FAQ

Optimum Paddle Length

Measurement

【 Method 1 】
Generally speaking, the length of the paddles is determined by user's height of reach. First, measure the height the user could reach when standing up, fully extends one arm vertically with both feet flat the ground. Fingertips should still able to curl over the top of the paddle. This measurement should be the ideal length of the paddle. This is your Vertical Reach.

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【 Method 2 】
Stretch your arms outward and parallel to the floor. Keep your elbows and fingers straight. Measure the distance of your wingspan, between two farthest finger tips. This is your Horizontal Reach.

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Place elbow of the dominant arm on a table top with forearm and hand pointing straight up. Measure the distance from the table top to the fingertips. This is your Cubit.

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Add the two measurements together, the sum should be the ideal length of your paddle.

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Size Recommendation

Paddlers who reach the same measurement using both methods have identified their ideal paddle length.

Paddlers who obtain significantly different measurements should consider other factors in choosing their paddle length, including width of boat, stroke style, and environmental conditions.

When in doubt, most paddlers are happier with a slightly shorter paddle because these paddles encourage torso rotation (utilizing abdominal muscles more than arm muscles), better blade placement, increased control, and less strain on shoulder joints.

 

【 Standard & Performance Paddle Size Recommendation 】- applicable model : Nuka, Akiak, Nukilik

   kayak width
measurement under 54cm 54cm ~ 62cm over 62cm
under 202cm 205 205 205
203cm ~ 207cm 205 205 210
208cm ~ 212cm 205 210 215
213cm ~ 217cm 210 215 220
218cm ~ 222cm 215 220 225
223cm ~ 227cm 220 225 230
228cm ~ 232cm 225 230 235
over 233cm 230 235 235
       
  • For paddling in windy and rough water conditions, a slightly shorter paddle is preferable because the slightly smaller blade provides less resistance out of the water and more control in the water.
  • A shorter paddle is optimum for a higher, more powerful stroke, while longer paddles are a benefit for paddlers with a low, rapid stroke.
  • The sizes in this chart are considered good chioices for the majority of paddlers. Your personal preference may require a choice different from the above recommendations.

 

【 Special Purpose Paddle Size Recommendation 】- applicable model : Kayakid, Aukaneck

  • The recommended length of Special Purpose paddle is usually 10cm shorter than the Standard & Performance paddle.
  • The sizes are considered good chioices for the majority of paddlers. Your personal preference may require a choice different from the above recommendations.