The Advanced Elements Axis 4-Part Breakdown Kayak Paddle is an ultra-light and a stiff touring paddle that can be broken down into 4 pieces making it easier to store and travel with. Asymmetrical blades and a fiberglass shaft make this a very efficient breakdown paddle as well as very durable.
|Weight:||32 oz / 907.18 g|
This paddle is great. I need a paddle that would breakdown in 4 pieces for easy handling in a back pack during adventure races. This does the trick. It is light, stiff and efficient. The paddle surfaces are large but not unwieldy. The only thing I would have liked to see is the center pieces be exactly the same length. They are slightly different and for me that sometimes makes it a bit harder to pack. Little thing and not a big deal. would highly recommend if you need a paddle to fit in smaller spaces.
First, kudos to ACK for prompt shipping. Arrived just as promised. Regarding the paddle.. :-( I do need a four piece paddle, so I know my choices are limited. This one is heavy! Perhaps I'm spoiled from the carbon fiber paddles I'm used to, but ick. And it clocks in 4 oz, heavier than advertised. The quality is generally fine. However one of the holes is misdrilled and it won't reach the spring- load button lock. So the shaft won't lock and the paddle is useless until I either re-drill the hole or cut back the end of the pole about 3/4". Either way, not what I've experienced with any other paddle.
Mike, give us a call and we will either swap this out with a new one or help you choose one of the many other 4 piece paddles available.
I was very happy with the paddle except for a visual defect. The company told me to return it because it wasn't right so I'm waiting for the replacement now.
I bought this paddle as a spare. I have not actually paddled with it yet. I like its portability and light weight. I was not impressed by the workmanship. The pieces fit loosely together and on one of the end pieces, the fiberglass wraps were delaminating. I covered all of the ends with a few wraps of duct tape to tighten the fit and prevent further delamination. I paddle hard for many hours at a time and am skeptical that the paddle would survive with such loose fittings. It should suffice as a back-up paddle.