General introduction to paddles: which type is right for you?
One thing that you should consider before you start buying kayaking equipment is that there are several different types of kayak paddles. If you’re thinking about buying paddles for kayaking, you should consider what you’re looking for in a paddle before you buy them.
The differences between different paddles will affect how your kayak handles, so you should look at the benefits of the different materials before you decide which one to go with.
The most common type of kayak paddles are likely the composite paddles.
These are made out of both carbon and nylon so that they are extra strong. This is a good type of paddle for everybody, even if you are just a beginner due to the fact that they allow you to have better control over your paddle than you would ordinarily.
Some people swear by wooden paddles, and these are generally very strong. There are a few things that you should consider regarding wooden paddles. The first is that they are usually considerably heavier than composite paddles. Therefore, if you’re worried about the paddles being too hard to use, then you should probably go with a different type of material. However, there are some benefits when it comes to wooden paddles. First of all, they are easier to fix if they break or splinter. Another thing you should consider is that you can easily get custom wooden paddles made – whereas you pretty much have to buy whatever is sold to you when it comes to composite or other types of paddles.
Depending on the type of kayaking you intend to do, there are also different types of paddles. There is a very different paddle design for people who are going to go whitewater kayaking, for instance, than there is for people who are going kayak touring. Therefore, it is probably a good idea for you to look for the paddles that fit your activity – just like you would make sure that your kayak is designed properly for what you intend to do with it.
You may even want to buy several different sets of kayak paddles if you like to go to different places and do different things with your kayak. The best way to find out whether or not you’ll be able to use a kayak paddle is to pick it up and to try using it to paddle in the air. If it is at all hard to hold up, then you should look for a different type of kayak paddle.