Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon Posi-Lok 4-Piece Kayak Paddle
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The Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon Posi-Lok 4-Piece Kayak Paddle has more horsepower for big boats, high-angle paddlers, and moving water. Its high-angle blade gives you increased control and more power, for a bigger bite on the water. It gives you great efficiency and more glide in each stroke.
The Posi-Lok breakdown ferrule is extremely easy to understand and use, clicking firmly and unmistakably into place. There is no wear, wiggle, or movement in this ferrule system at all, and no metal parts to corrode. It’s easy to adjust the feather angle on the fly and the external ferrule keeps hard-to-reach sand or debris from collecting inside your paddle shaft. Every component makes your kayaking experience more worry-free and enjoyable.
- Lightest high-angle injection molded paddle available
- abX blades are stiff & durable to help you move some serious water
- Ovalized, carbon shaft delivers superior performance
- Posi-Lok corrosion-free ferrule system allows for infinite feather angles
- Snug, wiggle-free fit
- Dual-button release
- Heavy-duty drip rings
- Two-year manufacturer warranty
|Blade Material||abX carbon reinforced nylon|
|Blade Size||7.25” x 18”|
|Blade Surface Area||105 in2|
|Shaft Material||100% Carbon|
|Average Weight||29.5 oz. (836 g)|
Aqua-Bound Manta Ray Carbon Posi-Lok 4-Piece Kayak Paddle:
|Kayak Width||Under 23"||24 - 28"||29 - 33"||34"+|
||Recommended Paddle Length|
|Under 5' 5"||210 - 220 cm||220 - 230 cm||230 - 240 cm||250 cm|
|5' 5" - 5' 11"||220 cm||230 cm||230 - 240 cm||250 cm|
|6' +||220 - 230 cm||230 - 240 cm||240 - 250 cm||250 cm|
- NLNoah L.I recommend this productRated 5 stars1 year agoPackrafting and fishing review based on three weeks in Alaska
For our three-week packrafting and fishing expedition in the Brooks Range, Arthur and I decided to work with Aqua-Bound for our paddles. We needed paddles that we could rely on as we paddled over 250 miles of class 2 and 3 rapids, and on flat water. We had to depend on paddles that wouldn't break or chip as we moved over rocks and through dense thickets on rivers and small creeks. From the perspective of two whitewater instructors who spend 150+ days in the field each year, the Manta Ray Carbon 4-Piece Posi-Lok Kayak paddles from Aqua-Bound exceeded our expectations.
When we contacted Aqua-Bound, they quickly recommended the appropriate paddles for our trip. We had the choice of paddle lengths in increments of 10cm. The paddles arrived two days before expected. The first thing I noticed was how light they were,less than 30 ounces. Since our 20-day self-supported route required light gear, these paddles fit the bill.
I was satisfied by the 4-piece design of the paddles, because I was able to securely stow the paddle on the outside of my backpack without the pieces catching on branches when I was bushwhacking. The sections were compact enough for me to back them inside my 85-liter backpack with the rest of my gear for a flight. Even with wet or cold fingers, the pieces were easy to attach and detach using a one or two button system as we went back and forth between hiking and packrafting.
The carbon abX-reinforced blades are full-sized, large, and have a strong enough angle to allow for powerful strokes. I liked how the blades used both nylon and carbon. Even though carbon blades do not wear down like fiberglass blades, they can also break when put under too much force. It seems like Aqua-Bound has found a may to mitigate this pitfall with the nylon/carbon combination.
We used these paddles to dodge rocks in class 3 whitewater with boats carrying over 200 pounds. Even though the blades were jammed in between rocks at times and used to push off of rocks in shallow water, they did not crack. In addition, the blades also served well for paddling 11+ hour days on flat water with strong headwinds. Thus, the paddles handled technical, rocky rapids, while also preserving our shoulder muscles over multi-day sections of flat-water paddling.
The Manta Ray Carbon paddles use a Posi Lok system to join the middle of the paddle and adjust feathering angles. The attachment is simple, using only two buttons, yet never slipped after we had adjusted the feathering angle. I liked how the angle could be adjusted between 0 and 60 degrees in 5 degree increments on the left or right. During the last 80 mile stretch on the Alatna River we experienced head winds up to 50 miles per hour as well as tail-winds up to 30 miles per hour. The easy and subtle feathering adjustments of the Manta Ray Carbon improved our efficiency during this stretch.
The shaft is made of carbon and is textured with concentric rings to add grip. I mostly paddled barehanded and found that my grip did not slip. While it may not have been designed for this purpose, the raised ridges on the Posi-Lok attachment at the center of the paddle improved my grip when I paddled one-handed, needing my other hand to cast with my tenkara fishing rod.
Overall, we would recommend the Manta Ray Carbon Four Piece Paddle in a heartbeat, especially for those looking for a similar product as us: packrafters looking for a paddle that is durable, light, and can be trusted to perform well in various types of rivers and creeks.Was this helpful?
- GSGuest S.I recommend this productRated 5 stars3 years agoTough and light
For packrafting 210 cm is what everybody recommends. Great paddleWas this helpful?