You could say that the lighter the paddle easier to use. Nevertheless, the best paddle is a combination of light weight, shape, and strength of materials. The same with the types of kayaks, such as the inflatable kayak, for example, the paddle for water sports like kayak is designed with a specialty for pedaling with maximum stroke, so the paddle power becomes the primary choice. As for the touring paddle, it is not designed for severe strokes as in kayaking, so that the weight is very important to be considered, particularly for long tracks. Here are some of the basic materials of kayak paddles you need to know in order to choose the right one for you.
The paddle of wood helps us to sense the movement of the water well so it helps to produce soft and rhythmic strokes. The wood also which is still warm is so comfortable to be handheld in cold weather. Unfortunately, the wooden paddles need to be maintained, especially in terms of appearance. The selection of the right wood can produce paddles which are durable and long lasting. Most wooden paddles coated with fiberglass to improve strength and minimize maintenance.
This kind of paddles is light-weighted, strong, durable and maintenance-free. The shape of fiberglass allows it to be made of many kinds of blades. With the medium price, this type paddle, until today, is still the most common choice for paddles used by many activists of kayaking.
– Carbon Fiber
Paddle with carbon fiber material is one of the lightest paddles. High technology in materials and manufacturing process produces a very light weight. Price paddles are expensive, but if the weight becomes a problem for you, for example, when you are planning a trip a few days, then paddle this kind be the right choice. The durability of carbon fiber is still slightly below the fiberglass.
– Aluminum or Plastics
Paddle with aluminum handle and blade of plastic is a durable and economical choice, but the material is heavier than the other materials. In addition, aluminum cold on hand when the weather is cold. This type of paddles is particularly suitable as a backup and is the right choice for beginners and for recreational use. The blade is made of various types of plastics, including polyethylene, polypropylene, thermoplastic, and ABS.