A brief background: I’m an Eagle Scout from New England and have done some canoeing over the years (500+ miles) but am a real noob with kayaking. I already purchased my boat, I’m here because I need paddle advice. I bought a Wilderness Systems Pungo 105. Actually I bought a Pungo 120 as I thought it would be a bit better for my use and size however it physically could not fit where I have to store it, luckily the dealer was kind enough to let me exchange it for the Pungo 105 that does barely fit the space.
My stats: 6’0, 220lb, elbow and wrist joints easily aggravated, always do what I can to baby those joints when possible.
Pungo 105 stats: width 30”, cockpit width 22”
Use case: primarily flat water - lakes/ponds ~70%, rivers ~30%, no “real” whitewater or ocean.
I know nothing about kayaking yet aside from what I read online. I’ll take a stab at the paddle stats, please make corrections and give suggestions.
Length: 230-240, leaning more towards 230? Is there some pro/con rule for trying to decide between the upper or lower end of the range you fall into according to the charts?
Paddle Angle: low angle?
Blade Material: either fiberglass or carbon-fiber (just avoiding plastic/nylon right?)
Shaft Material: again either fiberglass or carbon-fiber
Shaft Design: bent to help the wrists/elbows? (along with proper technique)
Blade Shape: wide or narrow?
Feathering: sounds like this isn’t really a purchase consideration so long as it can be adjusted to be feathered? Or needs to be decided at time of purchase?
Price: I’m a firm believer that “saving money” is usually more expensive. While I don’t want to buy more than I need, I’d much rather spend $300 on a paddle that’s the best fit for my needs the first time than spend $150 and then spend $300 when it turns out the first paddle wasn’t what I needed. If it comes down to two paddles that both meet my needs and are essentially the same and one is cheaper yeah I’m going to go with that, I just don’t want to cut any corners to get there. I guess I’m just saying don’t focus on the price point.
Are there any real downsides to the bent shaft design aside from a little more weight? Any reasons you’d suggest I stick with a straight shaft and just focus on technique instead?
Looking forward to hearing all your suggested paddles. Thanks in advance for your time and effort.