The AquaBound Sting Ray Fiberglass Kayak Paddle is an entry-level paddle that delivers elevated performance and durability. These paddles are ideal for the recreational kayaker who enjoys day trips, fishing, shore exploring or exercise. Paddles come with standard (two-hole snap button) ferrule system with 60-degree RHC and 0- degree feathered positions. The Sting Ray features tough, fiberglass-reinforced abX II blades. The Sting Ray is an excellent all-purpose paddle with a blade shape that is silky smooth through the water. The Sting Ray paddle, with a more slender, yet durable blade, is ideal for those wishing to extend their trips a little longer. The fiberglass shaft offers a nice flex and feel in the water. Lighter than aluminum, it is warmer on your hands on a cold day.
|Blade Shape:||Sting Ray|
|Blade Material:||Fiberglass abX II|
|Blade Size:||6.25 in x 18 in / 87 in2|
|Weight:||34 oz / 963.88 g|
|210 cm †||RST-RF2FY-210||0717320450841|
|220 cm †||RST-RF2FY-220||0717320450865|
Good value in what should be considered a quality beginner's paddle - worth the money over entry-level paddles. Target audience: low-angle paddling (touring), smaller paddlers, higher cadence, longer trips. The weight is a noticable improvement over anything aluminum, and the narrow dihedral blade (with minimal spoon) is easy to move through the water - it doesn't generate big power, but if you're working on an efficient low-angle stroke, or you're not very strong (yet), it's a nice easy pull. You won't win any speed contests, but will still make decent progress and you can swing this for hours on end without much fatigue. Stronger paddlers, high- angle paddlers, or those doing shorter trips will probably want to opt for something with a fatter blade. Construction is solid.
This is the 2nd Aqua Bound paddle I've bought in a month, but that's a good thing!! I first bought a 220 cm Stingray but found it to be a tad too short for me and the width of my kayak. My daughter was more than happy to take it off my hands to replace the generic paddle that came with her kayak, and I ordered a 240 cm. I haven't taken it out yet, as we've had rain in central Ohio for 20 consecutive days, but I'm sure it will be fine at this length. The Aqua Bound Stingray fiberglass extremely light and comfortable in my hands and the two piece break down makes for easier transport and storage. Should I ever find myself in need of a new paddle, I will absolutely be going back to ACK for another Aqua Bound. Fast, easy ordering and shipping from ACK. Would definitely recommend to anyone seeking anything watersport related.