How much do I need to spend to get decent quality paddles? Thanks.
Kayak, canoe, paddle board . . . ? Before you make a big investment in a paddle, figure out what type of paddle you need, and the proper length. You can get a nice kayak paddle for $150, but a light weigh paddle is closer to $350 and $500. Decide whether you want a large blade or a narrow blade for higher cadence . . . Need to define your use.
For touring kayaking - much would hold true for other paddle sports:
There is an awful lot of individual preference in paddles, so at first I usually recommend people use something cheap (used or lower end new) until they figure out what they like. Not the total entry level product, but something that would function as a spare paddle after you figure out what to upgrade to.
Once they have a decent feel for what length and blade shape, I usually steer them to mid-level gear, with fiberglass blades and carbon or glass shaft. Example being the Werner “premium” category, which run about $300 for straight shaft, 2 piece.
I charge $400 for a custom made Aleutian paddle
Paddling what and your budget?
oh sorry, its for a canoe…mostly lakes, ponds etc…
I use Zaveral carbon canoe paddles (bent blade and straight blade) for the most part but there’s one paddle I have that I also like and that’s the FoxWorx Roka straight blade canoe paddle.
It’s a reasonable 17 to 18 oz in weight and costs $155 USD. I keep it as a spare but find that I enjoy using it every so often just because it’s fairly well balanced and has a nice feel in the water. All in all a good deal.
My current Greenland paddle cost $3.10 plus some boiled linseed oil and some borrowed hand tools. :- )
Goofy thread. Depends where you are in your paddling hobby and what makes you happy. It’s different for everyone.