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What are the lightest kayak paddles?

Some types of kayak paddles are more appropriate for specific styles of kayaks. To be sure that you have the right match, know what type of kayaking equipment you have, and choose a paddle from among these three basic types:

Recreational: For beginners and recreational kayakers, a combination aluminum/plastic paddle is an inexpensive and sensible choice. These combination paddles are heavier than fiberglass or carbon fiber paddles, but they are economical, and they are a good choice for spare paddles to have on hand.

Whitewater: Seek out a lightweight fiberglass paddle for whitewater kayaking. These paddles are durable, maintenance-free, and available in a range of blade shapes.

Touring: Carbon fiber kayak paddles are less durable than fiberglass, but they are the lightest-weight paddles you can buy, which might make the difference in comfort on extended trips in your touring kayak.

Believe it or not, you also can buy wooden kayak paddles, which can contribute to a smoother stroke. But wooden paddles need some maintenance, and they are heavier than paddles made of synthetic materials.

Visit your local Sun & Ski Sports shop for expect advice about selecting the right kayak paddles.

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