The AquaBound Manta Ray Carbon kayak paddle is designed to provide superior performance with low swing weight by combining a carbon shaft with carbon abX blades. The AquaBound Manta Ray Carbon has a slightly larger blade surface for athletic paddlers who prefer a high angle style with more bite. It's ideal for those interested in fitness, adventure racing or those who like to use an aggressive, high-angle paddle stroke.
|Blade Material:||Carbon abX|
|Blade Size:||7.25 in x 18 in / 104 in2|
|Weight:||29.5 oz / 836.31 g|
Noticeably lighter than my old paddle from 20 years ago. It's amazing how much more efficient a lighter paddle is when it eliminates a lot of the energy of just supporting the paddle. More energy goes into paddling and you can paddle longer and harder. The blade is well designed and efficient. Goes in and comes out of the water cleanly. The shaft diameter is slightly smaller than my previous paddle and makes it easier to grip. This paddle is as close to perfect for me as any paddle I have ever used. I'm a high angle paddler, paddle is 240 cm. I'm 5'-11".
Paddle is great but the clip/pin to lock the 2 half's broke in less than a month. If it had been 2 weeks ago when I was offshore I am pretty sure I'd have been in a bad situation. Thankfully I was just a few miles out on the lake. Never had a problem with this from any paddle before and I've been paddling for almost 20 years
Love this paddle, had one with my first kayak about 10 years ago and when I recently got back into kayaking had to have another. Light, effective. handles abuse well. The bay I mostly paddle in can be a pain on a negative tide. I use the paddle to push off a sandbar sometimes with no fear i'm going to break it. Only slight negative is the spring clips rust out quickly.
Excellent paddle, just what I wanted. Light weight and easy to handle.