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Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon Paddle - 2 Piece

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    7 Reviews


    Fast, smooth, light.

    A carbon shaft and carbon blades keep the Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon 2-Piece Paddle super light as you train for the next adventure race. Not into races? That’s cool—the Manta Ray blasts through coastal waves and slices smoothly through the water on your fitness paddles too.
    • 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
    • Item #AQB0010

    Tech Specs

    Shaft Material
    Blade Material
    carbon fiber
    Overall Length
    210 cm, 220 cm, 230 cm, 240 cm, 250 cm
    Blade Length
    18 in
    Blade Width
    7.2 in
    Shaft Shape
    Feather Angle
    60 right 0 unfeathered
    Paddling Style
    high angle
    Claimed Weight
    220 cm 928 g
    Recommended Use
    recreational, touring
    Manufacturer Warranty
    2 years

    Tech Specs

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    my 4th Aqua-bound carbon paddle

    • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

    Love this durable, light-weight paddle. I now have three Manta Ray carbons, which I prefer over the Sting Ray, which I also purchased from Backcountry. It is a high-quality paddle, at a fair price.

    my 4th Aqua-bound carbon paddle

    Great Paddle, Great Price!

      The Aqua-Bound Manta Ray has made my kayaking experience so much more enjoyable. I really consider myself more of a mid angle paddler most of the time. The Manta Ray has given me more power, more speed with less effort than other paddles I've tried. It really does seem that no matter the angle of the paddle, it really grabs the water. I've used it to push off rocky bottoms and shorelines with no noticeable damage or scuffing. This will be my "go to" paddle no matter where I'm wandering or the conditions I'm in!

      A really competent touring paddle

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      This is my third Aqua-bound paddle purchase.--a Sting Ray, and now my second Manta Ray.

      I prefer the Manta Ray over the Sting Ray in most conditions as it has more blade surface area (the Sting Ray works fine on smooth water though). The Manta Ray is efficient, precise, light, and leaves the water effortlessly with no splash.

      This second purchase allows me to share a paddle that really affords a paddling advantage, especially when touring for several hours.

      A really competent touring paddle

      Manta Ray Series from Aqua-Bound

      The Manta Ray Series of kayak paddles are known for being the muscle of the Aqua-Bound line-up. Big, high-angle blades built to last with the strongest nylon material in all of kayaking. The Manta Ray series is great for high-angle, high-cadence, or athletic paddlers. It's also great for fishermen with heavily loaded kayaks or paddlers who want a bigger bite and better control.

      Nice Item

      • Familiarity: I've used it once or twice and have initial impressions

      I've only taken my kayak out once, but the paddle was great. It's very lightweight, yet durable. I'm 6'1 and I decided to go with the 240 cm length paddle. It seems to be the appropriate length for my height and wingspan. I paddled for nearly 3 hours continuously and could tell that my arms had some fatigue. However, no soreness the day after. I contribute this to the carbon fiber build.

      Effortless paddling

      • Familiarity: I've put it through the wringer

      What a difference a carbon fiber paddles makes compared to an aluminum paddle. This thing feels super light and solid running whitewater. I thought the durability would not be all that great but it's bashed rocks and shows no signs of wear. I would highly recommend this paddle for the price.

      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.

      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.

        Just tried paddle first time
        Unanswered Question

        I'm interested in the Manta Ray Carbon and have a question on recommended length. I have a Wilderness Aspire 105 (29" width), I'm 6'3" tall with approx. 34" measured torso. What would you recommend as a good length, 230, 240, 250? Thanks!

        Unanswered Question

        The width of my kayak is 24". I am 5' 2.5". I day paddle calm waters, but also in the Sound and river during tidal exchanges; I also kayak camp. What would you suggest as my best fit? Can the Manta Ray also be positioned as feathered?

        My kayak: Dagger Alchemy 14 L
        My vitals: 5'9" 150#
        Best paddle under $200 for me?
        -- Manta-Ray?
        -- Sting-Ray?
        -- Eagle-Ray?
        -- Werner Skagit?
        What length is best for me? -- 210? 220?

        Hey Jim,

        If you'll mostly be doing flatwater/casual recreational paddling, I'd say the Werner Skagit (http://www.backcountry.com/werner-skagit-fg-im-2-piece-paddle-straight-shaft) is the best bang for your buck on the site right now-- I'd put you in a 220 cm paddle, based on your height and the width of the boat. Hit me up and let's get you a paddle!!! llabar@backcountry.com or 801-736-6399.

        Aqua Bound Manta or sting ray paddle for a Ascend FS10 fishing kayak (30" wide) and I am 6'1". Mostly for lake and river fishing. Thanks

        What it is the difference between this paddle and the Aqua Bound Sting ray other than price and paddle shape? Does one paddle shape offer an advantage that the other does not?

        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?

        Does this paddle come with a warranty?

        Does this paddle come with a warranty?

        Best Answer

        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!

        Unanswered Question

        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.

        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