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Don’t sell yourself short down the river.

Make your first strokes into the world of river paddling holding the one-piece Aqua-Bound Shred Fiberglass Whitewater Paddle (and leave your still-pleasantly full wallet in the car).
  • Easy-handling, forgiving lightweight shaft boosts your confidence as you tackle the learning curve on the river
  • Slightly larger blade shape boosts power for rolls
  • abX II resin blade features a tough, shatterproof design and a shape that slices through water without wearing you down
  • Fiberglass shaft is lighter than aluminum, feels warmer on a chilly day, and has a comfortable flex for fast-moving water

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4 5

Good First Paddle

  • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

I moved to kayaking after years of paddling canoes because the (used) boats were cheaper than whitewater canoes (such is the life of a college student). For me, the most shocking part of the switch didn't occur in the water, but instead when I looked at paddle pricing. Fortunately, I managed to land one of these with my first kayak. Now, to begin with the pros: It's light enough, it's reasonably comfortable, and, at least as a 19 Y.O. male in good shape, found that I could put even the longest days on the water without getting fatigue. It's a whitewater design, and the catch is fairly clean. It's not as nice as the Werner I use now, but I'm glad I started with this paddle so that I can appreciate the difference. To put it simply, there isn't anything I can't do with this paddle I can do with my current paddle. However, if I may caution those looking for a first paddle: get a breakdown paddle. You may pay a little extra now, but if you do end up upgrading your paddle later, you end up saving money as you can repurpose this paddle as your spare paddle instead of dropping money on a third paddle when that time comes.

5 5

Great first paddle

  • Familiarity: I've used it several times

I bought this paddle after getting into kayaking and it fits the bill for me.

5 5

Great paddle!

The blades are very sturdy and provide tons of purchase. This paddle does everything I ask of it and more...and for the price I shouldn't ask much at all from it.

4 5

Good Paddle for The Money

If you’re doing water where your paddle may be the difference between life and death, I would get a different paddle, but if you are looking for an entry level paddle, guest paddle, or a spare, this is a good paddle for the money (especially if you use a 20% off coupon). Also, if you a looking at long days of paddling or overnight tripping, then you are ready to spend a little more money for lighter paddle.

One more thing, while this paddle's shaft has slight oval shape, it is still almost round. I would add a "register" to the fixed hand position, so that you can be assured that you have found your grip.