You may have been there once, that moment when you are standing in front of a display of paddles, debating between buying a lower or middle range paddle or the cool looking, super light and oh-so-pretty one on other side. You focus on standing in front of the lower end section trying to convince yourself to spend less. You may even try to avoid touching the higher end models because you are afraid it will stick to your hand like glue, yeah, that moment. We don’t blame you, it can be a bit intimidating, but you’ve heard it before and you’ll hear it again, do yourself a favor, go for the higher-end paddle, you will not regret it.

Our suggestion: If you need some convincing, try one.

In the past I have had hundreds of customers come in looking for a kayak paddle. Mostly they end up purchasing a medium grade model in the $100 to $170 range. This is usually a result of simply feeling the paddle and weighing it in the store but ultimately they made their decision based on price.

Fact is, your paddle is the “motor of the boat” and you should always pay close attention to what you purchase. The high-end paddles we carry are made of lightweight materials such as fiberglass and carbon fiber which are both very strong and rigid. Using paddles made of these materials will allow a person to paddle longer with less fatigue since they feature reduced swing weight and their increased rigidity makes them more efficient.

Of course we know that it’s hard to spend $300 to $400 on a paddle when realizing the benefits of using a high-end paddle are not easily apparent by simply holding a paddle in the store. Being able to paddle, especially for an extended period of time, or in questionable conditions is the best way to understand a high-end paddle’s benefits. Once a paddler gets the opportunity to try the lighter, stronger paddle, they typically never look back.

As the San Marcos Store Manager I am excited to announce our new high-end Paddle Rental Program. This program gives our customers the opportunity to experience the advantages of higher-end paddles for a nominal fee of $20 per day. If you end up buying a paddle of equal or greater value than the paddle you rented, we will credit you the $20 rental fee.

I encourage all paddlers near any one of our 3 stores to come in and take advantage of this rental paddle program. Do not base your paddle purchase decision solely on price. Upgrade your paddle (AKA motor) and make your paddling experience an enjoyable and effortless one.

ACK San Marcos