Just got my first Sea Kayak. I eventually want to start going on some club paddles and want to be responsible enough to have all my own safety gear. I don’t have a back-up paddle yet. I have a 210cm Werner Shauna and that’s it. As much it would be nice to have a collection of good paddles to choose from for variety and mood, I don’t want to spring for additional $300 paddle(s) right now.
I understand that a $20 box store paddle could just fold up in rough conditions and since the purpose is safety, would be inadequate. I’m not concerned with a paddle that might only be 90% as efficient, not as aesthetically pleasing (cool looking) as my main paddle, but want something that breaks into two pieces and won’t fold up on me when I need it to get me home safely.
Would love to stay < $100.