when I really need to power through waves or around a rock.
If you have hundreds of dollars to shell out and you want to buy an ultra lightweight touring paddle that you don't intend to ever break, there are other options out there that will certainly shave oz. off the weight. If you're looking for a very good paddle at a very reasonable price, the Manta Ray is an excellent choice.
I have an Advanced Element Sport Kayak. ...
I have an Advanced Element Sport Kayak. Is the Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon Paddle the right paddle for this Kayak?
It is unless you need it to break down smaller than a 2 part paddle will. Great paddle, but consider a 4 piece if you need it to break down even smaller for travel.
Are their different size shafts? I am a...
Are their different size shafts? I am a woman with small hands.
The shaft diameter is fixed.
Does this paddle come with a warranty?
Does this paddle come with a warranty?
Aqua-bound offers 2 years on manufacturing defects. Back Country offers; "Not stoked on your gear? Looking to return it or make an exchange? No problem, we have an Unlimited Return Policy: we guarantee complete satisfaction and an unlimited lifetime warranty. If at any time -- now, next month, in 30 years -- you're not 100% satisfied, send your gear back for a full refund. No questions asked.".
I'm 5'7". Ordered the 230cm Manta to use...
I'm 5'7". Ordered the 230cm Manta to use with a Jackson Cuda. Use primarily on large lakes. Sometimes with relatively high power boat traffic. Might eventually do some salt water coastline fishing. Did I choose the right paddle?
For others who read this:
I'm 5'8 and have a 2009 Wilderness Systems Tarpon 120 and generally paddlle it with the Sting Ray Carbon 220cm. I also have an Ocean Kayak Trident 15' that I use the carbon Manta Ray 230cm on. The size of the paddle and the shape of the blade have so many dependencies. Width of your kayak, width of your shoulders, angle of your personal paddling style, nature of your specific trip. If I have a far trip of 10+ miles or if I know I will be fighting tides all day, I'll take my Sting Ray as I don't get as tired as fast with it, but I'm slower. However, if I'm paddling with a group of people, I always take my Manta Ray as I know that with it I won't have any trouble keeping up as it provides more torque with each stroke.
Odds are if this is your first paddle you'll like it and your paddling style will be molded using it. It'll be your second or third paddle that you will not like using as you'll have to get used to it not being your first paddle. That's been the experience I've seen with myself and many others.
Safe paddles and keep the dry side up!
Can I use this paddle on a Hobe Mirage...
Can I use this paddle on a Hobe Mirage Outback? 12'
Yes you can.
Can you use this paddle in a rec boat that...
Can you use this paddle in a rec boat that is not a kayak? We've got a Sevylor Fish Hunter inflatable.
Just tried paddle first time
This paddle rocks. I gave it to my wife for her birthday replacing her old aluminum shafted Manta Ray. Now I have to work my tail off to keep up with her AND she doesn't find it fatiguing. Previously I easily out paddled her (using my aluminum Manta) despite being in a rec boat to her touring boat.
Im 6'0 and paddle a dagger catalyst 13'6,...
Im 6'0 and paddle a dagger catalyst 13'6, mostly lakes and class 1 rivers. Which paddle and length would you recommend between the two?
manta ray most definitely, it's got a beefier head on it
Is this a good paddle for a heritage 9.5...
Is this a good paddle for a heritage 9.5 featherlight Kayak?
Yes, I think this would be a better choice than the sting ray. Your short boat should see more use in fast moving water where you don't need the high cadence of a low angle paddle design. This should give you better bite for quickly changing directions in fast water.
I have a carolina 13' kayak I am 5'6" what...
I have a carolina 13' kayak I am 5'6" what legnth paddle do I need
The carolina is a medium width boat around 24". Along with your height, I would recommend the 230cm paddle
240.....it'll keep you from banging your paddle on your boat all the time.