Gear Review

5 5

Excellent, powerful paddle

I have the straight-shaft version of the Ikelos. I can't say one bad thing about this paddle. I caught it on sale for barely over $300 from some direct-from-manufacturer website that I can't remember the name of now. They had to special order it, so there was a little delay getting mine.

The paddle is wonderful. It just grabs giant handfuls of water, and naturally lends itself to proper strokes. It weighs almost exactly 1.5lbs, which is pretty much weightless. In fact, it takes more effort to hold the paddle under water than it does to hold it in the air! It is so buoyant that it floats on top of the water, not in the water.