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AQUA-BOUND


STING RAY CARBON (A) www.aquabound.com $179.95


From one of the most beloved brands in kayak touring, the Sting Ray Carbon offers excellent value at an incredibly light weight. This paddle makes all the difference in performance paddling. The carbon abX blade prevents flutter and the pure carbon shaft provides an excellent strength-to-weight ratio. Enjoy your all-day paddle with this first- class touring choice. Aqua-Bound paddles are products of Osceola, Wisconsin, U.S.A.


Blade Material: Carbon abX resin | Shaft Material: All Carbon | Lengths: 210 cm–250 cm | Offset: 30 / 45 / 60 Degrees, Right or Lefthand | Average Weight: 28.75 oz


BENDING BRANCHES


NAVIGATOR (B) www.bendingbranches.com $279.95


Beauty meets technology with one of the most popular paddles in Bending Branches history. With the combination of the high-tech, ultra lightweight T-700 carbon shaft and the black willow RockGard-protected blade, the Navigator stands alone. Every ingredient in the Navigator gives it quality, durability, and class. Elite beauty is now available to all kayak paddlers. As always, Bending Branches paddles are handcrafted in Osceola, Wisconsin, U.S.A.


Blade Material: Black Willow protected by Rockgard | Shaft Material: Satin T-700 Carbon | Lengths: 210 cm–240 cm | Offset: 60 Degrees Righthand / Neutral / 60 Degrees Lefthand | Average Weight: 28 oz


CORE PADDLES


KIRRI (C) www.corepaddles.com $289–$469 US


The Easton Aerospace 7075-T7 series shaft technology makes the Kirri one of the most high-performance paddles ever brought to market. The blades feature a unique combination of hollow core-reinforced shape with a tri-hedral surface curvature that provides powerful, stable propulsion and ultimate strength. Incredibly quiet and powerful, the new Kirri series touring paddles represent the ultimate in design and performance. Available in both bent and straight shaft.


Blade Material: Carbon | Shaft Material: Easton 7075-T7 | Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm | Offset: Adjustable | Average Weight: 790 g


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H2O PERFORMANCE PADDLES


CRYSTAL X www.h2opaddles.com $219–$389


The H2O Crystal X Transparent Multi-component blade design provides incredible performance with maximum feedback. Available in both high- and low-angle blades.


Blade Material: Transparent Nylon | Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm | Offset: 15-Degree Increments | Fiberglass Shaft: 34 oz | Carbon Bent Shaft: 32 oz


H2O PERFORMANCE PADDLES


H2O SUPERTOUR www.h2opaddles.com $399–$425


H2O’s newest entry into the high performance paddle market and a first for the paddlesports industry. The Supertour is a leading edge construction of a Nano-Nickel exoskeleton over a lightweight core. Compared to a conventional carbon blade the SuperTour’s nano-nickel blade is both stiffer and more durable while maintaining a comparable weight. Available in Black Chrome and Bright Chrome.


ADVENTURE TECHNOLOGY


XCEPTION SUPERLIGHT www.atpaddles.com $465


Blade Material: Nano-Nickel Composite | Shaft Material: Carbon | Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm | Offset: 15-Degree Increments | Average Weight: 32 oz


The Xception Superlight offers superior performance in the lightest possible package. Featuring full carbon braided construction, its versatile blade design is balanced, efficient and forgiving, a good choice for the well-rounded paddler who enjoys a variety of conditions and utilizes many stroke types.


Blade Material: Carbon Braid, Urethane Foam Core | Shaft Material: Carbon Braid, Unibody Construction, Full Control Grip | Lengths: 210 cm / 220 cm / 230 cm / 240 cm | Average Weight: 28 oz


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